Raven Leilani | 'I wanted to write a story about a young black woman who is unvarnished on the page'

"The first time we have sex, we are both fully clothed, at our desks during working hours, bathed in blue computer light.” So begins Luster, the extraordinary début novel from American author Raven Leilani, which has caused a sensation in the US and deserves to do the same here. The unforgettable narrator, Edie, is a young black woman of precarious means who begins a relationship with an older, married, white man, Eric, whose wife has agreed to an open marriage. Continue reading at 'The Bookseller'

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Howard Cunnell | 'I wanted to write the stories that were about love'

Howard Cunnell's Fathers & Sons is a memoir about a search for identity and what it is to be a man that packs a punch that belies its brevity and, despite taking us to dark places, it’s a book about all kinds of love. Continue reading at The Bookseller

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US Black History Month: Macmillan Learning Awards ‘Black Stories’

Three winning university students and three instructors are honored by a new Black Stories program from Macmillan Learning. The post US Black History Month: Macmillan Learning Awards ‘Black Stories’ appeared first on Publishing Perspectives. Continue reading at Publishing Perspectives

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Macmillan Learning Announces Winners of First Annual “Black History, Black Stories” Contest

The contest was created by Macmillan Learning "to elevate Black voices in education and in recognition of the fight for social justice inspired by the #BlackLivesMatter movement." Continue reading at Publishers Weekly

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Writing Woman to Woman, In Faith

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How to Write the Book No One Wants You to Write

Sarah M. Broom’s The Yellow House is a feat—a memoir and historical narrative created amid governmental bureaucracy and resistance from some of her subjects. Continue reading at The Atlantic

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How to Write the Book No One Wants You to Write

Sarah M. Broom’s The Yellow House is a feat—a memoir and historical narrative created amid governmental bureaucracy and resistance from some of her subjects. Continue reading at The Atlantic

[ The Atlantic | 2019-09-25 16:27:00 UTC ]
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Struggling as an author? Stop writing only what you want to write

Earning a living as a writer is as likely as winning the lottery. Instead of writing books and persuading others to buy them, find out what people want to write, then do it for themPhilip Pullman: professional writers set to become ‘an endangered species’ due to low wagesI left school with a... Continue reading at The Guardian

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But what if I want to write about mangoes?

Here I am. Writing about mangoes, while eating a mango. I am a stereotype dream come true. “I try to avoid any mention of mangoes, of spices and monsoons,” said writer Jeet Thayil, in an NPR interview a few years ago. Yes, these are the stereotypes that we are often pigeonholed in. I debated and... Continue reading at The Bookseller

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Harriet Evans | 'I want to write about things that interest me'

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It took a woman with autism 25 years to find her voice. Now she’s telling her story.

The memoir “I Have Been Buried Under Years of Dust” chronicles one family’s struggles and victories. Continue reading at The Washington Post

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How an acclaimed author decided to write fiction for Black women like her

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Dr Gwen Adshead | 'I wanted to write something that could be read by a lay person'

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The story of the Black church, from the spiritual to the political to the personal

Henry Louis Gates Jr. offers a sweeping narrative that goes beyond gospel music. Continue reading at The Washington Post

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Melvin Burgess | 'Like a lot of white folks, I’ve been wary of writing Black characters'

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Vaseem Khan | 'I wanted to write a book just for myself, and I put in there all the things I love'

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22 Books That Helped Me Write the Story of My Transition

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Benjamin Dean | 'I did want to be able to write something that I could almost ‘give’ to my younger self'

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Evaristo curates new series Black Britain: Writing Back for Hamish Hamilton

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