Category Archives: Literature / Books

BUNHEADS

When I first saw the poster for this new ABC Family show a couple weeks ago I got so excited for Sophie Flack, thinking her young adult novel of the same name had been made into a TV series. But … Continue reading

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SHIRLEY YOU JEST!

I am very honored to have been asked to help judge the inaugural Shirley You Jest! book awards. It’s open to traditionally and self-published authors alike. So if you’re the author of a comical novel or humorous work of non-fiction, … Continue reading

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How to Find the Studs in the Wall, How Do Valets Not Lose Keys, and Other Settling into LA Conundrums

Aye, still trying to figure out how to live here… The other weekend I was perusing the antique shops on Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank and this piece of furniture stood out to me. I’ve needed a bookcase since I moved … Continue reading

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“The Suspect” Now in the Kindle Store

Hey Everyone — Just to let you know, my new short story, “The Suspect,” is available now in the Kindle store for 99 cents. I plan to put it up, in ebook form, in other online bookstores shortly. It’s my … Continue reading

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James Wolcott on Deborah Jowitt in the Seventies

I’ve been reading James Wolcott’s memoir, Lucking Out: My Life Getting Down and Semi-Dirty in Seventies New York (photo above taken at the ArcLight Hollywood Cafe). It’s about his life as a writer in New York and his years working … Continue reading

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Settling into LA II: Santa Monica, Rose Bowl Flea Market, NoHo Arts Festival, and Universal Studios

Here are some more of my recent LA photos. I guess before really settling in, there’s a period where you just have to be a tourist Most of my friends seem to live near Santa Monica, so I’ve been spending … Continue reading

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“You Are a New Yorker When What Was There Before is More Real and Solid Than What is Here Now”

It’s time for me to post a link to the Colson Whitehead essay that I link to every day this year, from the 11/11/01 “Rebuilding New York” issue of the New York Times Magazine. I can’t resist. It will always … Continue reading

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Self-Published Success Turned Amazon Poster Girl, Maria Murnane

For you writers and fiction-lovers out there who read this blog, I wrote a profile for the Huffington Post on author Maria Murnane, who originally self-published her novel, Perfect on Paper: the (Mis)adventures of Waverly Bryson (a sweet romantic comedy). … Continue reading

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My Own “Goodbye to All That”

I copied this post from my lit blog, Literary Aperitif (hence the mention of the Sweet Melissa ). I decided to copy it here to explain (kind of) my decision to leave New York this fall. More on that later. … Continue reading

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DOVE SEASON by Johnny Shaw & Cadillac Margarita

Still trying to figure out Tumblr… and Google+. Don’t know why they are so hard, especially when I have a ridiculous amount of blogging experience! Anyway, here is my latest post on my Tumblr blog, Literary Aperitif. If you’re a … Continue reading

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Literary Aperitif

Hi guys – I’ve just begun a new Tumblr blog, called Literary Aperitif, pairing two of my loves (other than dance of course): books and booze. I wanted to call the blog something along those lines but didn’t realize there … Continue reading

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I Am Reading at POETRY UNLEASHED

I know it’s short notice, but tonight (Friday, June 3rd), I’ll be reading at Art for Change’s Poetry Unleashed, a spoken word event focused on literature about the displaced or economically disadvantaged, accompanying the gallery’s current Voices of the Economy … Continue reading

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Former NYCB Dancer Sophie Flack Signs Her Debut Novel, BUNHEADS, at BEA

My apologies for my lack of blog posts this week. I spent Monday through Thursday at Book Expo America, the largest book industry trade fair in North America, held every year in NY at the Javits Center. (Nevertheless, I did … Continue reading

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LEAP by Jodi Lundgren

I recently finished this sweet, very honestly written young adult novel by Canadian author Jodi Lundgren. Leap is a coming of age story about a teenage girl, Natalie, living in British Columbia with her mother and younger sister. Natalie deals … Continue reading

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Maira Kalman at the Jewish Museum

Last week my friend, Alyssa, who’s an independent art curator, invited me to an art / law celebration at the Jewish Museum. The Jewish Museum really knows how to put on a party! They had the most splendid array of … Continue reading

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Baryshnikov in Japan

Here’s a video of Baryshnikov and Gabriella Komleva performing Don Quixote in Japan when the Kirov toured there in 1971. Thank you to “Ballet Lover” for finding it and posting it in the comments of my Bolshoi / Don Quixote … Continue reading

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Jacques D’Amboise at Barnes & Noble Tonight

Former NYCB dancer Jacques d’Amboise (photo above by Eduardo Patino) will read from his new memoir, I Was a Dancer, at the Upper East Side Barnes and Noble (86th and Lex) tonight (March 9th) at 7 p.m. Here’s Macaulay’s review … Continue reading

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Sexy Kindle Party Reading

Broadcasting Live with Ustream.TV So, my reading Thursday evening is now archived on the Reading is Sexy Kindle Party ustream; I embedded it here. I’m the sixth reader on the list – out of eight. The readings were so diverse. … Continue reading

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Reading is Sexy Kindle Party!

This Thursday night I’ll be participating in the first ever (that I know of anyway) Kindle party. There will be a total of eight e-book authors, including acclaimed women’s lit writers Karen Cantwell and L.B. Gschwandtner. Audience members are encouraged … Continue reading

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Sample Sunday: Wedding Belle

For this week’s #SampleSunday, here’s an excerpt from Swallow‘s chapter eight, titled “Father Christian.” For a synopsis of the whole book, go here. I made it to the boutique only ten minutes late. Speed walking toward the glass-doored entrance, I … Continue reading

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Sample Sunday: Poison Ivy

For this week’s #SampleSunday, here is a passage from chapter four of Swallow, entitled “Poison Ivy.” (For a synopsis of the novel, go here). Four Poison Ivy I met her the following Friday night. Stephen had an alumni cocktail party … Continue reading

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Imagine Edward Gorey in Fur Coat and Sneakers, Nightly, at NYCB

I met this writer, A.N. Devers, at a party last week, and when she enthused about a piece she wrote recently for the Paris Review about a favorite writer of hers, the late Edward Gorey (in photo above, from Squidoo) … Continue reading

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Swan Lake Samba Girl Wordle

I found this website on Galley Cat and of course had to try it out using my own blog’s RSS feed. Because it’s only the middle of the night and I really don’t need to be sleeping or anything… Sometimes … Continue reading

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I’m on the Lit Chick Show!

I’m very psyched to be this week’s guest on the Lit Chick Show, a wonderful Australian-based literary website, which stands for literary chicks, not chick lit , and which has hosted interviews with people like Smashwords founder Mark Coker and … Continue reading

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Writers Cake!

How sweet is this cake! Last night was the annual Writers Room party, where all the books published by Writers Room members throughout the past year are honored. The Writers Room of NYC, by the way, is the oldest and … Continue reading

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Amanda Hocking Interview

I have an interview up today on the Huffington Post with mega bestselling indie novelist / wunderkind Amanda Hocking (pictured above). If anyone likes to read paranormal romance or urban fantasy, you should seriously check her out. She’s only 26 … Continue reading

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Is Ballet A Dying Art?

I must confess I haven’t yet read Jennifer Homans’ acclaimed but controversial history of ballet, Apollo’s Angels. I’m working hard on my second novel and have been knee deep in prison and cop memoirs and haven’t had time for much … Continue reading

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Sample Sunday: Sophie’s First Day in Court

Hey everyone, So for this week’s Sample Sunday, I’m putting up the first part of Swallow‘s Chapter 3. This is where Sophie (a lawyer suffering from Globus Hystericus, the feeling of an imaginary ball lodged in your throat) has her … Continue reading

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The Last Days of the Lincoln Square Barnes & Noble

It’s so sadly empty in there. I guess this is what a large bookstore looks like when it doesn’t order any new books for several months. Anyway, there are lots and lots of books – and other items – on … Continue reading

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Page 99 Test for This Week’s Sample Sunday

I hope everyone had a good Christmas. I did. Went to a friend’s to make mulled wine and roasted chestnuts but somehow neither happened. My friend ended up taking me out for a massage, which I seriously needed (especially after … Continue reading

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