When I interviewed Sean Penn for Powell’s, I did not expect him to have read my book. But not long after I met the actor-turned-author, I discovered he had. He told me it had reminded him of Ed Abbey’s The Monkey Wrench Gang. My hand flew to my heart, like somebody’s old Southern auntie. “Oh my goodness!” I said. “I feel … Read More
Hot Season Takes the Gold (IPPY Award)!
I’m pleased to announce that Hot Season has taken the Gold Independent Publishers Association (IPPY) Award for Best Fiction of the Mountain-West in 2016. The news of this came to me, oddly enough, via Facebook Messenger. I was at the Independent Book Publishers Association conference here in Portland over the weekend, which also offers an award for independent and small-press … Read More
Hot Season Book Tour 2.0
I’m thrilled to announce that I am back in the Biskitt (aka, Prescott) today, kicking off part two of the book tour for Hot Season–just as the weather is heating up in the Southwest (well, Phoenix, at least–it was 70 degrees at 8 pm last night when I got in). After two dates here in the Land of … Read More
The Prescott College Literary Legacy, 2016–In the Face of the Unthinkable
An excerpt from Prescott College: A Literary Legacy, which I presented on November 10, last week, two days after the election, in the the Grove Chapel of my undergrad alma mater: Thank you for coming out tonight, in a week that I know has been pretty heavy, emotionally speaking, for all of us. Yesterday I met Walt Anderson here … Read More