Catching Up on a Cold Day


It has been a while since I chatted with you.  Sorry about that.  Been busy lately--coming home from Bread Loaf began a season of writing, editing and evaluating manuscripts.  And school began.  So I have been living among paper snowdrifts.

Cinderella and I started the summer at Tin House in beloved Oregon.  I tried out my new material from Queen of America there, to great huzzahs.  It made me very happy and rather bold.  I revved up the Tin House material and made it longer and more detailed for my li'l show at Bread Loaf at the end of the summer.

Speaking of Bread Loaf, I had a grand time this year.  We stayed down the mountain from the workshops--as my Facebook pals know.  You can see lots of photos and texts over on the "like" page.  Our neighbors were Chang-rae Lee and a sneaky bear.  Our hearts break now, watching the devastation in our beloved Vermont.

Here's an audio of my reading at the Loaf: Queen of America, from memory.  Go legendary, or stay in bed. The session opens with the legendary Alan Heathcock and poet master A. Van Jordan. My reading starts at around the 47 minute mark. Check out the other Breadloaf readings and lectures that are available for free on iTunes. They're all incredible and worth your time, especially Charles Baxter's lecture on "Undoings."

I am working hard right now on my next novel, the WWII Red Cross epic.  I am also working hard on my super-scary evil monster novel.  I am also having fun writing columns for Orion magazine.  I am also putting my short stories in order for a book.  And my poems. I used to collect stamps--this is more fun.

Travels begin again right  We're finalizing plans for the Queen of American Book Tour. Check my calendar on the website for dates and destinations.  I will be in DC, Texas, Arkansas, California, Michigan, Vermont and many others soon.  I'll be looking for you.  Maybe I'll do some show-biz like I did at Tin House and Bread Loaf for you.

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Book club members have been some of my most enthusiastic and careful readers. I’m thrilled to share my work with you, answer your questions and tell you some of the stories behind the stories. This is our spot, just for us. Here, we can chat:  If I’m nearby, I’ll come and visit your club. Otherwise, we can Skype, talk over the phone or email. Sometimes, I’ll send surprises or hold contests.

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