Post-It Note Diaries: RELEASED!

Earlier I was talking about The Post-It Note Diaries by Arthur Jones, and now it is finally out in the world. Click on the video below to find out more. And if you’re interested in reading about my near-death in a graveyard, get your copy of the book here.

Post-It Note Diaries

Last year the illustrator Arthur Jones contacted me about an anthology he was putting together, The Post It Note Diaries. I wrote a piece for him about playing in graveyards when I was a kid and he drew some wonderfully eerie pictures. Now, the book is coming out! Next Tuesday, Sept. 27th @ 7 pm I’ll […]

Off Grid

Hello, visitors: I’m heading off grid for a bit to work on the next book. For your weekly Selected Shorts updates, go here. In the meantime, feel free to keep sending your questions on Animal Crackers & The Good Thief, and I will answer when I return from the woods.

My Bright Midnight

My good friend Josh Russell has just come out with a new book, My Bright Midnight, with LSU Press. I’ve been waiting for this novel for a long time, and once I got my hands on a copy I could not put it down and finished it all in one day. It packs in romance, friendship, […]

The Wake of Forgiveness by Bruce Machart

The Wake of Forgiveness  by Bruce Machart is one of the books I raved about recently over at The New York Times. The trailer just came out, and it’s like a mini-movie–can’t wait to see this novel make its way in the world. It’s got one of the best horse-racing scenes I’ve ever read. Pre-order now, […]

Scribner, Stevenson, Perkins & Hemingway

I’ve been reading The Only Thing That Counts, the correspondence of Maxwell Perkins and Ernest Hemingway, edited by Matthew J. Bruccoli. I’ve marked many pages to go back and re-read, but here’s one image I can’t shake. It’s in the preface by Charles Scribner III, where he quotes a speech his own father (Charles Scribner, Jr.) gave […]

Off Grid

Hello, visitors. I’m heading off grid for the next month or so. No phone, no internet, but hopefully lots of writing. Please feel free to keep sending emails or any questions you might have about The Good Thief. I won’t be able to answer for a while, but I promise to respond when I return.

Why I love the Gowanus, Pt. 1

Every day, I walk over the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn. I live about a block away, and have to cross it to get to the studio where I write, and also to the One Story offices over on Third Avenue. The Gowanus was constructed in the 1860s, as a way for factories in Brooklyn to […]


Since 2007, along with my mentor, author Dani Shapiro, and her husband, the screenwriter Michael Maren, I’ve been organizing a writer’s conference called Sirenland. A beautiful name, but even more beautiful is the spot where it takes place: Le Sirenuse Hotel in Positano, Italy. Our 2010 conference has just ended. Our Sirenlanders have flown back to their […]