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Oct.30.2011
Make the most of National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo)! Story Starters, A Workbook for Writers will banish writer’s block, spark your imagination, and provide endless opportunities to make fiction out of thin air. Whether you want to punch up your dialogue, explore dramatic tension, mine...
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Nov.11.2010
Visit the Year of Fog website. Emma Balfour walked into my life in the summer of 2003. Our paths collided on Ocean Beach, the 3-mile stretch of gray sand and graffiti-spattered seawall marking the western edge of the city. It was a cold day and the beach was buried in dense fog, the kind of fog...
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Aug.23.2010
Some time ago, I began building an interactive map of THE YEAR OF FOG, so that readers can follow Abby through the streets of San Francisco as she searches for Emma. The map contains images, text from the novel, and personal reflections on places that hold a special meaning for me. Now, I'm looking...
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Jul.12.2010
 It's called "Petit Bois," which means "little woods," and it's located off the coast of Southeastern Mississippi. As a child in Alabama, I knew it as "Petty Boy." We used to put our small family boat in the water at Pascagoula and make the short trip out. I remember...
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Jul.12.2010
 I first published this blog post on my City Brights blog for SFGate on May 6, 2010. Two months later, the oil is still gushing, the beaches and islands of my childhood are closed, and the people I know who make a living fishing down in the Gulf have lost their livelihood. Last Friday night, in the...
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Apr.21.2010
My husband and I first saw the house on 38th Avenue in the Outer Richmond in August of 2004, while I was pregnant with our son. The moment we walked through the front door, we fell in love. Within a month we were busily setting up the nursery and landscaping the back yard to take better advantage...
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Aug.22.2009
There's a new Rumpelstiltskin in town, but he's not going after the miller's daughter. This Rumpelstiltskin has set his sights on authors, who, according to critics, may unwittingly spin him buckets full of gold. Judging from the panic issuing from home offices and cafes across the country, you'd...
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Aug.11.2009
No One You Know is the next book club pick for the Times Media Group, which includes the San Jose Mercury News, Contra Costa Times, the Oakland Tribune, and a number of other Northern California newspapers. There’s an excerpt from the novel in the Marin Independent Journal today. Excerpts will be...
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Jul.31.2009
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In a truly Orwellian twist, a Michigan teenager named Justin Gawronski is launching a class-action lawsuit against Amazon for deleting the novel 1984 from his Kindle. It seems Justin had been taking notes, as students are advised to do, but when the book disappeared, he argues, his notes became...
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Jun.30.2009
Acclaimed novelist Alice Hoffman was called out on Gawker today for her angry twitter responses to a partially negative review of her latest novel, The Story Sisters, by Roberta Silman in The Boston Globe, Hoffman's hometown newspaper. Hoffman called the reviewer a "moron" and gave out...
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Jun.12.2009
The Telegraph recently asked me to write about San Francisco for its “My Kind of Town” feature. The article, which includes my favorite city haunts, where to stay, what to avoid, where to shop, and more, appears today. You can read it here. Other stuff across the pond: No One You Know was reviewed...
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Jun.02.2009
Courthouse News Service reports today that J.D. Salinger is suing an anonymous writer, pseudonym J.D. California, over a book entitled 60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye, which is slated for September 9 publication and bills itself as a sequel to the reclusive Salinger's classic The Catcher in...
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May.06.2009
The Reporter Book Club, the city-wide book club of Vacaville, CA, will be discussing THE YEAR OF FOG tonight. I’ll be there to sign books at 6:30, followed by a reading and discussion. The gathering takes place at the Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center, 1020 Ulatis Drive. Books can be...
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Mar.27.2009
I'll be speaking Saturday, March 28, at Lynnewood Methodist Church in Pleasanton, at 1:00 p.m. This will be a fundraising event, sponsored by P.E.O. International. Towne Center Books will be on hand to sell copies of The Year of Fog and No One You Know, with part of the proceeds to benefit P.E.O....
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Mar.24.2009
The NCBR has announced the nominees for the 29th Annual Northern California Book Awards. The ceremony, which is free and open to the public, will be held on April 19 at 1:00 p.m. in the Koret Auditorium of the San Francisco Public Library.  I'm delighted that NO ONE YOU KNOW was nominated in...
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