10 best short story collections that are the must-reads of 2019

A good short story is hard to beat – but harder to write. In under 10,000 words (there are no hard and fast rules about the “proper” length of a short story, but safe to say any piece of writing more than 10,000 words could not be considered short), an author must successfully create a number of elements, and blend them.

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15 New Books You Should Read in October 2019

Building on a theme seen in many of the most anticipated books of the fall, a crop of new October releases examine transformations both big and small. The sequel to Olive Kitteridge finds the finicky protagonist facing unexpected obstacles as she enters her later years…

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Margaret Renkl: Bringing together a literary community

For members of the Nashville literary community, Margaret Renkl is something of a hometown hero: beloved naturalist writer and memoirist; New York Times opinion writer on Southern issues and the natural world; and the founding editor of Chapter 16, Humanities Tennessee’s online literary journal.

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A Red, Red Rose

O my Luve is like a red, red rose
That’s newly sprung in June;
O my Luve is like the melody
That’s sweetly played in tune.

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