‘I thought it would be about the seasons’: Ali Smith on writing Autumn

A utumn came about because in summer 2014 I handed in a novel called How to Be Both way past my deadline. I apologised for the lateness. Simon Prosser, my publisher, reassured me: though I’d missed my

The 100 best books of the 21st century

100 I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron (2006) Perhaps better known for her screenwriting ( Silkwood , When Harry Met Sally , Heartburn ), Ephron’s brand of smart theatrical humour is on best display

Scholars think they’ve found Milton’s annotated copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio

Welcome to Vox’s weekly book link roundup, a curated selection of the internet’s best writing on books and related subjects. Here’s the best the web has to offer for the week of September 15, 2019. For $1,200

How to write the perfect obituary, according to professional writers

When writing an obituary, tap into how will they be genuinely remembered by those who loved them. I’m the writer in my family, which means that I am offered a great deal of unpaid work from my

Ann Patchett: ‘We’re almost embarrassed by grief. It’s so strange’

Ann Patchett is the author of eight critically acclaimed novels, including State of Wonder and Commonwealth . Bel Canto (2001) won the Orange prize, the PEN/Faulkner award and was a finalist in the National Book Critics Circle

Writer pairs language with sound for readings

“That class was a revelatory experience for me,” said Hume, who is now a creative writing professor at Eastern Michigan University. “Learning about poetry and how to write it was like learning a new language. It showed

Review: Flint Writers Fest displays depth, diversity of Flint talent

‘Writing is the painting of the voice.” …Voltaire The latest iteration of a local festival that elevates the literary arts displayed the depth and diversity of Flint-based writers Sept. 13-14. This year, its third, the event premiered

Salida Celebrates Colorado Author Kent Haruf’s Literary Legacy

Colorado celebrates the late author Kent Haruf in Salida the weekend of September 27 to 29. The literary heritage of Colorado takes center stage in Salida next weekend, when the city celebrates the life and work of

26 Tips from Editors on How to Get Published

Athens, Greece – December 15, 2013 Stack of magazines for women on a newsstand at Athens Omonoia Square, Numero L’oficiell Marie claire Vogue Elle As a journalist, writing coach and magazine editor, I have worked with hundreds

5 Telltale Signs of Authenticity in Life-Story Narratives

Self-reported questionnaire responses are often skewed by people wanting to “say the right thing.” For example, few of us would openly admit that we were phony, inauthentic, or Machiavellian when filling out a survey. Self-reporting often fails