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Ursula LeGuin

To Ursula LeGuin

Ursula LeGuin died yesterday. “One of the literary greats,” says Margaret Attwood. The media today describes her as a colossus, a radical, a trail blazer. Her voice was heard well beyond the science fiction and fantasy genres; in 2014, she was awarded the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, cited for […]

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Don’t Miss Indie Author Day!

Inviting you to Saturday, October 8 11AM PDT, 2PM EDT Libraries across the nation will join in a webcast introducing their local indie authors (authors who self-publish or publish through small presses) I will be joining authors from the Skagit Valley on the Mount Vernon Library panel Click here for the link For those of […]

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Another Tale for Today

Another Tale for Today

Browsing through my notes, I came across this dialogue exercise I wrote for a class many years ago. It’s not nearly the level of Tony Fuhrman’s poem, but it seems singularly appropriate to the level of social and political scene today. […]

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one who loves

Interview with Author Toni Fuhrman

  Welcome, Toni,  You and I met in Ann Arbor in the 70s, so we have a long history as fellow writers. I’d like you to talk about your writing background—when you began to write, where you get your ideas, how you would describe your style of writing, and what authors have inspired you. Also […]

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Hawkins Lane by Judith Kirscht

The Creation of Hawkins Lane

  In my recent interview with author, Liz Adair, I said that HAWKINS LANE began with the image I woke with, one morning, of a child in a wooded lane sensing that the trees had taken everything up into their boughs, leaving the lane untouched.     Images are not stories, but they raise a […]

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Books & tree

Why Read Book Blogs?

    I’m sitting here wondering what to write about for my next blog—and the one after—and the one after that. My brain is in neutral, so I bounce about other people’s blogs hoping to spark a response, or a topic. They say you should pretend you’re at a cocktail party, flitting between groups, picking […]

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Mothers hands

My Mother’s Hands

In a previous blog (“About the Inheritors”), I talked about how the themes of my life emerge as I write, and more specifically, in The Inheritors, the very American experience of moving between cultures and classes. As I wrote about Carla, Alicia’s mother, I suddenly had a vision of my own mother standing at the […]

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Writers Workshop

From Writer to Author

The Path from Writer to Author Many writers claim they only write for themselves. I was one of those once, chiefly because the whole notion of being published was beyond the power of my imagination. However, the University of Michigan’s Hopwood Awards, won by authors such as Norman Mailer, Arthur Miller, and Marge Piercy, had, […]

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