Boston – when it rocked

Want to hear some of the music memorialized in World Enough? Tonight, local music scribe Brett Milano will spin some tunes before we settle in to talk about music and writing – and specifically writing about music – at Brookline Booksmith. We both go way back, and I'm...

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Thank you, Henry in the Hub

Henry Santoro of WGBH-FM sat down to talk about the '80s punk scene, the music, the clubs, the wild characters we both knew well, and, yes, WORLD ENOUGH. Our chat airs today as the regular "Henry in the Hub" segment during "Morning Edition" at 8:35 a.m. But if you...

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Writing about Music/Music about Writing (with Brett Milano)

What are you doing on Monday? That's when I'll be joining music scribe Brett Milano for a conversation on "Writing About Music" at Brookline Booksmith. How do we do it? Do we dare to share the real backstage secrets? Brett is the author of several grand music books,...

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More signed books!

Signed copies of WORLD ENOUGH are back in stock at New York's great Mysterious Bookshop. (Click this link to...

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“Simon knows what she’s writing about…” Thank you!

"Once a reporter, always a reporter. Simon knows what’s she writing about." So says book blogger Nancy Pate in her latest blog, "Past Crimes," which rounds up books that look back in time. The longtime book critic for the Orlando Sun Sentinel, starts off with P.D....

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Books make great gifts!

Happy Black Friday! The gift-giving season begins! Chanukah starts this year on Dec. 12 and Christmas is barely a month away. You knew that, right? And if you celebrate the Icelandic holiday of  jólabókaflóð, or the giving of books as gifts on Christmas Eve, well,...

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Yes, more cat mysteries are in the works

Feline left out? Please don't let your fur get all ruffled. Although my upcoming World Enough (Severn House) is a rock 'n' roll noir, I've got several cat mysteries in the works, ranging from cozy to claws out. First up, the feline sleuth Blackie will return in Cross...

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Gratitude

This year, I have so much to be grateful for. My beloved Jon and I continue healthy, Some of our friends and family are dealing with health issues, but right now, everyone seems to be coping and we are all here to share and to help. I have work I love doing, and I...

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Memories tried and not so true…

Here's the full essay that ran last month in the wonderful Crimespree blog.How reliable is memory?According to neuroscientists, not very. While we may view any particular memory as a continuous film of a past scene, those who study how the brain processes describe it...

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