Monthly Archives: May 2011

Meg Mitchell Moore: Influences and Inspiration

For her last day of blogging we asked Meg to write about the artists and creators outside the literary world who have shaped her work as a writer. Music: Colin Meloy of the band The Decemberists has influenced me because of his ability to tell a large story in a small and contained space and […]

Meg Mitchell Moore: On Being Edited

I love being edited. I love being copyedited too. This might come from the years I spent working for a magazine, where I was variously a copyeditor, an editor and a staff writer; all three are jobs whose expertise I value. I like feeling that the production of a book is a collaborative process. I […]

Meg Mitchell Moore: The Two-Book Deal

I have heard more than one author say, “I would never take a two-book deal!” This is sometimes followed by an admonition: “And you shouldn’t either.” The reasons behind these statements go something like this: What if you turn out a bad book because you’re writing it under pressure? Alternatively, what if your first book […]

Meg Mitchell Moore: On Running and Writing

Running and writing are two things I’ve been doing for a long time, and I think a lot of parallels exist between the two. When I wrote a guest post on the topic recently for The Divining Wand I realized that the first few comparisons I came up with cast the two pursuits in a […]

Meg Mitchell Moore: Writing in the Bunker

Meg Mitchell Moore is the author of The Arrivals, which publishes this week.  Set in Vermont, this captivating debut features a couple whose empty nest fills up again over the course of a summer, with each member of the family gaining new ideas of loyalty and responsibility as a result.  There are two different spots […]

Greetings from America Pacifica

Our superbly talented online marketing and web folks (shout out to Brittany Boughter and Alisan Tang) designed these beautiful widgets for America Pacifica, which are the perfect thing to cheer up a rainy Friday.  Click on the images to send them to friends!

Anna North: Books that influenced America Pacifica

Recently Anna North read at an event for Girls Write Now where she was introduced by Maud Newton—you can watch a video of the event here.  My favorite part of Maud’s introduction was when she said she wanted teenage girls to see and hear from Anna because she wanted them to know that a girl […]

A Book About: Life

In September we’ll publish the first book I acquired for Reagan Arthur Books/Little, Brown, and I could not be more excited.  It’s a debut story collection from a writer named Stuart Nadler, who graduated from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has been published in the Atlantic Monthly.  I’m excited about this book because I love […]

Anna North: How My Novel Was Created

Anna North’s “America Pacifica” publishes this week and in celebration we will feature five days of posts from Anna, about how she wrote her novel.  “America Pacifica” is the story of an 18-year-old girl named Darcy, who is searching for her missing mother on an isolated tropical island that is one of the last habitable […]

Finish What You Start

I used to be the kind of person who could not start a book without finishing it.  This was a compulsion I developed in graduate school, when I was expected to learn the contents of several hundred books and be able to speak cogently about them in a three-hour oral exam, and carried through my […]