Literary News

Dec 19 2023


SEPTEMBER 13: WHAT THE BODY HOLDS: ITS SHAME & ITS PLEASURE The Women’s National Book Association – SF Chapter and The San Francisco Mechanics Institute, co-hosted a reading and discussion with myself and Isidra Mencos, Barcelona-born author of the memoir, Promenade of Desire. Here is a taste of what I had to say about what the body holds:After spending many years writing ...
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Jun 28 2023


I was the oldest, but my brother was born 11 months after me. Which meant my mother stopped breastfeeding me so as to nourish her new arrival to the fullest extent. (The female body is miraculous that way!) Her entire body and psyche started honing in on the human who would come next. Something similar happens when an author’s second ...
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Feb 8 2023


And what an incredible ride it has been. I have grown both older and younger, wiser and more in love with the human heart. I can’t believe everything that has happened, actually happened! Or that I have done all that I have done!!  Here is a brief recap:  Photo credit for all photos: Michaela Lawlor *I gave 25 readings, 16 ...
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Nov 15 2022

Autumn News & Holiday Book Sale

THE MAN WITH EIGHT PAIRS OF LEGS WAS SELECTED BY THE WOMEN'S NATIONAL BOOK ASSOCIATION (WBNA) AS A GREAT GROUP READ!  The annual list features 20 books chosen by a committee of 46 readers out of hundreds of submissions. According to the WBNA announcement, “books were chosen for their literary merit and for their ability to promote meaningful discussions.” WNBA was ...
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Aug 16 2022

My Writing Life.

I want to first pay tribute to the world’s on-going efforts to champion free speech, but particularly when it comes to the free expression of art: novels, poems, theater, visual art, dance. I stand in solidarity with Salman Rushdie, an internationally known novelist who has, for decades, been a leading voice against censorship, and who was severely stabbed four days ...
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May 24 2022

2022 National Book Tour Winds Down

FOR STARTERS: What a pleasant surprise to find my book recommended in Stanford Magazine, along with these other dynamic, diverse Stanford alumni! NEW RELEASES THAT INSPIRE US, they wrote, and mailed the magazine to thousands of alums! (I wrote for the Stanford Daily in 1970, covering anti-war marches and sit-ins, and worked one-on-one with Pulitzer-prize-winning Scott Momaday, House Made of Dawn, my sophomore year.) Thank ...
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Apr 4 2022

Welcoming The Storm

Yes! It was 24 degrees Fahrenheit in Madison when I arrived last Friday. And it snowed two inches on the first day of April!! Mamma mia! In Chicago, the cold rain chilled all exposed parts. In Wisconsin, the wind felt Arctic! But the storm is also a metaphor: I have been performing THE MAN WITH EIGHT PAIRS OF LEGS non-stop for nine ...
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Feb 28 2022

Calm Before the Storm

THE BOOK TOUR:  Well, the rubber really did hit the road. I did six book events in February. I have seven book events in March. Five in April. And I just found out I will be presenting on a featured fiction panel during the Bay Area Book Festival the first week of May! My book tour will take me to a number ...
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Jan 31 2022

Exhaustion & Gratitude

On this day, the day before the public launch of my book, this is how I feel. Exhausted after juggling dozens of balls in the air for months – details, people, dates, queries, correspondences, posts, promotions – and grateful for the many incredible people I have met along the way, which includes, most recently, reviewers and event directors at bookstores across the ...
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Jan 18 2022

When the Rubber Hits the Road (Almost)

I am freaking out over here. To say that this has been a long time coming is an understatement. I read my poems at public readings in the late 70s, produced a couple of short plays in the mid-80s. A single mother with an eight-year-old, I published Journey into Motherhood: Writing Your Way to Self-Discovery in 1996 followed by a national book tour, ...
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Louis Macouillard

Dec 27 2021

Location, Location, Location

Mariam likes to get up before Cedric, just as the world is taking shape, and stroll in her nightgown and robe through their newly-built home on Novato Ridge – her Shangri-La. Oh, how they soothe her, these rolling hills that stretch north and west beyond the tidy housing development – like a pride of sleeping lions, she’s pointed out to ...
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Dec 9 2021

The Animated Role of Inanimate Objects in The Man with Eight Pairs of Legs

I am a visual thinker. A sensual woman. A sensory woman. What I see is important to me. What I touch, the texture. What I smell. What I hear. Light and the way light alters the density of things as they appear, muting or brightening color, shading, creating atmosphere and mood. When I first imagined a cover for my book, ...
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