1. those-lonely-nights:

    My very favorite.

    Faulkner shelf talker!

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    In 1993, an interview with Toni Morrison appeared in The Paris Review—and it feels just as relevant and immediate twenty years later.

    Morrison covers vast ground: what makes a good editor, how white writers get black characters wrong (or right), the importance of teaching undergraduate students, and a million other marvelous things.

    Bonus: The interviewer is Elissa Schappell, an excellent writer in her own right whom we interviewed in 2011.

  3. How did the last good book you read end up in your hands, and why did you read it?
    These days I’m really into rereading some of my past favorites. It’s like visiting old friends. I just went back to Sorcery and Cecelia, a deliciously fun and very polite romp by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer.

    Have you ever made a literary pilgrimage?
    Not unless you count going to Boston Worldcon to meet Tamora Pierce.

    Describe the best breakfast of your life.
    Oh, this is an easy one. At the Denver Worldcon in 2008 (an all-around awesome trip), the hotel I stayed at (across from the Convention Center) had, in my book, the perfect breakfast. It was a little stew pot of tomatoes with spinach topped with two poached eggs and toast tips. (I ordered it without the ham.) I’ve been trying to get back to Denver ever since in the hopes of eating that breakfast again.

    What is your favorite indulgence, either wicked or benign?
    Puff pastries, anything custard or passion fruit related, German half-sweet Rieslings, shellac manicures, large-scale fish consumption, bitter greens, poached eggs, massages, hot tubs, Italian leather shoes, vintage dresses, patterned tights, industrial-inspired jewelry, whole milk, imported tea, expensive bed linen.

    In case you hadn’t guessed, I like to eat, sleep, and dress up.

    Read our Q & A with author Gail Carriger on the Powell’s blog.

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  5. thepenguinpress:

    Famous writers and their typewriters.

    (via unabridgedbookstore)

  6. Tomorrow’s great writers are hard at work today, writing and publishing the books that will make them famous. We can’t be sure who they’ll be until we get there — but we could guess… Actually, we did! Save 30% on our picks for tomorrow’s award winners. Read them today and you can say you knew them when.


  7. "The principle reasons for me, as far as being a writer were: you were your own boss, you could do it anywhere and you made lots of money. It wasn’t until I actually began writing that that I found out that wasn’t really true."

    Writer Donald Ray Pollack tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross why he left his job at a papermill when he was 45 and started to write fiction. (via nprfreshair)

    (Pssst. It’s Pollock. And we’re so glad he made the leap.)

    (via nprfreshair)

  8. A gallery of writers and their typewriters over at The Guardian.

    (Thanks to mindyourpsandqs for the link.)


  9. "For once we think we know what a writer is “really saying” — some hidden but discoverable message, lesson, or autobiography — then there is no limit to how much we can get wrong: anti-Stratfordianism (the idea that the works of William Shakespeare were written by someone of another name) exists, in part, because readers think they can tell what the writer of the plays actually believed and actually experienced, even if the same play contains multitudes of contradictory opinions and mutually exclusive experiences."

    Arthur Phillips, this week’s Powells.com guest-blogger, in a post titled “In Defense of Irrelevance.”


  10. "That’s when I saw the Dangerous Writers workshop flyer in the coffee shop next to Powell’s. There was a certain mystique surrounding this exclusive group run by Tom Spanbauer, author of The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon. “He’s a Raymond Carver minimalist,” someone said, “and he inspires his students to go for the heart.” I heard Chuck Palahniuk cut his teeth with Tom before he wrote Fight Club, and Gordon Lish, Amy Hempel, and Ken Kesey were whispered to be Tom’s friends. The weekly writer’s group had a forever waiting list, but this weekend workshop was a rare chance in the door."
    — This week’s guest-blogger Melissa Coleman, on her brush with Portland’s esteemed Dangerous Writers group. Read more.