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USA Noir:Barbara’s story, “Crazy for You,” that was published in 2010 in Orange County Noir is included in USA Noir: Best of Akashic’s Noir Series, released November, 2013. The new anthology includes short stories by some of the greats in the suspense field: T. Jefferson Parker, Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Joyce Carol Oates, and more. Details and purchase information ».

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Latest entries from the Pen on Fire blog:

Rebecca Makkai and Stuart Rojstaczer on Writers on Writing with Nicole Nelson

Rebecca Makkai, author of The Hundred-Year House, talks with Nicole Nelson about telling a story backwards, writing humor, and the Google problem for fiction. We also talked about her Ploughshares blog, where she covers everything from an alternative MFA program she envisions and why it’s prudent to steer clear of movie quotes and song lyrics in fiction. Stuart Rojstaczer, author of The Mathematician’s Shiva, talks about balancing tragedy with comedy, the similarities between writing an academic paper and writing a novel, and how the third time, novel-writingwise, can be the charm.

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(Broadcast date: September 17, 2014)

Alex Tizon and Carl Phillips on Writers on Writing

Alex Tizon, the author of Big Little Man: In Search of My Asian Self, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. He joins Nicole Nelson for a conversation about stereotypes in fiction and other art, journaling, and writing about identity. Then Carl Phillips, the author of The Art of Daring: Risk, Restlessness, Imagination and a distinguished poet with awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, The Pushcart Prize, and the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Male Poetry, talks about intentional and unintentional daring, life as a form of revision, and why we read poetry. 


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(Broadcast date: August 13, 2014)

The witty and smart Bay Area literary agent Andy Ross

I love that Andy Ross is the former owner of Cody’s Books in Berkeley, and that I went there when I first moved to San Francisco after college. When The Satanic Verses came out, someone threw a pipe bomb through the window (it didn’t explode), and the staff voted unanimously to continue to sell the controversial novel (was there ever a more controversial novel??).

“That was my proudest moment in bookselling,” Andy says on his website, andyrossagency.com.

For the entire hour that he was was on the show, Andy talks about the types of books and authors his agency takes on, the current state of publishing, Amazon, and more. He was great fun to talk to.

Barbara

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 (Broadcast date: August 6, 2014)

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