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Month: September 2009

Ivy Pochoda’s The Art of Disappearing

Ivy Pochoda’s The Art of Disappearing

A few weeks ago Ivy Pochoda revealed intellect, humor and passion in her responses to this post, yet she certainly didn’t tell all. Instead this debut novelist likely left you wondering where The Art of Disappearing would beckon and tomorrow – September 15, 2009, its release day – all readers will be able to fall under Ivy’s storytelling spell. Simply visit the PRESS page on the author’s website to discover elite critics and peers who have already been beguiled. Here’s…

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Authors in the Media

Authors in the Media

[Note: The Divining Wand congratulates Patti — winner of the Crazy Beautiful Book Giveaway. If you’ll contact me, Patti, with your mailing address, your copy will be sengt on its way. Enjoy!] Our authors have been out and about in the media recently, let’s discover where some have appeared: Kristy Kiernan (Catching Genius, Matters of Faith and Between Friends coming April 6, 2010) goes in search for the modern day Fountain of Youth in her article, Saving Face, for Gulf…

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The Revealing of Maud Carol Markson

The Revealing of Maud Carol Markson

Maud Carol Markson debuted with her first novel, When We Get Home, twenty years ago and Andre Dubus wrote, “It may be the best story we have about marital love.” This summer Maud — once again exploring the ever complex relationships of family and love — had her second book, Looking After Pigeon published, garnering the following praise: “If you love superb literary fiction with a genuine and engaging voice, this book is for you.” __Harriet Scott Chessman, author of…

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Books That Made Our Authors, Authors, Part II

Books That Made Our Authors, Authors, Part II

Once again here’s an opportunity to discover what one book influenced our authors’ careers, allowing them to dream of writings their own book pages. Meredith Cole (Posed for Murder): “The book that most influenced my life and career as a writer? I really don’t know. I’ve always been a big reader and loved books. A book that was a huge influence on me as a kid was The Greengage Summer. Rumer Godden is an incredible storyteller. The book would be…

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Lauren Baratz-Logsted’s Crazy Beautiful

Lauren Baratz-Logsted’s Crazy Beautiful

Although Crazy Beautiful, the highly acclaimed YA novel by Lauren Baratz-Logsted, celebrates its “official” release day today – September 7, 2009 –, the truth is that it’s been available for the past two weeks. Why the early debut? Well there’s unlikely to be a definitive answer but one might suspect that given the rave reviews found on Lauren’s website page, Books For Teens,, it simply could not be held back. Here’s a sampling of critical reactions: “Lauren Baratz-Logsted doesn’t write…

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The Passion that Is Lauren Baratz-Logsted

The Passion that Is Lauren Baratz-Logsted

By her own admission, Lauren Baratz-Logsted is everywhere. Out here on the Internet you can find her blogging on a weekly basis at her RedRoom blog, Myspace, Amazon and twice a month at Teen Fiction Café. In addition there are her daily comments on Facebook as well as her tweets on Twitter about writing, reading and recognition of other authors. All these public appearances may make one wonder how does Lauren write…because write she does (in several genres for all…

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The Revealing of Ivy Pochoda

The Revealing of Ivy Pochoda

Ivy Pochoda knows how to make an entrance into the literary world and sweep readers off their feet. Simply write an elegant and totally original first novel – complete with a lovely “must open” cover — and then schedule its debut for Tuesday, September 15, 2009 when bookstores await their busiest day in years. The Divining Wand believes that many customers will purchase his book and hers — The Art of Disappearing. It was that cover, the words “by a…

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Summer Vacations by Our Authors, Part II

Summer Vacations by Our Authors, Part II

Having learned how some of our authors spent — or wished they had spent this summer — let’s hear from more of them beyond their pages. Katie Alender (Bad Girls Don’t Die): “What do I wish I were doing this summer? Exactly what I’m doing! Except maybe in a cleaner house. Although I would love to have the chance to visit my brother and his family in Switzerland, but my short deadline doesn’t really leave much opportunity for that. I…

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