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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!
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NEW RELEASES MAILING LIST
- Let’s Mythbust Some Nonsense About Indy Writing and Making Money
- 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
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Category Archives: Wednesday’s Factbox 5
5Things I Learned About “At Day’s Close: Night in Time’s Past” by A. Roger Ekirch * Nighttime was dangerous for pedestrians in the city. Walk in the middle of the street and you chance getting run over by drovers in … Continue reading
Five Things I Learned Reading “Life Fast, Die Young: The Wild Ride of Making Rebel Without A Cause” by Lawrence Frascella and Al Weisel: * The title “Rebel Without A Cause” was taken from a 1944 best-seller by Dr. Robert … Continue reading
5things I learned about capital punishment through the ages, from Geoffrey Abbott’s book “Execution” * The Brazen Bull was invented in Sicily (and if you’ve seen “The Princess Bride,” you know about Sicilians, don’t you?). It was a casting of … Continue reading
In honor of the recent release of “The Godfather” video game, here’s 5 facts about the movie that I picked up from the re-released edition of “The Godfather Legacy” by Harlan Lebo. * The film rights went for $80,000 because … Continue reading
Lisa Picard has visited London during the time of Queen Elizabeth, Dr. “Dictionary” Johnson and the Restoration, and returned with books that are crammed with anedcotes. Here are five from her latest: “Victorian London.: * It was probably best to … Continue reading
The American language is full of words borrowed from other countries, and we never, ever give them back. To a native of Easter Island, that may be described with a sneer as tingo behavior, which Adam Jacot De Boinod described … Continue reading
Thinking of visiting Great Britain and maybe staying awhile? Think about it; they may speak English, but they’re not like Americans, and “Rules, Britannia,” by Toni Summers Hargis is an amusing guidebook that teaches the A to Zed of English … Continue reading
Here’s five things I learned about food fads, from Sylvia Lovegren’s “Fashionable Food,” a history with recipes of American food trends from the 1920s to the 1990s. * New York Times food writer Craig Claiborne is credited with popularlizing pasta … Continue reading
Some of these are from “Benjamin Franklin” by Edmund S. Morgan. It’s an excellent short biography. Instead of listing all the facts of Franklin’s life, Morgan uses them to discuss his personality, his accomplishments and the sometimes wide gap between … Continue reading