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Red Dress

by Manikya Veena You are completely crazy. In the past you have called yourself fat, stupid, lazy, and clumsy—all of which you are, to some extent or the other, but not crazy. Not until now. You are vacating the house, your home of four years. “I think it’s a good…

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The Penmen Profile: Literary Fiction Author Annie Hartnett

by Rebecca LeBoeuf Annie Hartnett’s debut novel, published in March, is a summer must-read. Receiving starred reviews from Library Journal, Publishers Weekly and Kirkus, “Rabbit Cake” is a coming-of-age story about a 12-year-old with the facts to explain everything – that is, until her mother dies unexpectedly. The novel was…

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The Penmen Profile: Novelist Kris D’Agostino

by Rebecca LeBoeuf Bestselling authors Nickolas Butler, Ann Leary and Jonathan Evison agree that novelist Kris D’Agostino’s second book, “The Antiques,” is a must read. Dealing with heavy topics like death and natural disaster, D’Agostino adds humor as a broken family comes together again. Published in early 2017 by Scribner,…

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The Penmen Profile: Debut Novelist Lisa Ko

by Rebecca LeBoeuf Lisa Ko is celebrating the publication of her debut novel, “The Leavers,” which hit shelves today, May 2. The book won the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction and was named one of the most anticipated books of 2017 by Entertainment Weekly, TIME, Bustle, Buzzfeed and…

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The Penmen Profile: Acclaimed Southern Writer David Armand

by Rebecca LeBoeuf David Armand’s peers often compare the Louisiana native’s writing to that of William Faulkner, Cormac McCarthy and Thomas Franklin, his southern heroes. Armand has three published novels, a poetry chapbook and a recently released memoir, “My Mother’s House.” The latter focuses on his childhood memories of his…

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The Penmen Profile: Horror Novelist Kevin Flanders

by Rebecca LeBoeuf The experiences Kevin Flanders has as a reporter often give him inspiration for horror and paranormal fiction settings. A published author of five books, Flanders is working on a couple of trilogies and some stand-alone novels. “The Inhabitants” is a nearly completed trilogy about a haunted apartment,…

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The Penmen Profile: “Geechee Girls” Author Lisa Harris

by Rebecca LeBoeuf Lisa Harris writes everything – from poetry and essays to flash fiction and novels. The number of places her work has been published over the years is prolific. The first two novels in her Quest Trilogy, “Geechee Girls” and “Allegheny Dream,” received recognition from the Author’s Zone….

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The Penmen Profile: Bestseller Robin Wasserman

by Rebecca LeBoeuf “Girls on Fire,” Robin Wasserman’s first adult novel, was named an NPR and a BuzzFeed Best Book of the Year in 2016. The book also received praise from the New York Times, the Associated Press, Booklist and Cosmopolitan, among many other positive reviews. A faculty member of…

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The Penmen Profile: “Knowing” Screenwriter Ryne Douglas Pearson

by Rebecca LeBoeuf Author and screenwriter Ryne Douglas Pearson may be best known for the 2009 film, “Knowing,” a sci-fi thriller featuring Nicholas Cage that hit number one in the international box office during its opening weekend. He first emerged in the world of screenwriting, however, with the film, “Mercury…

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The Penmen Profile: “The Star Side of Bird Hill” Author Naomi Jackson

by Rebecca LeBoeuf Dubbed a “Writer to Watch” by Publishers Weekly, Naomi Jackson had her first novel published last year. Since then, “The Star Side of Bird Hill” won the Late Night Library’s Debut-litzer prize and garnered praise from such notables as The New York Times, The New Yorker, Kirkus…

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The Penmen Profile: YA Sci-fi Author Ryan Dalton

by Rebecca LeBoeuf Ryan Dalton’s second book from the “Time Shift Trilogy” hits shelves in April, so there’s still time to read his debut novel and book one, “The Year of Lightning.” This young adult science fiction trilogy follows not-so-normal teenage twins as they encounter and solve mysteries and often…

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