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Book Description: The sky is NOT caving in on American letters. Far from it. The immensely talented writers in this collection all came of age professionally in the last decade--and all chose reading and writing over another more lucrative and decidedly flashier pursuits. They became producers and consumers of the written word at the most media-saturated time in history, a time when books face greater cultural competition than ever before. Why? How did they come to writing as a calling? What's the relevance of literature when the very term seems quaint? Bookmark Now answers these questions--and many more you probably never thought to ask. Like: What to do when your rabid fans start writing fiction about you? Why don't you have to choose between John Updike and Grand Theft Auto? And, can you really get paid for it?
The end result is not only a voyeuristic peek into the creative lives of today's writers, but a timely glimpse into a changing book business. Storytelling, it will become clear-as a means of self-realization, community building, or simply putting one's point across-is NOW more relevant than ever before.
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The goal of this collection of essays from some of America's younger or emerging novelists is to disprove the dire warnings regarding the disappearance of a reading public. Smokler, a book critic and commentator, passionately sets the tone when he assails the sense of impending catastrophe that has gripped the literati since the 2004 publication of the NEA report Reading at Risk, which he accuses of double-talk. He brings together writers who, faced with other choices—careers in film, video production, the vast landscape of Internet possibilities—still opted to pursue writing as a career. This is a varied bunch, from Christian Bauman, who tells of discovering Hemingway as a soldier in Somalia untutored in literature, to Paul Flores, a Latino spoken-word artist who began writing in response to California's Proposition 187, which denied public education to immigrants. These writers have used all available avenues—MFA programs, stints as journalists, blogs, exposure to other countries and cultures—to find their subject matter and voices, whether lyrical, such as bestselling author Tracy Chevalier, or satirical, as in Robert Lanham's The Hipster Handbook. In addition to showcasing individual talents, the book illustrates a generational posture: these writers are relaxed and confident in their audience. Most write with ease and immediacy, as if the space between writer and reader has grown measurably closer. (June)
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This book is a book that Kevin Smokler compiled and edited of articles by authors about writitng. The book ranges from very good to not very good, no fault to Kevin's. Read morePublished on October 22, 2012 by Cameron Wiggins
A fresh perspective of writers who average 40 years of age ( or younger.) What I learned:
1) Blogging : from the early days of Pamie. Read more
Unfortunately, Bookmark Now fails to deliver what its jacket copy promises. We're told that this collection of essays will provide reflection on the much touted probability of the... Read morePublished on February 7, 2009 by Caleb J. Ross
It has become fashionable in the last few months for writers and literary commentators to talk back when anyone brings up the now infamous National Endowment of the Arts study... Read morePublished on March 19, 2008 by Sam Sattler
i was feeling really depressed about the state of the writing world. why was i slaving away, trying to get my work recognized by tweedy types with quiet poetry readings, where... Read morePublished on May 18, 2006 by o.c.
In a size comfortable enough to stash in your jacket pocket pending a 10-minute reading break, this compendium of brilliant and concise essays on the virtues of books is just... Read morePublished on December 13, 2005 by Inquiring Mind
Bookmark now is a gem. Kevin combines superb authors who honestly and humorously provide thoughts on the state of reading and creative writing in the past, present and future. Read morePublished on July 13, 2005 by Megan Ann Cramer