January 10, 2015 in 

“Contemporary” in books and publishing can mean various things. First of all, it refers to our current time period – so for instance a novel written in modern day is considered contemporary. Second of all, “contemporary” may refer to works which address modern issues with innovative writing or are considered cutting edge or ahead of their time; finally, “contemporary” may refer to new styles of writing which are considered innovative or creative.

Contemporary fiction in literature often tackles contemporary issues, setting them during our current time period. Such works tend to explore themes such as love, loss, identity and belonging. They may be considered slice of life stories as they provide realistic depictions of human experience – topics like racism, sexism, homophobia and mental illness may also come into play here.

Publishing terms that use “contemporary” as a descriptor includes writing that has recently come out. Contemporary writers tend to eschew traditional conventions in favor of creating something fresh and innovative; often using various literary devices or styles in their efforts to establish their unique voice.

“Contemporary” can mean different things depending on its context, but generally refers to either current time period or writing style that is considered fresh and new.

Contemporary literature serves many important functions. First, it helps readers connect to the world around them in ways classic literature cannot. Second, contemporary literature often addresses timely issues and concerns relevant to our time – making it timely and relevant. Thirdly, contemporary literature offers fresh insight into human experience while fourthly making reading enjoyable offering an escape from daily routine and the chance to explore different worlds.

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CJ McDaniel

CJ grew up admiring books. His family owned a small bookstore throughout his early childhood, and he would spend weekends flipping through book after book, always sure to read the ones that looked the most interesting. Not much has changed since then, except now some of those interesting books he picks off the shelf were designed by his company!

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