Virtual Noir at the Bar (join us?)

Can the cat writer go dark? Tune in tomorrow and find out... Free, of course, but register here: https://bit.ly/3cRD54b  EDIT: If you missed it, you can watch the replay below! powered by Crowdcast

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#NoContact Book Tour with Claudia Long

Welcome to the #NoContact Book Tour! While we all stay inside and stay safe, books have become even more important. But book events and conferences, alas, are canceled. To do my own small bit, I’m running interviews with authors whose tours must now be virtual....

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#NoContact Book Tour with Ira Robbins

I've been trying to remember when I first heard the name "Ira Robbins," and I can't. Ira was one of those writers I trusted to steer me toward music I would love – and wouldn't hear about anywhere else. When I started writing about music, he was one of the few I...

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Reviewing “Rodham” – if only…

This ran in Sunday's Boston Globe with a gorgeous illustration (not available online): BOOK REVIEW New novel ‘Rodham’ imagines Hillary without Bill By Clea Simon Globe Correspondent,Updated May 14, 2020, 2:30 p.m. Author Curtis SittenfeldJOSEPHINE SITTENFELD...

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“Up From the Streets” – NOLA music on film

In a better world, I’d be just back from New Orleans. Every spring since 1989, I’ve attended at least one weekend of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (Jon has joined me since 1993). This annual festival — always the last weekend in April and...

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Reading While Distracted

Librarian and blogger Lesa Holstine has started a wonderful series for the independent Poisoned Pen Bookstore, asking authors what we're reading in these strange times. Today was my turn. I'm sharing the entire post below. If you'd like to see the others, from authors...

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Bookshelves of the Rich and Famous

Is there a lighter side to this odd and horrible time? Just maybe – in the peek it has allowed us into the homes of celebrities. (This piece ran in the Boston Globe.) OPINION Bookshelves of the rich and famous Was that ‘Pride and Prejudice’ on Amy Klobuchar’s shelf?...

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#NoContact Book Tour with Nina MacLaughlin

Be careful what you wish for. After the publication of Nina MacLaughlin's masterful Wake, Siren last fall, I was lucky enough to attend a reading at Harvard Book Store, where she brought several of these profound and stunning pieces – retellings of Ovid's...

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Missing Malice and so much more

Hi, all! How are you? I know you can’t see me, but I am waving madly at you all from my home in Somerville, Massachusetts.   As I write this, Gov. Baker of Massachusetts is extending the stay-at-home advisory from May 4 to May 15. This isn't a surprise – it looks like...

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#NoContact book tour with Tilia Jacobs

Welcome to the #NoContact Book Tour! While we all stay inside and stay safe, books have become even more important. But book events and conferences, alas, are canceled  – as are most schools!. With that in mind, I’m particularly honored to have Tilia...

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