Mass. Book Awards

I am overjoyed. me and Jon! The Massachusetts Book Awards recognize significant works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and children’s/young adult literature published by Commonwealth residents or about Massachusetts subjects. Massachusetts Center for the Book is...

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Five Questions with Tara Laskowski

Tara Laskowski burst onto the consciousness of many readers with her Agatha Award-winning short story, "The Case of the Vanishing Professor" (from Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine). This fall (Oct. 1!), we'll get more Tara, as Graydon House releases One Night Gone,...

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That fall preview?

The Boston Globe uses a firewall for readers. If it's going to continue to pay reporters and editors – as well as freelancers like me! – it needs people to subscribe. That's why the fall arts preview might ask you to log in (though you can read a few articles for...

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Five Questions with R.D. Rosen

The marvelous Thames Street Oyster House was loud. The occasion – the dinner preceding the wedding of dear friends – festive. And considering the bride and groom, the conversation swung from politics and food to arts and writing. No surprise, then, that I found myself...

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Falling into new books…

Why "genre?," I asked my editor. Why not just ask me to pick five novels for the fall preview? I was all ready to launch into my usual "don't ghettoize us into different categories, we're all storytellers, etc." when he explained that when he assigned general fiction...

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What if they were stealing kids?

Stephen King is always fun to read. These days, he's also increasingly political – but that doesn't take away from the sheer thrill of his new The Institute. Read my review in the Boston Globe here.

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Five Questions with Denise Swanson

Denise Swanson has cozies covered! With four series, including the Stumble River (most recently, Die Me a River) and Chef-to-Go (look for Leave No Scone Unturned next March), she creates relatable heroines – small-town gals who have to set things right. No wonder...

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Five Questions with Susan Larson

It's probably odd for most of Susan Larson's fans to hear that she's written a mystery, though the subject – Mozart – would make sense to them. After all, Susan was an opera singer before she turned to fiction. But I edited Susan's writing before I ever heard her...

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On New England Authors, with Kameel Nasr

In addition to penning his own culturally conscious crime fiction, author Kameel Nasr hosts a cable interview show where he interviews New England authors. I'm honored to have been one of his recent guests. If you'd like to join us (and aren't on the Cambridge cable...

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Editing, editing, editing…

I'm in the thick of edits for An Incantation of Cats, mulling over a particularly troublesome passage. (In brief, my editor wants more info about a bit of magic, and I'm trying to figure out how to work it in without gumming up the dialogue.) And so... I've set up the...

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