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  • 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...
  • Splat!
    Albuquerque novelist/book reviewer in North American Review literary conference
    (Current fiction & past quality fiction)An Albuquerque author/critic has been invited by the North American Review to participate in its Bicentennial Creative Writing & Literature Conference on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa...
  • Americana Music Triangle Logo
    Americana Music Triangle launches May 4-8: Celebrates South's music & more
    PROJECT TO FOCUS ON MUSIC, CULTURE AND HISTORY IN THE SOUTHStarting next week fromMonday, May 4th, throughFriday, May 8th, five states (Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas) are kicking off a dedication to the South's music...
  • Portrait of a Man Known as Il Condottiere book cover
    Books: on Jewish and artistic authenticity wrt Georges Perec's first novel
    Shortly after Germany’s surrender in 1945 Dutch painter Han van Meegeren was arrested for collaboration, specifically for selling one of Holland’s national art treasures, a Vermeer painting, to Nazi Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring. Van...
  • Literary Devices
    A great online resource for writers and teachers
    The internet is full of resources for just about any career or hobby. Recently, more and more resources have popped up for individuals in literary or literary-related fields. Digital writing is becoming a growing industry, and in addition to that,...
  • All The Light We Cannot See
    Fiction Pulitzer earned by ‘All The Light We Cannot See’
    (Current fiction & past quality fiction)When the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for fiction went to Anthony Doerr for “All The Light We Cannot See" (Scribner) your Examiner cringed. He’d had the book on his review list last December but...
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