I’ve had the pleasure of meeting with Dan Sadowsky, of Oregon Public Broadcasting. Dan read The Ninth Day in record time, spent half a morning with me at Tea Zone, and showed his humor and patience while photographing me in the North Park Blocks. Here’s the resulting Q&A. Why Calvin Coolidge? Dan knows. Read the interview, and you’ll know, too. I’ll be reading from The Ninth Day at the Oregon Jewish Museum on Nov. 12 at 7:30 and Powell’s-Cedar Hills on Nov. 15 at 7pm. And that’s no lie. […]Continue reading
I remember when I was the person on this jetty, the girl who was happiest when she was mute and terrified of reading aloud in class. I remember going to my first speech therapist when I was five and my last speech therapist when I was in my forties. The girl on the jetty will be a part of me as I read passages from The Ninth Day at the Oregon Jewish Museum on November 12th and at Powell’s Cedar Hills Crossing on November 15th, passages in which a stuttering teen struggles to spit out a coherent sentence. I wish that I could have told the girl on the jetty so many years ago that one day she’d feel eager and honored to read aloud. And yet, if I hadn’t been that girl, I doubt that I could have written The Ninth Day. I certainly would not have felt competent to make Miriam Hope Friis my main character. […]Continue reading
The next stop for Blue Thread, The Ninth Day, and me is the Lincoln County Historical Society in Newport, Oregon. On Saturday, October 19th, at 2 p.m., we’ll schmooze about the upsides and the perils of historical fiction. Am I playing fair when I try to confuse you about what’s real and what isn’t? Why do I bother to create a world that partially existed? Why not make it up completely? Or stick entirely to the facts? What’s the difference between fact and truth?
The forecast is for a sunny day, so I wish that the Lincoln County Historical Society might switch this event to the front lawn of the Carriage House rather than inside. While in Newport, I expect to explore the Hatfield Marine Science Center and meet this giant octopus—oh yes! And I’ll definitely hang out at the beach. Where’s Ruth? Dipping her toes in the Pacific. […]Continue reading