Quilting Without a Pattern: On Making a First Novel
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Quilting Without a Pattern: On Making a First Novel

by Kim Church

When the women of Gee’s Bend sit down to piece a quilt, they don’t wait for a pattern to manifest itself. They don’t have that luxury. They have to work quickly because their lives are full of other work—in the fields, in their homes, among their families. A skilled quilter works “in the lap,” piecing and stitching as she goes, so that the whole design isn’t revealed until the quilt is done. Continue reading

IN HIS OWN WORDS: Hesh Kestin
Author Features / Features / Fiction / In Their Own Words

IN HIS OWN WORDS: Hesh Kestin

It was always clear I could conjure up better characters than the imperfect ones I met on the job, that the battles I am able to create are far more dramatic than the ones I took part in (not least because my own perspective, both as a war reporter and as a soldier, was rarely further than two hundred yards, and much unimproved by mortal fear). Continue reading