Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Bad Bag

As a former sign painter and graphic designer, hardly a day goes by when I don't see evidence of Very Bad Decisions. Here's a photo of the grocery bag currently being used at Cub Foods.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

How to Write a Book Review

Like most writers, I am constantly seeking affirmation, therefore I read reviews of my own work. It can be a perilous undertaking. Even “good” reviews can be maddening when the writer fails to “get” the book. Or rather, when my book has failed to have the desired impact.

Responses to How to Steal a Car have been particularly interesting. Yesterday I came across a review—more of a commentary and analysis, really—that I thought was quite remarkable. The reviewer was a woman who blogs under the name “Daughter Number Three.” I don’t know who she is, but it’s possible I have met her under her “real” name, as she lives in the Twin Cities area, and seems to be deeply involved in the kidlit business.

What makes her review remarkable is…well, you should read it. Also, check out her thoughts on other authors and book artists. Blogs like hers give me renewed faith in the paperless future of book criticism.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Raking Through Books

If you have not been to Kieran's Irish Pub (in Minneapolis) for one of their Raking Through Books literary events, your literary coolness coefficient is deficient. Check it out this Tuesday, November 10, at 5:30 p.m., when I will be appearing with John Nielson who, I am told, produces garphic (I'm letting that typo stand) novels about toe jam and other earthy delights. It will be fun.
For more info, go here.