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Nice list of personal faves!  I like the range, and the inclusion of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe!
08/12/2020
For what it’s worth, Kamala Harris has pretty good taste in books.

Nice list of personal faves! I like the range, and the inclusion of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe!

Yesterday, Joe Biden announced that Kamala Harris would be joining him as his running mate on the 2020 presidential ticket. Twitter was divided, but the Democratic party was not. Because my brain h…

Tonight!  Time for some virtual travel and adventure!A Zoom launch on pub date for Owls of The Eastern Ice by Jonathan S...
08/04/2020
Owls of the Eastern Ice: Book Launch

Tonight! Time for some virtual travel and adventure!
A Zoom launch on pub date for
Owls of The Eastern Ice by Jonathan Slaght
at the Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis.
7 PM Central Time

https://tmora.org/event/owls-of-the-eastern-ice-book-launch/

The Museum of Russian Art invites you to join us (virtually via Zoom) for the exciting launch of Owls of the Eastern Ice: A Quest to Find and Save the World’s Largest Owl by Jonathan C. Slagh…

Happy May Day, Workers [that's us!]!"While one-time federal relief checks arrive and quickly sieve through the fingers o...
05/02/2020
No, We’re Not All in This Together. Just 99% of Us.

Happy May Day, Workers [that's us!]!

"While one-time federal relief checks arrive and quickly sieve through the fingers of millions of people, the combined wealth of America’s billionaires increased by $282 billion in the just first month of the pandemic lockdown."
- Jonathan Rosenblum author THE FIGHT FOR $15

By Jonathan Rosenblum | May 1 is here, which means rents and mortgages are due, and tens of millions of Americans will be unable to pay. Officially, thirty million people are newly unemployed. But the real number is higher, as government statistics fail to account for the 1.5 million-plus app-based....

So glad to see that at least in Italy bookstores - and books -  are considered 'essenziale'!
04/16/2020
Italy allows bookstores to reopen as an 'essential good'

So glad to see that at least in Italy bookstores - and books - are considered 'essenziale'!

Italy is slowly but surely emerging from its coronavirus crisis.Italy was hit hard and early by the COVID-19 pandemic, counting more than 150,000 cases and 20,000 deaths, namely in its northern region. While pretty much everything remains on lockdown in that area, the south of Italy will soon start....

Even though this is an ad - I love this paean to fact-checking and editing.  Kudos to every writer who has survived this...
03/13/2020
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Even though this is an ad - I love this paean to fact-checking and editing.
Kudos to every writer who has survived this!

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For International Women's Day, in praise of a legend.An interview w Gwyneth Jones, who spent 5 years researching a new b...
03/09/2020
Joanna Russ Was Sci-Fi’s Most Outspoken Feminist

For International Women's Day, in praise of a legend.

An interview w Gwyneth Jones, who spent 5 years researching a new book about Russ, in which she makes some great reading recommendations.

The 20th-century author was also a formidable science fiction critic.

TRUE ROOTS: Recommended on not 1 but 2 end-of-year gift lists:1 The Vineyard Gazette and 2 The Longreads 2019 Holiday Gi...
12/16/2019
Book Talk with Ronnie Citron-Fink (2019-12-17)

TRUE ROOTS: Recommended on
not 1 but 2 end-of-year gift lists:
1 The Vineyard Gazette and
2 The Longreads 2019 Holiday Gift Book Guide -
where I love that it's included in the
'Investigations and Revelations' section!

And a talk tomorrow, 12/17, at West Tisbury Free Library on Martha's Vineyard

Congrats, Ronnie Citron-Fink!

Book Talk with Ronnie Citron-Fink: True Roots On Tuesday, December 17 at 4:30pm, the West Tisbury Library will host a book talk with author Ronnie Citron-Fink. Ronnie will read from her newest book, True Roots: What Quitting Hair Dye Taught Me About Health and Beauty. This event is free and open

11/16/2019
Get Me Roger Stone | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

Timely recommended weekend viewing [in addition to your reading of course] on Netflix - film by a friend, not a client, Morgan Pehme:

The whole world was shocked by the rise Donald Trump, but there was one man who had been plotting it for years: Roger Stone. Diving deep into the mind of the...

Things to think about from Wendy Grossman, now that so much of our personal data is collected - even when it's 'anonymiz...
11/01/2019
net.wars: Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition

Things to think about from Wendy Grossman, now that so much of our personal data is collected - even when it's 'anonymized,' it still identifies us.

https://www.pelicancrossing.net/netwars/2019/11/nobody_expects_the_spanish_inq.html

Two things sparked this train of thought. The first was seeing that researchers at the Mayo Clinic have shown that commercial facial recognition software accurately identified 70 of a sample set of 84 (that's 83%) MRI brain scans. For ten additional subjects, the software placed the correct identifi...

The Global Climate Strike even came to Nantucket, where I was today - or, I should say, 'of course came to Nantucket' be...
09/21/2019
Liz Weiss MS, RDN on Twitter

The Global Climate Strike even came to Nantucket, where I was today - or, I should say, 'of course came to Nantucket' because island people know global warming, they see its effects.
And I especially like the literary youth sign in this Twitter post:

“So proud for what you're doing! We joined in today from the tiny island of #Nantucket. #climatestrike https://t.co/wdDvCQdJRJ”

Tonight's another Dem Presidential Primary Debate - and here's a great wrap-up piece from TRUE ROOTS author Ronnie Citro...
09/12/2019
10 Highlights From the Climate Town Hall - Moms Clean Air Force

Tonight's another Dem Presidential Primary Debate - and here's a great wrap-up piece from TRUE ROOTS author Ronnie Citron-Fink on the candidates' last outing, the CNN Climate Town Hall.
How much of this will be mentioned again tonight?

Moms Clean Air Force's Ronnie Citron-Fink and Trisha Sheehan were in attendance at the CNN Climate Town Hall with the Democratic candidates for the 7-hour long primetime forum.

Always a great day to have a sale!Today it's the ebook of Joanna Russ' The Female Man for $1.99 from Open Road - on this...
09/09/2019
‎The Female Man

Always a great day to have a sale!
Today it's the ebook of Joanna Russ' The Female Man for $1.99 from Open Road - on this platform or any other of your choice! From Early Bird Books, a great find for avid readers . . .

‎Fiction & Literature · 2018

Sharing a tribute to Toni Morrison's work written by Noliwe Rooks a few years ago, on The Bluest Eye and the truest love...
08/06/2019
Rooks on Morrison's "The Bluest Eye"

Sharing a tribute to Toni Morrison's work written by Noliwe Rooks a few years ago, on The Bluest Eye and the truest love - that first book that 'inhabits you.'

I so remember my daughter reading Morrison for school at about the same age as Rooks in this essay - and seeing her burst into tears.
In awe of the power! Rest in Peace, Toni Morrison.

Rooks on Morrison's "The Bluest Eye" By: Noliwe Rooks,  Associate Professor, Africana Studies and Feminist, Gender & Sexuality StudiesMarch 29, 2016 "When My Friends First Came to Visit" By the time I was 10 I had both inhaled and inhabited a lot of books. I knew well the escape of imagining myself...

On the 65th anniversary of Brown [Linda Brown, then nine years old] v Board of Ed [of Topeka, KS] CUTTING SCHOOL author ...
05/17/2019
Why, 65 years later, school segregation persists: New York City is a perfect case study

On the 65th anniversary of Brown [Linda Brown, then nine years old] v Board of Ed [of Topeka, KS] CUTTING SCHOOL author Noliwe Rooks explains why public schools are still segregated.
The problem is us, the parents.

On this day 65 years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that schools in the United States should no longer operate under the failed ethos of “separate but equal” and instead must move to integrate their student bodies “with all deliberate speed.” New York City schools have not achieved the...

04/23/2019
Catalan News on Twitter

What a great holiday!
Today is World Book Day and, in Catalonia,
Sant Jordi's Day of books and roses:

“📽️ Roses for love, books for literature, and a day to celebrate them altogether — Sant Jordi is underway, and @catalannews is on the streets to bring you the atmosphere from the streets of Barcelona Learn more: https://t.co/dCIhBGukRQ https://t.co/q1kvplp6f8”

It's April 1st but this is not a joke - There is a Slovenian production ofSex Tips For Straight Women From A Gay Man!
04/02/2019

It's April 1st but this is not a joke -
There is a Slovenian production of
Sex Tips For Straight Women From A Gay Man!

Important hometown bookstore news, with high school friend playing key role, thank you, Jay Campion! I never imagined th...
02/04/2019
Dartmouth grad plans ‘book and bar’ concept in prime Hanover space

Important hometown bookstore news, with high school friend playing key role, thank you, Jay Campion!
I never imagined that towns and cities I lived in would ever be without bookstores...

HANOVER — A 29-year-old Dartmouth College alumna plans to open a new bookstore, cafe and beer/wine bar in the former Dartmouth Bookstore space, replacing a business whose closing late last year left local book lovers distraught and represented a major...

Coming in June 2019!Congratulations, Ronnie Citron-Fink
01/25/2019

Coming in June 2019!
Congratulations, Ronnie Citron-Fink

A troubling analysis!But once in a while this does happen when you get under the hood of a manuscript...
01/17/2019
A New Yorker Cartoon

A troubling analysis!
But once in a while this does happen when you get under the hood of a manuscript...

“The problem is there’s no engine. Just a mysterious plot device.”

In honor of December 7:
12/08/2018
Safe Passage: The Civilian Evacuation From Hawaii After Pearl Harbor

In honor of December 7:

SAFE PASSAGE is the first book to feature the dramatic story of the American civilians, trapped on the Hawaiian Islands after the horrifying surprise attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese, who were evacuated thousands of miles by ship across the Pacific and by train across the United States in m...

Tough history lesson from Noliwe Rooks, congrats on your NYT op ed.My favorite [literary] quote from the comments sectio...
11/28/2018
Opinion | Cindy Hyde-Smith Is Teaching Us What Segregation Academies Taught Her

Tough history lesson from Noliwe Rooks, congrats on your NYT op ed.
My favorite [literary] quote from the comments section:
"As Mississippi's greatest writer, William Faulkner, once said: "The past is never dead. It's not even past.""

The campaign gaffes of Mississippi’s newly elected senator reveal the way that the past is always present.

As Insight lands on Mars today - Antonia Juhasz helps us answer questions we now have to ask, in the NatGeo series MARS:...
11/26/2018
Antonia Juhasz on Twitter

As Insight lands on Mars today -
Antonia Juhasz helps us answer questions we now have to ask, in the NatGeo series MARS:

https://twitter.com/AntoniaJuhasz/status/1062165142459371520

“A private mining company makes its inauspicious arrival on #MARS and so begins the question: will we make the same mistakes on Mars that we’re now making today on earth 🌏 and can we apply those lessons here before it’s too late? @NatGeoChannel”

From author Jonathan Rosenblum:What Amazon took with the other hand when they gave the raise to $15/hour, what else Amaz...
10/29/2018
Praise the Workers, Not Amazon

From author Jonathan Rosenblum:
What Amazon took with the other hand when they gave the raise to $15/hour, what else Amazon workers really need, and what may happen next:

By Jonathan Rosenblum | “Power concedes nothing without a demand,” abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass declared 161 years ago. Last week saw that truth on broad display as Amazon, facing growing political and organizing pressure, announced it was setting a minimum wage of $15/hour for its US ...

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Greetings from an old client, Joan Dahr Lambert. (Circles of Stone, 1997) I wanted you to know that I have just submitted my latest novel, Bones of the Whale, on your submission site. It tells the story of Xenia, the name given by scientists to one of our 7 genetic fore-mothers who lived in Spain. 24,000 years ago, she and her tribe undertook one of the most visionary and courageous voyages in all of human history when they rowed across the Atlantic Ocean to the east coast of North America. It is an extraordinary story that really did happen. As you will see, the novel is based on research in many disciplines. I think you will like the strong environmental, woman-centered focus. Most of all though, Bones of the Whale is a compelling science-based origin story just waiting to be told.
Hi! I am a published author and my novel is “Franco and Anna Gennusa – Their Journey.” I have a film production company, Langton International, willing to read my screenplay but I have to get my sales numbers up. My story begins in Sicily, Italy during World War ll. My novel is loosely based on my family history. I am reaching out to Facebook users asking them to send out my information about my work. I am looking for a literary agent to represent me in my next two novels in this series. Check out my page. @francoandanna. Tell all your relative and friends about me. Thank you, Mary B. Rosato Gennusa Patterson.
Love the cover photo.
I read with interest a few weeks ago, your procedure in submitting material to you, the cover letter and, I believe it is, first 10 pages... What I am not clear on and would appreciate your clarifying, with just one private message, do you also represent writers on film scripts? I have one with what they are always screaming about "women's roles," two dynamic women's roles, and a dynamic force as a distinguished television director and motion picture actress, Helen Shaver, wants to direct and play the main role, she is so enthused about it. Sorry to bother you in this manner of communication, but please reply to me via private message on FB. Thanks for your time and patience on this intrusion... Bill LaVallee