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What “Little Fires” Author Celeste Ng Is Reading Now

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Celeste Ng has always had a special place in our heart and bookshelves, with her latest novel Little Fires Everywhere cementing her place as one of the literary greats (good news: it’s also being turned into a miniseries by Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington). Because there’s no better book recommendation than one recommended by your favorite author, we’ve got access to the books Celest Ng is reading right now! Watch the video below to find out what’s on her bookshelf. While Little Fires Everywhere is the book that’s on everybody bedside table right now, her debut novel Everything I Never Told You beat both Stephen King and Dame Hilary Mantel to win the Amazon Book of the Year Award in 2014, and remains one of the best…

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Book Excerpt! Jessica Teich’s ‘The Future Tense of Joy’

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For a sneak peek of Jessica Teich’s memoir, The Future Tense of Joy, check out the excerpt below. INTRODUCTION Survivors remember the past in pieces. Not necessarily “before” and “after,” which would be easier. It’s more like time melts into Dali-like puddles, or convulses, slamming together faces and events. Psychologists often speak of a distortion in time afterward, as though the trauma occurred only moments before, but some- times the pain is so buried it ceases to exist. Then it springs up suddenly, like an allergy, even when it seems there’s no irritant. Or descends, like a fine but malevolent mesh. That was true for me, but I could never write about my experience as a “survivor.” Even the word seemed…

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DIY MFA Radio Episode 110: The Unreliable Narrator and Multiple POV – Interview with Delia Ephron

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In this episode, show host Gabriela Pereira interviews Delia Ephron about her newest book Siracusa and crafting a multiple point of view novel. They dig into juicy topics like how to keep track of all the details when writing from multiple viewpoints, and how to know which details to share with readers (and which ones to withhold). They discuss how to get into the heads of the characters and bring these real, complicated people to life on the page. Ephron also shares an insider perspective of what it’s like to adapt stories when writing screenplays, as opposed to crafting her own new material. For more detailed show notes, visit DIYMFA.com/110.  

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LISTEN: For All of the Readers and Writers Who Love Their Craft, We Welcome Gabriela Pereira’s DIY MFA Podcast!

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Whether you’re a reader or a writer, a teacher or a student, a librarian or a publisher, DIY MFA is the perfect outlet to improve both your reading and writing techniques. Broken down into one simple formula, DIY MFA believes: “Writing + Reading + Community = MFA (Master of Fine Arts).” This do-it-yourself community provides tools, tips and insight into the world of writing, because as we all know, there is always room for improvement. This insanely helpful and well done podcast covers a range of topics from “Developing themes” to “What happens if your book doesn’t sell” to “Lessons from bestsellers” and even simply “Finding time to read.” When you feel like you’ve hit a lull in your writing career or…

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