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Award-Winning Novelist Alexis Wright Talks to BookTrib About Her Latest Work, ‘The Swan Book’

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When you find a book that is compelling, poignant and just really good, you want to tell everyone you meet about it and have the same experience that you did while reading it. The Swan Book, by acclaimed novelist, Alexis Wright, is one of those books that I could not wait to tell BookTrib’s readers about. There has not been, perhaps, a better or more important time than now to read this book and receive its message. In The Swan Book, a young girl named Oblivia Ethelyne, the victim of a brutal assault by several boys, is found hiding in a gum tree by Bella Donna of the Champions, a refugee of the climate change wars. Bella Donna takes Oblivia to live…

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Leave Your Reading Comfort Zone — Go on a Blind Date with a Book!

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A few weeks ago I took a trip to one of my favorite U.S. cities, Asheville, North Carolina. In between hikes in the Blue Ridge Mountains, strolls through the River Arts District and lazy river tubing down the French Broad River, I also found some time to pop into one of their local literary gems, Malaprop’s Bookstore. My friends and I all went our separate ways into our own preferred book worlds; I found myself going back and forth to the new fiction section and the DIY stacks, but nothing seemed to tempt me until their “Blind Date with a Book” shelf caught my attention. Each book was wrapped in brown paper with the description, price and ISBN written on…

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6 Locations to Add to Your Travel Bucket List Thanks to Lonely Planet

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Like many of you, I dream of distant lands—raging waterfalls that cascade over the jungle’s edge, villas stacked tightly along the cliffs and oceans so clear you can see to the bottom. Then, the phone rings and I’m sucked out of my computer screensaver and back to reality. You feel my pain. So, when Lonely Planet released ULTIMATE TRAVEL: Our List of the 500 Best Places on the Planet…Ranked, (Lonely Planet; October 20, 2015) I was sold. I’ve long been filling my mental bucket of places I must see; If I had it my way, I’d be flying on a plane tonight to see the Northern Lights in Iceland, wailing tomatoes at strangers in Buñol, Spain (La Tomatina festival is…

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Yank or Brit? Our resident Anglophile reveals famous actors with faux accents

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Ever watch a movie or TV show and think, “Hey that America is top notch. Lemme Google the crap outta them” only to find out—cha-ching!—you just hit the jackpot and that actor you love so much is actually British. Or better yet—Australian! For an out and proud Anglophile like me, who has a fondness for many dialects, I sometimes fall victim to faux accents. The deceit goes both ways though; I’ve encountered a Brit pretending to be a Yank pretending to be a Brit. Say what? In honour of my little obsession, I’ve compiled a list of some of my favourite masters of accents (see what I did there? Oh, American language, why does the U offend you?) And in…

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Hollywood Makeup Artist: makeup counter to Oscars

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Do you ever stay for the credits at the end of a film? Most don’t, but I do. And for one very good reason. My younger sister, LuAnn Claps. When she was a young girl, and unbeknownst to me at the time, she would go into my bathroom after I had left for a date and play with my makeup, which I sloppily left spread out on the vanity. She was, and is still very neat and organized, so I never had a clue that those sweet little fingers of hers where actually making their way into my private stash and on to her beautiful face while I was out for the evening. I should have realized something was up…

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Would you open the letter?

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What would you do if you accidentally found an envelope addressed to you, in your husband’s handwriting, indicating that it should be opened upon his death? Your husband is young and very much alive. You have three young daughters. Your busy life as president of the parent-teacher organization, enthusiastic Tupperware salesperson, and obsessive organizer doesn’t leave much time for drama. Would you open it? That is the dilemma that faces Cecelia in Australian Liane Moriarty’s latest novel, The Husband’s Secret, which is set in Sydney but will also ring true for American readers. Cecelia is not the only one with a problem. Rachel, another member of the close neighborhood, is facing the departure of her adult son and his family,…

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