Writer Spotlight: Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami was born in Japan in 1949.   He grew up an only child in the coastal city of Kobe to parents who both taught Japanese literature.  Despite this, Murakami was greatly interested in western literature and counts Raymond Chandler, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, and Franz Kafka as some of his literature influences. Murakami didn't plan on... Continue Reading →

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Writer Spotlight: Herta Müller

Herta Müller was born in 1953 in Romania.  More specifically, she was born in a German speaking village to Banat Swabian parents placing her within the German minority of Romania which would influence a great deal of her experience of life. Müller is a novelist, poet, and essayist whose work has been translated into more... Continue Reading →

Writer Spotlight: Naguib Mahfouz

Naguib Mahfouz is a well known Nobel Laureate born in Cairo, Egypt in 1911.  He has written 34 novels and over 350 short stories as well as plays and film scripts over a 70 year career.  He passed away in 2006.  It was his Cairo Trilogy; Palace Walk, Palace of Desire, and Sugar street that... Continue Reading →

6 Books for Aspiring Copyeditors

Having a working knowledge of copyediting can't hurt; it can only make you a better writer.  With that in mind, this book list is for aspiring copyeditors, freelance or otherwise, but it is also for anyone in the world of words from publishers, editors, and proofreaders, to writers, authors, and bloggers.  It's for anyone who... Continue Reading →

Write Great Fiction with this Book Series

The wonderful Write Great Fiction series is published by Writers' Digest Books and consists of 5 titles.  The books are written by different authors and each one focuses on a key area in the construction of great fiction writing.  I've been meaning to get to these books for myself and I think they are a... Continue Reading →

Writer Spotlight: Dalene Matthee

Dalene Matthee is a beloved Afrikaans South African author of a number of hugely successful books that have been translated into 14 languages, including English.  When I was in high school we read the first of her forest books in Afrikaans class and I fell in love with it.  It was called Kringe in n... Continue Reading →

Writer Spotlight: Amitav Ghosh

Amitav Ghosh's The Hungry Tide is one of my all time favourite books (my review).  Ghosh is a great writer and I decided to share with you more about this author and his highly acclaimed novels.  No doubt many of you have read something by him before, if not, I recommend discovering his books.  Ghosh... Continue Reading →

Must Have Writers’ Reference Books

While searching for literature reading lists online I came across the Warwick University reading list for The Practise of Fiction and here are the reference books every writer needs in his arsenal to take on writing fiction: The Oxford English Dictionary Your own copy of the Oxford English Dictionary is essential.  The list talks about... Continue Reading →

Writer Spotlight: Donna Tartt

I decided to share with you information about Donna Tartt and her other novels - I recently finished The Goldfinch (2013) by Tartt and since I really enjoyed the novel I would like to read more by her.  As it turns out Tartt publishes a novel once every decade more or less so there are... Continue Reading →

Writer Spotlight: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a prominent author of African literature.  She was born in Nigeria, lives in America, but continues to go between the two  countries teaching writing workshops in Nigeria.  Adichie's novels have been translated into 30 languages and she has won various prestigious awards for her work. Her first novel, Purple Hibiscus (2003),... Continue Reading →

Writer Spotlight: Aesop

Aesop.  Aesop’s fables.  Aesop is a famous guy, we know him as the great fable teller whose stories are still used to teach children valuable morals through animal characters.  You may even have read a few yourself, but even if you haven’t the point is you’ve probably heard of them at some point.  The strange... Continue Reading →

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