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Lou Berney

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Lou Berney is the Edgar Award-winning author of the novels THE LONG AND FARAWAY GONE (William Morrow, 2015) , WHIPLASH RIVER (William Morrow, 2012) , and GUTSHOT STRAIGHT (William Morrow, 2010) . His short stories have appeared in publications such as The New Yorker and The Pushcart Prize anthology, and he's also written feature screenplays and created TV pilots for, among others, Warner Brothers, Paramount, Focus Features, ABC, and Fox. You can visit him at: www.louberney.com

Rachel Kadish

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I often begin writing when something is bothering me. Years ago, I was thinking about Virginia Woolf's question: what if Shakespeare had had an equally talented sister? Woolf's answer: She died without writing a word. What, I wondered, would it take for a woman of that era, with that kind of capacious intelligence, not to die without writing a word?For one thing, she'd have to be a genius at breaking rules. My novel The Weight of Ink reaches back in time to ask the question: what does it take for a woman not to be defeated when everything around her is telling her to sit down and mind her manners? I started...