Looking back on 2012 reads

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Every year I have a contest with myself. How many books will I read this year? In 2012 I read 61 books, the same number I read in 2011. According to Pew Research, I’m way ahead of average. Three-quarters of Americans finish just one book a year, an abysmal statistic for a literate society. Bookworms brought up the “average” to …

What I learned from NaNo Month

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On Nov. 30, I crossed the finish line of National Novel in a Month, “NaNo,” as writers call it. What began as a project of a few writers in San Francisco has become a world-wide challenge to complete a 50,000-word manuscript in thirty days. On Nov. 1 I began by logging in and writing maybe 1,500 words. Somehow I missed …

Workshopping with Jill McCorkle

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One of the thrills of living in the “writingest state” is being a member of the North Carolina Writers Network and attending their Fall Conference. This year’s gathering in Cary brought an array of outstanding sessions and speakers: Edith Perlman, Kay Stripling Byer, D. G. Martin, Sheri Castle, Alice Osborne and many more. I was one of the lucky souls …

Dishing up nibbles on WFAEats

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When I heard last spring that Amy Rogers had launched a foodie website affiliated with the NPR station in Charlotte, I had to get in on the act. I remember Amy from Novello Press, when she compiled a delightful cookbook, Hungry for Home including snippets and recipes from writers across the South. I was honored to have two of my …

Braver’s ‘Misfit’ hits the target

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Back in 2010 Adam Braver was drafting another novel of re-imagined fiction. Having published three times in the genre (Divine Sarah, Mr. Lincoln’s Wars, November 22, 1963) Braver told me he was busy researching the last weekend of Marilyn Monroe’s life, July 27-29, 1962, when she visited Lake Tahoe as a guest of Frank Sinatra. The book was due out …

Potato Peelings

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I’ll admit it. I am probably the last person in America to have read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. This 2008 blockbuster novel by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows has become the darling of book clubs everywhere for good reason. It’s a compelling historical novel (World War II era) in epistolary form. If you dislike novels …

Examining this life

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July 16 marks one year since I received my MFA degree. I’m not sure what I thought this first post-graduate year would be like. I assumed I’d whip out another book, write tons of essays and give a lot of readings for my first story collection that came out last August. I was half right. The book launch and promotion …

Farewell to Nora Ephron

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After learning that Nora Ephron has passed, I’m hesitant to write about any of my favorite writers. Twice now I’ve done that, and the writer has quickly passed. In January 2011, I paid tribute to Reynolds Price in one of my library columns and he died within a couple of weeks. Last week, my column about reading material for the …

Reading at “that certain age”

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I write a weekly column for Catawba County Library, where I spend my other half life. This week’s edition was so much fun to write, I want to share it here. One of this summer’s hot picks is the new Anna Quindlen memoir, Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake. Her quips and tell-it-like-it-is style will resonate with most women of …