This week’s roundup of interesting articles, blogs, news, and great writing by talented authors!

On Bookstores and Bookselling
The novel resurgence of independent bookstores

On Book Clubs
Book Club Invitations: More Spice Please
She Reads, a national online book club that advocates women’s literacy – wouldn’t it be great if we were to organize a book club like this in Canada? Hmmm …

On Writing
In defense of purposeless writing
5 Ways To Try A New Writing Style
What Can a Poet Say to a Fiction Writer About Writing? by Calgary poet, Bob Stallworthy
Secrets of popular writers

The Best of the Blogs
Seth Godin: Building your backlist (and living with it forever) – writers and bloggers, please take particular note …
Nathan Bransford: The #ThankAWriter Project – of interest to readers, and this topic is in need of a separate blog. I think this is a great idea!
Writer Unboxed: Give and Get by Kimberley Brock – on She Reads, a national online book club that advocates women’s literacy

On Canadian Authors and Publishers
Canadian authors: Really big … just not in Canada
What Went Wrong for Canada’s D&M Publishers

For Readers
Bonnet Rippers: The Rise of the Amish Romance Novel
Yet Another Love Affair from Rachel Small on her love of reading
And a couple of great writers I’d like to give a shout out …
Carrie Mumford‘s published short story, Breath
And Rick Mallery’s blog that I recently discovered. I really enjoy Rick’s writing and have been following his Power Shorts Daily, some of which have been brilliant! I also look forward to reading his novel Becomes the Happy Man that Rick offered as a free download on his blog.

Fun stuff!
50 Common Misconceptions Debunked – video
16 Fancy Gifts For Book Nerds
50 Reasons You Should Be a Bookworm

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6 responses

  1. Thanks so much for including my story here, Susan! And for the wonderful links 🙂

    1. Thanks for writing the story, Carrie, and for reading and commenting on my blog!

  2. Love these roundups! And thanks for the shout-out 🙂

    1. Thanks for writing such a great weekly blog, Rach! And for being a loyal reader and commenter on mine.

  3. Always interesting stuff Susan. I particularly liked the Fun Stuff- especially Nifty Gifts For Book Nerds. Interesting PW interview with Scott McIntyre and his postmortem on the demise of D&M. Hopeful article about the resurgence of the independent bookstore- the article was American however, I’m not so sure about a resurgence in Canada- although I am hopeful.
    Thanks, Rorie

    1. I believe the resurgence could happen for Canadian indies, as well, as long as they’re willing to embrace change, work with us on figuring out ways that eBooks can be sold through brick & mortar stores, and reshape themselves so they’re specifically serving the readers’ needs. (As you can imagine, I have a lot to say on this particular topic!!) Thanks for reading and commenting, Rorie! It’s a crazy business, isn’t it?

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