Category Archives: Books and Reading

Holiday Cheer and a bit of Murder: As Red as Any Blood by Patrice Greenwood

Yuletide in Santa Fe: biscochitos, farolitos, Las Posadas, music…and murder. Ellen Rosings does not have time for murder investigations. It’s December, and the Wisteria Tearoom is awash in shoppers, cookies, and groups of strange women brought to tea by the … Continue reading

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A project of the heart

  We live in troubled times – but that could arguably be said about a LOT of historical eras, I suspect. The thing that makes ours stand out is that our revolutions ARE televised, and we are now unable to … Continue reading

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A SPOONFUL OF MAGIC

BVC Founding Member Phyllis Irene Radford is pleased to announce the release of her latest book from DAW Books, A Spoonful of Magic, under her Irene Radford byline. A Spoonful of Magic is the first book in a new series about … Continue reading

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The Reluctant Traveler Goes Through the Looking Glass

Recently, in a story I wrote for my small, long-surviving writers group, I quoted from the following poem: ’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves        Did gyre and gimble in the wabe: All mimsy were the borogoves,       And the mome … Continue reading

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Consideration of Works Past: The Godwhale

First a heads up on happy information. Recall earlier this year my story, The Sweet Warm Earth, was published in F&SF. It was picked up by The Best American Mystery Stories. Well, it’s out. Here it is. Okay, now that … Continue reading

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Facebook’s Algorithm Censors a Book Cover

Helen's Story

Whatever algorithm governs Facebook posts refuses to allow ones about the book Helen’s Story if they include the cover. Both the publisher, Aqueduct Press, and the author, Rosanne Rabinowitz, have put up posts that were taken down. I’ve tried to … Continue reading

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Rediscovery

My son attends an early college high school. What that means is that he’s in his junior year and is now taking all college classes. He’s always looked to me for help with his writing courses and writing assignments. Since … Continue reading

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Reading The Color of Law

The Color of Law

I’ve just finished Richard Rothstein’s The Color of Law, a thoroughly researched and brilliant analysis of how government action in the United States built and reinforced racial segregation. It took me several weeks to read this book. That’s not because … Continue reading

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Influential Books

This post is one of many featured on Katharine Kerr’s Patreon page, where you can read more like it by becoming a supporter. What books influenced you when you were young? Writers get asked that a lot. Here’s my answer. … Continue reading

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Kicking the Sheriff’s Butteth: the world of Robin Hood at age eleven

Some days I need a little silly. During my time as a sixth grade teacher at a private school, Howard Pyle’s Robin Hood was one of our texts. Its faux-medieval Victorian prose was actually a fairly easy way to accustom … Continue reading

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