WHERE THE FOREST MEETS THE RIVER explores the complex, interconnected lives of a small town’s residents
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by Bill Wolfe
1d ago
Where the Forest Meets the River By Shannon Bowring Europa Editions: September 3, 2024 336 pages, $18.00 Like Elizabeth Strout and Richard Russo, Shannon Bowring excels in bringing families and small towns to life in all their interconnected complexity. Her 2023 debut, The Road to Dalton, introduced readers to the tiny town in northern Maine ..read more
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1974: A PERSONAL HISTORY explores the author’s coming of age during the political transformation of a generation
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by Bill Wolfe
2w ago
By Guest Reviewer Roxana Robinson Francine Prose’s memoir is a brilliant book: a deeply informed history of the political transformation of a generation, a candid account of the coming-of-age of Prose herself, a member of that generation, and a vivid account of the psychological mismatching that took place on both a public and private level ..read more
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16 authors share their summer reading plans (Pt. 2 of 2)
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by Bill Wolfe
2w ago
When I put out the word that I was looking for authors to submit their summer reading lists, I didn’t expect to receive such a strong response. But I shouldn’t have been surprised. After all, people love to share their reading plans with other passionate readers (just like people love to know what others are ..read more
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14 authors share what they’re reading this summer
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by Bill Wolfe
3w ago
I was talking to a writer friend when the conversation got around to our summer reading plans. We both had a long list of books we wanted to read, but we acknowledged that our desire to read seemingly every book out there was not realistic. So what we have is a wish list from which ..read more
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THE BERRY PICKERS explores the lengths people will go to for family in a story set against North America’s dark history of anti-Indigenous racism
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by Bill Wolfe
1M ago
The Berry Pickers By Amanda Peters Catapult: Oct. 31, 2023 320 pages, $27.00   There are so many good books being published that it’s impossible to read them all (although my TBR bookcase, stack, and list suggest that I’m deluded enough to try). The Berry Pickers received a lot of attention when it was published ..read more
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Voice Lessons: Tina Goodyear on how she lost her personal writing voice and, many years later, rediscovered it
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by Bill Wolfe
1M ago
I have spent years teaching others to write. I have preached the power of the written word, have espoused the virtue of writing as empowerment, a vehicle for agency. I have doled out journals, pens, prompts and passion. I have prodded, encouraged, and held students’ hands as they wrestled with revision. I have helped the ..read more
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Fifteen writers pay tribute to Alice Munro, the queen of short stories
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by Bill Wolfe
1M ago
The literary world lost one of its most important and influential writers on May 13 when Alice Munro, who wrote only short stories from the late 1960s until her final collection, Dear Life, in 2013, passed away at the age of 92. There is no praise that was not heaped on her work during her ..read more
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CIVILISATION FRANCAISE author Mary Fleming on one of France’s best kept secrets
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by Bill Wolfe
2M ago
Let me tell you about a region that is one of France’s best kept secrets. It lies at the southern tip of Normandy, only two hours from Paris and an hour west of Chartres, yet it remains remote in the minds of many French people and certainly most tourists. The area, whose assignation dates from ..read more
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Elizabeth Poliner: How mapping the stories of Alice Munro made me a better writer
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by Bill Wolfe
2M ago
With the passing of Canadian Nobel Prize-winner Alice Munro today at age 92, I thought I would re-share this insightful craft piece by Elizabeth Poliner. I first came to love Alice Munro’s stories for the resonance I felt with her subject matter—the close examination of the lives of girls and women; the tension she returns ..read more
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Seven stellar short story collections you may have missed
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by Bill Wolfe
2M ago
Short stories don’t receive the attention they deserve. Some readers dislike having to get oriented to characters, settings, and conflicts only to have to do it all over again with the next story. And some find the tight focus and often unsettled conclusions dissatisfying. I found that the more stories I read, the better I ..read more
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