Epistolary appreciators everywhere know the power of a good letter, and if you’re looking for a few tips on how to get in the pen-and-ink game (or toner-and-cartridge game, no judgement), it’s wise to read some scribblings from the pros. Or in the case of the Letters of Note series on audio, listen to Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, Sanjeev Bhaskar, and more golden-voiced narrators read famous letters about love, war, music, and…cats. READ MORE
Whether you’ve been following these writers for years or are discovering their work for the first time, check out these eight short story and essay collections written or curated by bestselling, award-winning, and debut black authors. READ MORE
For this week’s craft, we thought you might like to try this delightfully fun and easy Dyed Washi Paper project from Yellow Owl Workshopâ€™s Make It Yours: Patterns and Inspiration to Stamp, Stencil, and Customize Your Stuff? READ MORE
“We just got finished recording the audio version of my book This is Really Happening. My book is about my life. Itâ€™s an essay collection about growing up, being in love, itâ€™s about being afraid, itâ€™s about being sick and itâ€™s about getting over it and moving on.”
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Are you a fan of short stories? Then Big Cats is the audiobook for you. The acclaimed collection was released in audio this week and it has a star-studded cast. With the likes of Patricia Arquette, Helen Hunt, Rainn Wilson, and Jenna Fischer, among others, Big Cats is full of big personalities.
Gillian Flynn, New York Times bestselling author of Gone Girl, is back with a short story called The Grownup. The Grownup is a chillingÂ ghost story about a suburban family in a Gothic Victorian home.
The nameless narrator is a young grafter woman. She works at a spiritual shopâ€”in front they provide women with psychic readings; in back, they provide pleasure to men. One day, a disheveled woman, Susan, enters the shop and asks for help. Her house may be haunted, and her unusual stepson may have sinister intentions. Intending to use Susan as a conduit to other wealthy women interested in psychic house calls, the narrator agrees to help.
Once the narrator begins visiting the family and the home, however, eerily disturbing events and stories unfoldâ€¦and things are not necessarily as they seem.
I was a little disappointed to hear that Anthony Marra‘s follow-up to his stunning New York Times bestselling debut, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, was a book of short stories entitled The Tsar of Love and Techno. I don’t normally love short story collections; itâ€™s hard to find a collection where every story is truly memorable. I always feel the need to delve deeper into characters or situations. Needless to say, I was worried that would be the case with The Tsar of Love and Techno. I was completely wrong. In this collection, the characters and their stories are subtly intertwined, making it feel like one continuous, grand novel. READ MORE
Breeze through your next workout session. Motivation can be elusive at times, but we’ve put together three, free short story playlists that are guaranteed to keep you pumping that iron. Or running that last mile. Or doing whatever it is you like to do when you workout. READ MORE