Author Archives: Nora Maynard

About Nora Maynard

Nora Maynard's recent work has appeared in Salon, The Millions, Drunken Boat, Necessary Fiction, and Underwater New York, among others. She was previously a weekly columnist for Apartment Therapy: The Kitchn, 2006-2011. Nora's been awarded fiction fellowships by Ucross, Blue Mountain Center, Millay Colony, Ragdale, and I-Park. She's a winner of the Bronx Writers’ Center/Bronx Council of the Arts Chapter One Competition, and a member of the Board of Directors for The Millay Colony for the Arts. She recently completed her ninth marathon and her first novel. www.noramaynard.com, Twitter: @noramaynard

Let’s Get Small: On Loving Miniature Books

“The miniature is mysterious. We wonder how all those parts work when they’re so small. We wonder ‘are they real?’” -Lia Purpura I just made a shamelessly sentimental purchase on eBay: a replacement for a tiny dictionary I once found … Continue reading

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The Shelf-Space Dilemma: Which Books Stay? Which Go?

We lit-loving folk tend to accumulate an overwhelming number of books. Even if you’re a diehard eBook reader, audiobook listener, or library borrower, chances are you’ll still find yourself receiving the odd hard copy as a gift, or springing for … Continue reading

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Exercising Your Craft: 3 Writers Who Get Physical

I have a writer friend whose employment info on her Facebook profile always makes me laugh. Under “Position,” she wryly reports “Hunched Over a Desk.” Treadmill desks and Hemingway-style standing aside, most writers spend a lot of time sitting. We’re … Continue reading

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Reading Cookbooks Like Novels: Bookseller Bonnie Slotnick

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How to Feed Your Characters: The Food Timeline

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Top 10 Movies Starring Books

The Great Gatsby. Les Misérables. Silver Linings Playbook. Sure, plenty of successful movies owe a big debt to books. “Based on the novel by…,” “Best Adapted Screenplay” and all that. But what about great films in which books get out … Continue reading

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Pop Survey: Do You Write in Your Books?

It’s a digital age, but we’re still mad for paper! Even as readers embrace the connectivity and convenience offered by iPads and Kindles, there are still many good reasons to celebrate a book’s physicality. In Ploughshares’ Book Arts series, we’ll … Continue reading

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Milk-Producing, Duck-Billed, and Venomous: The Reanimation Library

It’s a digital age, but we’re still mad for paper! Even as readers embrace the connectivity and convenience offered by iPads and Kindles, there are still many good reasons to celebrate a book’s physicality. In Ploughshares’ Book Arts series, we’ll … Continue reading

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Reading the Environment: Book Artist Melissa Jay Craig

It’s a digital age, but we’re still mad for paper! Even as readers embrace the connectivity and convenience offered by iPads and Kindles, there are still many good reasons to celebrate a book’s physicality. In Ploughshares’ Book Arts series, we’ll … Continue reading

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Binding Community: North Branch Projects Turns Pizza Boxes into Books

It’s a digital age, but we’re still mad for paper! Even as readers embrace the connectivity and convenience offered by iPads and Kindles, there are still many good reasons to celebrate a book’s physicality. In Ploughshares’ Book Arts series, we’ll … Continue reading

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