Bye, Bye Blackbird

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In 1997, I met E.L. Doctorow at NYU. He taught me a great deal, not only about writing and editing but also about patience, and focus, and taking risks, and kindness, and good humor, and discipline, and humility. In his novel Billy Bathgate, Doctorow used “Bye Bye Blackbird” to transition through
time and memory and show how death can connect us. I will miss his words and wisdom. I will be singing this song today.

New Book

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Very happy to announce that my new novel, The Twelve Bullets of Samuel Hawley, will be published by The Dial Press. An excerpt ran in the Fall 2012 issue of Tin House and later in Best American Mystery Stories 2013. More news (pub date, etc.) to come.

Goodbye, Woody Creek

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For the past few weeks I’ve been the writer in residence at the Aspen Writer’s Foundation. I’m so grateful to the crack-team who brought me out and took care of me while I was there, the board for their support of the program, the community of Woody Creek who was so warm and welcoming, and Isa Catto Shaw & Daniel Shaw, my gracious and lovely hosts, who made it all possible. You can find out more about the program and what I did there from Andrew Travers at The Aspen Times and Aspen Public Radio, where I was on Mitzi Rapkin’s show, First Drafts. Special thanks to the Woody Creek Community Center for hosting my goodbye bash. I’ll miss you all. Especially the bears.