#LitChat: The Legend of King Arthur
Nov09

#LitChat: The Legend of King Arthur

The legend of King Arthur is ingrained into our culture and holds timeless appeal. The information here is more of a synthesis paper rather than a full-fledged argument on who King Arthur really is. In any case, the amount of information I gleaned from a mere two-day workshop over the course of two Saturdays made attending well worth it. If you’ve more than a passing interest in the topic, please give this a read. If not, still...

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#AmReading: What popular books have you loathed?
Jul20

#AmReading: What popular books have you loathed?

Reading tastes vary. A lot. When all is said and done, I’d like to think I’m an open-minded albeit critical reader. With all the press given to Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman, I am giddy to give it a read and see how it strikes my sensibilities. So when I come across a wildly popular book that makes me cringe, it’s not enough to not like it. I must analyze the reasons for my loathing. Hey, what can I say. I am...

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#LitChat: In Praise of the Book Hangover
Jun22

#LitChat: In Praise of the Book Hangover

Misery hurts so good. Or at least it does in the case of a book hangover. We’ve all been there more than once. What are the symptoms? Mainly, it’s that hollow feeling we get inside that makes us not feel ready to start a new book. It’s almost as if the recently finished book has crawled inside our brains and taken up residence. The only real cure from a book hangover is to chase the next reading high by reading yet...

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#AuthorChat: Margaret Atwood “Expression and the Power of Words”
Apr13

#AuthorChat: Margaret Atwood “Expression and the Power of Words”

Boise is a fairly literary community. I know, I know… like a good majority of the country, you might equate Idaho with such things as potatoes and skinheads. But wait, there’s more! As in Margaret Atwood came to Boise State University last week as part of their distinguished lecture series. What’s not to like? Free parking, no tickets required, and a literary rock star known near and far for her novels, poetry,...

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#LitChat: The Thorn Birds as Children’s Literature by Laura Zera
Feb02

#LitChat: The Thorn Birds as Children’s Literature by Laura Zera

Author Colleen McCullough passed away on January 29. In her honor, I am re-posting this best books guest post by Laura Zera. Laura uses her signature humor to explore how her reading tastes evolved beyond her years. Laura is also one of my earliest Twitter friends, and we’ve met twice now at July’s Pacific Northwest Writers’ Conference in Seattle. And she recently lent a much needed ear in the tale of woe life has...

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