Category Archives: A Writer’s Writer

Selecting Books for Your Book Club

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.” ― John Green, … Continue reading

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A Writers Writer – Christopher Fowler – Bryant and May Mystery Series

Here is what research will tell you about Arthur Bryant and John May who are Golden Age Detectives in a modern world. They head the Peculiar Crimes Unit, London’s most venerable specialist police team, a division founded during the Second … Continue reading

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Does The Book Jacket Matter? – It Must Pass My 1st Test

Jacket Design by Andrew Davidson – A Favorite of Mine Jacqueline Winspear is the author of the nationally bestselling Maisie Dobbs series, which I highly recommend. Recently I was able to ask her this question…..The covers of your novels by … Continue reading

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A Writers Writer – Nicola Upson

If you read mysteries you probably recognize the name Josephine Tey,  a pseudonym used by Elizabeth Mackintosh (25 July 1896 – 13 February 1952), a Scottish author. She also wrote as Gordon Daviot, a dozen one-act plays and another dozen full-length … Continue reading

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Pat Conroy – Discovering Himself in the Movements of Beaufort Dolphin-Proud tides…

Not all of you may share to the same degree my love and respect for Pat Conroy, but in this statement released this morning I am staggered. He has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He was quoted to have said … Continue reading

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A Writers Writer – E.B. Nesbit – The Railroad Children

Author Edith Nesbit – Illustrator C. E. Brock – Publisher Wells Gardner, Darton -Publication date 1906 “Also she had the power of silent sympathy. That sounds rather dull, I know, but it’s not so dull as it sounds. It just means that a … Continue reading

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Paying Tribute to Pat Conroy On The Occassion of His 70th Birthday – A Writers Writer

  If I had some of Harry Potter’s flue powder, I would transport myself to Beaufort, SC where they are hosting a literary festival to celebrate the birthday of Pat Conroy. The social media attention on Facebook has been tantalizing, … Continue reading

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A Writer’s Writer – Sue Monk Kidd

Did I want to read another book about slavery? Of course, I loved the fact that the story is set in Charleston.  After reading The Secret Life of Bees, The Mermaid’s Chair, and The Dance of the Dissident Daughter, I … Continue reading

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A Writers Writer – Alex Grecian

Sara Wood is the jacket designer for this series. I love her work We’ve all done it, ducked into a bookstore to spend some time before the movie starts, or to wait for a friend. On my last foray into … Continue reading

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A Writer’s Writer – Donna Leon

One of my favorite mystery writers is Donna Leon, an American, who has written twenty-one books in a series set in Venice, Italy. The intelligent and capable police commissioner, Guido Brunetti, his family, and his home town of Venice have … Continue reading

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Rick Bragg – A Writer’s Writer

I’d never heard of Rick Bragg. That is until one of my book clubs recommended we read, All Over But The Shoutin’ for our January 2015 meeting. You think you read a lot, but, no, never enough, and to miss Bragg would be … Continue reading

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A Writers Writer – Ann Patchett

“When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” Buddhist Proverb Quote Though I read and enjoyed Bel Canto, it was not until I read Run over this Thanksgiving holiday (2014) that I was READY for this brilliant writer. I know I have … Continue reading

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