The little town of Riverside, New Jersey enacted stringent anti-immigration lawsÂ about a year ago, deciding to prosecute anybody who employed or rented to illegal immigrants. The town’s economy tanked and its downtown–thriving a year ago–looks like a ghost town now. The residents had no idea the economic repercussions of enacting the law and are now rethinking it. Read More
Because I’m trying to finish edits on Killing Isaac and I’m also trying to finish another novel, currently titled (for lack of imagination) NomKhosi (which is a Zulu name for a girl and it means “With Great Celebration” or “The Greatest Par-tay in the World!!!!), I am woefully behind on some books I promised to review.
That shall change this week, I solemnly promise. Okay, the promise is not that I will review them this week but that I will make a grand effort to get to them this week. Those books are, not necessarily in order:Â a trilogy by Mike Kearby (I will probably only review the latest one), My Daughter’s Eyes and Other Stories by Annecy Baez, Closed for Repairs by Nancy Alonso, and America’s Child by Susan Sherman.
Â Coming soon from a crazed, desperate writer near you…..
“When women stop reading, the novel will be dead.”Â –Ian McEwan
Well, booksellers, writers, and publicists–take note. Just like restaurant advertising dollars go to women, so should book advertising dollars, evidently: NPR reports that women read more than men.Â (Sadly for me.Â I like writing guy voices. A lot. In fact, my guy voices come easier than my girl voices. Maybe I’m a really a guy deep down inside. But on the plus side, women not only read women’s novels but they read novels with male protaganists, too. Science fiction is probably the big exception to this general rule.) Read More
The winner in Debbie Nathan’s “Gringo” T-shirt contest. I actually like theÂ GRINGA t-shirt best (see below or see Debbie Nathan’s blog).