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  1. Ideological Destruction and Its Remedy

    August 18, 2017 4:00 pm Leave a Comment

    Over the last several months as political passions have ramped ever higher, despite seeming to peak last year during the election, I’ve ended up thinking again and again about a book I worked on, General Escobar’s War. It’s not about politics. Or ideology. It’s a book about how one man… Read more »

    Tags: book reviews General Escobar's War politics Spanish Civil War

  2. It’s a Homeschool Stake Out

    August 16, 2017 5:04 am Leave a Comment

    We recently ran across this fun video starring editor and educator Eleanor Nicholson, a preview for her course on Dracula for Homeschool Connections, which is an online course supplement for homeschooling families. Watch her intro below–it’s engaging, witty, and worthwhile, whether you’re lining up your literature offerings this Fall or… Read more »

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  3. Ignatius Press Novels

    First Chapter: The Sleeping Witness

    August 11, 2017 5:59 pm Leave a Comment

    Read the first chapter of the novel The Sleeping Witness by Fiorella De Maria. If you like what you’re reading, visit the novel’s page to learn more or order! Father Gabriel never felt the slow encroachment of middle age more painfully than on an evening such as this. It was… Read more »

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  4. John Herreid

    The Rolling Road to Sanity

    August 4, 2017 3:27 pm Leave a Comment

    As part of the preparation for designing the book cover for a novel, I always read the manuscript first. An early pet peeve of mine when I was a child was getting a book out from the library based on an intriguing cover illustration and discovering that the content didn’t… Read more »

    Tags: cover design design process G.K. Chesterton illustration the flying inn

  5. John Herreid

    Detective fiction and mystery novels have a long pedigree in the Catholic world. This may seem strange: Catholic and Christian authors writing about murder and crime? What’s up with that? Yet when you look at the long list of detective fiction writers, you’ll find many prominent names among them: G.K…. Read more »

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  6. Ignatius Press Novels

    “The Creative Catholic” interviews

    May 3, 2017 2:38 pm Leave a Comment

    In Catholic World Report, writer K.V. Turley has been doing the great service of interviewing a wide range of Catholic writers and artists. So far, he has spoken with a number of authors including Catholic novelists Michael D. O’Brien and Fiorella De Maria. Here is a complete list of the… Read more »

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  7. T. M. Doran

    Every writer brings a perspective to his or her creative work, but there’s a difference between bringing a perspective to storytelling and using storytelling as a means to impose the author’s views on the reader. With thousands of radio and television shows and an unfettered Internet, the commercial and cultural… Read more »

    Tags: fiction ideology politics writing

  8. Ignatius Press Novels

    “A Masterpiece of Detective Fiction…”

    March 31, 2017 6:10 pm Leave a Comment

    For those who love classic mystery tales, the latest novel by Fiorella De Maria really seems to have struck a chord. In Catholic World Report, Dr. Kelly Scott Franklin says: Thus it is with joy that we welcome a newcomer to the pantheon of literary detectives. In a line of… Read more »

    Tags: detective fiction Fiorella de Maria mystery reviews the sleeping witness

  9. A Well Told Story Translates into Any Language

    February 21, 2017 4:14 pm Leave a Comment

    “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.” ― George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons   James Casper’s novel Everywhere in Chains has been translated into Polish under a new title: Listy do Penelopy, which means Letters to Penelope—pen-pal communication,… Read more »

    Tags: Eastern Europe Everywhere in Chains James Casper reviews translation

  10. Read Aloud: Confessions of an Older Sibling

    December 5, 2016 9:00 am Leave a Comment

    I have not written for quite some time, but after some recent conversations with my 22-year-old brother, Christian, I had some inspiration. I am the oldest of four and two of my siblings are not even out of high school. There is a seven year gap between me and Christian,… Read more »

    Tags: Narnia Read aloud siblings Tolkien

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