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  • Joan Didion was a writer’s writer; not only a groundbreaking journalist, essayist, novelist and screenwriter, but a keen observer who honed her sights on life’s telling details. Her insights continue to influence creatives and admirers, encouraging them to become close observers of the world, unsentimental critics, and meticulous stylists.
  • Lorrie Moore is one of the most celebrated living writers in the United States. Her new novel, “I Am Homeless If This Is Not My Home,” is her first in 14 years and is an exploration of love and death, passion and grief where a man takes a road trip with the corpse of his dead ex-lover.
  • Author Jeremy Bushnell will present his new novel, Relentless Melt, tonight at the Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, MA. He will be joined in conversation by Christopher Boucher.The book is described as: "Stranger Things" meets the Golden Age of Detective fiction in a supernatural detective thriller that introduces Artie Quick, a sales assistant at Filene’s in Boston, who moonlights as an amateur detective.
  • Ruta Sepetys is known for creating vivid characters and harrowing plots. After five award-winning works of historical fiction and countless hours of meticulous research, she can affirm that the secret to strong writing is embedded within your life experience."You: The Story" is a powerful how-to book for aspiring writers that encourages you to look inward and excavate your own memories in order to discover the authentic voices and compelling details that are waiting to be put on the page.
  • Jennifer Egan, one of the leading fiction writers of her generation, received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and National Book Critics Circle Award for her bestselling, structurally inventive novel, "A Visit from the Goon Squad." Her much-anticipated "The Candy House," is the story of a Silicon Valley billionaire who creates a company that allows users to upload and download human memory.
  • Owen King’s “The Curator” is a fantasy of illusion and mystery set in an unnamed city in the midst of a revolution where nothing and nobody is as it seems. “The Curator” is an exploration of power, revolution, ghosts, cats, and more.
  • Woodstock Bookfest will be live and in person this weekend in Woodstock, New York. The festival features an amazing line-up of writers including: Neil Gaiman, Abigail Thomas, Alexander Chee, Mark Whitaker, Gail Straub, Ann Hood, and Amy Ferris -- just to name a few. The festival will open with a Story Slam and end with its signature panel: Memoir-A-Go-Go! Festival Founder Martha Frankel is here with details.
  • Northern Ireland is one hundred years old. Northern Ireland does not exist. Both of these statements are true. It just depends on who you ask. How do you write about a place like this? In "The Strangers' House," Alexander Poots asks this question of the region’s greatest writers, living and dead.
  • "The Faraway World" is a collection of stories from Patricia Engel, the New York Times bestselling author of "Infinite Country." Intimate and panoramic, the stories bring to life the liminality of regret, the vibrancy of community, and the epic deeds and quiet moments of love.
  • Melissa Febos' latest publication is her craft book, “Body Work: The Radical Power of Perosnal Narrative.” “Body Work" is a national bestseller and an Indie Next Pick. Drawing on her own path from aspiring writer to acclaimed author and writing professor - via addiction and recovery, sex work and academia - Febos has created a captivating guide to the writing about life.