My sestina "Isle Ronan" is up on the Elohi Gadugi Journal
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Of course I have enjoyed Roz Chast's cartoons in the New Yorker for years, but this is the first time I've read one of her books. Wonderful, funny, tender, accurate, and heartbreaking, this is her memoir of her parents and their aging and death. It must have come up on some search I did for books on aging and dying, my two new subjects, and ones I used to avoid. Not any more.
I just finished reading Abigail Thomas' most recent memoir, What Comes Next and How to Like It. Amazing! True!
A new collection of short stories by David Jauss is always a cause for celebration. Here's why. This is the opening line from "Brothers:" "When my mother called to tell me how little time my brother had left, I decided to risk a run-in with Frances and go home to see him."
I think very highly of my dog's allergy veterinarian, Dr. Donna Kelleher. And now she has a new book out, The Proof is in the Poodle: One Veterinarian's Exploration into Healing.
I remember meeting Nicole when her first book came out in 1998. I was a buyer at Kepler's Books in Menlo Park, and we were all pretty excited about Lost in Translation, which went on to win numerous prizes and do very well in sales for us, and for many other bookstores. I liked her first novel and I like this most recent novel even more, The Last Chinese Chef.
CARRY THE ONE by Carol Anshaw is that most delicate and amazing of creations, a literary novel that has glue on the pages. Yes, it is not perfect. No, I no longer expect perfection from literature, or from any other part of my experience of the world, for that matter. But this novel is so satisfying and the characters are so real and compelling and flawed in all the right ways.
Rarely do I finish a novel and start to read it all over again, but that's what happened with All is Forgotten, Nothing is Lost by Lan Samantha Chang. It wasn't just that I was sorry the book was over, but that I was so engaged with the story, the characters, the narrative arc, that I wanted to experience it all over again.
I have a short story in the anthology BOOMTOWN: Explosive Writing from Ten Years of the Queens University of Charlotte MFA Program.
Labels: my short stories
Yes, the rumors are true. I have taken up golf, or more accurately, golf has taken me over. Who knew it would be that enjoyable to smack a little white ball with a metal stick? So, of course, I've been reading up on golf. Here are the golfing for women books I like. I buy all that I can, whenever I am in a bookstore. That's right, I just march up and purchase every single golfing for women book I find. So now I have all three of them. Clearly, a need exists for more.
This made the rainy morning all the more pleasant.
This is a hoot! Oh, and their books are good too!
Submishmash is a web-based submission system that is getting quite a good bit of buzz.
Sometimes we just need a little help....
I was delighted to be part of the 2010 Artist Trust EDGE program for writers, and I cannot say enough good things about the program. This is all the business side of writing that never (or rarely) gets covered in MFA programs, or other classes. Artist Trust has been doing professional development programs for visual artists for quite a few years, added filmmakers recently, and then expanded to writers in 2009.
Labels: business of writing
The city of Seattle is getting behind rain gardens in the outer Ballard neighborhood, and with any luck, will continue to support them in the rest of the city.
I particularly like the delighted faces of the onlookers, as they realize what is happening. This is the way to grow an opera audience.
I'm teaching at the Hugo House Write-O-Rama this Saturday, June 5th. A full day of writing workshops, $50 for the whole day, 10am to 5pm. The lineup of other teachers includes Wendy Call, Midge Raymond, Ann Teplick, Dickey Nesenger, Roberta Brown Root, and Judith Roche.
I heard Roy Zimmerman last night at Kenyon Hall, and laughed so much I actually slapped my thigh. The woman next to me laughed and cried. This is political satire at its best. Zimmerman is the heir to the crown of Tom Lehrer.
I'll be teaching a one day class at Hugo House on Saturday, May 15, 1-5 pm.
My spring quarter class through the UW Women's Center runs from May 3 - May 24, 2010, four Mondays, 7-8:30 pm, $45.