reading

The Writer-Editor Relationship

I went to a great panel discussion this past week as part of my local university’s annual Writers Week. It featured Jay Varner, a Creative Writing MFA graduate here who just published his memoir, Nothing Left to Burn, and Jay’s editor, Chuck Adams at Algonquin Books. Adams also edited Sara Gruen’s Like Water for Elephants …

Julia Roberts couldn’t have known what she was signing up for…

I got my teeth cleaned yesterday, and you know what that means:  another book review from Crystal, my dental hygienist. Once she stuck the suction tube and her hands and all those little torture devices in my mouth, she had her captive audience and got started: “I just read Eat, Pray, Love….  I don’t know.  …

This post is brought to you by the letters G, H, I, J, and K.

I spent a couple of mornings last week helping my friend Jane organize books in her school library. Jane is the librarian at an awesome new arts and design magnet school that opens in a couple of weeks. She’s spent much of the summer bar-coding, stamping, fingerprinting and whatever else they do to new books …