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October 30, 2014

Chatty Author Chick

Unless you are an author, or you interview authors, you may not know that author interviews often happens weeks or even months before they "go live," whether in print, on radio or TV, or online. So it's just a coincidence that this week you can find me being interviewed by a prominent Shakespeare scholar, and by a nearly-at-term expectant mother, which in this case is two different people. (Yes, Shakespeare scholars are sometimes also expectant mothers, but not in this instance).

Shakespeare scholar interview is in the Shakespeare Standard.

Expectant mother interview is on Unabridged Chick. She also did a lovely review of the novel earlier in the week.

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October 22, 2014

O Canada, or really IFOA Canada

Heading to Canada, where I'll be giving 5 talks in 6 days, mostly through the very wonderful International Festival of Authors.

Here's a nice interview with them.

Of course it's nice. The Canadians are always nice. Except in the hockey rink. Then they pretty much knock your teeth out. I try not to get into the hockey rink, as I am fond of my teeth. I have more of them than Angelica, after all. (Yeah, Shakespeare knocked her teeth out, too).


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October 15, 2014

Can One Page Reveal an Entire Book?

What can one page tell you about an entire novel?

According to Marshall McLuhan, a Canadian cultural theorist, if you are trying to decide whether to read a novel, you should flip it open to page 69 and read that page. If you like it, chances are you'll like the novel. If not, then no.

Does it work? According to the Guardian, you can try it as a reader on everything from Great Canonical Works to Pop Trash, to varying (but maybe equally revealing and useful) effects.

I was recently asked to take the Page 69 Test not as a reader but as an author. Flip to p. 69: what does it tell you about your book.

As it turns out, page 69 may be the shortest page in Juliet's Nurse. So what, if anything, can it tell you about the novel as whole?

A lot. Find out precisely what over at the wonderful blog The Page 69 Test.

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October 10, 2014

William Shakespeare:  Poet, Playwright, Novelist?

I've been feeling beastly about ripping off William Shakespeare. Daily.

Or rather, I've been writing for the Daily Beast about why so many novelists are drawn to riffing on, and ripping off Shakesepare.

Poor Willie, he couldn't write novels himself, as they hadn't yet been invented. So we've been doing it for him.

Check out 5 Novels Shakespeare Sort of Wrote. And if you've already read them all, you are a bona fide Shakespeare nut.


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October 9, 2014

Out of the Closet, onto NPR

So a few weeks back I enjoyed a glamorous NPR taping . . . in my friend Deena's closet. (Don't believe me? Check out the photos here).

We were recording an 80-second reading from my novel. Just so you know, the actual audio book of the novel is 10 hours, 44 minutes, and 53 seconds. So I had to find a nice excerpt that was 1/38,693 of the entire book. Why so short? Because it is part of a two-minute segment called "The Author's Corner" that airs on NPR stations each day.

Here it is, all glorious 80 seconds, of me plus sundry extra bits. Enjoy!

If that's not enough for you, check out this great interview from "State of Wonder," an NPR program airing on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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