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Jun.05.2009
Someone recently told me that life was like a roll of toilet paper--it goes so much faster at the end. While I may have twenty to thirty years left, barring a quicker surprise, those numbers are starting to feel definite. This feeling of mortality started, ironically, at the Edvard Munch show that...
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May.15.2009
One of the grand things about working at Red Room is that I get to share good news about many of our authors. This week I am so happy to announce that many of our authors and members are winning prizes or being nominated for their wonderful writing!     Sandy Nathan won the 2009...
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May.13.2009
  My most recent short story collection Months and Seasons is up for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. It's a prize from Ireland, the most lucrative short story award around, which Jhumpa Lahiri won last year for Unaccustomed Earth. Leading names on this year's list include...
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May.10.2009
Book writers are funny creatures. Don't we all wish we knew the secret to writing--the one thing we'd follow to make us successful every time at bat?  We all MEAN to write great, engrossing, passionate books, and we certainly EXPECT to finish them--just like we truly plan to follow through with our...
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May.06.2009
  I've been asked by the Santa Monica College Literary Series to speak about my work on December 1. I'm part of a series of authors who discuss what they do and read from their work. The events are free and open to the public. The director of the series, English professor Hari Vishwanadha, asked me...
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Apr.29.2009
My wife, Ann Pibel, ever the fantastic researcher, found that the Festival of Books panel, "About Reading," which I wrote about earlier this week, was shot by C-SPAN. You can see the sixty-minute discussion at http://www.c-spanarchives.org/library/index.php?main_page=product_video_info...
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Apr.27.2009
The air was as clear as aquavit, blue sky over a green Los Angeles, thanks to the winter rains. A cleansing and cool breeze of sixty-eight degrees blew all day, which made for a perfect time to be outdoors at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. The weekend event, spread across UCLA's city of a...
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Apr.25.2009
My blog yesterday drew a healthy response, which is great to see. The panel presented a snapshot of the way things are in publishing presently but also avoided two key realities. One is that business-as-usual is just not working. Independent bookstores are falling like buffaloes in the Old West....
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Apr.24.2009
Last night I attended a panel at USC entitled "The Changing Face of Publication," hosted by one of my favorite novelists, Gina Nahai (Cry of the Peacock). The five panelists, with five different jobs and all deeply involved in publishing, offered a view on how publishing is done now and...
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Apr.21.2009
One of the great inspirations in my life was experimental animator Jules Engel, best known for his work on Disney's Fantasia and Bambi, as well helping develop Mr. Magoo and some of the first animated series on television, Gerald McBoing-Boing and Alvin and the Chipmunks. When I started at CalArts...