The “University of Google”

An interesting article appeared just this morning in The Economic Times —interesting and particularly appropriate for the primary election season that is evolving here in the States, as well as for writers. In the article, "Google, Wikipedia are white bread for young minds," the author raises attention to a trend that is also increasingly appearing … continue reading

New Best of Young American Novelists list announced

Granta magazine has just published its second Best of Young American Novelists list. The first list in 1996 helped launch the careers of Jonathan Franzen (The Corrections), Chris Offutt (The Good Brother and a variety of Kentucky-oriented memoirs), Stewart O’Nan (Snow Angels and A World Away), David Guterson (Snow Falling on Cedars and East of continue reading

Audio from National Book Awards ceremony

Several recordings from the November 2006 National Book Awards sessions in New York City are now available online. The recordings can be downloaded in MP3 format or played through a Web browser (using that method, I would suggest choosing “Play in Popup” so you can continue doing other work while listening).  Among the podcast recordings … continue reading

What makes a best seller?

Brian Hill and Dee Power wanted to know what makes a book successful. So they researched the concept and published their answers in The Making of a Bestseller: Success Stories From Authors and the Editors, Agents and Booksellers Behind Them. They talked with more than one-hundred editors and agents to find out, in brief, that … continue reading