All of which asks the question Reynolds posed to his young audience: “How is it that a kid like me, a kid who grew up reading no books, eventually became a man who writes books for y’all?”
The tale of Reynolds’s transformation from a non-reader living on the edge in Oxon Hill, Md., to a literary celebrity is the kind of relatable story he wished he’d read when he was a kid. “It’s hard to be what you can’t see,” he said in an interview in the District, where he lives part-time.
Full Story: Jason Reynolds on ‘Long Way Down’ and how he became a writer – The Washington Post
Bernie Ditchik, 93, is still driving, playing tennis, sculpting, and, perhaps his most impressive feat, starting a new chapter in his life as an author.
The father of three and grandpa of five served in the Navy during World War II and later went on to run a costume jewelry business. Penning books was never part of his plan. Then he retired and his family suggested he write down the creative bedtime stories he had always come up with in his head.
Full Story: 93-year-old grandfather is now a children’s book author – Story | WNYW
I will never profess to anyone that writing a book is easy, but nonfiction writers do have a leg up over their novelist and memoirist peers in that nonfiction can and should be formulaic. It’s all about your table of contents, and if you bang that out on the front end and feel good about the points you’re hitting, you have a strong template to guide you all the way through to the end. Yes, you still have to execute good writing and keep your reader interested in your topic, but there are a few tricks (ie, skills) that you can implement to attract agents and editors—and eventually readers.
Full Story: Writing a Nonfiction Book? 5 Ideas For Attracting Agents/Editors And Keeping Readers Engaged | HuffPost
We Wanted a Revolution at the Brooklyn Museum tracks the shape-shifting radicalism of black women artists, authors, filmmakers, dancers, gallerists, and public figures between 1965 and 1985.
Story at: The Black American Women Who Made Their Own Art World
Underground publishers in the USSR broke rules in ingenious ways – such as hiding books in fake binding and making records on X-ray film, writes Benjamin Ramm.
Full Story: BBC – Culture – The writers who defied Soviet censors
Anthony Bourdain has been around the world and back again, but next year he’s launching a new adventure. As part of Berger Books, the just-announced new Dark Horse comic imprint by legendary Vertigo editor Karen Berger, Bourdain will be writing a comic book called Hungry Ghosts, due out next year.
Source: Anthony Bourdain is writing a new comic book
When Barry Plamondon was released from the hospital in 2013 his left side was paralyzed.
His second stroke also left him in a wheelchair.
The 25-year Maple Ridge resident sat at home for a couple of months acclimatizing to his new reality.
But after the second month he realized that he needed to do something to come to terms with his new disabilities.Plamondon picked up a pen and started writing.
Source: Sidelined by strokes, a Maple Ridge man discovers poetry – Maple Ridge News
As part of their 5 Vital Approaches to Poetry for Life, Tweetspeak Poetry sponsors four public days each year that are celebrated worldwide: Poetry at Work Day, Random Acts of Poetry Day, Take Your Poet to Work Day, and Poem on Your Pillow Day.
Across these four public days for poetry, which are designed to invite the poetry-shy to dip into poetry, they’ve seen participation on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and elsewhere—from Microsoft Lumia, Subway, the Scottish Parliament, NASA, Stephen Colbert, Kimberly Clark, Urban Outfitters, Haribo in Italy (maker of gummi bears), Marmite in South Africa, Subway, Cisco, Playstation, and many others. Ellen DeGeneres and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Elaine” from Seinfeld) have played their part, along with major museums like the Smithsonian and the Whitney, bookstores, libraries, and even the London railways.
Full Story along with resources to help you participate at: Take Your Poet to Work Day Makes Poetry Fun | HuffPost
Writing fiction can serve as an outlet, a way for a writer to let off some of the steam building up within and without. And, perhaps not coincidentally, “a situation under pressure” is exactly what would please the guest judge of the seventh-annual Texas Observer short story contest, which is now open for entries.
More info: Announcing the Seventh Annual Observer Short Story Contest
Start with the atmosphere. Don’t worry about wrapping everything up.
Source: How to Tell a Ghost Story – The New York Times