"Wrestling with God" book with Barbara Falconer Newhall

Wrestling with God: Stories of Doubt and Faith

"Any seeker of any faith will be blessed to read the words of this fine author and observer."

Publishers Weekly, starred review

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Julie Hill Barton’s Dog Medicine Goes Big

Julie Hill Barton reads from her book, "Dog Medicine," at A Great Good Place for Books, Oakland, CA. Here with a fan, Kirby, a brindle-haired boxer. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Julie Hill Barton read from Dog Medicine and greeted fans, including Kirby, a brindle-haired boxer. Photo by Barbara Newhall

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 publisher — Penguin. Julie made an appearance last night at Oakland’s popular bookstore, A Great Good Place for Books, before heading out on a whirlwind book tour today to St. Louis [Read more…]

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Brooke Warner: Getting Published Is Easier Than Ever. Getting Discovered, Not So Much

A stack of books on getting published in the library of author Barbara Falconer Newhall. Photo by Barbara Newhall

A new book by Brooke Warner will join this stack of how-to-get published books bristling with sticky notes. (If this image is a little soft, it’s because my trusty point-and-shoot is in the shop.) Photocopy by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall — Until I met Brooke Warner, I thought I’d never need to read another how-to-get-published book. I’ve got a whole shelf of them in my writing room, marked up in pencil and ink and bristling with [Read more…]

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Write Another Book? I Dunno . . .

The Bay Area Book Festival was held June 4 & 5, 2016 in Berkeley, California. Rob Bell signed copies of his "How to Be Here." He talked about -- write another book? Photo by Barbara Newhall

Rob Bell signed copies of his book and greeted well-wishers at the Bay Area Book Festival. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

“Barbara, you’ve got to write another book,” a southern California friend said — quite emphatically — after finishing “Wrestling with God.”

And the other night, at a meeting of the Left Coast Writers salon at Book Passage in Marin, a fellow writer asked, “What’s your next book going to be?”

Another book? I dunno . . .

I don’t mind the effortful process of writing a book. Writing is [Read more…]

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The Bay Area Book Festival — My Idea of a Good Time

The Bay Area Book Festival was held June 4 & 5, 2016 in the streets and indoor venues of downtown Berkeley, California. The Lacuna sculpture garden and book giveaway.

The Lacuna sculpture garden and book giveaway at the 2016 Bay Area Book Festival. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Books everywhere. Authors all over the place. And best of all, writers I know from writing groups or my newspapering days. Talking about ideas, books and writing — my idea of a good time. [Read more…]

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BookExpo America: Dog Books, Funny Books, Holy Books, Swag

The exhibit hall of BookExpo America 2016 at McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois. Photo by Barbara Newhall

The BookExpo America 2016 exhibit hall, McCormick Place, Chicago. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

What do a Buddhist nun, a bald satirist, and a 136-pound Newfoundland dog have in common? They were all part of the mix at last week’s BookExpo [Read more…]

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