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Bookmark This: What Books Are You Thankful For?

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, the PEN Center USA staff selected the books for which they are most grateful. Find out which books made the cut and join in on the conversation!

Bookmark This: The Importance of Giving

Bookmark This: My First Nemesis

Bookmark this hilarious essay by author Rebecca Makkai on dealing with a literary nemesis, real or imagined. Here's an excerpt:

"I believe that every writer—maybe every creative person, maybe anyone whose life is ruled by ambition, by a calling beyond rationality—has an imaginary nemesis. The person isn’t imaginary, mind you. But the rivalry is.

Boo! Mark: The PEN Staff Picks Their Favorite Scary Lit

Oh, the horror! The PEN staff picks the stories and poems that have kept them up all night. Click on the pictures of PEN staff members in their best Halloween getups and get ready to be terrified. Happy Halloween!

Bookmark This: Faulkner's Best Writing Advice

Bookmark this Huffington Post list of William Faulkner's best writing advice. Here are a few of our favorites:

1. Writing is not about the author, but the product.
Faulkner said in an interview with Paris Review:

Bookmark This: Remembering Pulitzer Prize Winner Oscar Hijuelos

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Oscar Hijuelos passed away this week. In this New York Times essay, the Cuban American novelist reflects on his lost childhood.

Bookmark This: 22 Rules of Storytelling Visualized

Bookmark this list of 22 rules of storytelling visualized with Pixar animations from Fast Company. Here are a few of our favorites:

Bookmark This: A Writer's Room

Ever wonder where your favorite novels were penned? The New York Times explores the rooms where Jonathan Lethem, Julian Barnes, Jhumpa Lahiri, Edwidge Danticat, Richard Dawkins, and Jesmyn Ward write.

Here's Jhumpa Lahiri's excerpt from the article: