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  • Deborah Burst
    Deborah Burst captures 'Sacred Places,' 'Hallowed Halls' & foreword by Anne Rice
    July 31, 2015 - New Orleans. President Sue Quiroz ofAnne Rice's Vampire Lestat Fan Clubhosted a panel of four female authors Tuesday evening in Metairie. Award-winning New Orleans freelance writer and photographer Deborah Burst was a featured...
  • Superdome
    ARC Authors & Readers Con near Superdome offers free book signing this Saturday
    The 2015 ARC Author & Reader Convention opens today at the Downtown Superdome Holiday Inn.A free book signing event will take place on Saturday, August 1, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.The Holiday Inn--Downtown Superdome, located at 330 Loyola Avenue,...
  • Not one of Gaiman's best works
    An intriguing, yet disappointing mythological fiction
    There are thousands upon thousands of writers in the world with thousands upon thousands of stories they wish to share. Some writers will only ever write one story in their lives while others will go on to write countless tales, continuing to make...
  • Regret
    The novel ‘Regret’ by Brad Windhauser rates high as model story telling
    Within walking distance (through the woods) of Saint Francis University, from the outskirts of Loretto, Pennsylvania, down the winding lane known as Thomas Road, a quiet publishing enterprise by the name of Star Publish produces some rather...
  • Tides of Vanity
    ‘Tides of Vanity’ hints at a future for Jay Quint’s talent
    (Current fiction & past quality fiction)On this sixth anniversary of Contemporary Literature, Examiner slugs this review with two stars – one for a book not being as bad as it could have been – and the second star for a few...
  • The Festival of Insignificance book cover
    Books: Milan Kundera's new novella The Festival of Insignificance
    Elderly writers tend to write shorter books than they wrote earlier in their careers. Why start a project you might not live to complete? In the decade prior to his announced retirement Philip Roth wrote several short novels; Norman Rush’s...
  • The Knowledge Tree
    The Screen is Mightier than the Sword!
    (Current fiction & past quality fiction)Quite by accident Examiner experienced an impromptu discussion with Paul M. Hedeen at the 200th anniversary creative writing and literary conference of the North American Review, the nation’s...
  • New Orleans Genre Writers Conference
    New Orleans conference empowers genre writers with dialogue, contacts, and ROI
    The first annual New Orleans Genre Writers Conference was held June 5-7, 2015. The 3-day event was sponsored by Dark Oak Press and Media.Convention producers wanted to offer attendees useful genre-focused panel time and a Big Easy dose of...
  • Ms. Donna L. Quesinberry
    Are you an engine or an anchor?
    When considering wordsmiths - both an engine and an anchor sound equally engaging. You may desire to drive your reader to greater heights of understanding but you also might desire readers remain synced in and focused on content. Is one better...
  • The Bone Clocks
    ‘The Bone Clocks’ written the imaginative fearless way a novel should be written
    (Current fiction & past quality fiction)Any novel that purports to flirt with schizophrenia, nurtures synesthesia and embraces obsessive-compulsive disorder simply has got to be recommended by Examiner. As you know, the medical profession...
  • 'Quaternity' by Kenneth Mark Hoover
    'Quaternity' by Kenneth Mark Hoover
    To tell the truth, I probably never would have given “Haxan” by Kenneth Mark Hoover a read if it had not been published by ChiZine Publications. This has nothing to do with Hoover, whom I was unfamiliar with when I started that book,...
  • 'Against a Darkening Sky' by Lauren B. Davis
    'Against a Darkening Sky' by Lauren B. Davis
    ChiZine Publications is known for putting out books that are a little off of the beaten path so I was a little surprised when I read the synopsis for “Against a Darkening Sky” by Lauren B. Davis. This book sounded like it may be a...
  • What does it mean to eat with grace
    Book review: 'To Eat With Grace'
    To Eat With Grace: a Selection of Writing about Food from Orion Magazine, Forward by Darra Goldstein, 2014 The Orion Society, 2014, 88 pages. Approaching To Eat With Grace, I braced, expecting to be chastised for never finding a local source of...
  • The Rape of Proserpine
    Sorry, but no, your identities don't matter in Core classes
    At the end of April, four Columbia University students printed an OpEd in the school's newspaper, the Columbia Daily Spectator, entitled, "Our identities matter in Core classrooms." The piece decried the institution's policy of...
  • 'The Stephen Hawking Death Row Fan Club" by R.C. Goodwin
    'The Stephen Hawking Death Row Fan Club" by R.C. Goodwin
    How can you resist a book with a title like “The Stephen Hawking Death Row Fan Club?” I could not resist, at least, and just had to give this collection of short stories by R. C. Goodwin hoping that the stories in the book would live...
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