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    [Continue reading]

Bits and pieces from an evening with Joyce Carol Oates

Last Friday night I went to hear Joyce Carol Oates read/speak at my local university. She read ‘Pumpkin Head’ from Sourland, her new collection of short stories, and you can read the story here if you’re interested. When she started reading, I thought, Oh, good, this isn’t going to be too creepy.

I was wrong.    [Continue reading]

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.  I mean,    [Continue reading]

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    [Continue reading]