The Gentle Genre

From Writer Unboxed: The best choice for readers is what might be called “gentle books,” straightforward tales of ordinary people in mostly every-day, low-key situations.  No psychotics, no wrenching twists, no gore, no vampires or werewolves or demons. Often comic, sometimes inspiring, these sorts of books were popular from the thirties right through WWII and … Read more

A Virus Upends the World in a Sweeping New Novel

From The New York Times: The sweeping, authoritative and genuinely intelligent thriller — the sort of novel in which the author employs a bulldozer and a scalpel at the same time — is a rare specimen. Lawrence Wright’s second novel, “The End of October,” is one of these. The fact that it’s about the world … Read more

Why Writers Are Prone to Depression

From Everyday Health: From “Sophie’s Choice” author William Styron to poet Sylvia Plath to J.K Rowling, the mastermind responsible for the Harry Potter series, the list of famous depressed writers — many of whom have documented it in their prose — is expansive. Though there are no firm statistics on how many writers experience depression, researcher Kay … Read more

Romance: 10 Books That Break the Cliché Mold

From Frostbeard Studio: We love romance books, and we’re proud of it. There’s no shame in breaking out your favorite trashy romance novel and settling down for some steamy scenes in idealized worlds. But sometimes you want a little more. When we come across an adult romance novel that brings a little something more to … Read more

In Y.A., Where Is the Line Between Criticism and Cancel Culture?

From The New Yorker: Late last month, the author Kosoko Jackson withdrew the publication of his début young-adult novel, “A Place for Wolves,” which had been slated for a March 26th release. The book, which follows two American boys as they fall in love against the backdrop of the Kosovo War, had garnered advance praise(“a … Read more

Love, hate and hypocrisy: the best books about animals and humans

From The Guardian: A pack of wolves follows a sled, picking off the sled dogs and then the occupants one by one, to the last man. So begins Jack London’s White Fang, published in 1906. The wolf pack is led by a wolfdog, Kiche. The ensuing story is told from the viewpoint of Kiche’s wolf pup, … Read more