Book Review: Square Haunting by Rebecca Wade

Book Review: Square Haunting by Rebecca Wade

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I would read more nonfiction if it were as interesting and diverting as Square Haunting. Longlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize, it follows the lives of five women who were pioneers in their fields from the turn of the Twentieth century till WW2 and who set themselves up to rock the patriarchal boat
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Hurrah for Bookstores and Review of Aria by Nazanine Hozar

Hurrah for Bookstores and Review of Aria by Nazanine Hozar

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I love bookshops. We have none locally, but recently I have a new source for reading material: a bespoke service from a bookshop at the other end of the UK.
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Book Review: Into the Woods

Book Review: Into the Woods

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How do stories work and why do we tell them? These questions are given a logical and detailed analysis by John Yorke in his engaging and persuasive Into the Woods,
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Book Review. The Little Paris Bookshop

Book Review. The Little Paris Bookshop

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From his floating bookshop in a barge on the Seine, Monsieur Perdu the ‘Literary Apothecary,’ prescribes novels to help mend the hardships of life using his intuitive feel
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The Art of Book Cover Designs

The Art of Book Cover Designs

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Earlier this month, LiteraryGlobe hosted a discussion on the Art of Book Cover Designs, featuring award-winning Scottish author, Anne Pettigrew, and acclaimed Dutch
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The Joys of Book Shop Browsing

The Joys of Book Shop Browsing

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Bookshops are seductive. In my childhood I spent hours in libraries, but in adulthood found there was nothing like browsing the tables in a bookshop
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Book Review: Not the Life Imagined

Book Review: Not the Life Imagined

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‘Not the life I imagined’ is a darkly humorous, thought-provoking story of Scottish medical students in the sixties, a time of changing social and sexual mores.
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The Joys of Author Events and Book Signings

The Joys of Author Events and Book Signings

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My first signed book came from Paul Coelho, bought at my first ever author’s event. The evening is memorable for his wide smile
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A Game of Birds and Wolves. A Book Review

A Game of Birds and Wolves. A Book Review

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In our current difficult times it is easy to think we are hard done by - restricted in where we can go, who we can meet, anxious anything we touch might infect us with ‘Covid.’
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Writing a Book is like Climbing Everest

Writing a Book is like Climbing Everest

Author Stories
Being a published author is great- I’m over the moon to have a second novel out, but I never realized that publication is just the beginning.
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The Botanist’s Daughter. A Book Review

The Botanist’s Daughter. A Book Review

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The Botanists Daughter. A Book Review. Is a fascinating tale of discovery, desire, and deception with two parallel narratives separated by centuries.
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A Writers Guide To Book Covers

A Writers Guide To Book Covers

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People have strong views on book covers. You can’t please everyone, but surely a cover has one main function- to sell a book.
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Spring by Ali Smith. A Book Review

Spring by Ali Smith. A Book Review

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Spring by Ali Smith Review - Literary Medicine. I had a little experiment going at the beginning of this year: to read novels which chimed with each season.
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Humankind by Rutger Bregman Review

Humankind by Rutger Bregman Review

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Humankind by Rutger Bregman Review. This book should be read by all politicians and CEOs. In his new book Humankind, Dutch popular historian Rutger Bregman
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Ten Things About Writing by Joanne Harris.  A book Review.

Ten Things About Writing by Joanne Harris.  A book Review.

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Ten Things About Writing: Build Your Story, One Word at a Time by Joanne Harris.  A book Review. Seldom ever have I seen a more succinct, witty, insightful, and encouraging
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The Machine Stops by E.M. Forster. A Book Review

The Machine Stops by E.M. Forster. A Book Review

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The Machine Stops by E.M. Forster. A Book Review. Vashti has all that she needs in the world, living alone with an armchair and a reading desk.
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Introduction Book Marketing Workbook

Introduction Book Marketing Workbook

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Introduction Book Marketing Workbook. It is designed to teach basic marketing strategies, processes. and an essential pre-requisite before writing your book.
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Rainbow Corner Books. A mobile bookstore

Rainbow Corner Books. A mobile bookstore

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Rainbow Corner Books. A mobile bookstore for young book lovers. In a recent conversation the owners Susan Kirby and Louise Hunter
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10 Tips for Overcoming Writer’s Block

10 Tips for Overcoming Writer’s Block

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Ten Tips for Overcoming Writer’s Block. During the 10 years I spent as owner of The English Bookshop in Amsterdam, I heard stories about writer's block.
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5 Tips to Stay Motivated When Writing a Book

5 Tips to Stay Motivated When Writing a Book

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5 Tips to Stay Motivated When Writing a Book. Authors will tell you that writing a book is a process that requires lots of time and dedication.
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10 Tips to Help You Become a Better Writer

10 Tips to Help You Become a Better Writer

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Top 10 writing tips and suggestions to keep in mind about how to become a great writer. We have listed a few to encourage you in your journey.
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What are ISBN numbers and When are They Needed?

What are ISBN numbers and When are They Needed?

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Everyone is used to seeing an ‘ISBN’ on the flyleaf of a book. If you are thinking about publishing then you need to understand them, where to apply, and how much they cost.
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Not the Life Imagined by Anne Pettigrew

Not the Life Imagined by Anne Pettigrew

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Celebrating 70 years of life, love, and challenges. Graduating from Medical School in the 70s, the start of a family to publishing my novel Not the Life Imagined.
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In the Wake of the Plague by Norman Canton Review

In the Wake of the Plague by Norman Canton Review

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The black Death in 1348, one-third of the world population died. The Black Death (so named in the 1800s) was likely bubonic plague and anthrax.
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Natural Pandemics, Literature and COVID-19

Natural Pandemics, Literature and COVID-19

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Natural Pandemics, Literature, and COVID-19. Natural pandemics provided fertile literary inspiration, as did totalitarian dystopias of mind and soul control.
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How to Organise a Dickens Christmas Festival

How to Organise a Dickens Christmas Festival

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The ins and outs of organizing the famous Dickens festival in the Dutch medieval town of Deventer. It also boasts the biggest book market in Europe.
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How Reading can Boost Your Mental Health

How Reading can Boost Your Mental Health

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By 2020 it is estimated the Self-Help industry will be worth 13.2 million dollars. In 2019 Brits bought 3,000,000 self-help books.
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Finding an Agent or Publisher: Pros and Cons

Finding an Agent or Publisher: Pros and Cons

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At the outset, I have to say I’d love an agent. But I don’t have one, even though my second crime novel is being published soon
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Finding a local writers group

Finding a local writers group

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The idea of a writer being ‘born in a cellar and living in a garret.’ was coined by English writer Samuel Foote in the 1700s
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Storytelling is this Science or Art? Why we Tell Stories

Storytelling is this Science or Art? Why we Tell Stories

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Storytelling is this Science or Art? Why humans started storytelling, oral, or written concludes a story is a ‘mystery box’ satisfying a need deep within us.
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Choosing a Title for a Book is Hard.  What do you think?

Choosing a Title for a Book is Hard. What do you think?

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Choosing a title for a book is as hard as writing it. Choosing a newspaper headline can be even harder: the time for dithering is short before presses roll.
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Interview with R.J. Palacio author of WONDER

Interview with R.J. Palacio author of WONDER

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The author and graphic children’s novelist RJ Palacio famous for her best-selling book, Wonder, a story about a young boy (‘Auggie’, Pullman) with severe facial differences.
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5 Cover Letter Mistakes. What Are Yours?

5 Cover Letter Mistakes. What Are Yours?

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Don’t look unprofessional by giving validations from acquaintances e.g .my friend told me I must publish this story. or my sister/aunty/dog ‘loves my novel.’
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Interview: Children’s Author Mina Witteman

Interview: Children’s Author Mina Witteman

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Interview: Children's Author Mina Witteman. Lives and writes in Berkeley, California, the USA. Mina has brought her Dutch lifestyle habits with her to America
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All That Remains by Dame Sue Black Review

All That Remains by Dame Sue Black Review

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A look at life as a forensic anthropologist dealing with analysis and identification of corpses and skeletal remains.
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When the Dogs Don’t Bark by Angela Gallop Review

When the Dogs Don’t Bark by Angela Gallop Review

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A forensic scientist’s Search for the Truth, is Professor Angela Gallop’s personal account of the development of forensic science over the last 40 years.
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In Celebration of Dutch Children’s Book Week

In Celebration of Dutch Children’s Book Week

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Kinderboekenweek (or children’s book week, in English) is a Dutch book event which started in 1955 and continues successfully to this day
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Amsterdam’s American Book Center

Amsterdam’s American Book Center

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A prime source of English Books. What makes a bookstore more than a source for books? Over four decades, American expat Lynn Kaplanian-Buller and her husband
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The Joy of Book Festivals

The Joy of Book Festivals

Book Fairs and Book Markets
Robert Burns called the town of Irvine in Ayrshire, Scotland, a ‘wonderful educative place.’ He’d be pleased to see it still is, especially in September every year
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Festival Fox Players Presents Marjorie PRIME.

Festival Fox Players Presents Marjorie PRIME.

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Festival Fox Players Presents Marjorie PRIME. The play is about 86-year-old Marjorie who is suffering from memory loss.
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Bloody Scotland: International Crime Writing Festival

Bloody Scotland: International Crime Writing Festival

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Bloody Scotland: International Crime Writing Festival. If you’ve never been to one, literary festivals sound grand, intellectual events where writers parade their cleverness..
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Finding Space For Poetry in an Always On World

Finding Space For Poetry in an Always On World

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Poetry is a strange art. Often described as the art of saying as much as possible with as few words of possible.
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Brideshead Revisited LiteraryGlobe Review

Brideshead Revisited LiteraryGlobe Review

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“The definition of ch-ch-ch-ch-charm”, so famously stuttered by Anthony Blanche in the 1981, 11-episode Granada TV Production,
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The Java Gold by Robert Kingsley

The Java Gold by Robert Kingsley

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The Java Gold by Robert Kingsley. The Hurricane was the best and fastest airplane we had. But there were too few and they came too late…”
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Book Reviews: Driving book sales? Fact or Fiction

Book Reviews: Driving book sales? Fact or Fiction

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Book Reviews: Driving book sales? Fact or Fiction. Are reviews the pure vital force driving book sales? Or more born of ‘self-interest’ out of ‘malice’
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Defiant and Determined Literary Women

Defiant and Determined Literary Women

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Defiant literary women throughout the centuries. At school in sixties Scotland, history was male, apart from Boadicea, Elizabeth 1, Mary Queen of Scots
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Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan. A Book Review

Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan. A Book Review

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Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan. He has the ability to combine complex issues, such as the mess we create, lies we tell, and the complexity of human interaction.
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Classifying your book and the shifting sands of genres

Classifying your book and the shifting sands of genres

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Why do people write books? My aim was to entertain while leaving a snapshot of unrecorded contemporary history.
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Book Lounge. A community bookstore in Cape Town

Book Lounge. A community bookstore in Cape Town

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A community bookstore located in a street that is a mixture of gentrified and derelict buildings and homeless people.
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Philip Glass “Words Without Music”

Philip Glass “Words Without Music”

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Read on to find out what advice he has for both aspiring and established writers, and his comment on being a master in the field of both music and writing.
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GPT-2: A Natural Language Model

GPT-2: A Natural Language Model

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GPT-2: A Natural Language Model: Will Artificial Intelligence ever be able to replace creative writing?
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30 years later

30 years later

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February 14th 1989 marks the date where Theoterrorism became a phenomenon which had a global ..
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Murder, She Wrote?

Murder, She Wrote?

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Murder she wrote? Is about authors and journalists that have been murdered. Read on to find out what we can learn and how...
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Oudemanhuispoort Book Market Amsterdam

Oudemanhuispoort Book Market Amsterdam

Book Fairs and Book Markets
Oudemanhuispoort Book Market. What the Marché du Livre or Marché Georges-Brassens is to Paris, the Oudemanhuispoort is to Amsterdam.
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Labyrinth Cocktail, Food & Poetry Bar

Labyrinth Cocktail, Food & Poetry Bar

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Labyrinth Cocktail Food & Poetry Bar started in 2016 is Amsterdam’s only soul and poetry bar.
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Book Review Love and Summer

Book Review Love and Summer

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Love and Summer by William Trevor. A family drama set in Ireland during the 1950's.
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A new play by Dale Diana Remlee “Love in a Rainbarrel”

A new play by Dale Diana Remlee “Love in a Rainbarrel”

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Love sweet songs arises in the hearts of 3 generations of Grandma, Daughter, and Granddaughter.
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Waterstone’s Poetry Evening “Make it New!”

Waterstone’s Poetry Evening “Make it New!”

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Every couple of months Waterstones hosts a poetry evening called “Examining Poetry”.
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Versal: Community Publishing and Curations

Versal: Community Publishing and Curations

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Versal: Community Publishing and Curations. Named with an archaic adjective Shakespeare used to connote “whole,” Versal has been the voice of Amsterdam's
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Interview with American Novelist Nicole Krauss

Interview with American Novelist Nicole Krauss

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The New York Times described Nicole Krauss as "one of America's most important novelist".
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Dining with Author and Food blogger Vicky Hampton

Dining with Author and Food blogger Vicky Hampton

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Dining with Author and Food blogger Vicky Hampton. If you're navigating Amsterdam's ever-evolving culinary scene, author and food blogger Vicky Hampton
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Interview for the play “Buried Child” by Sam Shepard.

Interview for the play “Buried Child” by Sam Shepard.

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Buried Child won the 1979 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and launched Shepard to national fame as a playwright.
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Interview with 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Egan

Interview with 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Egan

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It was a chilly evening in Amsterdam with the outside temperature at minus degrees.
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Interview with American Author Russell Shorto

Interview with American Author Russell Shorto

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American author, historian and journalist, best known for his book "The Island at the Center of the World".
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Interview with Amsterdam playwright Cintia Taylor

Interview with Amsterdam playwright Cintia Taylor

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Her play was inspired by Ayn Rands book "The Fountainhead".
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5 Mistakes Aspiring Writers Make (And How to Fix Them)

5 Mistakes Aspiring Writers Make (And How to Fix Them)

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5 Mistakes Aspiring Writers Make (And How to Fix Them). So you're thinking about writing that novel. Or you've already published a memoir your partner calls
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Interview with travel writer Redmond O Hanlon

Interview with travel writer Redmond O Hanlon

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The talented Mr. Redmon O’Hanlon regaled us with epic travel adventure stories...
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