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The Paperback Is Here!

“Unadorned, poignant, and honest to the core, Kaylie Jones’ memoir is a light emerging from the shadows of the writing life.” –Colum McCann, author of Let the Great World Spin, winner of the National Book Award “Shattering, totally scary, yet … Continue reading

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ON HEARING THE SEA GODDESS SHARON OLDS

I was invited to read at the Calabash Literary Festival in Jamaica over Memorial Day weekend. Then the riots erupted in Kingston and the roads to the airport were blocked. Terribly worried, I called my friend Johnny Temple, publisher of … Continue reading

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MAKING FRIENDS ON THE ROAD

I just got home from my trip to Florida. While snow kept me from attending the first leg of my journey at the Jacksonville BookMania Festival, I did make it to Miami and to Boca Raton. In Miami, I read … Continue reading

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Listening To My Student Read From Her Thesis

Yesterday my MFA student Lynn Bryant at Wilkes University read from her Masters thesis in front of a gathered crowd of her peers and other instructors. She read for ten minutes, a scene in which on the surface, very little … Continue reading

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PEN Rally for Liu Xiaobo on New Year’s Eve

I received this email from PEN and felt compelled to share it with you: Dear Friends, As you have heard, the Chinese government has sentenced our colleague Liu Xiaobo to 11 years in prison in China. Tomorrow’s press event/rally to … Continue reading

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Mr. Bill Canegata

Mr. Bill Canegata, Sixth Dan Black Belt, passed away yesterday, December 9, 2009, exactly three years to the day after Anna Bahceci, George Wimpfheimer, and I passed our Black Belt tests. Mr. Bill lived with cancer for many years. He … Continue reading

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A Pearl Harbor Story

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15 Year-Old Jessica Elliott Writes Me A Letter Re: My Memoir

A High School Student’s Response to LIES MY MOTHER NEVER TOLD ME I just received the following letter from a fifteen year old student in Illinois. I was so moved by it I thought I’d share it with you. Jessica … Continue reading

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Thankful — Or Not — It’s A Choice

Ever since I got back from my book tour about two weeks ago, I’ve been in an emotional slump, a kind of low-grade depression that makes my limbs and heart feel heavy. I am not exactly sure what has caused … Continue reading

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Breakfast With the Marines

My friend Ray Elliott took me to his Wednesday morning Marine breakfast at Sammy’s in Champaign, IL. They stood up and clapped, even though my father was regular Army. I told them that one of my dad’s best friends, Eddie … Continue reading

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