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10 Free Stories by George Saunders, Author of “Tenth of December,” “The Best Book You’ll Read This Year”   Leave a comment

George Saunders

George Saunders (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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For writers and serious readers, George Saunders is anything but a newcomer. Saunders published his first short story with The New Yorkerback in 1992, and his new stories have regularly debuted in the magazine’s Fiction section ever since. Over the years, he has gained the reputation of being a “writer’s writer,” with authors like Tobias Wolff saying about Saunders: “He’s been one of the luminous spots of our literature for the past 20 years.” But despite his literary accomplishments, and despite winning the prestigious MacArthur award in 2006, George Saunders never quite became a household name until January 6 of this year. On that day,The New York Times published an article with the title, “George Saunders Has Written the Best Book You’ll Read This Year,” a pretty bold declaration given that 2013 still had 359 days to go. Since then, Saunders has found himself in the limelight talking about Tenth of December, his newly-published collection of short stories. You can watch him give a reading at Google above, or make appearances on the PBS News Hour and The Colbert Report.

If you’re not familiar with Saunders’ writing, then we have you covered. Below we’ve collected 10 stories by the author, all free to read online. Even better, the list features three stories from Tenth of Decemberincluding the story after which the book takes its name. All stories from the new collection have an asterisk next to the title.

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“Write what you know” – Nathan Englander on Misunderstood Advice   2 comments

Nathan Englander (born 1970) is an American author. He wrote the short story collectionFor the Relief of Unbearable Urges, published by Alfred A. Knopf, in 1999.

J. K. Rowling – A Year In The Life (TV, 2007)   3 comments

Author J.K. Rowling reads from Harry Potter an...

Author J.K. Rowling reads from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone at the Easter Egg Roll at White House. Screenshot taken from official White House video. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Joanne “Jo” Rowling  was born 31 July 1965), pen name J. K. Rowling, is a British novelist, best known as the author of the Harry Potter fantasy series.

Harry Potter is a series of seven fantasy novels written by the British author J. K. Rowling. The books chronicle the adventures of a wizard,Harry Potter, and his friends Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger, all of whom are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The main story arc concerns Harry’s quest to overcome the Dark wizard Lord Voldemort, whose aims are to become immortal, conquer thewizarding world, subjugate non-magical people, and destroy all those who stand in his way, especially Harry Potter.

Anthony Horowitz, Author’s top writing tips   Leave a comment

Foyle's War

Foyle’s War (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cover of "Alex Rider"

Cover of Alex Rider

Anthony Horowitz (born 5 April 1955) is an English novelist and screenwriter. He has written many children’s novels, including The Power of FiveAlex Rider and The Diamond Brothers series and has written over fifty books. He has also written extensively for television, adapting many of Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot novels for the ITV series. He is the creator and writer of the ITV series Foyle’s WarMidsomer MurdersCollision and Injustice.

Geoffrey Zimmerman: Advice to Aspiring Writers   Leave a comment

Geoffrey Zimmerman is an American author and screenwriter currently living in RichmondVirginia.

He is a prolific writer who has recently published the romantic adventure novel Love Never Dies Book 1: The Parting set in soviet ruledPoland

David Walliams shares his writing tips   Leave a comment

Come Fly with Me (2010 TV series)

Come Fly with Me (2010 TV series) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rock Profile

Rock Profile (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

David Edward Walliams (born Williams, 20 August 1971) is an English comedian, writer, children’s author, and actor, known for his partnership with Matt Lucas on the TV sketch show Little Britain and its predecessor Rock Profile. More recently, he and Lucas wrote and starred in Come Fly with Me.

Conversation: Philip Roth   1 comment

English: 1st edition cover

English: 1st edition cover (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Goodbye, Columbus

Goodbye, Columbus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

He first gained attention with the 1959 novella Goodbye, Columbus, an irreverent and humorous portrait of American-Jewish life for which he received the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction. In 1969 his profile rose significantly after the publication of the (then) controversial Portnoy’s Complaint, the humorous and sexually explicit psychoanalytical monologue of “a lust-ridden, mother-addicted young Jewish bachelor”, filled with “intimate, shameful detail, and coarse, abusive language”.

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