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Clichés – drag or opportunity?

Clichés – drag or opportunity?

In my Twitter profile, I define myself as an ‘enemy of set phrases and cliches.’ Nothing makes me feel like putting down a novel like two, three, four, five cliches strung together without any self-awareness, any twist or turn, not even the faintest attempt at turning into something mildly interesting – what kind of original […]

June 23, 2014 | By | 8 Replies More
In Defense of True Stories

In Defense of True Stories

I know, I know, agents are not interested in memoir, yet they openly admit they don’t know what sells. So why do we listen to them? It’s crazy because “Based on a True Story” sells. True stories are Hollywood’s darlings, and when we settle into our seats getting ready to watch a film and the […]

June 11, 2014 | By | 5 Replies More
Slavery, Race, Feminism and Literature

Slavery, Race, Feminism and Literature

WWWB’s Anora McGaha asks a few more questions of Professor Elaine Neil Orr of NC State University, author of Gods of the Noonday and A Different Sun. Although Elaine Neil Orr’s novel arises in the context of a Southern slave owning family in the 1800s, she shines a light into highly relevant dimensions of race […]

November 11, 2013 | By | 3 Replies More
How Can I Get My Memoir Published

How Can I Get My Memoir Published

After you have toiled and tinkered and revised for ages, and you feel you finally have a strong manuscript, you begin to wonder how on earth to get your book into print. It goes without saying that that is a tough world, and even really top literary manuscripts fail to find a New York publisher. […]

October 25, 2013 | By | 7 Replies More
Revolt by Qaisra Shahraz, Released October 7, 2013

Revolt by Qaisra Shahraz, Released October 7, 2013

Revolt by Qaisra Shahraz is Launched Arcadia Press launched Revolt by the international best-selling English / Pakistani author Qaisra Shahraz. We have been following her international travels to exotic literary festivals in China, India, Indonesia, Germany just to name a few. In preparation for Qaisra stepping up as Site Sponsor for Women Writers, Women Books, […]

October 8, 2013 | By | Reply More
Guests

Guests

The street where I grew up in Rijeka, Croatia, is called Hosti. The name is derived from an archaic Croatian word for guests. Hosti’s non-indigenous population were allowed by medieval laws to settle in that particular part of town only. Most of them would have lived there only temporarily, although those who stayed over certain […]

June 8, 2013 | By | 8 Replies More
Losing the Artist, Saving Her Art (Part 2)

Losing the Artist, Saving Her Art (Part 2)

Continued from Losing the Artist, Saving her Art Part 1. Eugenia’s physicians finally allowed her to travel with considerable misgivings, as she was 84 and had a metallic heart valve. Transatlantic travel is stressful one way or the other, but there was no holding her back. She wanted to experience the place that her daughter had loved […]

November 23, 2012 | By | 2 Replies More
Interview with Canadian Writer Bolaji Williams

Interview with Canadian Writer Bolaji Williams

We met Bolaji Williams on Twitter. She responded to one of our tweets. We read a recent blog post and loved the clarity of her writing and topic, so we invited her to do something with us. Voila, an interview with writer Bolaji Williams. When did you first know you loved to write? To be completely honest, […]

October 1, 2012 | By | 2 Replies More
Book Review: Chimamanda Adichie’s The Thing Around Your Neck

Book Review: Chimamanda Adichie’s The Thing Around Your Neck

In The Thing Around Your Neck, a collection of short stories written by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the reader is exposed to characters that are many things, including a surprise to those who have been limited to a Western literary interpretation of Nigerian culture. Adichie insists on considering the wide variety of Nigerian stories to be […]

September 16, 2012 | By | Reply More
Literary Festivals: From Jaipur to Beijing

Literary Festivals: From Jaipur to Beijing

Two countries, two civilizations, and two literary festivals. As a writer I had the pleasure of participating in this year’s Jaipur International Literature Festival in India. Six weeks later, I discarded my summer tops in India for woollen sweaters in snowy China to attend Beijing’s Bookworm International Literature Festival. I combined the festivals with a […]

September 15, 2012 | By | 2 Replies More