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MY BOOKSClick on the cover to read about my new book "Writers Gone Wild," with 200 stories and anecdotes about the great writers you never learned in school.
"A hilarious and witty compendium of writers behaving badly." — Caroline Leavitt, reviewer and author ("Pictures of You")
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As a longtime fan of Dorothy L. Sayers, I also published her first Lord Peter Wimsey novel in an annotated edition with 500 footnotes, maps, chronologies and essays! A great gift for the mystery reader in your life!
Amazon Trade Paperback
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NEW RELEASES MAILING LIST
- Life of a Modern Author: The Hershey Public Library’s Family Festival
- Claire Messud is Deeply Sorry You Bought Her Last Book And Wishes You Didn’t Buy Her New One
- Spending Sunday in the Field Selling Books
- Building an Online Readership in the 2010s, or What a Neil Gaimalanch Looks Like
- Caroline Leavitt On Being Brave, Taking Risks and Terrible Recipes from the 1950s
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Category Archives: Other Non-Fiction
APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur-How to Publish a Book. By Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch As a writer who has a book in each camp — professional and self-published — I picked up a Netgalley version of APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur-How … Continue reading
Robert Langdon, the hero of Dan Brown’s thrillers, is a professor of symbology at Harvard. It’s a fictional field, but Brown was on to something when he elevated the study of symbols into a degree program. Human minds are malleable. … Continue reading
Back when Al Franken was a comedian and not a U.S. senator, he did a bit on “Saturday Night Live” in which he would describe some major event and end by asking, “how does this affect me, Al Franken?” That … Continue reading
It takes a lot of work and imagination to be someone other people want to remember for all time. We’re not talking about eating-a-lot-of-hot-dogs or profiled-by-People-magazine level of awesomeness. We’re talking about being the type of person to the history … Continue reading
“Dumbocracy: Adventures with the Loony Left, the Rabid Right, and Other American Idiots” is a furious diatribe about all the nitwits, lackwits and halfwits that populate, well, hell, everything in the world. Not just politics, but special-interest groups, Israel, the … Continue reading
One difficulty with positive reviews is that there seems to be so few ways to say you like the book. Bad books are bad in their own way, but good books only seem to be good in one way. “Genius … Continue reading
For the third and final installment in this look at Peter Mayle’s “Provence A-Z” by sampling his look at that blessing and curse of Provence — the summer tourist — in the entry entitled “Gibier d’Ete”: I remember the first … Continue reading
Although I can’t stomach French wine, politics, literature or most of its outre forays into food, I have a soft spot in my heart (critics would suggest a little higher) for Provence, courtesy of Britisher (quelle horror!) Peter Mayle. “A … Continue reading
For a quarter-century, Janet Hirshenson and Jane Jenkins have cast more than 135 movies for directors such as Ron Howard, Wolfgang Petersen and Chris Columbus. They’ve found parts for Julia Roberts, Bruce Willis, Brendan Fraser and Tom Cruise before they … Continue reading