Saturday, June 15, 2024

New Issue of Meredith Sue Willis's Books for Readers #234!

There's a new issue of Meredith Sue Willis's Books for Readers--Issue #234 with reviews of books by Robert Graves, Kathy Manley, Soman Chainani, Marie Tyler McGraw, James Welch, Jennifer Browne, Dennis Lehane, Primo Levi, Elmore Leonard, James McBride and more! Reviews written by Martha Casey, Dreama Frisk, and Diane Simmon--and a poem by Dreama Frisk! 

Monday, April 29, 2024

Meredith Sue Willis's BOOKS FOR READERS #233!

 Another issue of  Meredith Sue Willis's BOOKS FOR READERS #233!   This one has reviews of books by Susan Abulhawa, Ursula LeGuin, Deborah Clearman, Oscar Silver, Ford Madox Ford, Jeff Lindsay, Philip Roth, Lisa Scottoline, and more and reviews by Felicia Mitchell & Johe Chuman.  

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Saturday, March 16, 2024


A new issue of Books for Readers # 232  with reviews of books by Jim Minick, Clarice Lispector, The Porch Poems, George du Maurier, Louise Fitzhugh, Natalia Ginzburg, Marilynne Robinson; Kathleen Watt; Hambly, Connelly, Alison HRubbard, Imogen Keeper, James McBride, Jenny Offill.  Reviews by Hilton Obenzinger, Eddy Pendarvis, Diane Simmons, Suzanne McConnell,and Christine Willis.

Sunday, January 14, 2024

New Issue of Meredith Sue Willis's BOOKS FOR READERS #231 January 15, 2024


New Issue Of Books For Readers #231!

Reviews of books by Anthony Burgess, S.A. Cosby, Eva Dolan, Janet Campbell Hale, Barbara Hambly, Marc Harshman, P.D. James, Michael Lewis, Mrs. Oliphant, Paul Rabinowitz, Nora Roberts, Elizabeth Strout, Olga Tokarczuk, and more. Review by Dreama Frisk.

Saturday, December 16, 2023

 Well, I asked ChatGPT to write a passage in my style, and it came back with this (Actually, more than this, but I can't stand even this much):

In the hazy embrace of a West Virginia morning, where mist clung to the rolling hills like whispered secrets, Clara ....a woman of quiet resilience, traced the worn spine of a paperback novel with calloused fingertips. The words within held a sacred resonance, echoing the stories of those who had tread the same path before her. Outside, a lone crow cawed from the branches of an ancient oak, its melancholic song carrying across the valley...In the distance, the river carved its course through the rugged terrain, a silver ribbon woven into the landscape's tapestry. Clara's thoughts, like the river's meandering flow, navigated the twists and turns of memory....Clara, with a reverence reserved for the familiar, stepped onto the worn porch. The rocking chair, an heirloom handed down through generations, creaked in rhythm with the sway of her contemplative thoughts.

"Mist like whispered secrets?" Yuck-a-poo. "A reverence reserved for the familiar"? Puh-lease.
What does that even mean?
It did a little better with a request for a short science fiction story.

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Latest Issue of Meredith Sue Willis's Books for Readers #230

The latest issue of Meredith Sue Willis's Books for Readers #230 ( is now available.  

Books by Henry Adams, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Jonathan Lethem, Magda Teter, Mary Jennings Hegar, Chandra Prasad, Timothy Russell, Carter Taylor Seaton, Edna O'Brien, Martha Wells, Thomas Mann, Arnold Bennett, and more. Reviews by Mary Lucille DeBerry, Joe Chuman, John Loonam, Suzanne McConnell, and Edwina Pendarvis.


Sunday, September 10, 2023

New Issue of Meredith Sue Willis's Books for Readers Newsletter #229 Now Available!


A New Issue of
Books for Readers # 229

Now online!

Reviews of books by Douglas Stuart, J. Nozipo Maraire, Camille Perri, William Makepeace Thackery, Larry Schardt, Rex Stout, Martha Wells and more! Diane Simmons reviews Erik Larson's book on Churchill; there's a poem by Dreama Frisk; and a special list of books to introduce us to Africa from Tinashe Chiura!

Saturday, August 26, 2023

BILLIE OF FISH HOUSE LANE by MSW published in Iran!

 The Iran Book News Agency (IBNA) has just announced that "Juvenile fiction book Billie of Fish House Lane by American author Meredith Sue Willis has been published in Persian and is available to Iranian Children."

What the???
News to me and my publisher! I once had a short story translated and published in Arabic, also without anyone telling me in advance. In this case, I heard about it from a friend in alumnae relations at Barnard College.
Just think how we might share our work and ideas if all the nations spoke to each other directly....Or maybe even (fantasy time) concentrated on sharing books for young people rather than threatening each other militarily and financially. Forgive the childish dreaming!
More information about Billie of Fish House Lane: (

Friday, August 04, 2023


Meredith Sue Willis
Fall 2023 Teaches
Novel Writing at NYU



New York University
School of Professional Studies

10 Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. - 8:50 p.m.

September 13, 2023 - November 15, 2023.

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Monday, July 17, 2023

Meredith Sue Willis's BOOKS FOR READERS NEWSLETTER #228 now online!

Meredith Sue Willis's BOOKS FOR READERS NEWSLETTER #228 now online at Books for Readers #228 !

Reviews of Books by Edward P. Jones, Denton Loving, Honorée Fanonne Jeffers. Lee Martin, Jesmyn Ward, Michelle Zauner, Valérie Perrin, Philip K. Dick, Burt Kimmelman. Reviewes by Ernie Brill, Joe Chuman, Eddy Pendarvis, Diane Simmons, & Danny Williams. Also special links for writers, things to read online, and more


Tuesday, May 16, 2023

MSW's Books for Readers # 227 Available Now!

New Issue of Books for Readers # 227!

Reviews of Books by Cheryl Denise, Larissa Shmailo, Eddy Pendarvis, Alice McDermott, Kelly Watt, Elmore Leonard, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Suzy McKee Charnas, and more. Also special links for writers, things to read online, etc. etc.


Tuesday, March 28, 2023

New Issue of Meredith Sue Willis's Books for Readers #226

 New Issue of Meredith Sue Willis's Books for Readers #226   (   with reviews of books by Jim Minick, Gore Vidal, Valeria Luiselli, Richard Wright, Kage Baker, Suzy McKee Charnas, Victor Depta, Walter Mosley. David Hollinger reviewed by Joe Chuman, and more.

Monday, February 13, 2023

Spring 2023 Novel Writing Class with Meredith Sue Willis

 Private Classes with Meredith Sue Willis

New Class with Meredith Sue Willis

Spring 2023!!

Starting March 1st!!

Starting and Sustaining Your Novel Part II

This is a six session Novel Writing class appropriate for beginners and for those who want to restart or continue working on novels. The teacher will critique up to 50 pages per student during the six weeks. The sessions will be 6 Wednesdays from March 1 - April 5, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $360 dollars, payable in advance by check, money order, PayPal or Venmo.

For information about how to sign up and other questions, please look at MSW's online Classes page and/or  e-mail (This is the business e-mail).

Online Writing Classes with Meredith Sue Willis are creative writing classes taught by Meredith Sue Willis through e-mail and the Internet, usually by Zoom. (To get a free Zoom account, go to Zoom). The classes include short lectures, online readings, writing & reading assignments in class and out, oral discussions and peer critiques for live (Zoom) classes, and one-on-one responses to homework from the teacher.