Posts tagged Magical Realism
3 Months of Believing

Looking back over the past three months, I realize I’ve learned a few things through the readings and talks at bookstore and libraries, the panels at Wordplay, the online attention and podcast interviews, and both the kind and harsh reviews. Here’s my 10 life lessons, some of which may seem trite or saccharine, but, as a nonfiction writer, I can promise that they’re all true.

Read More
Wordplay

What an honor and joy to be part of the Loft Literary Center’s first annual Wordplay book festival as not only an author but also as a Loft board member. The two-day festival, which kicked off at First Ave with a concert by the Rock Bottom Remainders, had over 10,000 visitors and featured over 100 authors.

Read More
Learning from Students

As the first judge of the Davenport Prize in Nonfiction at Knox College, it was an honor to read students’ work and meet with them one-on-one. I read essays about odd jobs, trips abroad, mothers, and hometowns. I read gorgeous prose and saw experimental structures. I also had the opportunity to hear about where these students’ ideas come from, what their future plans are, and where they seem themselves in the writing landscape.

Read More
It's My Book Birthday

I took my first writing class over fifteen years ago. I practiced and learned and began to tell a few true stories. And, slowly, groping in the dark, I wrote a memoir. But then, after some publications, a couple awards and grants, the manuscript stalled out. “Memoir is hard,” the agents and editors told me. So, it feels like nothing short of a miracle that someone wanted to publish this book.

Read More
Reviews and Lists

After so many years of writing in solitude, it’s exciting to know that people are reading my book. I’m so grateful for the kind words of reviewers, bloggers, and list-makers. Here’s a sampling of the recent praise for Magical Realism for Non-Believers.

Read More