Maybe it’s a bestseller you’ve been meaning to read, or a how-to or self-help book you heard about recently, or maybe you have a tattered copy of an old favorite at the top of your list of books to read in 2015. In this month’s Readers Write, we asked: What are the top five books on your list of books to read in the new year? […]
In her accomplished career as an editor and the bestselling author of more than thirty books about the African American experience, Andrea Davis Pinkney has become as inspiring as many of the historic figures she writes about. She felt an undeniable pull to write about the Darfur genocide in her latest novel, The Red Pencil. Even through the ugly filter of war, Andrea’s longtime message shines through: Hope and joy are for everyone. […]Read more...
Bestselling author James Patterson doesn’t just make millions. He also gives away millions, in scholarships for teachers, grants to independent bookstores, and programs for young readers. In this exclusive interview, he talks about the influence of his advertising career, his preference for collaborative writing, why he feels it’s important we have “really good bookstores,” and why getting kids to read is a “bit of an obsession” for him. […]
Fifty-four years after they went to jail for sitting at a whites-only lunch counter in Rock Hill, South Carolina, the eight surviving members of the Friendship Nine are returning to court to have their convictions vacated. Their new day in court came in no small measure from a children’s book, No Fear For Freedom: The Story of the Friendship 9, and the efforts of its author, Kimberly Johnson. “These men were treated as criminals, but they’re not,” she says. “What they did is really powerful and right.” […]
Inspired in part by the brutal murder of a fellow intern, bestselling crime novelist CJ Lyons left her medical career to write full time. With both traditional and self-published books, CJ engages her devoted readers to propel her books up the bestseller charts and ultimately give back to her community. Selling over 2 million copies of her 27 books, CJ and her readers have donated $100,000 to deserving charities and helped 70 police departments receive specialized training to solve crimes. […]
Writing is a lonely business. It’s easy to get stuck in a writer’s box. Writers find comradery, rejuvenation, and a fresh look at the writing craft at writer’s conferences. From Mexico to Whidbey Island, New York to Iowa, this lineup of regional, national, and international conferences offers something for every writer in any season. […]