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SJSU Center for Steinbeck Studies to Honor Author Khaled Hosseini on Weds Sept 10

One of the highlights of my job as director of the Center for Steinbeck Studies at San Jose State is the annual

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Aug. 18, 2014
Last comment by Libby Parisi, on Aug 23, 2014 at 2:44 pm |
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Dock Ellis in the Country of Baseball

Remember the pitcher Dock Ellis? I have always read a lot of baseball books, and lately I've been reading even more, trying to learn all I can about the world...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Aug. 11, 2014
Last comment by Mark not Walt Weiss, on Aug 11, 2014 at 9:45 pm | 3 comments | 1302 Views

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Call it a novel: Dirty Love by Andre Dubus III

Lucky is the fiction writer whose stories take 300 pages to tell. For the last twenty years at least, the fiction market has been mainly a market for novels. Agents...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Jul. 22, 2014
Last comment by Mark Weiss, on Jul 23, 2014 at 11:11 pm | 1 comment | 616 Views

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Another Case for Reparations: Team Seven by Marcus Burke

In May The Atlantic published a cover story by the African-American critic Ta-Nehisi Coates called

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Jul. 15, 2014
Last comment by Kary, on Jul 19, 2014 at 11:08 am |
1 comment | 707 Views

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How's the Book Doing???

I have plenty of writer friends, but I live on the Peninsula, so most of my daily interactions are with Silicon Valley people: engineers, managers, marketers, financiers......

Original post made by Nick Taylor on May. 28, 2014
Last comment by DZR, on Jul 14, 2014 at 9:03 pm | 1 comment | 1444 Views

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It's Now a Series! Story of a Novel, Part 6

My first detective novel, The Setup Man, was published in March, and I've written a number of posts on this site about the publishing...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Jul. 8, 2014
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Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra: The Best Show Not on Cable

I know I promised to read shorter books, but the novel I picked up after

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Jul. 2, 2014
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Looking for the Humor Code

This fall, at San Jose State, I will be teaching a seminar on American humor writing. It's the first time my department has offered this course, so I have to construct...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Jun. 22, 2014
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The Goldfinch: Sometimes You Should Believe the Hype

Recent shop talk aside, this is a blog dedicated to reviewing books. I've...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Jun. 3, 2014
Last comment by Nick Taylor, on Jun 21, 2014 at 5:51 pm | 4 comments | 1816 Views

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Who is T.T. Monday? : The Story of a Novel, Part 3

In most lines of work, seniority counts for something. In major-league baseball, for instance, young players in their first few professional seasons have their salaries...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Feb. 24, 2014
Last comment by K.Kelton, on Apr 7, 2014 at 9:59 am | 3 comments | 2708 Views

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Publicity! The Story of a Novel, Part 5

==I Note: Nick Taylor (as T.T. Monday) will be appearing at Kepler's Books in Menlo Park on Tuesday, March...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Mar. 10, 2014
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One More Draft: The Story of a Novel, Part 4

==I Note: Nick Taylor (as T.T. Monday) will be appearing at Kepler's Books in Menlo...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Mar. 5, 2014
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Turning to a Life of Crime (The Story of a Novel, Part 2)

In my last post I explained how I went to India and came back with a novel about the...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Feb. 18, 2014
Last comment by Cathy Kirkman, on Feb 19, 2014 at 5:26 pm | 1 comment | 2670 Views

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The Story of a Novel, Part 1

In less than a month, my third novel,

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Feb. 11, 2014
Last comment by Sally Ashton, on Feb 11, 2014 at 7:24 pm |
1 comment | 1375 Views

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Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon, and the debate over the National Book Award

Gordon, Jaimy. Lord of Misrule. (McPherson & Co., 2010). Over the holidays I visited my 90-year-old grandmother in New York City. A widow for the last thirteen...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Jan. 21, 2014
Last comment by Anita Felicelli, on Jan 23, 2014 at 11:21 pm | 1 comment | 1023 Views

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Champion of Choice by Cathleen Miller

Miller, Cathleen. Champion of Choice. (University of Nebraska Press, 2013). I've been busy reading a fascinating new biography,

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Jan. 1, 2014
Last comment by ManiaceJames, on Jan 21, 2014 at 1:40 am |
4 comments | 1376 Views

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The Empty House by Nathan Oates

Oates, Nathan. The Empty House. (Willow Springs Editions, 2013). You'd never know it by glancing at bookstore shelves, but there are more short...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Dec. 11, 2013
Last comment by Mary Tevlin, on Dec 11, 2013 at 8:29 pm | 2 comments | 1677 Views

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2013 Holiday Book Guide (Nonfiction Picks)

Last week I listed three of the best works of fiction I read in 2013. Here...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Dec. 8, 2013
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2013 Holiday Book Gift Guide (Part 1)

The year-end lists are upon us. Over the weekend, the New York Times published its Best 100 Books of 2013, followed this afternoon by its Best 10. Squawk all you...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Dec. 4, 2013
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David Rakoff's Last Work

David Rakoff, Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish (Doubleday, 2013) Here's a thought experiment for you writers out there: Imagine you were dying...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Nov. 25, 2013
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Palo Alto quietly gets new evening food truck market
By Elena Kadvany | 3 comments | 3,121 views

On Tour - The Highly Selective Liberal Arts Colleges: Occidental, Pitzer, and Scripps
By John Raftrey and Lori McCormick | 1 comment | 1,885 views

See Me. Hear Me. Donít Fix Me.
By Chandrama Anderson | 2 comments | 1,601 views

Foothills Park: a world away
By Sally Torbey | 9 comments | 1,485 views

Candidate Kickoff Events: Public, not just for supporters
By Douglas Moran | 6 comments | 873 views