Summer Writers Plan

Summer Writers Plan

Dear Kitchen Table Writers,

Below is a list of summer reading I plan to do — and I recommend for you. I’ve dipped into each of these and am eager to find a hammock somewhere and read for hours on end. Share your reading list in the comments!

Summer Reading List

Let Me Out Here, by Emily Pease, What Luck, This Life, by Kathryn Schwille, The Shaman of Turtle Valley, by Cliff Garstang, Magnetic Girl, by Jessica Handler, Nice People, by David Jauss, A Delicious Country, by Scott Huler (nonfiction).  I’m sure I’ll read more!

Do you have a book you read every summer? Mine: Voyage of the Dawn Treader, by C.S. Lewis. Read more

A Field, A Quilt, A Novel

A Field, A Quilt, A Novel
AJ’s Quilt

Thomas Wolfe wrote, “a stone, a leaf, A door”

in his seminal novel Look Homeward, Angel.

I was inspired in part by Wolfe’s  sense of place to write a novel about a Field. A Field so full of layers of history and mystery, plants and animals, people and hauntings, that it shimmers with life.

Over the many years of drafting, my talented friend AJ Coutu has been listening to my frustrations, my wine-infused rhapsodies, my struggles and triumphs on the page. We go on regular retreats together, where I tear out my hair and write, and she calmly quilts, draws, makes other kinds of art. Read more

Hemingway in Pittsboro

Hemingway in Pittsboro

Hemingway - youngI used to think that as a writer I had to hole up in my little room and write and write, and never come out until I was done.

But it dawned on me that unlike in journalism, with creative work nobody really cared if I ever finished something. That gets a little weird after a while. It turns out that’s a bad idea for me to hole up that way, and a bad idea for most writers. Think about it. Even in those first days in Paris, Hemingway got out of his little room and went out drinking, got great coffee in cafes, hung out with a writing group at Gertrude Stein’s place, and got into fights for fun and exercise from time to time. Read more

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