Border Book Festival


Home again, home again. I've been going so much lately that I've probably seen many of you who check up on this ol' website. I've been out to Corvallis and Portland, Oregon. Been to Phoenix. Just got back from El Paso, TX and Mesilla, New Mexico. In between, I've done a thousand high school and jr. high visits--visits in Portland, in Santa Teresa (NM), in Chi, Naperville. I was even the speaker for World Tuberculosis Day! Ahead, a few more schools, a book club in Sycamore IL, some library visits in Addison, and a return to Portland to teach workshops at the Northwest Writing Institute.

San Francisco Dispatch (with stops in El Paso, Las Cruces, and Mean Old Chi-Town)

Dear Constant Reader: I can't help thinking about Kerouac when I get to San Fran. The old pensive 11 hills, the rust and kites, the smell of coffee and the crazy jangle of noises all night on the street like some John Cage symphony of hookers and cabs and winos and laugher. I took an old copy of On the Road and re-read all that jaunty adventurousness hoping to revive my spirit and recalibrate my eye. That whole book is a big melancholy "Yahoo!" and that's how I felt.

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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