Category Archives: Reading

On Books, Fathers, and Travel

I’m in Santa Fe for PubWest’s annual conference, with the theme “A Passion for Books.” My traveling companion is H Is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald, a tightly written, stunning, visceral memoir about training a goshawk in the wake of her … Continue reading

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Author Interview: Lauren Kessler on Counterclockwise, Narrative Nonfiction, and Technology Use in Media

Lauren Kessler actively engages in her material, whether it’s working with Alzheimer’s patients, sitting through middle school classes or sweating through a two-week fitness bootcamp. She funnels research, interviews and hands-on experience through her own perspective, distilling all that material … Continue reading

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The Amazing Amanda Coplin

Imagine an overflow crowd of readers, asking questions about your characters as if they were real people. I was one of the few people at Annie Bloom’s Books in Portland on Monday night who hadn’t yet experienced The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin. … Continue reading

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What It’s Like to Read at Powell’s

This essay is a more personal response to our Jan. 7 Brave on the Page event at Powell’s City of Books. I close my eyes. The lighting is that good golden light, the kind of evening glow that’s hard to photograph, … Continue reading

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Quick: How Do You Handle Nerves?

I’m getting surprisingly nervous today, as we approach this evening’s Powell’s reading. I’ve read in public before–not tons of times, but enough to know I can get up on stage, or behind the podium, look out at friends and family … Continue reading

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Dream Come True

These days, when you hear authors talking about the dream-come-true scenario of getting an agent, or a publishing deal, the dream isn’t always what they expected. Times have changed significantly. Advances, for instance, I was told earlier this week by … Continue reading

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Happy News–and the Shrinking of Newspapers’ Book Coverage

We have a lot of new author interviews coming up in 2013, including Anthony Lee Collins of U-town scheduled for New Year’s Eve. My writer-friend Kristen Forbes had her essay “Dream Girl” published in The Rumpus last week. It’s a candid … Continue reading

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