Book of the Week:

Boy Between Worlds: The Cabinet of Curiosities by Cynthia C. Huijgens In this action-packed thriller, twelve-year-old Max Mead is headed to Cairo, but there’ll be no time for fun. His grandfather, a famous antiquities expert, has gone missing and his father is frantically organizing a search party. When Max is given the key to hisContinue reading “Book of the Week:”

Author Interview: Cynthia Huijgens

Tell us something about your book.   My first children’s picture book is titled Polar Bear and the UFO.  It takes place in the frostiest reaches of the Arctic Circle and in a very playful and subtle way shines a light on problems of climate change and shrinking polar bear habitat. My first middle gradeContinue reading “Author Interview: Cynthia Huijgens”

Frida Kahlo’s Love Letters to Nickolas Muray

Yesterday was the corporate holiday that makes money on people’s tender feelings, but Nickolas Muray was born on this day in 1892. Born as Miklós Mandl, the Hungarian artist traveled to America before the outbreak of World War I with very little money and equally scarce knowledge of the English language but armed with aContinue reading “Frida Kahlo’s Love Letters to Nickolas Muray”

My Valentine’s Gift to Romance Authors

I was still a beginner when I translated my first Katie Fforde novel into Serbian. And I remember thinking that no modern girl could be so naive, which is pretty snobby since all of us tend to be a bit ‒ a bit? ‒ unsure and go a little nuts when we are in love.Continue reading “My Valentine’s Gift to Romance Authors”

Mark Krylov’s Birthday with a Writing Challenge

When partners can’t agree Their dealings come to naught And trouble is their labor’s only fruit. Ivan Andreyevich Krylov is known as the Russian Fontaine. It is fascinating that he found the genre that suited him best at the age of forty, which confirms the old saying that it is never too late for anything.Continue reading “Mark Krylov’s Birthday with a Writing Challenge”

Get Inspired with Judy Blume

Judy Blume is one of the most loved authors for some time now. Her novels sure have provoked controversy, but her works were sold in over 82 million copies worldwide and translated into 32 languages. Maybe you thought that she had some crazy luck and found a publisher as soon as she submitted like inContinue reading “Get Inspired with Judy Blume”

Gertrude Stein’s Quotes about Writing

I think that Mrs. Stein’s style was overly repetitive and that her disregard for punctuation can be confusing, but that doesn’t mean that her insights aren’t useful to authors. What do you think? Can you make good use of them? “You will write if you will write without thinking of the result in terms ofContinue reading “Gertrude Stein’s Quotes about Writing”

Author’s birthday AND release date

“A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.” ‒ James Joyce How cool would it be to have your book published on your birthday? Well, that happened to James Joyce. His masterpiece, Ulysses, was first published on February 4, 1922, on the Irish author’s fortieth birthday.Continue reading “Author’s birthday AND release date”

Stendhal – Fun facts

Marie-Henri Beyle, born on January 23, 1783, is commonly known as Stendhal. But the French author used over a hundred pseudonyms: Anastasius Serpiere, Louis Alexandre Bomber, William Crocodile, Baron de Cutendre, Poverino… His authorship of some books and articles was discovered only in the twentieth century. After the publication of Rome, Naples, Florence, he used theContinue reading “Stendhal – Fun facts”