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Category Archives: Nonfiction and Creative Nonfiction

Jimmy Hoffa in the news and in books

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Jimmy Hoffa and the story of his life and disappearance is a bit like crabgrass: it’s recurring and you can’t seem to get rid of it. Once again the teamster boss makes news with the FBI on the hunt again for his body. I remember Jimmy Hoffa He was hard to miss back in the…

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Publishing News: Narrative Magazine expands in growth and content

Narrative Magazine, an online favorite of mine, is having one heck of a year. The readership has doubled, the magazine remains free, the contributors continue to be paid, the annual contest grows, and big things are afoot. The magazine now includes poetry, and Michael Wiegers, the executive editor of Cooper Canyon Press, has agreed to…

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Love of Reading essay selected as a Blogcritics’ Pick of the Week

When I checked in at Blogcritics a little while I go, I found this nice entry from Asst. Books Editor Gordon Hauptfleisch: Vikk Simmons, in Joy: The Love of Reading Leads to the Joy of Writing convincingly and exuberantly shows how “the constant push and pull between the two processes, writing and reading… energizes me,…

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The Best American Series for 2005 are out and my annual ritual begins

My end-of-the-year ritual begins anew with the publication of The Best American Series books. The series began in 1915 and remains strong 90 years later. The concept is interesting and allows for a certain amount of consistency by having a series editor, but also includes a different writer each year who is responsible for the…

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Poets and Writers Alert: Once again Houston hosts the CLMP Southern Literary Magazine and Press Fair

This morning the announcement for the 2nd Annual CLMP Southern Literary Magazine & Small Press Fair arrived in my email. CLMP is the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses and once again the event will be at Houston’s Brazos Bookstore, a place that makes roaming through bookstacks and bookshelves a delight. I made a point…

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Narrative Magazine offers a new twist on an old form

Last year I ran across an online literary magazine called Narrative Magazine that operates with a fresh twist. While some of the traditional literary magazines make a portion of their issues available online at no cost, Narrative makes all its contents, including archived pieces, free and available online. This is a great opportunity for readers…

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Artemisia and the blurring of lines in fiction and nonfiction

The more I read, the more I notice the lines blurring between fiction and nonfiction. I recently read Artemisia: A Novel by Alexandra Lapierre. The book is essentially a biography of Artemesia Gentileschi. She is the daughter of the famed artist Orazio Gentileschi, and she became a renowned painter in her own right in the…

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SCBWI gives the scoop on writing nonfiction for children

If you have an interest in writing for children and have what Art Spikol called a “grasshopper mind,” then the “Writing Nonfiction for Children” conference might be for you. SCBWI Houston is offering those who write or wish to write nonfiction for children an opportunity to meet two speakers who work or have worked as…

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Cal Thomas’s 20-yr-syndication offers valuable lessons

Did you know Cal Thomas is the leading syndicated political columnist with 570 clients? I didn’t. Dave Astor’s article in the April issue of Editor & Publisher chronicles Thomas’s success. The fact that he’s a conservative columnist makes his accomplishments all the more impressive. Today, April 17th, is Thomas’s 20-yr-syndication anniversary. Thomas continues to rely…

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The Passion of The Purpose-Driven Life: A marketing maven’s dream come true

Although I spent the last several days compiling a final edit on my young adult novel, Divided Loyalties, scheduled for an August 2004 release by Awe-Struck, it’s clear the recent media hype of The Passion of the Christ managed to seep into my grey matter. This morning I thought it time to play catch up…

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