They say we must now be multicultural, but when you’re a middle class white lady . . .

… just fake it? According to Stephen Kelman, yes! His Pigeon English (2011) took critics by storm and yet he did what we’re never this side of the Atlantic supposed to do — posed as a minority. Or, rather, his narrator did. He took on the guise of Ghanian street kids, and it worked! See the…

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The Seraglio, World of Women

Originally posted on History Imagined:
Sometimes research for a novel takes a fiction writer in unexpected directions. When a complicated plot point led me to place a character in the Ottoman Seraglio as a teacher I had to wonder just how far fetched that idea might be. “Seraglio” I discovered refers to the Sultan’s household,…

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Knocked Over By Dialogue: What’s your favorite line from YA lit?

Here’s a list composed by BuzzFeed Books. I like many of them, though a lot strike me as far too mature for the mouths of teenagers. See for yourself and post your own fave. 1. “You could rattle the stars. You could do anything, if you only dared. And deep down, you know it too, and…

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