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My Bookshelf Tour

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]My library is a garden I've been growing all of my life. It hasn't been easy, though. Books have been lost thanks to my mom's divorce (one of them ended up throwing away most of my childhood books while I was at college) and some...

Literary Hotels

Happy holidays, book babes! I’ve been feeling down since the election and distracted with another project. But I’m back in time to give you a gift. Here is a list (with links) to the best, bookish places to rest your head! From bookworm havens to book...

Entertainment Weekly vs. The Gargoyle

Before the recession, publishers were making it rain on untested writers and none more so than on Andrew Davidson. For his debut novel, The Gargoyle (2008), Doubleday gave him a whopping $1.25 million but even with a spot on the NYT Bestsellers, it faded into...

Anne Sexton Reads Wanting to Die

  Because that's exactly the sort of poem one might expect from Anne Sexton. Read more about her HERE. I'm going to go ahead and label this Rated-R as I would rate everything about the Pulitzer Prize winning poet. The girl couldn't help herself. After all,...

Caroline Lamb Loses Her Mind

When celebrated poet and legendary horndog, Lord Byron, set his sights on the married Lady Caroline in 1812, he had no idea that he was going to start the ball rolling on a Fatal Attraction style romance. Lady Caroline was actually a very level headed...

How Opal Mehta Plagiarized

All of us have done stupid things when we were young. The problem with being a rich kid who goes to Harvard and gets a six figure deal for their first book, is that when you do something stupid, people get the pitchforks out. It...

Agatha Christie is Missing

Agatha Christie is one of the greatest mystery novelists of all time but when she was a young woman, she was the subject of a mystery greater than any she could put to paper. You could say that Agatha was the original Gone Girl. Agatha had...

Salman Rushdie and Joseph Anton

In the 1980’s, British Indian, Salman Rushdie, was minding his own business and writing fiction. Just kidding. He was bad to the bone, fighting for Indian rights and publishing novels about religion and politics that caused controversy and created uproars, none more so than The...

A Publisher’s Missing Link

In early 2009, our bookstores received cryptic and tantalizing notices from publisher, Little, Brown, about a bomb that was about to be dropped on the book world.The greatest event in modern publishing. Our lives will never be the same. These grandiose statements were irresistible to...

Oprah vs. James Frey

Writers are artists. Artists are passionate. That makes for some great drama and you don’t have to go too far to find it. In the late 90’s to mid 2000’s, we went through the “Liar Writer” phase in the literary world, when a person would...

The Scariest Woman in Publishing

Throughout the years, working at bookstores, I would hear people whisper about Judith Regan. It was like hearing people talk about Regina in Mean Girls. "If you make her mad, she'll sue you. Publishers are scared of her." "Judith Regan's the most successful woman in publishing. She's...

The Dinosaur Who Loved Me

No literary fad hits my juvenile funny bone quite like, Dinosaur Erotica. I haven't read an entire book before (it's just not my cup of tea) but I've read enough to know what it entails. I feel like these novels are more of a novelty...

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