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Abigail DeWitt: How Trump Killed My Taste for Profanity

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The top critical Amazon review of my last novel, Dogs, laments that “there was unnecessary use of the ‘F’ word.” The novel is from the point of view of a pot-smoking, shoplifting teenager in the 1970s. What did the reader expect? I laughed and figured I was in good stylistic company: I’d once heard Junot Diaz criticized on NPR for his “language,” and the radio host wasn’t talking about the rhythm of his sentences. In fairness to my Amazon critic, it isn’t only when I’m inside the mind of a fictional character that I’m drawn to profanity. I’ve loved swearing since I was a little girl. My father, who taught me to love good writing, swore like the Navy veteran…

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This Week, John Grisham Visits Park Road Books

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John Grisham has invited book lovers and writers alike to listen to his podcast, ‘Book Tour with John Grisham’. So far he has made stops along the way, speaking with some of our favorite authors and more in bookstores across the U.S. On John Grisham’s Eleventh Stop of his Book Tour, Grisham visits Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC to speak with Sally Brewster and John Hart. Grisham’s Book Tour is filled with great interviews that give you an inside look at some of your favorite people and others who make up the novelist’s world. As he sits down and speaks with Sally Brewster, known bibliophile and owner of Charlotte’s only indie bookstore, you can gain special access into one…

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Writer’s Bone Podcast: Jami Attenberg, Dr. Troy, and More

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After meeting at a Halloween Party in 2013, Sean Tuohy met Daniel Ford put their heads together and came up with a podcast they would use to discuss books and some of their other favorite things. They initially called the podcast “2 Gentleman Writers,” then “Hemingway’s Love Children.” They eventually settled on Writer’s Bone – and we are so glad that they did! Daniel and Sean are in the middle of something very big and wonderful. Through Writer’s Bone, they feature author interviews, present works of fiction, and Boneyard discussions along the way. BookTrib.com recently added Writer’s Bone to our featured stories and hope our readers enjoy this series as much as we do. This week’s series features a variety of episodes…

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Michael Connelly Sits Down with Roxanne Coady

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Just the Right Book! Podcast, hosted by Roxanne Coady of Connecticut’s acclaimed, award-winning, independent bookseller R.J. Julia, is now available on BookTrib.com, the premier website where readers meet writers. The podcast and BookTrib are both dedicated to helping readers find their next favorite read and this pairing will open up a world of great possibilities. In this episode that you do not want to miss, Roxanne Coady sits down with Michael Connelly, the author of the highly renowned novel The Late Show, as well as many of his other world-famous novels (he’s written thirty!) The former crime reporter speaks with Coady about being the Executive Producer of the TV series Bosch, now on its fourth season, and some of his favorite characters. He also…

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Sitting Down at Lemuria Books on John Grisham’s Book Tour

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John Grisham has invited book lovers and writers alike to listen to his podcast, ‘Book Tour with John Grisham’. So far he has made stops along the way, speaking with some of our favorite authors and more in bookstores across the U.S. Today, we listen to John Grisham speak to a variety of faces in the novel world, including John Evans, Greg Iles, and Matthew Guinn. His tenth stop takes place at the renowned Lemuria Books in Jackson, MS. His first interview revolves around John Evans, the owner of Lemuria Books, who is full of humor and insight that inspires the audience. He also speaks to novelist Greg Iles, who has published 16 novels in a variety of novels, and…

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John Grisham’s Book Tour: Ninth Stop with Roxanne Coady

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John Grisham has invited book lovers and writers alike to listen to his podcast, ‘Book Tour with John Grisham’. So far he has made stops along the way, speaking with some of our favorite authors and more in bookstores across the U.S. This week, John Grisham goes to his ninth stop on the tour, R.J. Julia Booksellers in Madison, CT to speak with Roxanne Coady, Janet Maslin, and Stephen Carter. We’re especially excited about this episode because we feature Roxanne Coady’s Just the Right Book! podcast on our very own BookTrib! R.J. Julia Booksellers has been open for over 25 years now as a place of inspiration, information, and excitement. They now host over 350 events every year with authors…

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Writer’s Bone Podcast: Interview with ‘Fierce Kingdom’ Author Gin Phillips

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In 2013, Sean Tuohy met Daniel Ford at a Halloween party and they immediately hit it off. The podcast wasn’t born on that exact night, but they were able to discuss some of their favorite things like writing, screenwriting, books, movies, comedy, and comic books. They put their heads together and came up with some of their favorite names, some of which included “2 Gentleman Writers” and “Hemingway’s Love Children,” eventually settling on Writer’s Bone – and we are so glad that they did! Daniel and Sean feel that they are in the middle of something very big and wonderful, featuring new author interviews, fiction pieces, and Boneyard discussions along the way. BookTrib.com met Sean and Daniel recently and invited…

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Author Janet Lombardi Turns Catastrophe into Inspiration in ‘Bankruptcy: A Love Story’

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Janet Lombardi experienced plenty of loss and heartbreak over the past seven years. As she wrote Bankruptcy: A Love Story, Janet Lombardi went on a journey of self-discovery, morphing her writing and becoming stronger every day. Here, she talks about her story and writing a memoir.  I had a burning desire to write the story that became Bankruptcy: A Love Story. It’s a memoir, published by Heliotrope Books, on June 6. I had to tell this story. Writing Your Own Catastrophe In December 2010, my husband, Josh, stood before a judge, received a two to five-year prison sentence, was handcuffed, and walked escorted through a metal cage into his life as an inmate of New York state prison. Josh’s incarceration, the result of…

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Author Katherine Winfield on the Influence of the Eastern Shore in Paranormal Mystery Series

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When my husband suggested, 25 years ago, that we move to the Eastern Shore of Maryland from the DC suburbs where I’d grown up, I must admit, I was reluctant. I had a list of reasons why I didn’t want to move: it was too far to commute, I didn’t know anyone, there was nothing to do across the Chesapeake Bay bridge. To me the Eastern Shore was a pass-through on the way to the beach in Ocean City. But it didn’t take long once I was there to discover how wrong I was. The mystique of the vast network of creeks and rivers that lead to the bay, the abundance of wildlife, the myriad of fascinating places to visit, but…

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Sara Orwig Details Love and Heartbreak in ‘Reunited with the Rancher’

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Harlequin Desire’s Reunited with the Rancher is the third book in the Texas Cattleman’s Club Blackmail series by Sara Orwig. Here Orwig tells us more about the love story she’s written! In Royal, Texas, someone is targeting members of the Texas Cattleman’s Club threatening to reveal their secrets. Emily Knox, who lives on a cattle ranch near Royal, is trying to cope with her losses when she receives a shocking email with a picture of her estranged husband Tom, standing with a pretty woman and two smiling children beside him. Someone has written to Emily that she is “not woman enough to hold him,” and the message is signed, “Maverick.” She and Tom have already suffered a life-shattering disaster earlier…

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Fact or Fiction? Seeing Clearly Depends on Understanding our Stories

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Most of us are aware that a chasm divides the way we perceive the world from the way it actually is. It’s impossible to see the world perfectly, without distortion. Just think about how much clearer we are today than our ancestors were about certain truths of the physical world. We’re amused, for example, at the fact that not too long ago, most humans believed the Earth was flat. So it shouldn’t be hard to imagine what humans 100 years from now may think about us—how foolish, how naïve they were! (Actually, at the pace we’re moving, those who are 10 to 15 years younger already experience a significant gap in their understanding of the world, compared to their “elders.” Just…

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Single? Five Surefire Ways to Feel Even Worse on Valentines Day

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If you’re single, Valentines Day can be a real crusher, reminding you of the fact that you’ve not found your special someone and everybody else on the planet apparently has. Or so it seems with all the “He went to Jared” and “Every kiss begins with K” jewelry commercials, plus your friends and relatives fretting about what gifts to give their sweethearts and whether they can reserve a table for two at Chez Restaurant du Jour. You might also have your mom chiming in and asking if you’ve met anyone, and your grandma trying to fix you up with her bridge partner’s myopic, asthmatic, socially challenged grandkid (who’s apparently a real catch if you can ignore the coke-bottle lenses, the…

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When Words Turn into Magic in Novel ‘Ninth City Burning’

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In Ninth City Burning there is a close and very special relationship between language and magic. Words are semi-magical things in themselves—intangible, weightless, and yet capable of real and drastic effect. Words have the power to wound, to uplift, to alter opinions and perceptions, and, when spoken by the right people under the right circumstances, change the world. Phrases like “I now pronounce you husband and wife” (or, if we’re being grim, “I hereby sentence you to death”) alter the state of reality simply by their utterance. It’s like—well, magic. And so it should come as no surprise that, with a little extra effort, language can be made to perform magic of the true, supernatural variety. The simplest example is…

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Teen Millennials Meet (and Adore) Queen Victoria 170 Years after Her Reign

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As a historian, juggling the challenge of being the consultant on a TV historical drama series where the original story often has had to be tailored to the need for dramatic effect, my bottom line is this: does it arouse the viewers’ interest in the real story? It became apparent very early on during the UK transmission of ITV’s (PBS in the U.S.) Victoria, which premiered in the U.S. in January 2017 starring Jenna Coleman, that this series, of the many historical dramas we have had and enjoyed — from The Tudors to Downton Abbey to Wolf Hall — had really struck a nerve. What was striking, however, was that it had done so, not so much with the mature and better read…

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Boys Like #GirlBoss; Girls Like Cars and Money

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I just graduated, and like many of you facing a big turning point — surprise! — I don’t have it all figured out. So, like any red-blooded male facing something new and difficult, I pulled myself up by my bootstraps, put my nose to the grindstone, and picked up a copy of #GirlBoss (Portfolio, 2015), a look at Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso’s unconventional path to becoming a multi-million dollar, entrepreneurial success story, and how other girls can use their individuality to find their own path to success. OK, so it’s not what I had in mind, but my girlfriend promised it was “really good,” and you can only watch so much Netflix before you question your sanity. So, without further…

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Itty Bitty Book Review: Judi and Shari Zucker’s The Memory Diet

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The Memory Diet is an empowering, informative and motivational read. Judi and Shari Zucker’s book, The Memory Diet: More than 150 Healthy Recipes for the Proper Care and Feeding of Your Brain (New Page Books, 2016), provides readers with the insights to understand how food and diet play a vital role in good health. Most individuals do not realize the food we eat helps protect our mental health, physical health, quality of life, and overall well-being. Judi and Shari Zucker provide astonishing facts to help readers realize how specific mental diseases are on the rise. Judi and Shari Zucker open up and let you into their world sharing how dementia affected their life after their mother was diagnosed with the disease. Judi and…

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