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Dorothy Parker And The Dorkiest Birthday

Hi all, I recently wrote a holiday blog for Bookreporter.com. The assignment was to write about a memorable holiday experience either giving or receiving books. My piece about me and Dorothy Parker was published today. Click that link and lose yourself in the bliss of about 200 words.

December 16, 2013 READ MORE →

Fighting Hunger With Holiday Haikus

Hi all, Today is the launch of Penguin Random House’s Holiday Haiku campaign. If you tweet a short haiku on Twitter and use the hashtag #HolidayHaiku, PRH will donate one dollar (up to $2000)  to City Harvest, an organization dedicated to feeding the hungry in New York during the holidays. Read more here. If you’re […]

December 12, 2013 READ MORE →

Letters For Kids With Tourette Syndrome Part 2

Hi all, if you requested a letter for your TS child, they should all be mailed by Friday afternoon. If you still want one, please send me an email by clicking on Then email me a mailing address, the child’s age and name, and tell me a little bit about how the kid is handling […]

December 11, 2013 READ MORE →

Leiningen Versus The Ants!

Hi all, an offhand remark from a friend this morning reminded me of one of my favorite short stories. Not quite horror, but very intense, Leiningen Versus The Ants was written by Carl Stephenson. It’s about a crazed ant attack on a plantation, and the only man who could stop the madness, Leiningen! Read it […]

December 10, 2013 READ MORE →

An Offer For Parents Of A Child With Tourette Syndrome

Hi all, I’m going to spend the rest of December sending hand-written letters to kids with Tourette’s. If you have a child with Tourette Syndrome, and you think a note from me could be a good thing, please contact me and provide: A mailing address The child’s name and age Tell me something about the […]

December 6, 2013 READ MORE →

Worst Christmas Song Part Five

Hey all, it’s that time of year again. Each December on the blog I’ve taken nominations for the worst Christmas song you think of. It can be old, new, pop, traditional, whatever. It just has to set your teeth on edge. I say this as someone who loves a lot of Christmas music. I could listen to […]

December 5, 2013 READ MORE →

NPR’s Best Books of 2013

Hi all, just learned that The World’s Strongest Librarian selected as one of NPR’s Best Books of 2013. How cool is that? I’ve been looking at the other books, and I remain both a- and bemused that I find myself in such august company. On the reading front, I’ve been enjoying Jonathan Tropper’s This Is […]

December 4, 2013 READ MORE →

Goodreads Results!

Hi all, the Goodreads results came out today. The World’s Strongest Librarian came in third in the voting, so thank you for the support! My book–and all the other memoirs–got absolutely stomped by I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up For Education And Was Shot By The Taliban. Malala had over 32,000 votes. The […]

December 3, 2013 READ MORE →

Elevators Of Fury! AKA: An Adorable Fistfight

Warning: Details have been changed to ensure maximum hilarity. This may have actually happened. I can’t be sure. But I wrote this bit of semi-fiction down just in case. The noises of fussing began twenty feet below me, then louder, louder, until the elevator doors opened and here they were, two man-sized creatures doing their […]

December 2, 2013 READ MORE →