Oprah Winfrey wants to hear what Dani Shapiro has to say about writing. That's why "the Big O" has invited the 51-year-old novelist and memoir writer (left) to appear on her "Soul Sunday" show on October 20 [ editor's note: The date of the show has changed from October 27 to October 20].
If you've ever wondered what it would be like to work for Google, Facebook or even AOL (as I once did), you've got to read Dave Eggers' new novel, The Circle.
Novelist Hilary Boyd is a grandmother. But don't let her catch you uttering the term "gran lit." That's the genre name that U.K. Observer columnist Robert McCrumb coined on reading Boyd's first published novel, Thursdays in the Park, in which middle-aged wife Jeanie begins an extra-marital flirtation at- surprise! - the local park's playground.
Two weeks ago, the publishing world was rocked by the news that The Cuckoo's Calling - supposedly a debut mystery novel written by one "Robert Galbraith" - was in fact the handiwork of Harry Potter's creator, J. K. Rowling.
Three years ago, magazine writer Katie Hafner's family was in turmoil. Her mother was 77 and at loose ends, cast adrift by her husband's incipient dementia (he had moved back in with his family of origin).
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