What draws me to author Annie Dillard — what makes me want to turn off the TV and grab one of her books — is her eagle-sharp eye for the world as it truly is. Read more.
I thought my writing buddy’s book “Bamboo Secrets” was about a sojourn to Japan in search of her creative identity. It turned out to be a love story. Read more.
Julie Hill Barton has lucked out. Her wonderful memoir, “Dog Medicine,” has been scooped up by a major publisher — Penguin. Read more.
Join me at Orinda Books’ first Local Author Festival on Saturday, April 23. Refreshments! Books! Authors! Read more.
Some really nice people are saying some really nice things about Wrestling with God: Stories of Doubt and Faith. That’s because I asked them to. Read more.
Armistead Maupin: The Man Who Wrote the Quintessential San Francisco Novel — On a Newspaper Deadline
Army’s assignment was to show up at the offices of the San Francisco Chronicle every weekday morning and produce seven hundred words, give or take. The challenging part was this: Unlike most newspaper journalists, Army did not sit down to his Selectric typewriter fortified with a fat notebook of stats and quotes. Army’s job was not to report the news. It was to make it up. Read more.