Here Are the Most Vicious Takedowns of ‘Mad Men’ Creator’s Debut Novel

Here Are the Most Vicious Takedowns of ‘Mad Men’ Creator’s Debut Novel

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Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner has serious writing cred. Aside from creating the critically acclaimed Mad Men, he’s written for shows like The Sopranos and Becker as well. It’s a wonder, then, why his debut novella Heather, the Totality is receiving such negative reviews.   The titular Heather is a child who attracts an ex-convict’s attention, and this is the short book’s short setup. Book reviewers tend to stick to the mantra “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything.” Except in this case. Reviewers haven’t given Weiner’s debut a break.   Image Via Amazon   Ryan …

Youngest Ever Oscar Nominee Adds ‘Author’ to Her Résumé

Youngest Ever Oscar Nominee Adds ‘Author’ to Her Résumé

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Not satisfied with being the youngest actress ever to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for Beasts of the Southern Wild, Quvenzhané Wallis releases her first books this Tuesday. The children’s picture books Shai & Emmie Star in Break an Egg and A Night Out with Mama are the product of a four book deal signed by Wallis in 2015.    Wallis in Annie / Via The Advocate    Shai & Emmie Star in Break an Egg is the first of Wallis’ three planned Shai Williams books, but her semi-autobiographical picture book is right on schedule. The ‘second [Shai] book is scheduled for release …

Debut Historical Novel Inspires Huge Bidding War

Debut Historical Novel Inspires Huge Bidding War

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The Age of Light, the debut novel by Whitney Scharer, is a historical romance novel set in Paris, following famed fashion and fine art photographer Lee Miller and her passionate relationship with Man Ray. It was also the center of a huge bidding war this week.   Lee Miller, real human person. | Image via Museu Picasso   The interest the book’s picked up is phenomenal. Scharer’s agent, Julie Barer, started sending the book to publishers last Wednesday morning, and told Entertainment Weekly that before finishing the submission calls she had multiple interested parties. Scharer eventually received thirteen bids on the book. The Age …

This Feminist Revenge Story Gives a Voice to the Voiceless

This Feminist Revenge Story Gives a Voice to the Voiceless

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The United States isn’t a single entity. It’s not monolithic. A state like Washington has about as much in common with Mississippi as it does with São Paolo. Identifying a single definition of U.S. culture is impossible. In order to get a better sense of the country as a whole, we have to listen closely to the quiet places. Leah Weiss’s exciting debut novel If the Creek Don’t Rise focuses on some of America’s forgotten voices: the people of Appalachia.   Image courtesy of Amazon   Appalachia is not the same thing as the Appalachian Mountains. It’s a region of the Appalachian …

12 Debut Authors Worth Reading

12 Debut Authors Worth Reading

We’ve compiled a list of twelve debut authors to read now. Some are brand new to the writing scene, and others have had different types of writing, like poetry, published before. Whether they’re writing short stories or novels, these twelve authors are our favorite coming into the market. The list includes author debuts in 2015 with the excpetion of Justine Lewis who debuted her novel in Australia in 2014.  Angelina Mirabella The Sweetheart Courtesy of Simon & Schuster  Release Date: January 20, 2015 Mirabella’s work has previously appeared in The Southern Review, The Mid-American Review, and The Greensboro Review. Her …