Author Archives: Marie-Helene Bertino

Reading List for International Womens Day

Hi. Here is a list of some of my favorite short story and poetry collections. They are all written by women. Like me, this list is subject to change and imperfect. Teachers of fiction, this list can fix your non-diverse … Continue reading

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Stuck & Intimidated

A friend posted a question on my Facebook wall and, thinking other people might be experiencing the same problem, I decided to answer it in a public post.  Dear Marie-Helene Bertino (pretend this is a hand written letter on dancing dog stationery … Continue reading

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Writing Prompts

1. Dress trim.87DC5E1C-C4CD-4AB7-8A1E-DA1D618E0E1A 2.   3. The jelly fish came to this lake in Palau through a tunnel which connected the sea and the lake a long time ago.  

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Portrait of the Writer as a Young Girl

I post this (oddly eerie) photo not only to emphasize the importance of hair products or the silliness of 90s sweaters, but because it’s proof of how one librarian can change someone’s life. In 1990, Nancy Hensler arrived as the … Continue reading

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Time Out New York

After debating for ten minutes I leaned over to the girl sitting next to me on the subway and said, “Do you see this story? I wrote that.” “I’m so happy for you,” she said. She told me her name … Continue reading

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People Magazine Style Watch, September 2014

This might be my favorite issue of People Magazine ever. Not only did I learn how to do a “smoky cat eye,” but that 2 a.m. at The Cat’s Pajamas is IN STYLE for the fall.  

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Oprah!

Oprah Magazine listed 2 A.M. AT THE CAT’S PAJAMAS as one of the “10 Titles to Pick up Now” in their September issue.

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Cat’s PJs excerpt in Guernica

This morning, Guernica published an excerpt of 2 A.M. AT THE CAT’S PAJAMAS. This is what I like to call “the dinner party scene,” presented in its entirety, where our heroes Sarina Greene and Ben Allen see one another for the … Continue reading

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Poets & Writers, “How I Found My Writer”

In the July/August issue of Poets & Writers, Claudia Ballard–my peerless, unparalleled agent–tells our meet cute story.  

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Philly Magazine shows Cat’s PJs some brotherly love

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