Authors 4 Indies

That messy desk isn’t mine, but it comes close. It happens that this very busy writer is trying to do too many things at once — work on a novel manuscript, revise a batch of poetry, plan publicity for an upcoming book — so I’m afraid that The Thoughtful Blogger has become Blogger on Hold.…

Thank You

Thank you to all my fellow writers and friends who commented or emailed after reading my remembrance of Jack Scovil. Most of you are writers who knew him; some of you — writers or not — had no connection.  Wherever you fit, you’ve taught me some important lessons. What a sense of loss for all…

A Classic Arabic Novella

Most novellas are either lighthearted or extremely potent, like a shot of vodka swallowed in a gulp. I’ve just finished one of the hundred-proof variety and I’m knocked flat out. My research tells me that Men in the Sun by Ghassan Kanafani is a classic of Arab literature and that its author is right up…

Christina’s Story

Fiction tries to embrace the world. Yet when the power of real-world events overtakes us, we writers of stories pause inside a necessary silence. We now contemplate six innocent dead whose stories were taken away from them in that savage Arizona shooting. The power of this loss is chastening. It asks us as writers to…

Carole’s October Book Gigs

Wanto to join a book club? Come and meet Carole at the Bloor-Gladstone Library (1101 Bloor St. W.– Subway: Dufferin) on Wednesday evening, October 26th, from 7-8 p.m. She’ll share her experiences as a writer, and she’ll offer tips and suggestions to help jump-start your book-club experience. What kind of books do you enjoy? Find out…

Writers, Listen Up!

A few weeks back, I was visiting New York City, and while I was stocking up on books, I also dropped in on one of my favorite NYC institutions — Bargemusic, the tiny floating concert hall on the Brooklyn side of the East River. Now I’m no music critic and this is a book blog,…