New Work by Now Write! Fiction Contributors

Found seven new books released in 2010 and 2011 written by Now Write! Fiction contributors and I wanted to let you know about them.  Could make great holiday gifts.  – Laurie

Short Fiction

Where the God of Love Hangs Out by Amy Bloom
Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2011
 Love, in its many forms and complexities, weaves through this collection by Amy Bloom, the New York Times bestselling author of Away.  Propelled by Bloom’s unmistakable voice and generous wit, Where the God of Love Hangs Out takes us to the margins and the centers of people’s emotional lives, exploring the changes that come with love and loss.

Novels

Birds of Paradise by Diana Abu-Jaber
W. W. Norton & Company, 2011
 A multilayered, textured novel about family and self, self-indulgence and generosity, against the vivid backdrop of contemporary Miami. Avis and Brian Muir are still haunted by the disappearance of their ineffably beautiful daughter, Felice, who ran away when she was thirteen. Now, after five years her family members will each be forced to confront their anguish, loss, and sense of betrayal.

A Small Hotel by Robert Olen Butler
Grove Press, 2011
 Set in contemporary New Orleans but working its way back in time, A Small Hotel chronicles the relationship between Michael and Kelly Hays, who have decided to separate after twenty-four years of marriage. An intelligent, deeply moving, and remarkably written portrait of a relationship that reads as a cross between a romance novel and a literary page-turner.

 Await Your Reply by Don Chaon
Random House Reader’s Circle, 2010
The lives of three strangers interconnect in unforeseen ways–and with unexpected consequences.  Await Your Reply has the momentum of a thriller in which pasts are invented and reinvented and the future is both seductively uncharted and perilously unmoored.

Young Adult NOVEL

Every Little Thing In The World by Nina de Gramont
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2011Sixteen-year-old Sydney Biggs is a ‘good kid’. Smart, pretty, self-aware…and pregnant. But she’s only told Natalia, her best friend, and when the police escort the pair home after they ‘borrow’ a car, they’re sent to a wilderness camp for the summer.

Poetry

 Sanctificum by Chris Albani
Copper Canyon Press, 2010
A self-described “zealot of optimism,” Chris Abani investigates complex personal history, family, and romantic love using religious ritual, the Nigerian Igbo language, and reggae rhythms, Abani creates a post-racial, liturgical love song that covers the globe from Abuja to Los Angeles.

A History of Yearning by Kathleen Spivak
The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, 2010
Most of these poems begin with paintings and photographs, and rise from them as fragrance rises from spring flowers after a hard winter, a gift to us from language that survives and blooms and brings us pleasures we hardly know how to name.

 

New Work by Now Write! Screenwriting Contributors

Six tomes for every screenwriter’s library, a novel-writing guide and two novels written by Now Write! Screenwriting contributors in the last few years.   – Laurie

SCREENWRITING CRAFT & BUSINESS

The Screenwriter’s Bible: A Complete Guide to Writing, Formatting, and Selling Your Script, 5th Edition, Expanded & Updated by David Trottier
Silman-James Press, 2010
 One of the most popular, authoritative, and useful books on screenwriting, this is a friendly guide through the Hollywood morass. The new edition offers expanded coverage of dialogue writing and character development, the latest in proper screenplay format, a new section on jumpstarting your career, new advice on creating and delivering pitches and much more.

 Mind Your Business: A Hollywood Literary Agent’s Guide To Your Writing Career byMichele Wallerstein
Michael Wiese Productions, 2010
A former Hollywood literary agent explains the secrets of maneuvering in the world of Hollywood screenwriters. This book includes chapters on the agent-client relationship, how to network successfully, how to write the right query letter, and more.

 Story Maps: How To Create a Great Screenplay and Story Maps Booster Pack #1 by Daniel Calvisi
 Act Four Screenplays, 2011
Learn the secrets to writing a great screenplay from a major movie studio Story Analyst. Master the structure and principles used by 95% of commercial movies by studying detailed breakdowns or “Story Maps” of several recent and classic hits in all different genres.

 Rewrite: A Step-by-Step Guide to Strengthen Structure, Characters, and Drama in your Screenplay by Paul Chitlik
Michael Wiese Productions, 2008
Professional screenwriters know that the rewriting process is what separates the money-makers from the neophytes. This illustrated, step-by-step guide shows the process of re-writing and why it is so essential.

 Your Screenplay Sucks!: 100 Ways to Make It Great by Will Akers
Michael Wiese Productions, 2008
A lifetime member of the Writer’s Guild of America who has had three feature films produced from his screenplays, Akers offers beginning writers the tools they need to get their screenplay noticed.

Novel Writing

The 90 Day Novel: Unlock the Story Within, 2nd edition by Alan Watt
The 90-Day Novel Press, 2010
Get the first draft down quickly! The 90-Day Novel is a day-by-day guide through the process of getting the first draft of your novel onto the page. The 90-Day Novel was workshopped at LA Writers’ Lab over three years and has helped hundreds of writers complete their work. Some of Watt’s students have gone on to become bestselling authors and win major literary awards.

NOVELS

Death by Sunshine by Allison Burnett
Writers Tribe Books*, 2011 (*Alan Watt’s new micropublishing company)

B.K. Troop is an aging, erudite, chemically imbalanced, gay, alcoholic novelist living in Manhattan. His life is turned upside down when he is invited to Los Angeles to adapt one of his novels into a screenplay. Soon after his arrival, B.K. is thrust into the heart of a mystery that only he can solve.

Whirly Bird byWesley Strick
 Amazon Kindle edition, 2009
Spring, 1980. A fugitive from justice flees L.A. for Europe. As Duncan Hull tries to stay one step ahead of Interpol, a pair of CIA operatives comes to suspect he’s an opposition agent, sent abroad to disrupt the imminent Delta Force rescue of U.S. hostages from our Tehran embassy. What follows is a blackly comic collision of cultures, motives, secrets and lies.