Well, ’tis that time of the year.  Winter Solstice — the time when you will find me burrowed under blankets by the fire, book in one hand, tea in the other.  Also the time when the “Best of” book lists are coming out.  (I’m most grateful to find THE EMPTY ROOM on a couple of…

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Every morning I spend a little time reading before I begin the real work of the day, which is writing. I choose the books I read in this time slot for inspirational value, either spiritual or psychological or artistic. This morning I finished The Summer of the Great-Grandmother, by Madeleine L’Engle, which is the second…

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Because I am a little neurotic and insecure and oscillate between wanting to be left alone to write and wanting people to remember I exist — in short, you know, a WRITER — I have a Google alert set up.  Sometimes it brings me wonderful things, as it did this morning when I was alerted…

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There’s an interesting piece about literary criticism in the Aug. 15, 2012 New York Times, written by literary critic Dwight Garner, called “A Critic’s Case for Critics Who Are Actually Critical.”  It’s a fun article to read, peppered as it is with just the sorts of anecdotes that make us want to read critical snark…

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Oh, Penguin, you’ve found my soft spot.  Books, books, beautiful books, as alluring on the outside as you are on the inside. Take a gander at these beauties: Penguin has come out with special edition classics, with stunning covers created by acclaimed designer Coralie Bickford-Smith.  Their web page says, “Penguin Classics presents beautiful hardcover editions…

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I am humbled and grateful for the wonderful review Alan Cuymn gave OUR DAILY BREAD in the Globe & Mail.  I have enormous respect for Cuymn’s work; to get such a positive review from him leaves me breathless. He says: Where is hell, exactly? Up the mountain, where it has always been. The road there…

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The site “My Book Addiction” has posted an interview with yours truly, a review of OUR DAILY BREAD — and they’re doing a giveaway!  They’re offering 4 print copies of Our Daily Bread.  The Giveaway runs from today September 29,until October 6, 2011.  Good luck!  Let me know if you manage to snag a copy!

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I am so grateful for the support I’ve received for my new novel, Our Daily Bread.  Thomas E. Kennedy, author of The Copenhagen Quartet, Duff Brenna, author of Too Cool, The Book of Maime and The Holy Book of the Beard (among others), and Dexter Palmer, author of The Dream of Perpetual Motion, have all…

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I haven’t posted any book reviews recently, so I thought today I’d share with you a couple of books I read recently and particularly liked: MISTER PIP by Lloyd Jones:  I adored this book.  Devoured it.  Jones understands character like few other writers.  MISTER PIP is narrated by Matilda, a young girl living on a…

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This book is part of The Art of series, put out by the excellent Graywolf Press. Each book in the series examines, I am told on the back of the book, “a singular, but often assumed or neglected, issue facing the contemporary writer of fiction, nonfiction or poetry. The Art of series is meant to…

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