Book Openers

As a little kid I always had my nose in a book. And now that I'm thoroughly grown up, I still do. Below you'll find author profiles (lots of memoirists) as well as mini – and not-so-mini – book reviews.

Two California Poets: One Romantic, the Other Not So Much

By Barbara Falconer Newhall Ina Coolbrith palled around San Francisco with the likes of Mark Twain, Jack London and Bret Harte. Rebecca Foust hangs … [Read more...]

Jeff Greenwald and Kevin Griffin — A Funny Buddhist and a Happy One

Jeff Greenwald read from his book at Book Passage bookstore in Corte Madera By Barbara Falconer Newhall One of the nice things about being a writer is … [Read more...]

Armistead Maupin: The Man Who Wrote the Quintessential San Francisco Novel — On a Newspaper Deadline

  By Barbara Falconer Newhall Armistead Maupin's assignment was to show up at the offices of the San Francisco Chronicle every weekday morning … [Read more...]

Books I Might Read If I Weren’t So Danged Busy Writing My Own

By Barbara Falconer Newhall So many books. So little time. And a manuscript deadline looming so near. Titles at the Top of My Gotta-Read List Consider … [Read more...]

The Lost Poems of Jane Johnston Schoolcraft — A Native Michigan Voice Rediscovered

By Barbara Falconer Newhall A decade or so ago, the librarians at the Illinois State Historical Library were getting ready to move their collection into … [Read more...]