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Screen Shot 2017-08-25 at 9.20.11 AMAaand… we’re back! Catch new episodes of A Word on Words, the Emmy-winning literary interview mini-show, on Nashville Public Television or online. The latest: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Strout explains how stand-up comedy made her a better writer. Lisa Ko, winner of the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Fiction, talks about the book that took the reading world by storm: The Leavers. And Weike Wang introduces her witty, wonderful debut novel, Chemistry.


Screen Shot 2017-07-16 at 9.56.47 PMIn The New York Times Sunday Review: “My Adventures in Accountability” — “As an approval-seeking person, I always want a gold star. But to achieve one thing generally means letting go of another.” A humorous look at what happens when a busy person tries to be accountable to too many goals at once.


egg-806081_960_720On Brevity: “An Egg-Poaching Pep Talk That Is Definitely Not a Metaphor for a Writer’s Career” — For anyone who has ever experienced creative anxiety.


screen-shot-2017-03-05-at-9-53-17-pmIn The New York Times Sunday Review: “Sing, O Muse, of the Mall of America” — Observe people in the act of searching — whether they get what they search for or not — and you will understand something about them.


Screen Shot 2017-03-07 at 10.52.57 AMOn McSweeney’s: “A Usage Guide to Timely Phrases Beginning with ‘As’ and Their Lowercase Abbreviations” — Save yourself a few letters when tweeting or texting the news.


photo-credit-heidi-ross-4“It’s sort of like having David Sedaris run your online literary magazine on the side.” (<– Greatest compliment ever received.) Interviewed by Ann Patchett about reading, writing, winning an Emmy, and multi-tasking.


Screen Shot 2017-01-17 at 10.35.42 AM.pngFor The Washington Post: “Learning From Our Mistakes” — Maybe we could save our future if we paid a little more attention to the lessons of our past.


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In The New York Times: “Wishing Away the Wish List” — The desire to bring back the mystery in giving has a little something to do with the desire to be taken care of, or maybe even to be a child again.


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NEW cartoon! Need a pep talk? Follow @wildlifecoach on Instagram to get one from a WildLifeCoach. Giraffes, bats, turtles, pigs… they’re all here to help.


Screen Shot 2017-01-22 at 4.31.31 PM.pngIn the Washington Post: “Teaching Girls to Save Their Own Lives” — This essay has mermaids, Michelle Obama, and the book that changed one writer’s life forever.


screen-shot-2016-10-24-at-8-40-06-pmRecent interviews: George Saunders, Brit BennettColson Whitehead, Yaa Gyasi, Glennon Doyle MeltonLee Boudreaux, Chuck KlostermanMegan Abbott, Brad WatsonLouise Erdrich,  and more


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“This Shop’s Walls Can Talk (In 140 Characters)” There’s enough opportunity for mistaken identity on Twitter to populate a Shakespearean comedy, but it’s still fun. Here’s an essay about creating a bookstore’s voice, from the front page of the Book World section in Washington Post.


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Get your copy anywhere you buy books! (For autographed copies, order from indie bookstore Parnassus Books.) And check out the penguins on Buzzfeed, The New York Times, Travel + Leisure, BookPage, The Millions, and more


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Festival season keeps rolling! Coming up: the Southern Festival of Books!