Decatur Book Festival 2014

What do Karen Joy Fowler, Ron Rash, US Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, Barbara Brown Taylor, Joyce Carol Oates, Thrity Umrigar,  Pat Conroy, and scores of others have in common? They  all participated in the Decatur (Georgia) Book Festival this past weekend. The festival claims to be the largest independent book festival in the country. That […]

Historical Novelist Lynn Cullen, Part 2: The Craft of Art

In Part 1 of my interview with Lynn Cullen (see July 30th), I briefly discussed her break-out novel, Mrs. Poe.  But as Cullen says herself, “It takes years to figure out your craft and the industry. Those who want a short cut, well, it doesn’t happen.” Back when she was a young mother finishing her English […]

Historical Novelist Lynn Cullen, Part 1: Mrs. Poe, Frances Osgood, and the Author Herself

Received this post as an email? Click on the blue title to read in your browser. I hadn’t seen my friend Lynn Cullen since the launch of her historical novel Reign of Madness in 2011, though we’d been in touch via email. But this morning we were meeting for breakfast at Goldberg’s Deli in Toco […]

Robert Coram: Military Biographer, Part Two

Did you receive this post via email? Please click on the title to read in your browser. Tuesday, I introduced you to military biographer Robert Coram, told you about his background, and discussed his approach to writing. Today–a bit about his biographies, the three he’s published and the one still in draft stage. Boyd: The […]

Robert Coram: Military Biographer, Part One

  Did you receive this post via email? Please click on the title to read in your browser. “I have the best job in the world,” says Robert Coram. “I get to write about American heroes.” His theme is particularly timely for this week of Memorial Day, May 26th. The hardest thing for Coram is […]

Frost in Springtime

T. S. Eliot may have felt that “April is the cruellest Month,” but not in lovely Decatur, Georgia, where Spring has at long last arrived. It’s short-sleeve weather full of sunny days and blooming trees. We are bound today for Agnes Scott College’s McCain Library to view the Robert Frost Collection, a fitting pilgrimage for National […]

The Novelty of Truth – The Kidney Sellers: A Journey of Discovery in Iran

Today, Readers Unbound welcomes guest blogger  Sigrid Fry-Revere, whose book The Kidney Sellers will launch March 1st. Dr. Fry-Revere is the ethics consultant for the Washington Regional Transplant Community’s Organ and Tissue Advisory Committee and project director of the Center for Ethical Solution’s SOS (Solving the Organ Shortage) project. She has written hundreds of articles for […]