I received a rather interesting message in response to my last book review for "The Painted Girls" by Cathy Marie Buchanan. The sender sent me a blog post about forgeries of famous artworks at various art institutes. This particular post was about how Edgar Degas may not have been the true artist behind "Little Dancer Aged Fourteen," the statue that was modeled after the main heroine in "The Painted Girls."
Much of the magic behind great works of art comes from the mystery of what inspired the artist to create such a piece. When you walk through an art museum, you may wonder what is the story behind each painstakingly-painted image, what drove someone to spend so many hours laboring to produce something unique and enigmatic.
I've realized after reading the novel for this week's book review that it may not be fair for me to critique self-published books. While I do get many requests from local writers to review their books, and I always want to support the ambitions of aspiring authors, let's face the not-so-nice truth: People tend to self-publish when faced with continuous rejection from literary agents and traditional publishing houses, and they prefer to simply pay the ...
As 2013 approaches, many people are making their lists of resolutions for the new year. While some people may think setting New Year's resolutions is a trivial practice, it's important to plan goals for yourself, to have a passionate purpose and to have a reason to look forward to each day. Gretchen Rubin, best-selling author of "The Happiness Project," spent a whole year following the goal of just becoming a happier individual. This may sound ...
There have been many versions of Santa Claus's origin story told throughout time, from the earliest folklore of Father Christmas to modern television holiday specials and animated films.
Have you considered buying your child a fun book to read as a holiday gift this year, but you're not sure what would be a good pick?
This past weekend, I had the pleasure to attend Dahlonega's ninth annual Literary Festival, which was held at the North Georgia College & State University and the Chamber of Commerce.
Do you remember who your imaginary friend was when you were a child? Most of us had one, even if we don't recall what kind of creature or person it may have been, or for how long we had one.
As my favorite holiday, Halloween, is swiftly approaching, I know I'm not the only one getting in the mood for spooky stories and fright-fest films.
With the advent of user-friendly websites such as Blogger and Wordpress, just about everyone at one time or another has created an online blog. It is an easy way for people to share their experiences, their interests, and their opinions on a worldwide scale.
In "Origin," Jessica Khoury's debut young adult novel, the author explores a well known theme - the quest for immortality - and puts a new variation on it: What is the value of one's life, and the lives of others, to someone who is already immortal?
I have great admiration for those who preserve the chronicles of their family ancestry. Our modern world is so infested by sound bites and fleeting images, much of the time people don't bother to contemplate on the rich complexity of the past.
I had the pleasure of walking into my local bookstore a few weeks ago to meet a former death investigator doing a book signing for his recently released novel, about the cases he had encountered while working in Atlanta.
In his debut novel, Tim Westover welcomes readers to Auraria. Based on an actual Georgian ghost town, it is inhabited by moon maidens, a water guardian, a piano-playing poltergeist named Mr. Bad Thing, headless highwaymen, a giant terrapin who enjoys pontificating about the beginning of the world, and gold-obsessed people whose eccentric ways of life make them seem more like residents of Wonderland than the real world. Into this extraordinary environment comes James Holtzclaw, a ...
I was cautiously optimistic about the novel I picked up this week, a debut fantasy novel by Rachel Hartman, titled "Seraphina."