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From festivals in Florida to touring Dracula’s digs in Romania, we round up the best destinations to visit this October. As summer abandons Europe again this October, eke out the last of the rays and raves in Ibiza, where nightclubs will be going out with a bang for the winter break. When the party finally stops head to the island’s north.

The Fans Are Out There

Leslie Langtry’s writing career began in the second grade, when she wrote a story about a family camping trip gone wrong. When the kids in her class laughed, she...

September Bookstore Sales Fell 0.9%

Bookstore sales fell 0.9% in September, compared to same period a year ago, according to a preliminary estimate released by the U.S. Census Bureau. Revenue was $948 million in...

AWP Leaders, Former Conference Director Exchange Public Barbs

After several months of quiet – at least publicly -- the conflicts that have roiled The Association of Writers and Writing Programs since March resumed with a vengeance this...

Book Cover Redesign: ‘Dreams of the Turtle King’

This month, Michelle Argyle at Melissa Williams Design reimagines the cover of Dreams of the Turtle King by indie author Denise Bossarte, who praised the new cover, saying it...

Meet the Judges of the 2018 BookLife Prize

In its third year, the BookLife Prize—an annual writing contest sponsored by Publishers Weekly and BookLife—received more than 900 submissions. Of those, 30 books advanced to the semifinals. From...

Ask the Editor: Avoiding Clunky Dialogue

Dear Editor: My dialogue is clunky. Any suggestions? —Fred C.Never use an adverb to modify the verb ‘said.’” That’s rule #4 in “Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing.” I’d...

What Fiction Decline? An Indie Author’s Asking.

In America and Britain, fiction is said to be in decline. PW recently called attention to the 16% (or $830 million) decline in the sales of adult fiction reported...

Music Without a Destination

Debussy: A Painter in Sound Henri Manuel/Getty ImagesClaude Debussy, circa 1910The world of classical music loves an anniversary to celebrate the already-celebrated. The 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth in 2006...

First Lady memoirs, past and present

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Oxford Dictionaries designates ‘toxic’ its word of the year

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