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It is often said that a hero is only ever as good as the villain.
I am not ashamed to say that I have an abiding interest in popularity. Not my own so much — though I’m as eager to be liked as anyone — but popularity as a process and a phenomenon. Why are certain people, ideas, or stories popular at any given moment? Are there ways to make ideas or works of art that are currently unfashionable, fashionable?
This week, I ambled into the Anthropologie in SoHo, convinced I needed more artisan squirrel letter openers and frilly aprons adorned with arabesques. Along with the usual twee displays of coat hangers magically becoming birds in flight, there was something that stopped me dead in my tracks – a display of old Reader’s Digest books from decades ago, each sawed into a different letter.
Calling all emerging journalists: KYD Copyright Agency Investigative Journalism Mentorship
Presented by Inscription and proudly supported by the United States Studies Centre, the US Consul General, the Australia Council, Qantas, Griffin Theatre Company and Friends of Inscription.
Emily Laidlaw goes behind the scenes to find out what it’s like to be a book publicist: parties, press releases and looking after authors ‘without being a fussing pain in the arse’.
Back in the early 2000s, a twenty-something New Yorker with a soul-crushing secretarial job suddenly started living every blogger’s dream: she scored a publishing deal to turn her popular food blog, The Julie/Julia Project, into a book.
Seventy-five years after Philip Marlowe stepped out for the first time in The Big Sleep, Raymond Chandler's hardboiled private detective is as sharp as ever. But have you solved the mystery of his enduring appeal? Test your knowledge of his life and work with our quiz
2014 Edgar Award Nominees Announced
Have you ever been on a motorcycle? There is definitely something about the experience. People who ride them swear by the sense of adventure they promise.
The Crime Writers’ Association is delighted to announce that the 2014 Diamond Dagger will be awarded to Simon Brett.
Very exciting news coming out of Dark Passage books - who will be publishing many of the brilliant June Wright's crime fiction books.
As The Millions has done for several years now, we thought it might be fun to compare the U.S. and U.K. book cover designs of this year’s Morning News Tournament of Books contenders.
Giveaway, competition for P.M. Newton's new book FALLING BEAMS, second in the Detective Nhu 'Ned' Kelly series.
7 Tips on Writing Crime from Luke Preston (via http://www.thecreativepenn.com)
You can get a free home, if you're a writer! As long as you're cool with moving to Detroit.
Dear Self promoting authors...
During the coming year Charlotte will be developing a toolkit of resources and programs for emerging writers - including her magazine for writers, podcasts, creativity workshops, writing retreats and mentoring.
“Writers in this office used to drink,” a grizzled veteran of these corridors once said sternly to a couple of pup reporters, whom he had discovered taking turns trying on a good-looking cashmere jacket in another cubicle.
Check out Writers Victoria for the range of summer school sessions

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