A couple of Southern transplants around the Puget Sound

Last Thursday, I joined novelist Alec Clayton for a reading and book signing at the Timberland Regional Library in Lacey, WA. Alec read a couple of passages from his most recent novel, Tupelo, with a perfectly timed emotional shift: a bit of humor and then a wonderfully nostalgic teenage make-out session that takes a sudden turn at the end into … More A couple of Southern transplants around the Puget Sound

‘Libraries raised me’

Jennifer Snoek-Brown (yes, the name looks familiar — I’m lucky enough to be married to her) has written such a beautiful tribute to Ray Bradbury today that I can’t think of anything to add. So I’ll just share her post with you: ‘Libraries raised me’.

Reel Librarians

I write about libraries and librarians on this site a lot. Which shouldn’t come as any surprise to people who’ve been reading for a while, because I’m openly proud to be married to a damn fine librarian. Now that damn fine librarian has launched her own website and blog, all about librarians in cinema. Called … More Reel Librarians

A Writer’s Notebook: Found poem (from Nizar Qabbani)

I’m in Dubai this weekend, visiting friends.  Yesterday, I spent part of my day on the Dubai campus of Zayed University, where, in a hallway leading to the campus library, I found a row of large, framed prints, each bearing–in Arabic and in English–lines of poetry. The lines all come from existing poetry, but they … More A Writer’s Notebook: Found poem (from Nizar Qabbani)