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About this blog: This blog is a place for conversation about books. I post reviews of what I'm reading--lots of contemporary fiction, but also classics and the occasional work of narrative nonfiction. I am always looking for new books to read, so ...  (More)

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Turning to a Life of Crime (The Story of a Novel, Part 2)
Feb 18, 2014 1:01 pm
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In my last post I explained how I went to India and came back with a novel about the... More
Publicity! The Story of a Novel, Part 5
Mar 10, 2014 2:03 pm
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==I Note: Nick Taylor (as T.T. Monday) will be appearing at Kepler's Books in Menlo Park on Tuesday, March... More
The Goldfinch: Sometimes You Should Believe the Hype
Jun 3, 2014 11:45 am
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Recent shop talk aside, this is a blog dedicated to reviewing books. I've... More
It Depends... Disguising Real Characters in Fiction
Aug 28, 2014 2:44 pm
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In my MFA writing workshops at SJSU, I allot a chunk of class time every few weeks for free-form discussion. This gives students the opportunity to ask important... More
Champion of Choice by Cathleen Miller
Jan 1, 2014 10:54 am
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Miller, Cathleen. Champion of Choice. (University of Nebraska Press, 2013).

I've been busy reading a fascinating new biography, ... More
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Short story writers wanted!

The 31st Annual Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest is now accepting entries for Adult, Young Adult (15-17) and Teen (12-14) categories. Send us your short story (2,500 words or less) and entry form by April 13, 2017. First, Second and Third Place prizes awarded in each category.

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