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CLARION 2014–Teaching Week One
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I teach the fiction workshop at Swarthmore College. That’s a workshop usually comprising the “smartest kids in the room” as the saying goes. Outside of Swarthmore, that’s not been my experience: Workshop attendees usually span the range from “interesting” to … Continue reading


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Phyllis (Irene) Radford is #1 Skywarrior Books

Book View Cafe’s own Phyllis Radford (aka Irene Radford, P.R. Frost, and C.F. Bentley) is June’s top-selling author at Skywarrior Books, publisher of her collaborations with Bob Brown. Congrats, Phyl!


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WWW Wednesday – July 9, 2014

WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading. • What are you currently reading? Prisoner, by Lia Silver. The backbone of this romantic action series is werewolves, but Silver is doing her own thing with the world building, adding in powers … Continue reading


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The Myth of the Veneer

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THE MYTH OF THE VENEER by Ursula K. Le Guin “The secret world of the Mafia is a concave mirror that reflects and magnifies our world. If looked at properly, it can illuminate aspects of society that are normally out … Continue reading


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Percy’s Boys

In another post  I mentioned Baroness Orczy’s The Scarlet Pimpernel. I think it serves as an example of a story that caught the imagination of the following century, even though the book itself these days is barely readable: dull plot, … Continue reading


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WWW Wednesday 6-25-2014

WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading. To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions… • What are you currently reading? • What did you recently finish reading? • What do you think you’ll read next?


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Murder at the Opera: An Aria of Omens by Patrice Greenwood

Patrice Greenwood returns readers to the cozy Wisteria Tearoom with a new mystery set against the dramatic backdrop of Santa Fe’s world-famous Opera. Wisteria Tearoom owner Ellen Rosings coaxes Detective Tony Aragón to go with her to the Santa Fe … Continue reading


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Dispatches from the Crone Wars

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The Horseblog is taking a break this week, because I have this irresistible desire to get ranty, and where better to rant on this subject than right here at Crone Central? Yes, Book View Cafe was founded by older women … Continue reading


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When the Suck Fairy flits

Jo Walton posted about when the Suck Fairy visits books you once enjoyed. Even loved. Jo makes a point of saying that readers ought not to beat themselves up over liking something that you no longer can read. The other problem … Continue reading


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WWW Wednesday: YES Amy Sterling Casil reads …

WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading.   To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions… • What are you currently reading? • What did you recently finish reading? • What do you think you’ll read next?   • … Continue reading


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