Category Archives: Relating to other writing

Immersing myself in Islam

This week I spent some time learning more about Islam, because some of the characters in my next novel are Muslim. On Monday, I toured the Islamic Mosque and Cultural Center on Massachusetts Avenue in Washington, DC, the first mosque in the … Continue reading

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Perspectives

I’ve spent most of the past month trying to plan the upcoming festival season for book promotion, and the results will be forthcoming soon. Just before embarking upon this planning, I had explored the idea of attending the Iceland Writers … Continue reading

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Updating Howard Zinn

Our Busboys and Poets Book Club meets monthly in the Howard Zinn Room at the BB&P restaurant in Hyattsville under a remarkable mural painted by BB&P owner Andy Shallal. The mural was inspired by Langston Hughes’ poem, “The Negro Speaks of Rivers”. Four … Continue reading

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Sharing our booth with Lynne Cherry

Sunday at the Takoma Park (MD) Street Festival, my tent-sharer author friend David Levy (Revolt of the Animals) was unable to be there, but instead I shared with a new author friend, Lynne Cherry (www.lynnecherry.com), best-selling children’s author, illustrator, and … Continue reading

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Benny’s Mission: An American Classic

Recently, I read Benny’s Mission by Stanford Pritchard. This satirical saga carried me away and enthralled me with its story about Benny Wise. So I had to write a review of it: Benny’s Mission is an American classic–part Candide, part Forrest Gump, part Huckleberry Finn. … Continue reading

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NIMBY? no, YIMBY (at St. Mary’s College Chesapeake Writers’ Conference)

We hear a lot about “Not in my backyard,” but Friday night it was “Yes! in my backyard” — a concert of baroque music by the Chesapeake Orchestra, the River Concert Series Festival Choir, and three professional soloists (soprano Joan … Continue reading

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An awesome queue…at the Gaithersburg Book Festival

An awesome queue of over a hundred enthusiastic fans followed Jenny Lawson from her speakers’ tent to the book signing tent. People were still in the signing line more than an hour later at 6:00 P.M. when everyone was packing up. We … Continue reading

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A Space of Their Own

On Saturday April 28, I took a bus tour in Prince George’s County, Maryland (just east of Washington, D.C.) sponsored by the Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center (PGAAMCC), of North Brentwood, MD. The tour was entitled “A … Continue reading

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The Snowy Day anniversary

“I have Snowy Day,” the two-year-old declared. She had overheard my wife ask me if I had saved the Washington Post article about the 50th anniversary of the book by author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats. http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/the-snowy-day-first-picture-book-with-black-child-as-hero-marks-50-years/2011/12/04/gIQA3a8yUP_story_1.html  Published in 1962, … Continue reading

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Writing instead of writing about writing

This is supposed to be a blog about writing — the process, the products, and the promotion of writing, including songwriting. Writing and promoting my writing take me to some pretty interesting places. However, since my last blog post in … Continue reading

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