#DignidadLiteraria

by Hector Acosta By now you’re all probably acquainted with the American Dirt debacle. In case you’re not, let me direct you to Myriam Gurba’s fantastic review of the book, which breaks down how the novel and its author, Jeanine Cummins, failed its readers with its portrayal of Mexico and those who reside within it. Gurba’s review, and the subsequent...

Friday’s Forgotten Books: The Darkness Inside by John Rickards

Former FBI Special Agent Alex Rourke put Cody Williams behind bars seven years ago and hoped he’d never set eyes on Williams again. Williams, the prime suspect in a series of child abductions and murders, was convicted for the attempted abduction of another girl and the murder of a serial rapist. Now, Williams is dying in prison. In the years...

1100 Words

Writers are over-examined and over-discussed. Not exactly an audacious thesis statement for the first number of a biweekly column about writers and writing, and yet, here we all are. Writers are under such close scrutiny thanks to writers—writers write about themselves, about one another, about their feelings, their goals, their ever-declining place in society. There was a sweet spot of...

The Art of Business for Women Writers

The Art of Business for Women Writers

By Mary SanGiovanni When I was a little girl, I told myself stories.  I hand-wrote pages of scenes between characters, and when I learned to type, I wrote my first story – a mystery about a crime-solving cat modelled after Humphrey Bogart.  I was a voracious reader of speculative fiction. It wasn’t until high school that it finally clicked with...

Edgar Allan Poe for All

Edgar Allan Poe for All

by Dahlia Adler January is the birth month of Edgar Allan Poe, and while he’s frequently thought of as “That Gothic author Americans were forced to read in school,” his range was far greater than people realize…and that’s to say nothing of what he’s inspired over 150 years after his death, and the clever, nuanced books that have sprung up...

Ted Bundy’s Success Is A Feminist Issue

by Renee Asher Pickup The Stranger Beside Me was a groundbreaking, heart-stopping work. Ann Rule’s first book deal, assigned to her months before she ever knew her own friend and colleague was the murderer she wrote about, would become the definitive true crime book, the definitive book on Ted Bundy, and the work that launched Rule’s career. One thing it...