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The Writer's Web Site: Build It and They Will Come

The Practical Writer

July/August 2006

Whether you create it yourself or hire a designer, developing an author Web site is one of the best ways to promote yourself and provide an authoritative source for readers to discover your work.

An Interview With Poet and Fiction Writer Chris Abani

Direct Quote

Online Only, posted 6.01.06

Akashic Books recently published poet and novelist Chris Abani’s sixth book, the novella Becoming Abigail. Abani’s previous book, the novel GraceLand (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004), won the 2005 PEN/Hemingway Prize, a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, a Silver Medal in the California Book Awards, and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.


Fear and Loathing on the Book Tour, Part 6: Postcard From Seattle


Online Only, posted 5.26.06

Another day, another strange encounter in an airport. This one with Charles D’Ambrosio, who wound up on the same flight as ours from Portland to Seattle.

Fear and Loathing on the Book Tour, Part 5: Postcard From Portland, Oregon


Online Only, posted 5.24.06

Why is Portland, Oregon, my favorite city in which to read? Let me count the ways.

Fear and Loathing on the Book Tour, Part 4: Postcard From San Francisco


Online Only, posted 5.17.06

As I stepped off the plane at the San Francisco International Airport, a strange, terrifying thought gripped me: Julianna will be meeting my mother tonight. It would be a momentous event. The two women most capable of humiliating me in public would be in the same room—and no doubt interacting during the question-and-answer session.

I could tell from that little extra pep in Julianna’s step that she was looking forward to it.

Fear and Loathing on the Book Tour, Part 3: Postcard From Los Angeles


Online Only, posted 5.15.06

I’m going to dispense with a report on the weather, because I am writing to you from Los Angeles, where the temp is perma-locked at eighty-three degrees Fahrenheit. The famous smog is still here, the toxic velvet dusk, the gleaming impermanence of movie billboards. And—let us now thank the gods of good fortune—my new wife Erin!

Fear and Loathing on the Book Tour, Part 2: Postcard From New York City


Online Only, posted 5.11.06

Ah, springtime in New York City! That ineluctable smell! What is it, exactly? Curry and fish sauce, garbage, perfume, rotten eggs, fresh bread, urine, incense, stale tailpipe, shish kebab, body odor. (I am estimating.)

Fear and Loathing on the Book Tour, Part 1: Postcard From Boston


Online Only, posted 5.09.06

This is the first installment in a series of Postcards written by Steve Almond and Julianna Baggott, coauthors of Which Brings Me to You (Algonquin Books, 2006), while on tour to promote their book.

Improvisers and Revisers: An Experiment in Spontaneity

The Literary Life

May/June 2006

It took a long time to write these words. I'm not referring to the psychosomatic affliction known as writer's block. I mean the delays caused by the process of composition and revision.

Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin

News and Trends

May/June 2006

This installment of Page One features excerpts from A Strange Commonplace by Gilbert Sorrentino, Genealogy by Maud Casey, and Visigoth by Gary Amdahl.

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