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Interview: Heather Donahue, Author of Growgirl

Heather Donahue with her dog Vito

“Free, right? That’s the best of our national brand. America: Home of the Babysat. Just doesn’t have the same ring.”

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Tragic Stories About Children, Nothing Gold Can Stay: Monday’s Margins

Fall in the Smokey Mountains

Notes on new books from Ron Rash and Emily Rapp, plus a well-deserved award nomination for a memoir.

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Author Q&A: Vanessa Veselka (Zazen)

Author Vanessa Veselka

“We’re narrative-making machines…so the stories we tell ourselves about what is happening shape our actions. Nothing is as dangerous as a story.”

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5 Questions: Allworth Press Founder Tad Crawford on A Floating Life

Author Tad Crawford

The unnamed narrator is adrift in his life. His marriage has fallen apart, he fails to get a new job, and not even the magic of modern medicine can cure his erectile dysfunction.

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Author Q&A: Anis Shivani (My Tranquil War and Other Poems)

Anis Shivani's My Tranquil War and Other Poems

“Printing is more than a technology. It generates a certain attitude toward the self that is irreplaceable with any other technology. It demands a certain type of writing.”

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10 Best Books I Didn’t Read in 2012

The top ten books that I didn’t read this year include Hitchens’ Mortality, Ron Rash’s The Cove, and Junot Diaz’s This Is How You Lose Her.

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Holiday Book Shopping Guides, Best of 2012 Roundup: Monday’s Margins

Christmas Tree Made of Books

A look at critics’ favorite books of 2012, holiday book shopping guides, and a year in reading.

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Bruce, by Peter Ames Carlin: A Springsteen Biography

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Peter Ames Carlin’s Bruce is the first Springsteen biography in 25 years to be written with complete access to the Boss.

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Interview: Michael Kimball, Author of Big Ray

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“I knew I felt released after writing the novel, but I could never quite articulate it. And I think it was that – the shame that many abused people have to face down – I had done it in writing the novel.”

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Monday’s Margins: Happy Baby Movie, Hallelujah!

Happy Baby movie

Stephen Elliott is making a Happy Baby movie (with your help), Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” is a religious experience, and the NY Times overlooks 25 good books.

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Two or Three Things We Know About the 2012 National Book Award Finalists

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The 2012 National Book Award winners will be announced November 14th. Here are some facts you should (or shouldn’t?) know about the finalists.

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Monday’s Margins: New David Foster Wallace, Self-Publishing Answers and NaNoWriMo Advice

David Foster Wallace Both Flesh and Not cover

Notable book releases for early November 2012, writing advice for NaNoWrimo and self-publishers, a memoir of the literary life by Michele Filgate, and more.

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Live Questions from Dead Poets: Allen Ginsberg “Interviews” Tyler Stoddard Smith

Tyler Stoddard Smith

“Now we’re both feeling shame, and I’ve panicked and stolen a Faulkner word. Maybe this is how poetry happens.”

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Interview: Author Dinty W. Moore on Mindfulness and Writing

Dinty W. Moore

“By pushing sentences, words, ideas, images, around on a page…we are trying to cut through the chatter, to recognize what is true.”

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Interview: Natalie Bakopoulos, Author of The Green Shore

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“We all want to write the perfect novel. And then our own imperfect, messy, inadequate selves get in the way.”

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