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Backlash Begins Following Serra Canonization Announcement

As expected, last week's announcement by Pope Francis that he intends to canonize the Franciscan missionary Junípero Serra later this year has drawn sharp reactions...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Jan. 20, 2015
Last comment by CrescentParkAnon., on Jan 26, 2015 at 10:41 pm | 14 comments | 5975 Views

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Pope Francis to Canonize Father Junípero Serra

Reuters,

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Jan. 15, 2015
Last comment by Jay Park, on Jan 21, 2015 at 8:56 pm |
9 comments | 6786 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 Lynne, on Mar 10, 2016 at 3:21 pm | 5 comments | 10540 Views

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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 Alex P, on Feb 5, 2015 at 4:54 pm | 4 comments | 8933 Views

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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 | 9143 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 | 7372 Views

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A Pantser Brought to Heel

A few weeks after my novel The Setup Man was published in March 2014, I got a call from my agent, who reported...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Jan. 13, 2016
Last comment by Nick Taylor, on Jan 19, 2016 at 11:07 am | 3 comments | 5000 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 shaggy1991, on Aug 21, 2017 at 3:45 am | 2 comments | 5921 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 | 7993 Views

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Clarifying the Process of Canonization

Thank you to all the readers who have commented on my...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Jan. 26, 2015
Last comment by Contrarian, on Feb 1, 2015 at 4:31 pm |
2 comments | 6285 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 | 5576 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 | 7048 Views

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The Best Novel I've Read This Year

NoViolet Bulawayo, We Need New Names (Reagan Arthur / Little, Brown, 2013) A book of fiction can be memorable in a number of ways -- the setting may stick...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Nov. 20, 2013
Last comment by Anita Felicelli, on Nov 23, 2013 at 2:15 pm | 1 comment | 15445 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 | 6901 Views

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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 |
1 comment | 8052 Views

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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 | 7543 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 | 29408 Views

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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 | 5012 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 | 6396 Views

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The Heyday of Malcolm Margolin

If you've ever browsed the gift shop of a California state park, historical site, or museum, you've seen Malcolm Margolin's work. Books published by

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Jan. 30, 2015
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