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Is Length Important?

Three questions today from our listeners – how creative can you be with the length of your young adult manuscript? How much of your work in progress should you reveal on your website? And how much bad language is acceptable in children’s / young adult manuscripts? Peter and Peggy Brusseau are here to offer some […]

BookMooch Saves Publishing

If serial internet entrepreneur John Buckman had never visited Norwich, UK, while pursuing his interest in constructing  lutes…  then BookMooch might never have happened.  In fact, he did – and BookMooch is now one of the biggest sources of books (of absolutely all shapes, sizes and descriptions) on the planet.  We’re talking to John today, […]

Summer’s Here!

It’s the start of our summer season here on Litopia Daily.  We’re kicking back a bit, ratcheting the intensity factor down a smidgen, augmenting the entertainment ingredient, and generally giving you notice that we intend to have some fun.  If you’re going away, don’t forget to take us, too – your iPod will hold literally […]

Announcing the “Really Bad Literary Agency”

Eve’s Salmagundi Club is back – with a bite.  Today we’re considering the controversial assertion made by two writers that “Anybody can call themselves a literary agent. There’s no license required. No certification. No required training. No required degree. No test. Simply the willingness to call yourself an agent… (and some stationery.” If this is […]

“I Will Hate You Till The Day I Die”

It’s a bitchfest royale in this week’s news, as two mediocre authors let rip at their critics – Britain’s Alain de Botton (“a writer so grand nowadays that his entire works are written in the royal We” says the Telegraph) and American Alice Hoffman (“not an author whose work I believe can be taken very […]

My Therapist Is My Journal

“In our family”, wrote Ann Morrow Lindbergh, “an experience was not finished, nor truly experienced, unless written down and shared with another.” Today, we’re considering the difference between diaries and autobiographies – which one is the more truthful?  And which the more self-serving?  Do you keep a journal?  Is it an inviolably private matter (to […]

Death Comes for the Archbishop

“The greatest American novelist of the 20th century” says Oxford don John Simopoulos of Willa Cather, the author who grew up in Nebraska and is best known for her depictions of frontier life.  John recommends Death Comes for the Archbishop (1927) “nothing short of magical” he says, and when John says that, you can take […]

Friday Night & Monday Morning

It’s the Monday morning after the Friday night before…  we’re still recovering from the very first “Litopia After Dark: Face to Face” that took place last Friday evening.  Eve is still travelling back to Scotland, so there’s no Eve’s Salmagundi Club today – instead, we’re looking at our new podcast website. What do you think […]

Here Is The News, Again

There’s a strong digital theme in this week’s news.  In the future, Amazon’s Kindle e-book reader will display more book formats beyond its own and we should expect to see Kindle books on a lot more devices.  A US Court has ruled against text message promotion of books.  Following Apple’s claim to have sold more […]


Does going to the library make you want to pee?  If so, then you may be subject to the Library-Relaxation-Syndrome… a sure sign that you need to take a break.  But – do you know how to?  Can you relax when you need it most?  Today, we’re talking about ways to relax.  Many (most?) writers […]

The Last Catalog

Non-fiction publishing has been the hardest-hit of all publishing sectors by the advent of the internet: not many books in this area have been able to withstand the impact of free, up-to-date information that the web provides.  This has disastrous news for countless authors, publishers, printers and everyone else employed in the business – but […]

The Voices of Marrakesh – Elias Canetti

We’re back with another in our occasional summer series of Books That Matter, chosen and discussed by John Simopoulos, Dean of Degrees of St Catherine’s College, Oxford.   Today, we’re talking about “a sublime monster”, as John describes him – Elias Canetti, the Bulgarian-born novelist who wrote in German and won the Nobel Prize in Literature.  […]

Big Prospects for the Short Story

“To be a successful short story writer, you have to be utterly vulnerable on the page, and utterly ruthless in revision.” Perceptive words that set our agenda this week on Eve’s Salmagundi Club.  Commercially neglected for far too long, we’re increasingly bullish on the prospects for the short story.  If you’re not a natural short […]

Remnants of a Quiet Life

John Simopoulos, Dean of Degrees of St Catherine’s College, Oxford, is with us again today in an occasional but delightful series we’re running this summer that we’re calling “Books That Matter”.   Featuring books and authors you may not necessarily have come across, but which will amply repay your attention.  Today, we present Remnants of a […]

The Choices We Make

Paolo Giordano’s The Solitude of Prime Numbers was Italy’s top selling title last year and the winner of the country’s premier literary award, the Premio Strega (Italy’s equivalent of the Booker prize).  Today is our last conversation with Paolo, fresh from his debut at Britain’s Hay Festival.  What has the past year’s tumultuous success been […]