In Praise of Nuance
  • The Joys and Sorrows of (Writing) Historical Fiction

    October 9, 2017

    Writing historical fiction sure is a lot of hard work. Really, why bother?

  • Get to Know KNOW THE MOTHER

    August 23, 2017

    This debut flash fiction collection shows what this genre can do.

  • Between Obligation and Desire: An Interview with Des Cooper

    Des Cooper discusses how her fiction has been shaped by external expectations and pressures even as it explores the interior life that pushes out against those boundaries.

  • Book Review: The Shark Club

    A page-turning beach read set at the beach; with a little more effort, it could have plumbed the depths.

  • Book Review: Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

    July 11, 2017

    Funny, insightful, a love letter to the Democrats–and an opening salvo in his bid for 2020? Sure seems like it.

  • Book Review: G-Man

    Completely fun and still smart, this gun-crazy tale takes us back to the Depression-era battles between G-Men and gangsters.

  • Too Big to Edit?

    June 17, 2017

    Good editing makes good books. Authors and publishers forget this at their peril.

  • A Reader’s Reader

    May 21, 2017

    Finding inspiration in the example of a hard-core reader to range widely, go deep, and re-read the best.

  • Historical Novels Review Spring 2017 Issue

    May 15, 2017

    Two compelling, thought-provoking debuts and a page-turning if unbelievable crime thriller.

  • Write Now: Of Pitching and Publishing

    May 12, 2017

    A recap of the Books Alive! 2017 Washington Writers Conference, held by the Washington Independent Review of Books.


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