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Tolstoy: How history differs, for historians and for artists

From “A Few Words Apropos of the Book War and Peace” (1868) (5) The divergence between my description of historical events and the accounts of historians. It is not accidental, but inevitable. A historian and an artist, describing a historical epoch, have two completely different objects. As a historian would be wrong if he should […]

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Washington Loves Romance announces next book-club titles

Need a great list of books to read? Here’s what we’ll be reading and talking about for the rest of the year over on Washington Loves Romance. WLR is an online book club for the many readers of romance fiction in all its forms with a special focus on the romance authors and readers in the metro […]

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Thanks, Jean Craighead George

I discovered yesterday that the author of one of my favorite books in childhood had been a reporter for the very paper I read every day, The Washington Post. Sadly, the way I discovered this was in her obituary, “Jean Craighead George, author of ‘My Side of the Mountain’ and ‘Julie of the Wolves,’ dies […]

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How the reading is going

So, book club started the year with FIFTH BUSINESS, by Robertson Davies, this first of his Deptford trilogy. I read it in two days, enjoying the flawed narrator and the epistolary structure. This reads like a mature writer’s work, with hard-edged wisdom amid the old-fashioned storytelling. But I have never thought that traits that are […]

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At RWA: ‘Readers for life’

On Wednesday, the Romance Writers of America national conference opens its doors to the public from 5:30 to 7:30 pm for its annual “Readers for Life” mega-autographing session. Buy books! Get them signed by one of 500 romance-loving authors! The money goes to ProLiteracy Worldwide. It is free (except for the books you buy, of […]

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Bumpy first ride

Day 3 of Nasty Head Cold, so I haven’t gotten as much work done as I planned this week (plus, as a plague-carrier, I should skip this cool WRW workshop tomorrow that I was really looking forward to). But if I couldn’t create, I could consume, and I raced through the first two of Scott […]

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Swedes live in interesting times, too

Just finished the first ‘Kurt Wallander’ mystery, FACELESS KILLERS by Henning Mankell. The series is highly recommended by mystery-loving friends, but I found it less mysterious and more a comedy of manners, in the dourest sense. He felt uneasy. Under normal circumstances this unease would have spurred him to greater energy and activity. Since these […]

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Brain in poetry

Check out The White Museum, by George Bilgere. I was tipped to it by a friend who reads The Writer’s Almanac on American Public Media’s site. Last week I stayed on the outside of someone’s white museum, and just that was wonderous strange.

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Genre v. Literary

Finished Rabbit, Run this weekend for book club; will have more to say (esp. about his amazing tricks with POV) after I’ve digested it a bit more. But one thing I was reading for was how he depicts anger. I’m trying to build more “emotion” into my stories, as left to our own devices my […]

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Adult in UK, Children’s in US

I just finished The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. One of my friends in book club raved about it so much we decided it would be our book of the month this month (next month is Rabbit Run, in eerie timing). I was all for it, but others took a bit longer to be convinced, […]

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