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The Brief Wondrous Life of Interactive Fiction


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Or, How Poets and Novelists Became Video Game Superstars

Originally published on Powells.com

One day in 1984, my father and I were walking through a K-mart, and we stopped to look at the video games. At the time, K-mart carried all the arcade hits that a 13-year-old boy might want – Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Asteroids – but the salesman at the counter asked if we’d seen Ray Bradbury’s new game.

Posted by Jason Rekulak

“2 Great 2 Expectations” and Other Charles Dickens Sequels That Never Were

[Featured book cover versions from Penguin Random House]

The Old Curiosity Shop II: Curiosity Never Dies

Dick Swiveller is trying to put his life together after the events of the first novel, but he’s haunted by the ghost of his fiancé—literally. Some souls are too good to stay dead, and so is Little Nell now an extra-dimensional presence only Swiveller can see.

Posted by Jadzia Axelrod

Writers Honored by the Langston Hughes Society Award


Every year, the Langston Hughes Society presents an award to the writer they feel most embodies Langston Hughes’ life and work. To commemorate the birthday of the man himself, we’re celebrating four of the most recent winners of the Langston Hughes Society Award. 

Posted by Danielle Mohlman

Literary Decorations for a Room of One’s Own

Virginia Woolf famously said, “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.” We couldn’t agree more, but we would like to add to it a little bit: a woman also needs some amazing literary decorations in said room (after her aforementioned money goes towards paying rent and all that). After all, how else is she supposed to get inspiration?

Fortunately for all you aspiring lady authors, we’ve compiled our favorite literary items to decorate your authorial apartment.

Posted by Sarah Fox

Authors Who Would Be Terrible At NaNoWriMo

[Photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels]

November is almost at an end, and for NaNo writers that means one of two things. If things have gone to plan, you have written almost an entire book in just one month! At least fifty thousand words have flowed from your brain onto the page (or screen), your first draft is finished, and your month is ending with a glowing sense of accomplishment. High fives and champagne, you productive, high-speed writer, you! 

Posted by Rose Moore

Bookish Social Media Takeover

First there were books, and then there were e-books, and now there's…bookstagram? You bet your book-loving butt there's bookstagram. 

Posted by Sarah Fox