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Nov 9

November 9, 2015

Contest: Win Veronika Nail Polish and Two Signed Books!

I am more than just blogging this week — I am sharing exciting contest news. A couple of weeks ago I was minding my own business when a friend, Michelle Chouinard, who happens to be a popular nail polish blogger at Lacquer or Leave Her, somehow hooked me up with Amy Milder, who makes literary-based polishes at Literary Lacquers. Amy invented two beautiful polishes based on the story of my newest novel, Veronika Layne Has a Nose for News. The…

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Sep 7

September 7, 2015

Fall 2015 Events

Women’s National Book Association Sept. 12: Writing for Change event, San Francisco Alameda Reads Sept. 17, 6 p.m. Alameda Reads (Adult Literacy graduates) at Books, Inc. Alameda. North Coast Redwood Writers’ Conference Sept. 18-20: Annual Conference: Reading + two workshops (Social Media for Dummies/Why You Need a Platform; Creative Non-Fiction for Writers: Writing Essays and Reviews) Banned Books Week Sept. 30, 11 a.m. Reading marathon at Alameda Free Library (Main Branch) Litquake (San Francisco) Oct. 10, 2-4 p.m. Books, Inc. Opera Plaza. Moderator,…

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Aug 3

August 3, 2015

Virgin No More (Book Review, Part 2)

I just finished reading Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird for the first time. I read Go Set a Watchman when it first came out last month, and read it before reading the beloved old favorite. And despite all the drama, histrionics and harrumphing by TKAM’s defenders of the holy tract and the way things have always been, I must say, I don’t see the issue. Atticus Finch is a racist. How is that shocking? Small-town Alabama, in the Great…

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Jul 20

July 20, 2015

The Cause of Conscience: Go Set a Watchman (Book Review, Part 1)

(WARNING: Spoilers) I have never read To Kill a Mockingbird. This is cause for alarm among you many literate people, but you needn’t think me unlettered. In high school I read Poe, Shakespeare, JD Salinger and Carson McCullers; lots of plays, many short stories, and certainly some fat summer beach reads, too (The Thorn Birds, Jaws, Roots, Shogun and Hotel, to name a few). In college I majored in journalism and had no cause for deep American reading, and no…

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May 25

May 25, 2015

Book Review: On Writing (Stephen King)

You’d think I had other things to do, but I just reread this how-to and wanted to share some thoughts while they were still fresh in my mind. I’m a great re-reader of books (see last Monday’s blog), and needed a kick in the pants this month to get me back on track with my revisions. Herewith, my review of SK’s On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. Stephen King began writing his book on the craft of writing to…

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