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Interview: Local Author Joseph Colicchio

I had the pleasure of interviewing Joseph Colicchio, who recently published his fourth novel, All Strings Attached. He is also the author of the novels As Told by Monk, High Gate Health and Beauty, and The Trouble with Mental Wellness. His novels feature relatable characters who are Hudson County residents. Colicchio…

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Black Women in Poetry

In honor of Women’s History Month and National Poetry Month, I couldn’t think of two better poets to write about than Amanda Gorman and the late Maya Angelou. Maya Angelou was a poet laureate known throughout the world. Amanda Gorman is the first National Youth Poet Laureate. One thing that these…

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Love Is Fleeting, Books Are Forever

The only thing better than romance is romance novels. Here are some subcategories of the romance genre that you may not have heard of. Keep in mind that any given novel may encompass multiple subgenres. Romantic suspense is a genre that is one part romance, one part mystery or thriller. The…

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Frankenstein was the Doctor

It was supposed to be a chill summer in a Lake Geneva villa with some good pals and good vibes. But it rained all the time putting everyone on lockdown, 19th century style, with no Netflix or IG to fill the void. Out of boredom or pure deviousness, Lord Byron…

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The Writer’s Closet

Authors throughout history have hidden their sexuality from the public, oftentimes expressing themselves in their writing. Here are some authors who remained closeted during their lifetimes. E.M. Forster He was a British novelist who was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature sixteen times. His novel Maurice, a love story between…

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JCW Recommends: Vive la France! Expat Authors

Without our wine guzzling, beret-donning allies across the Atlantic, we may have never known the taste of stinky cheese or all the joie de vivre Gerard Depardieu movies have brought to our lives. We thank them for liberté, égalité, fraternité but also for one of France's best offerings to the…

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What Writers Read

What do Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, Toni Morrison, and hundreds of other authors have in common? Their biggest piece of advice to prospective authors is the same: read.  Reading helps a writer explore new voices and techniques, and see important aspects like character development and plotting play out in action.…

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