Ann Patchett — My Brand-New Favorite Author

By Barbara Falconer Newhall I've got a new favorite author. Ann Patchett. Step aside Marilynne Robinson and Annie Dillard, Leo Tolstoy and Richard Ford. … [Read more...]

At the Feet of Annie Dillard, Memoirist, Essayist, Observer of the Real

By Barbara Falconer Newhall Ask me to name the writers I'd most like to sit down to dinner with and I'd say Leo Tolstoy, Jane Austen, Marilynne Robinson … [Read more...]

“Bamboo Secrets” — A Love Story in the Shadow of Japan

By Barbara Falconer Newhall You'd think that if you'd read a book five, six, maybe fifteen times, you wouldn't want to read it yet again. But I did. I … [Read more...]

Julie Hill Barton’s Dog Medicine Goes Big

By Barbara Falconer Newhall My writing pal Julie Hill Barton has lucked out. Her wonderful memoir, Dog Medicine, has been scooped up by a major … [Read more...]

Orinda Books to Host Local Authors — Including Me — on Saturday

By Barbara Falconer Newhall Join me and other local authors at Orinda Books tomorrow for book talks and lots of book conversation. The bookstore's … [Read more...]