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Writer’s Bone: My Old Faithful Author Yang Huang

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In 2013, Sean Tuohy met Daniel Ford at a Halloween party and they immediately hit it off. The Writer’s Bone 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. Daniel and Sean feel that they are in the middle of something very big and wonderful and BookTrib is happy to be a partner in this endeavor.  Author Yang Huang talks to Daniel Ford about her short story collection My Old Faithful. To learn more about Yang Huang, visit her official website, like her Facebook page, or follow her on Twitter @yangwrites. Join the author for a book launch party! On April 10th at The Bindery in San Francisco, from 7:30…

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C.D. Rose’s Latest Answers the Literary Question: ‘Who’s Who When Everyone is Someone Else?’

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C.D. Rose is master of the short story, but his latest work, Who’s Who When Everyone is Someone Else (April 10, 2018, Melville House), is a novel that combines elements of mystery, fantasy and satire. Rose turns one man’s story into an exploration of something we love at BookTrib— forgotten books. In a series of twists and hysterical turns, an unnamed narrator is invited to give ten lectures on “lost” books at an unnamed university in an unnamed country. What follows is an adventure you have to read to believe. Who’s Who When Everyone is Someone Else is witty and poetic, displaying beautiful symmetry between the characters and the scenery to the very end. Over a series of emails, I talked with C.D. Rose…

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Life After ‘Cat Person’: Why We Need Feminist Novels

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If you haven’t read the short by Kristen Roupenian, ‘Cat Person,’ which just went viral last week, you absolutely have to. Many women find themselves relating to her story, which is why the author sold her collection of short stories so that everyday people will get to experience her truthful writing with an impact, again and again! As you eagerly await the short story collection, there are some other novels being released in the upcoming weeks that follow women’s lives and honest subjects we never knew we needed to learn about until now, inclusive to all women: Black women, transgender, and gay. We all understand the importance and impact of feminism in our lives. Here are 10 feminist novels that…

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Writer’s Bone Podcast: Novelist Marc Cameron on the Future and his Newest Tom Clancy Book

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Marc Cameron, author of the Jericho Quinn series and the recently published Tom Clancy Power and Empire, talks to Sean Tuohy about writing under a legend’s name, his “unplugged” writing process, and his future plans. Author of the New York Times bestselling Jericho Quinn Thriller series, Marc Cameron’s short stories have appeared in The Saturday Evening Post and BOYS LIFE magazine. In late 2016, he was chosen to continue the Tom Clancy Jack Ryan/Campus Thriller series. To learn more about Marc Cameron, visit his official website or like his Facebook page. Want to be a published writer? Take a look at our writing contest, where TWO Grand Prize winners will become Booktrib Contributors! Be a BookTrib Ambassador!  Sign up NOW for…

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Writer’s Bone: Friday Morning Coffee with Joe Hill

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BookTrib.com recently added Writer’s Bone to our weekly features. Daniel Ford and Sean Tuohy have been bringing us weekly podcasts of discussions they have with writers about the craft of writing and what motivates them to tell a good story. Today, you can enjoy a Friday Morning Coffee podcast featuring Joe Hill. In tenth installment of #NovelClass, Dave Pezza and Daniel Ford discuss Joe Hill’s Strange Weather. (Warning: This episode contains major spoilers.) Joe Hill is the #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of The Fireman, NOS4A2, Heart-Shaped Box, and Horns (which was made into a feature film starring Daniel Radcliffe). His book of short stories, 20th Century Ghosts, won the Bram Stoker Award and British Fantasy Award for Best Collection. He earned the…

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True Blood’s Sookie Stackhouse Returns in Collection of Short Stories

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If you thought that the Sookie Stackhouse series was done and over, think again! Charlaine Harris, author of The Southern Vampire Mysteries Series aka The Sookie Stackhouse Series aka The True Blood Novels, has released several short stories that take place in the True Blood universe; now, for the first time, she’s releasing the complete collection of short stories. Because the short stories are often extensions of scenes in the original books, she’s not only giving fans an opportunity to revisit their favorite characters, but also their favorite moments. The Southern Vampire Mysteries takes place in Bon Temps, Louisiana. Vampires have just recently “come out of the coffin,” and are able to live off of (though not particularly enjoy) the synthetic blood ‘True…

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The Hot List: Jeffrey Eugenides’ Fresh Complaint and The Best New Book Releases for This Week

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Every week, Booktrib brings you The Hot List: the list of brand new releases you won’t want to miss. With some of the most poignant biographies, fascinating mysteries, funny, touching, and introspective fiction, there’s something for everyone to find here. For the first week of October, these are the hottest new releases. Fresh Complaint: Stories, Jeffrey Eugenides From critically-acclaimed author Jeffrey Eugenides, who won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction with his novel, Middlesex, comes a collection of short stories, each one exploring the rich and intriguing facets of human nature, romance, family ties, and the concept of fulfillment. Eugenides’ eloquent writing style, as well as his complex plot lines grab the reader from the beginning of the first page. Previous fans of…

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Rion Amilcar Scott ‘Unapologetically’ Broaches Racism and Oppression in ‘Insurrections’

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Last night I was walking down Prospect St. in Stamford, Connecticut and I found myself trailing behind a black man wearing a black hoodie. My pace was significantly quicker than his. As I was about to turn to the front door of my apartment building, I was almost on the guy’s heels. I saw his shoulders tense up and he slowly turned around to look at me. I gave him a blinking nod. There was relief and frustration written all over his face. His eyes said, “Really? You got me all worked up like that for nothing.” He turned around as I pulled out my keys. I didn’t think much of this encounter until I realized that I was white…

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Here’s Why Edgar Allan Poe Still Matters

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Celebrating the death rather than the birthday of the master of the macabre, is only fitting. On this day October 7, 1849 Edgar Allan Poe died at the age of 40 after he was found in a gutter on a side street in Baltimore, Maryland. Some people say he died from an opium overdose, others say it was alcohol poisoning, some believe it was pneumonia, or murder? No one knows. The circumstances surrounding his death intensifies his mystique. It’s eerie and strangely perfect at the same time that a man famous for composing the scariest stories ever would die under a shadow of mystery and suspicion. I had the fortune of being introduced to Poe when, at 9 years old, I…

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Author Adam Ehrlich Sachs Answers One Question About ‘Inherited Disorders’

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Rarely do writers compose a great piece by sitting down and just doing it. Countless hours of thought and uncertainty go into writing a poem, story or novel before typing a single word. Writers are often inspired to create something but many just don’t know where to start. Our most recent addition to the One Question and Answer series features Adam Ehrlich Sachs’ Inherited Disorders: Stories, Parables, & Problems (Regan Arts, May 3, 2016). Written in over 100 vignettes this short, short story collection spans over thousands of years exploring the often absurd dynamic between fathers and sons. So, that begs the question of how Sachs came to write so extensively on this subject. Question: What did you find so fascinating…

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Short Stories: When Literature Acts as Mirrors to the Mind

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There is a shelf in my bookcase reserved for short story collections. It’s the most frequented section of my library, containing glimpses into thought-provoking words that end too soon. To me, short stories are mini portfolios of a writer’s work, charting the changes undergone over a period of time. In each story, the writer’s mind travels somewhere else. The entire collection, therefore, reveals these changes to the reader. But I’ve recently discovered my coveted shelf of short stories not only reveals changes undergone by the writer–it also contains changes of my own. I graduated high school two years ago, and since then, I’ve unexpectedly comes across three stories I read in my twelfth grade English class: “The Swimmer” by John…

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Inspirational Presentations: Celebrating 10 Years of TED Talks with a Reading List!

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On June 27, 2006, the first six TED videos were posted to TED.com. Ten years of great ideas, inspirational talks and mind-bending presentations are definitely worth celebrating. In the spirit of celebrating, here’s a reading list from some of our favorite TED speakers! Think of it as recommended reading for your every element of your various TED Talk bingeing. For Life Advice: Find a Way, Diana Nyad (Knopf, 2015) One of the best things about TED Talks is their ability to inspire. One of the most inspirational trailblazers to ever take the TED stage is Diana Nyad, the long-distance swimmer who finally achieved her goal, a 100 mile swim from Cuba to Florida, at the age of 64. Her startling story…

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Lidia Yuknavitch’s TED Talk and Telling the Stories Only You Can Tell

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Being a misfit isn’t easy. Author Lidia Yuknavitch, however, insists that the people who don’t quite “fit” into society are the ones whose stories we most desperately need to hear. In this moving talk from TED2016, Yuknavitch tells the story of her initial foray into “being a writer” after winning a prize for one of her early short stories. Part of the prize won her the opportunity to meet with fabulous authors and well-to-do publishing executives – but, as Yuknavitch describes, she was so busy being frozen with indecision that she failed to get the book deals that were lining up right in front of her. Unpacking this experience in the context of her tumultuous life, Yuknavitch relates that some…

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5 Mind-Bending Books to Read Before Wayward Pines Returns

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It takes a really great show to get me hooked like Wayward Pines did. Just when you think that life in this strange town is settling into normalcy the very last shot of the final episode reveals some deeply disturbing occurrences. I was completely sucked into this series the entire time and I ran out and bought all the novels by Blake Crouch the day after the series finale. Even after I finished those amazing reads, though, I found myself wanting more stories about futuristic, sci-fi, and dystopian communities just to keep me satisfied. I went on a hunt for new books in the same twisted vein as Wayward Pines but I found myself going back to classic books and short…

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Review: Gavin Francis Takes Us on a Tour Through the Human Body

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When it comes to thinking about our bodies—well, we don’t know exactly what to think. Whether we’re being bombarded with advertisements featuring crazy-thin models, groaning through the third Cialis commercial in a row, or discovering fresh ways the devices we use every day can slowly kill us, we have to contemplate our bodies in new ways every day. Not everyone has the unique viewpoint on the human body that Gavin Francis presents in his new book, Adventures in Human Being: A Grand Tour from the Cranium to the Calcaneum (Basic Books, October 13). The collection of short stories features personal anecdotes from his time as a surgeon, family physician and ER specialist. Each story is meant to help us explore our…

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