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...]

The Writing Room: Am I Stuck? Or Am I Just Taking a Little Housekeeping Break?

Writers and Readers: Check out this oldie but goodie from the Writing Room archives . . . and keep me company down below as I wonder, "Am I … [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...]

Book Contests — My Big Starter List for Authors

By Barbara Falconer Newhall Want to win some book contests? If you're famous and your book is hitting the best-seller lists and it has the support of … [Read more...]

Kirkus Reviews ‘Wrestling with God’ This Month

By Barbara Falconer Newhall The reviews are in, and the critics are saying nice things about "Wrestling with God." There's that starred review in … [Read more...]