Roberta Rich, author of The Harem Midwife and The Midwife of Venice, shares how much stranger truth can be than fiction. “[Ottoman] history even provided me with special effects. An army of slow-moving tortoises with candles affixed to their shells moved about the palace gardens on moonless nights.”
Author Lauren Grodstein, whose latest book The Explanation for Everything revolves around the question of intelligent design, shares her horrible Hebrew school memories and her love for her son’s current Hebrew school. Turns out, you just have to find The One. http://bit.ly/1neDodu
"There are risks, I have come to learn, when a Boston lawyer writes a novel about a desperately lonely, romantically awkward, Boston lawyer who seeks lasting love. In an Asian brothel." David Schmahmann writes about being mistaken for his character and the trip that served as inspiration for The Double Life of Alfred Buber.
Just as a sculptor might walk around a piece of work, as an author, Alyson Richman- The Lost Wife turns each character around so they are not one dimensional, but rather spherical, continually revealing another aspect of themselves as the novel unfolds.
At end of the day, the process of writing is similar to the way an artist creates a painting or a composer invents a score. Do you agree?
How do you come up with a title of a book? Jean Hanff Korelitz overcame her difficulty deciding on a title for her newest book by crowdsourcing it. And found that it was just something she should have known.
Tova Mirvis explores parts of New York that are buried out of sight and how that relates to writing fiction: http://bit.ly/OmOFrV
In honor of the paperback release of A Dual Inheritance, read the piece that Joanna Hershon, Author wrote for The Postscript: JBC Book Club Bonus blog on meeting a man who brought her imagined character to life.
"Meeting Robert Gardner was like meeting my imagined character…Had I not met [him]…I would have written the character of Hugh Shipley, but he would have been missing a critical part of himself.”
"This was lived experience instead of researched experience. It is a story about wanting. That is just as dangerous a topic to take on as any I know."
For The Mothers, Jennifer Gilmore took a new approach, one where emotional resonance was just as important as the social history and the ramifications of the past.
Food and books are joint loves for so many people. So to make your #bookclub meeting even more delicious, Randy Susan Meyers is offering you recipes.
Are you reading a book by Randy Susan Meyers Author for your next book club meeting? You can get a free cookbook!
Like Woody Allen, I can remember a childhood when being Jewish caused me a certain deep unease, partly because of the shadow caused by the Holocaust and partly because of the anti-Semitism of some public school teachers.