December 1, 2012

My friend Sally Allen at Hamlet Hub Westport keeps coming out with great posts about books, reading and writing. Here’s last week’s, which I thought was a propos, since it’s time to be thinking about what to get our book-loving friends for Christmas or Hanukkah. here’s the beginning of the article – click on the…

November 24, 2012

  The Bookshop Band is a quirky British band who write songs about books which they play at author events in bookshops throughout England and Wales. For example, they’ve written songs about The Paris Wife by Paula McLain, Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness, by Alexandra Fuller, and Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime walk by…

November 18, 2012

As my regular readers know, some of my personal essays and a poem were published recently in a great little book. Great, because the writing is good, and little, because, well, it’s small. A perfect size, in fact, for a holiday gift for a hostess, mother, stocking stuffer or just for fun. (Only $8.35!) To…

November 13, 2012

I first met Alice Mattison several years ago when she was part of a panel of writers doing their best to enlighten some neophyte writers (me included) on ways to improve our writing, specifically when we had plot issues. Even when we peppered her with questions she was very approachable and so are her novels….

October 25, 2012

Sandi Kahn Shelton is the writer behind the blog for readers and writers called BooksNewHaven. author of four and a half novels (just finishing her latest) she uses the blog to promote and encourage interaction between writers and their audience, and does frequent interviews with authors, many of them in Connecticut. When she interviewed Kathy…

October 22, 2012

I always thought that my friend Pauline Gaines of the Perils of Divorced Pauline was an upright citizen. Then, she suddenly decided to confess to a secret vice – right there on her blog! I couldn’t believe my eyes. And this is all the sadder, because Pauline actually does a bit of counseling when she’s…

October 17, 2012

One of my internet friends, Pauline Gaines of the Perils of Divorced Pauline, runs a regular series of posts called “Blogger Space” in which authors send in a photo of their workplace and write about it. And I follow author Jessica Speart on Facebook and Goodreads. She writes a fun series of mystery novels (nine…

October 3, 2012

Sally Allen is the editor of Westport’s HamletHub  an online newspaper, and blogs about books and literature at Open Salon. She earned a PhD in English education from NYU. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter. As a book-lover, a recent article got my attention right away, with it’s new and unusual ideas for…