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By ww2bw on October 8, 2013
Among the Local Souls By Cheryl Olsen Allan Gurganus has always been a master of metaphor. And character. And setting. And pacing. And symbolism. And plot. And point of view. And conflict. And theme . . . . Always. So listening to him read from Local Souls, his new triad of novellas, at Book Passage […]
By ww2bw on July 15, 2013
Va-cay! We’re going off the grid—for the first time since going ON it—for the next two weeks. But you should feel free to nose around and make yourself at home. The larders are well stocked, so choose a genre and hunker down. Or hit the “Books by the Bed” trove for unlimited recommendations by our […]
By ww2bw on June 1, 2013
Our Kickass List of Favorites We have winners! The drawing for copies of We Wanted to Be Writers produced these lucky recipients, listed with their favorite literary moms: Marian Evans @7R4SM: “Beautiful Muriel (Rukeyser), mother of everyone!” American poet and political activist, best known for her poems about equality, feminism, social justice, and Judaism. Jennifer […]
By ww2bw on April 16, 2013
Awesome online lit mag and writers’ resource Talking Writing posted a solicitation for writers to contribute to our “Books by the Bed” series. Their cool factor—already in the stratosphere—just multiplied exponentially. We’re talking thermosphere, at least!
By Cheryl on April 9, 2013
Cheryl has a guest post on Victoria Johnson’s site (<— a wonderland of creativity, tips for writers, and good reads!) about her writing space—Olsen clutter digitally captured. Check it out.
By ww2bw on March 25, 2013
Remembrances have been coming in. There will be more. Henry’s arrival in Iowa City coincided with our own. Even then, he had a presence; he was a force. Ships Passing By Ross Howell Ross Howell followed a career in academic fundraising, public relations, book publishing, and marketing after receiving his MFA at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. […]
By ww2bw on November 21, 2012
In this best of all seasons, we are especially grateful for librarians and booksellers and teachers and avid readers and writers and all the other people who love books and the power of well chosen words to enrich lives.
By ww2bw on November 19, 2012
By Jeffrey Abrahams As Thanksgiving approaches, the groaning table has been turned on me and I find myself looking over my shoulder. I am being stalked by wild turkeys. If you’ve never seen a wild turkey before, except on the label of a bottle of fine bourbon, let me explain the difference between the domesticated, […]
By ww2bw on October 24, 2012
The Candy Corn Test and Other Essentials By Jeffrey Abrahams Forget the presidential election. Don’t even think about the Christmas catalogs starting to arrive. If you’re like me, you’ll reserve all of your energy to deal with the crucial issue of the day: Halloween candy. Every year I struggle to control myself. But as soon […]
By ww2bw on October 17, 2012
The October Occupation By Rosalyn Drexler The only holiday I celebrate is Halloween . . . I’d say the skeleton appeals to me because it can be persuaded to dance in the wind and is truly the bare bones of any situation. The pumpkin is particularly central because of its ability to change into a […]