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New features on Fiction Writers Review

If you haven’t visited the Features side of FWR this month, I highly recommend it.

7. me at rest cure– Our most recent offering is an essay with original illustrations by novelist Sarah Van Arsdale about the experience of reading Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain while recovering from a major, invasive surgery.

loveandobstacles– T. M. De Vos (of Many Mountains Moving) reviews Aleksandar Hemon’s new story collection, Love and Obstacles.

squashComestibles‘ Kathryn McGowan serves up recipes-in-context from The Time Traveler’s Wife in her Novel Dishes column (three so far, with another to come this Friday — here are installments I, II, and III).

famousBlack Hearts Editor and FWR’s Canadian Correspondent Laura Roberts recommends Ariel Gore’s 2007 How to Become a Famous Writer Before You’re Dead.

whatisaw– Contributing Editor Lee Thomas reviews Judy Blundell’s recent YA hit (and 2008 National Book Award winner) What I Saw and How I Lied.

leonardo-davinci– In his September Quotes and Notes column, author Steven Wingate (Wifeshopping) considers what vacations from writing mean in the context of a Leonardo da Vinci quotation.

a scene from Wendy and Lucy

a scene from Wendy and Lucy

– What makes a successful adaptation from print to screen? Liana Imam reviews both Livability, the collection by Jon Raymond, and Wendy and Lucy, a film based on one of its stories (“Train Choir”).

hakawati2– Now in paperback: Ben Stroud explores how an old theme, the power of storytelling, is made new in Rabih Alameddine’s latest novel, The Hakawati.

bookofclouds– Erika Dreifus (The Practicing Writer) reviews and discusses the craft behind Chloe Ardijis’s debut novel, Book of Clouds, a book about a Jewish woman from Mexico living in Berlin.

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