Cormac McCarthy, not sure of spelling, is the best writer of Contemporary American fiction I can think of bar none. His writing is so spare and beautiful it makes you just churn up inside. I stopped reading his books years ago because they were so bloody depressing, but after reading The Road (twice) recently, and yes it's a nightmare, I know I will be haunted by that book forever. I have no other words but he is brilliant. He makes everyone else look shallow and cheap and morally compromised and cliched and dull.
Why do people only expect black authors to write about black people?
I have absolutely no idea what skin colour most of the authors are whose books I read. I really don't care, either.
I agree with you that it's insulting to think that fiction written by black people is somehow different from fiction writen by white people. One of my daughter's favourite books is Noughts and Crosses, and I thought it was great too. The author is black, and we're white.
Why doesn't God inspire contemporary authors to rewrite the Bible?
Or maybe he did inspire them, but their stories didn't make the cut by the church to actually make it INTO the Bible. ;)
I'd be convinced of their writing being divine before I'd believe it of the over translated and changed bible.
What contemporary author has done the best job of advancing literature in our time?
Dulcinea has it right, I think. (And her name should tell you she knows her literature.)
Among living authors, the magic realists have done the most to establish new ground for literature. Foremost among these are Gabriel Garcia Marquez, "1000 Years of Solitude" "Autumn of the Patriarch"; Salman Rushdie, "Midnight's Children" "Satanic Verses"; and Gunter Grass "The Tin Drum" "The Flounder."
There are many many living are recently deceased authors worth reading who may or may not have "advanced" literature. Not every author believes literature to advance like science; some think while there are flows of fashion it matters little whether you participate. American authors worth knowing include Pynchon, "Gravity's Rainbow", Roth, the Zuckerman books; Morrison "Beloved"; Updike, the Rabbit books.
And of course, in broadening your horizons, it doesn't do to forget the past. Read Tolstoy, Dickens, Melville, Cervantes, Austen, Eliot, Beckett, Conrad, Joyce, etc etc if you haven't yet.
Walker and Morrison, of course.
I very much admire Gloria Naylor, partlcularly her books LINDEN HILLS and BALEY'S CAFE.
I like a volume of poetry MY FATHER'S GEOGRAPHY by Baltimore poet Michael S. Weaver. And I love the poems of A. Van Jordan.
Charles Johnson wrote a highly ironic book about the slave trade; it's named THE MIDDLE PASSAGE,
Kia Cothrone is one of my favorite playwrights but I don't know if her plays have been published.
SOME of Ernest Gaines work is very good.
There are many more, but that's enough for right now, I guess.
Check the list of Man Booker prize winners- I did a quick search and the winner for 1970 was Bernice Reubens for "The Elected Member". She is a Welsh author. The winner in 1969 was PH Newby for "Something to Answer For", an English author.
Where can I find historical book sale recordings for famous authors of all time?
The Gutenberg Project has tens of thousands of books available for free download in pdf
If, by chance, there is something you can't find there... then one of my English professors gave me this site, which is basically the same thing and was put together by the University of Pennsylvania:
All copyrighted material is illegal to download. Here are some sites that have non-copywrited material for reading:
But I would try the Gutenberg Project first. I think their collection is more extensive.
Who are your favorite contemporary horror authors?
My answer is probably gonna be lame and predictable, but I don't really read horror often and when I do, the only author I read is Stephen King. And old Stephen King...like Carrie, The Shining. Short stories. The new stuff is okay, but some of it's a little too detailed for me and I really don't touch it. Horror is best taken in smaller doses, I think.
What are some classic German authors who have been translated into English?
Most German authors, especially the classics have been translated into English.
Goethe, Schiller, Hesse, Storm, Kafka, Walser, Brecht, Böll, Grass...the list is endless.
You can browse wiki for an overview: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_language_literature
what are some good books about/written by contemporary indigenous australian/maori/hawaiian authors?
For Aboriginal authors try Magabala Books (link below).
Archie Weller - novelist (day of the dog)
Glenyse Ward - novelist (Wandering Girl)
Sallly Morgan - novelist (My Place)
Jack Davis - poet and playwright ( Honey spot - No Sugar )
Doris Pilkington Garimara - novelist (Follow the Rabbit Proof Fence)
Margaret Tucker - novelist (If everyone cared)
To name a few.
Recommended reading: Jack Davis Plays, Sally Morgan (My Place), Follow the Rabbit Proof Fence.
Magabala has a brilliant range of Aboriginal authors that they publish, well worth a look.
Please recommend me good modern / contemporary fiction literature authors like a modern Kerouac maybe?
Sadly, I have found no modern Kerouacs. At all.
You might try reading his favorite writers though. Halper, Wolfe, and Saroyan, which Kerouac referred to as "The Trinity."
Excellent question. I hope you find an answer.
Looking for contemporary authors/novels/short fiction/drama in the dark humor/black comedy genre?
I haven't read this book, but I did read the reviews and think this is something you might be interested in. The book is Light House by William Monahan. I had a copy that I sold (I sell on-line) and I decided to investigate a bit before mailing it. Check out the link for more info.
Can someone tell me where to go to ask and receive answers about Authors, romance, contemporary, fiction,etc?
Romantic Times Book Review has a reader forum. You'll get answers to a lot of your questions there and they'll point you to other helpful sites, as well.
I subscribe to their print magazine, which is fabulous.
Contemporary Female Authors Any Culture -Reccomendations?
Here are some of my favorites. The years might be off a bit, here and there and you've probably read many of them but what the heck? I'll give it a shot.
Bobbie Ann Mason
Mary Doria Russell
The following have been highly recommended by friends but I have not yet read them:
Mmmm, gotta be more but I can't think of them right now.
I hope this gives you something new.
What are some good contemporary Japanese authors who have been translated into english?
A great book is "Out" by Natsuo Kirino. Described as "a masterpiece of literary suspense and pitch-black comedy of gender warfare..." Should be available at amazon or a barnes & noble. It is a bit darker than Yoshimoto and Murakami but a good read all the same!
What are some good novels by contemporary russian/ukraine authors?
The Night Watch series by Sergei Lukyanenko are pretty good. Its considered an urban fantasy book, about the Light vs. Dark. It has vampires, shape shifters, and people with powers in the story. Its not what you would expect from my description (no Harry Potter), there is something purely Russian in the way that the people interact that make the stories unique.
They also made two movies based on the books. : )
Can I still consider Kurt Vonnegut contemporary?
George Saunders (Civilwarland In Bad Decline)
Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid's Tale)
Will Self (The Quantity Theory of Insanity)
Two authors I love who died recently are Janet Frame (2004) and Marguerite Duras (1996...well sort of recently.) They are both still in print, still read, still discussed, respected and relevant so I loosely consider them contemporary.
What authors, preferably contemporary, would you compare my writing style to?
Whoa....It's good, it's dark, and it's disturbing. Not something I would normally read, but you've done it wonderfully. I won't even say contemperary, Edger Allen Poe sounds close, though his writing was merely disturbing, not thought-provoking.
If you're looking for authors that are still in their teens I'm not sure but if you're looking for authors that write teen fiction I would definitely recommend Chris Crutcher. He writes "realistic" fiction for teens and doesn't dumb it down. He's also not afraid to tell it like it is.
Overlooked as in..... not noticed that much?
If that's the case, then I'd say Garth Nix is kind of an overlooked contemporary author. Don't know if you've heard of him. He's written many great books, fantasy, and mostly for teens.
William Lavender. He's a brilliant historical fiction writer.
Any contemporary authors similar to Marion Zimmer Bradley?
You might enjoy Mercedes Lackey as well: strong female characters, action-driven plots, political intrigue, and a fair amount of romance and superpowers. The first in the Heralds of Valdemar series was "Arrows of the Queen," but I'd recommend the "Vows and Honor" miniseries with Tarma and Kethry above it.
While I haven't read Andre Norton's Witch World series, both MZB and Lackey teamed up with her for "Tiger Burning Bright," which was a fun little one-shot in which three generations of royal ladies must save their city-state, and perhaps the world, from an empire. Norton may well be worth another look.
Anne Bishop's Black Jewels trilogy is based around dangerous, crazy-powerful (and powerful-crazy) women and the men that love them. If you like Ages of Chaos Darkover, you'd probably like these.
Anne McCaffery's Pern, Rowan, and "Freedom" series are another taste of sci-fi meets fantasy like the later parts of the Darkover time-line.
David Eddings was my beginner's Tolkien growing up, featuring a ripping quest fantasy, great characters, and good world-building While I'd skip The Younger Gods series, the others are quite fun.
Who are some good contemporary and historical romance authors?
i personally read julie garwood, johanna lindsey and judith mcnaught. the highlander novels are the best! i also used to read amanda quick. she might like that.
i suggest nora roberts, jude deveraux and, umm, carly phillips. for contemporary romance i suggest sophie kinsella.
maybe she can go to her local bookstore and just browse thru the section, see what catches her eye. =)
where can i find free e-books featuring contemporary authors and titles?
I would recommend Bookyards list of libraries that offer free ebooks for downloading. It is located at http://www.bookyards.com/links.html?category_id=1780
and they list over 550 online digital libraries
Need Contemporary novels by authors from different countries?
I'm not sure of your age group, but here are some. Boring old fogey disclaimer: They all have fairly controversial elements, so if you aren't of-age, please check with an adult as to their appropriateness for your age level. Good luck!
Australia: "The Bone People" by Keri Hulme (about aboriginal peoples, unlikely companionship; includes some pretty brutal child abuse)
India: "The Life of Pi" by Yann Martel (about a shipwreck survivor stranded on the sea with a surprise guest)
South America: "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (the epic history of a family in a mythical town)
Is Stephen King one of your favorite contemporary authors?
Lol, I love the pretentious losers calling King a hack with no real talent - he is every bit as good (if not better than those so called "Literary authors" except he tells stories where you actually care what happens - and hes done pretty well for himself by doing so. If you ever read "On writing" or "Danse Macabre" you will see how well educated in the field of literature he is, and he also has a damn good education from the school of life which is of value to any writer.
House of Night Series
Charlaine Harris series
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Girl Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
White Oleander by Janet Fitch
Cut by Patricia Mccormick
Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr
The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin
Before I Die by Jenny Downham
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel
More, Now, Again: A Memoir of Addiction by Elizabeth Wurtzel
I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (Signet) by Joanne Greenberg
An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness by Kay Redfield Jamison http://www.amazon.com/Unquiet-Mind-Memoi...
Manic: A Memoir by Terri Cheney
Beauty Queen by Linda Glovach
The Torn Skirt: A Novel (P.S.) by Rebecca Godfrey http://www.amazon.com/Torn-Skirt-Novel-P...
Innocents by Cathy Coote
Suicide Blonde by Darcey Steinke
Pure by Rebbecca Ray
Since You Ask by Louise Wareham
Bad Girl: Confessions of a Teenage Delinquent by Abigail Vona
Junk by Melvin Burgess
Pure Sunshine (Push) by Brian James
Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines by Nic Sheff
A Small Journal of Heroin Addiction by Robin Marchesi
A Million Little Pieces by James Frey
Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His... by David Sheff
Street Pharm by Allison van Diepen
Stoner & Spaz by Ron Koertge
Exit Here. by Jason Myers
Lessons from a Dead Girl by Jo Knowles
Flirtin' With the Monster: Your Favorite Aut... by Ellen Hopkins
Methed Up by Denise Ledbetter
Girlbomb: A Halfway Homeless Memoir by Janice Erlbaum
Requiem for a Dream by Hubert Selby, Jr.
Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott
I need help broadening my knowledge of contemporary authors?
Try some poems by Julia de Burgos
"23rd of September" by Julia de Burgos
alive in the great parade of all patriots
who died of anger and of anger awaken…
"Responsory of Eight Departures"
by Julia de Burgos
It seems that their life is leaping,
sprinkling futures of living glory
through every rebellious breast."
"Glory to You" by Julia de Burgos
And I ask you in the febrile hour of victory
to blow the sonorous trumpets of glory,
clamering at full volume: 'Liberty', 'Liberty.'
"To Simon Bolívar" by Julia de Burgos
America lives in the pulse of your immortal army. The road
indicated by your sword
is reddened with the blood of the martyrs and heroes…
"Hymn of Blood to Trujillo" by Julia de Burgos
Peasant blood, discolored blood, good blood violated,may it awaken and pursue you…
Shadow for your name, General.
Shadow for your crime, General.
Shadow for your shadow.
I am looking for any authors who write under contemporary paranormal romances. Can anyone help me?
I've read JAK's series - really good!!
You might also like:
Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter series
Christine Feehan's Ghost Walker & Drake Sisters series
Nora Roberts Sign of Seven series
Rachel Caine's Weather Warden series
Hope this helps!
What are you favorite contemporary authors and books?
The Perks Of Being a Wallflower- Stephan Chbosky
I loved this book :)
It is amazing because the writing flows so well and everything it talks about is true and relevant to the world and it is just all around amazing. READ IT :)
Since one of the meanings of contemporary is "belonging to the present time," I would say that I would include only those authors who are still alive (or were within the last few years) and writing today (or recently). Perhaps contemporary might include as much as the past twenty years, but I wouldn't think you could date it as far back as the 1920s or 30s.
I'll list a few of the writers I would consider contemporary authors (though there are many, many more):
-Rosamunde Pilcher (though she hasn't written anything since 2000)
-Mary Higgins Clark
This site http://www.contemporarywriters.com/authors/ has a list of those authors they consider contemporary. Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_writers_in_Who%27s_Who_in_Contemporary_Women%27s_Writing has a list of contemporary woman writers.
I hope this helps.