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sam-barry's picture
Dec.09.2013
Recently I was working an event at Book Passage with Amy Tan, whose new book is called The Valley of Amazement (you should read it—it’s really good—and guys? There’s sex) when I was reminded, once again, why peace on earth does not prevail, children go hungry at night, and we step over mentally ill...
earl-merkel's picture
Nov.08.2013
(chuckle) It's hard NOT to admire Amy Tan: multi-talented, a great writer, and (when she wants to be) funny as an imp. The latter quality often plays best when it emerges as an inside joke. Which is precisely how Amy plays it in this "raw footage" spoof, part of the promotion campaign now...
sam-barry's picture
Jun.18.2013
Hard Listening: The Greatest Rock Band Ever (of Authors) Tells All, by Stephen King, Scott Turow, Amy Tan, Dave Barry, Roy Blount Jr., Mitch Albom, James McBride, Ridley Pearson, Matt Groening, Greg Iles, Sam Barry, and Roger McGuinn has been unleashed upon the world. Hard Listening is an...
jewelle-gomez's picture
Jun.21.2012
Writer's lives are filled with characters.  Not just people but people who shape our landscape, our plot, our narrative in ways that intertwine the personal, the political and the professional in a very particular way.  When I think about the characters I put on the page, they are as real...
amy-tan's picture
Dec.02.2011
About two months ago,  my pal and fellow writer Walter Kirn asked if I had any short stories, which might be suitable for  a new online digital publisher called Byliner.   I knew of the company, because I had bought  a piece by Jon Krakauer called "Three Cups of Deceit,"  ...
amy-tan's picture
Dec.02.2011
Twenty years ago, Kathi Kamen Goldmark had a whimsical idea.  This was not unusual.  She often has these things.  And this particular one was a fantasy of starting a band of authors who would do a one time gig in a big rock and roll venue.  It would be for a charitable cause --...
aberjhani's picture
Jun.01.2011
WRITE THAT BOOK ALREADY!  is a great volume for aspiring and established authors because the motivation, empowerment, and very useful knowledge it provides do not come to an end once you have finished reading the book itself. In fact, in many ways, that is when it takes on its greatest meaning and...
kevin-arnold's picture
Jan.29.2011
Red Room asked us to blog on the best writing conference, to single one out.  But I have been to several of these conferences and different ones are good at different things.  I’ll list seven or eight here where I’ve participated or taught.  I used dollar signs ($$) to show relative cost; many...
sam-barry's picture
Nov.30.2010
Like most people, when I fly I am crammed in the general seating area fighting for elbow space. I reach my seat by taking the walk of shame past all the people in First Class and Premium Class and Business Class to get to my seat in Lower Primate Class. I don’t appreciate the baggage fees or the...
sam-barry's picture
Jun.21.2010
This past Saturday night Kathi and I went and saw Die Walküre (The Valkyrie) at the San Francisco Opera. Produced by Stephen Spielberg and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, the cast of this all-star production of the Wagnerian classic includes Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Johnny Depp...