Category Archives: The Writing Life

So Far Away meets Summerland on Stowe Mountain!

We weren’t aware of it, but it seems there was a mini-Reagan Arthur Books reunion going on at a certain Vermont ski lodge last weekend.  Our beloveds Elin Hilderbrand and Meg Moore ran into each other between hot cocoas and sent us this lovely evidence of their encounter.  Look at those smiles!  Next time we’re […]

Eowyn Ivey can let you into the city of Palmer, Alaska. Because she has the key.

We were sorry we couldn’t make it to Alaska for Eowyn Ivey’s publication party. Luckily, she filed this report: Like many people I know, I dreamed of escaping my hometown when I was a younger. I grew up in Palmer, Alaska, and I always felt like I knew every person around every street corner. This […]

On the Road with Eowyn Ivey

Last weekend I went to Denver for a fantastic event that Tattered Cover hosts once a year: Writers Respond to Readers.  The program brings four writers together for a day of readings, book discussions, and general merriment, with an audience of seriously dedicated book fans.  This audience!  I could talk about them for days.  They […]

The Glamorous Life

Hot on the heels of Kathleen Kent’s perspective on reading for an audience, I wanted to add my two cents about touring. I spent the last week on the road with an author, let’s call him Ted, who was out promoting his latest title—we hit Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Las Vegas before returning to New […]

The Writing Life

One of the best articles I read over break was Jay Neugeboren’s New York Review of Books essay (sorry, it’s subscribers only) on Michael Greenberg’s recent book “Beg, Borrow, Steal: A Writer’s Life”. In describing Greenberg’s attempt to support himself as a freelancer and fiction writer, in New York in the 1970s,  Neugeboren considers his own […]