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Month: November 2015

Editorial Staff Picks: the Ultimate Wishlist for Writers

Editorial Staff Picks: the Ultimate Wishlist for Writers

  ‘Tis the season for making wishlists, and the Café editorial staff has come up with the best gifts to give to the writers and readers in your life this holiday season.   Editor in Chief Emily Moses Picks: Secret Garden Coloring Book. Instead of taking breaks […]

Jewel Edwards Reviews Edna Buchanan’s “The Corpse Had a Familiar Face”

Jewel Edwards Reviews Edna Buchanan’s “The Corpse Had a Familiar Face”

  From its opening paragraph, Pulitzer prize-winner Edna Buchanan’s memoir, The Corpse Had a Familiar Face (Simon and Schuster, 2004), launches you into the legendary crime writer’s world – the gritty streets of Miami in the seventies and eighties during the height of the humid city’s criminal […]

Conversations: Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Conversations: Dolen Perkins-Valdez

  CA: What are you drawn to write about? DPV: This could change as my career progresses, but right now, I’m really drawn to the past and stories that have been overlooked. I’m really interested in historical excavation. By “historical” that could be 100 years […]

BinderCon: Building a Community of Bold Women Writers

BinderCon: Building a Community of Bold Women Writers

  I don’t like to talk about the stories I’m working on. Not in detail at least. Especially not to people I don’t know well or those who don’t consider themselves writers. That plotline that’s in its umpteenth iteration? Those characters I’ve spent years getting […]

Visiting Writer’s Series: Claudia Rankine

Visiting Writer’s Series: Claudia Rankine

  “There are billions of souls in the world and some of us are almost to be touching the depths of how it is and what it is to be human. On the surface we exist but just beyond is existence. I write to articulate […]

The Moth: It’s All About The Story

The Moth: It’s All About The Story

  The veteran NYC cop who donates his dinner to a hungry drug dealer. A sister who stops at nothing to get her little brother to the MLB All-Star Game. That guy from Blue’s Clues who finds himself on a date with a stripper. When […]

Visiting Writer’s Series: Abigail Thomas

Visiting Writer’s Series: Abigail Thomas

  Abigail Thomas is the author of three form-shattering memoirs: Safekeeping: Some True Stories from a Life; A Three-Dog Life; and, most recently, What Comes Next and How to Like It. A national best seller, A Three-Dog Life was named one of the best books of 2006 by […]