Thanks for visiting today. The names above are just a few Friends of Literati we hope you'll get to know while you're here. Since 1997 our editors have hand-selected those writers we choose to feature on this site, along with the fine books they have published, and that will always be one of Literati's main functions—to introduce you to some really interesting people who have things to say, whether fiction or non-fiction.

The best place to start is on the Authors page. Choose your favorite categories, and we'll offer up a fine selection of writers who meet your criteria. We'll also be offering space here to new and upcoming authors on an invitation-only basis. If you are an author with a book needing readers, perhaps we can help. Contact us here and we'll describe the process.

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April 23rd
Kuki Gallmann was wounded in an attack that may be part of a wider problem in which farmers have been terrorized by herders who want more land to graze their animals.
April 23rd
How one reader came under the spell of Walcott’s poetry. And a suggested starter kit to his poems.
April 23rd
With new perspective after her husband’s unexpected death, the author of “Lean In” addresses issues that some readers found troubling about that book.
April 22nd
Tamar Arslanian knows that shop cats aren’t just cute, they can play a vital role in a city like New York that can feel a bit cold and brutal at times.It all started when she started posting photos of two shop cats in her neighborhood — Jack, …
April 21st
Jennifer Finney Boylan has lived a number of different lives.An author, activist and educator, she recently established herself as a household name ― especially for LGBTQ people ― after appearing on “I Am Cait,” the E! reality show…
April 21st
Three years ago, Martin Bruckner started illustrating the hilarious and absurd things his toddler daughter said. He compiled some of these quote images into a book, which he gave his wife, Michelle, on Mother’s Day. At the urging of friends, he also…
April 23rd
Washington Post reporter Amy Goldstein talks about her book Janesville: An American Story, that's about a factory town in Wisconsin that lost its lifeblood when its factory shut down.
April 23rd
Daniel Sharfstein's new book Thunder In the Mountains sheds new light on the Nez Perce Indian wars, and the two historical figures on each side of the conflict: Chief Joseph and Oliver Otis Howard.
April 23rd
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood was a best-seller list after the 2016 election. We reread the dystopian classic to prep for a new TV miniseries that begins next week.

LONGTIME LITERATI MEMBER
TAWNI O'DELL
ANNOUNCES HER NEW SCREENPLAY

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A message from Tawni…

Four people sit in a doctor’s office. Fifty students sit in a lecture hall. A hundred people sit on an airplane. They check their phones, navigate their tablets, listen to their iPods, gaze at TV screens. What’s missing from these scenes? Give up?

NOBODY’S READING!!

Did you know that one out of four American adults didn’t read a single book last year? Not ONE book! Yet these same people checked their phones at least a hundred times a day and spent at least five hours a day on social media. People don’t think anymore; they Google the answer. They don’t experience the world; they’re too busy taking pictures of it with their phones. They don’t experience each other; a family sits together in a restaurant and texts other people. You’ve all seen that and if you’re anything like me, it upsets you, it saddens you but most of all, it scares you.

All of this was weighing heavily on my mind when I sat down six months ago to write my first original screenplay, Rewrites.

Considering the weightiness of the topic, you might think that Rewrites would be a serious movie but it’s not. It’s a really funny comedy about a young man who’s on a mission to try and get more people to read by ironically using a medium he believes is making people more stupid: reality TV. He comes up with the idea to make a competition show about writers. No one wants to do it. Writers are boring, he’s told, so he makes it himself. Much of the humor comes from Theo’s efforts to get his show made but as the film progresses it becomes something much more, something poignant about family, friendships, reinvention and how a single person can transform lives in the most unexpected way.

Rewrites is special to me because of the message behind it which is a timely one. I can’t wait a decade or more for the Hollywood machine to finally get around to making it. I also don’t want to hand it over to someone else who might not stay true to my story. So, like Theo, I’m making it myself. I’ve started a production company and assembled an A-list team with an impressive list of industry awards and years of experience who believe in me and my work and will make Rewrites with an excellence that matches my words. The only thing I still need is you.

Next month I’m launching a crowd funding campaign to finance Rewrites. I’m asking you to help spread the word and to stay in the loop through our social media sites (Tawni O’Dell and Rewrites.) For more detailed information prior to the launch contact us at: rewritesthemovie@gmail.com.

I’m excited to share this new phase of my career with my fans, my readers, my supporters, my loved ones. Along with being a writer, I’m also a sister, daughter, aunt, friend and neighbor, world traveler, cross country runner, taxpayer, AAA member, Steelers fan . . . and most importantly a mom. I have two great kids that I’ve raised on my own and I give a lot of thought to the world we’re leaving behind for our children.

I’m not going to come up with a gizmo to eliminate ozone-eating particulates from smoke stacks. What I contribute to the world are my stories, stories that inspire, that make you think, that make a difference. This time — instead of writing a book — I’m making a film . . . about books. I hope you’ll join me.


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