The Bookworm Blog

A Prisoner’s Passion for Writing

From LitHub: As I write this piece, March Madness is taking place. It is 7 am and my fellow prisoners are gathered in the dayroom of the Cayuga Correctional Facility around a flatscreen TV, reliving last night’s basketball game. The final score was tallied eight hours...

Dystopian Fiction in Uncertain Times

From The New Yorker: Here are the plots of some new dystopian novels, set in the near future. The world got too hot, so a wealthy celebrity persuaded a small number of very rich people to move to a makeshift satellite that, from orbit, leaches the last nourishment the...

Where F. Scott Fitzgerald Found His Muse

From The Washington Post: In the summer of 1919, a brokenhearted 22-year-old Army lieutenant climbed to the third floor of his parents’ rowhouse in St. Paul, Minn., and began to write a novel. He pinned the outline of his manuscript to the curtains of the bedroom...

Plagiarism Isn’t New

From The Guardian: Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery ... but plagiarism isn't! Plagiarism is a very ancient art. Shakespeare stole most of his historical plots directly from Holinshed. Laurence Sterne and Samuel Taylor Coleridge were both accused of...

Stupid Grammar Advice

If you're a writer of novels or a writer of Facebook posts, forgot all the rules you learned from the Elements of Style by William Strunk and E.B. White ... and just write! From The Chronicle of Higher Education: April 16 is the 50th anniversary of the publication of...

Women Authors Writing Mysteries

From The Atlantic: Once upon a time, in the smoky, violent neverland of crime fiction, there were seductive creatures we called femmes fatales, hard women who lured sad men to their doom. Now there are girls. It started, of course, with Gillian Flynn, whose 2012...

White Author Creating Black Characters

From BBC News: Author Anthony Horowitz says he was "warned off" including a black character in his new book because it was "inappropriate" for a white writer. The creator of the Alex Rider teenage spy novels says an editor told him it could be considered...

Self-Publishing and Movie Deals

From The Guardian: After watching Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill, self-published author Mark Dawson was inspired to create his own answer to the film’s heroine Beatrix “Black Mamba” Kiddo. And now Dawson – and his character government-employed assassin Beatrix Rose –...

Crime Scene Do Not Cross

Crime Scene Do Not Cross: Or how Otto Penzer revitalized the Mystery Genre with the Mysterious Bookstore and The Mysterious Press From AtlasObscura: Penzler is the owner of the Mysterious Bookshop (founded 1979) as well as The Mysterious Press, a publishing imprint he...

The Enigmatic Brontë Sisters

From The Daily Beast: The enduring fiction by the three Brontë sisters tells us that authors do not have to lead exciting lives to be great. As the Brontës prove, it’s the inner life that counts. Every so often, a new discovery comes along that reignites the question:...