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Every Day Is for the Thief by Teju Cole

I love this time of year, not because of the holidays per se, but because I get to buy tons of books without feeling guilty about it. Over the next couple of weeks...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Dec. 8, 2014
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Baseball and Books - What's the Connection?

I'm strange. Years ago this used to bother me, but ever since I got serious about writing, I stopped worrying about my incongruities. I'm oddly shaped. I don't prefer...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Sep. 30, 2014
Last comment by Ron Kaplan, on Oct 28, 2014 at 7:48 am | 1 comment | 1271 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
Last comment by Phyllis Williams, on Oct 11, 2014 at 7:40 pm | 1 comment | 2012 Views

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Blood in the Fields: Ten Years Inside California's Nuestra Familia Gang

Every year, the Steinbeck Fellows program at San Jose State honors three emerging writers with a ten-thousand-dollar stipend...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Sep. 29, 2014
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Vikram Chandra's "Geek Sublime" and 10/3 event at Kepler's

In July I wrote about the Bombay gangster novel ==I Sacred...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Sep. 21, 2014
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Dock Ellis "Dockumentary" Debuts This Week

Last month I wrote a piece about Dock Ellis, the former major-league pitcher...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Sep. 4, 2014
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Three Centuries of Humor Anthologies

I'm teaching a class in American humor writing this semester, and the first decision I had to make was where to start, chronologically. Most observers believe that...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Aug. 31, 2014
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It Depends... Disguising Real Characters in Fiction

In my MFA writing workshops at SJSU, I allot a chunk of class time every few weeks for free-form discussion. This gives students the opportunity to ask important...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Aug. 28, 2014
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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 | 2286 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 | 1130 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 |
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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 | 1906 Views

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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 | 2301 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 | 3286 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 | 3144 Views
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Early Decision Blues
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First Interview
By Sally Torbey | 10 comments | 1,260 views

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By Cathy Kirkman | 0 comments | 197 views