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For the past month I have been away from home. First in Vancouver, teaching a creative nonfiction summer course at the University of British Columbia,…

So Much Jazz

My essay, “So Much Jazz,” about the  inspiration for the musical elements in Emancipation Day, has been posted on Retreat by Random House. To read it,…

Discovery

It’s not always possible to pinpoint the exact moment when a book is conceived, when the germ of a discovery meets the seed of an…

Tiresias

I have written fourteen books of nonfiction, and now I have written a novel, and recently I was asked to compare the two experiences. What…

Writing True Stories

I’ve been invited to take part in La Sombra del Sabino, a Canadian literary festival that takes place in Tepotzlan, Mexico, next month (February 22-25).…

Back to Blood

We learn in Tom Wolfe’s recent novel, Back to Blood, that in Miami, Florida, white Americans refer to Cuban immigrants derogatorily as “Canadians.” As a…