Chicago

Here's your chance!

Have you always wanted to take a writing workshop with me? Maybe you don't feel ready for a big conference or class, but are looking for something a little more relaxed and lowkey?

Sweet home Chicago

We've lived in Chicago since 1999, which is longer than we've lived in any one place as a family. But it's not felt natural to call Chicago "home." I see myself described variously as a "Southwest writer," "a San Diego  native," "a writer with deep Colorado ties," "Tucson's own," "a border writer," etc. But I have rarely been described as a Midwestern writer or a Chicago author.

Wandering Ways III

If I were to fall in love with Chicago, it would be on Ogden Avenue. Ol' Route 66. Launch pad of a thousand journeys, garden of a million dreams. It grinds out of the sweet southside and heads west, through tenements and bombed-out warehouses. Storefront churches and empty lots rattling with weeds. The old buildings on either side of the road have been there forever. As you cut toward Cicero, you look at storefronts that Dillinger looked at. He could have brought his hot cars right to these old garages. Dillinger, public rock star # 1. The Castle Car Wash is a ghost of the 1930's.

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Book club members have been some of my most enthusiastic and careful readers. I’m thrilled to share my work with you, answer your questions and tell you some of the stories behind the stories. This is our spot, just for us. Here, we can chat:  If I’m nearby, I’ll come and visit your club. Otherwise, we can Skype, talk over the phone or email. Sometimes, I’ll send surprises or hold contests.

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upcoming events

Border Cantos
Border Cantos Mar 31st 7 p.m. Bentonville, AR

Reading and talk at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Details here.

Bentonville, AR
Mar 31st
2017
7 p.m.
PEN/Faulkner Reading Series
PEN/Faulkner Reading Series Apr 7th 7:30 p.m. Folger Library, Washington DC

Proud to be part of the prestigious series in a reading with Laila Lalami and Shobha Rao. Tickets and details here

Folger Library, Washington DC
Apr 7th
2017
7:30 p.m.
Holyoke Big Read
Holyoke Big Read Apr 11th to Apr 12th Holyoke, MA

Celebrating the NEA Big Read and Into the Beautiful North in Holyoke, MA. Sponsored by the Mary Lyon Foundation, Holyoke has done some great events all year. Now we get to meet each other! Details here.

Holyoke, MA
Apr 11th to Apr 12th
2017
The Believer Lit Fest
The Believer Lit Fest Apr 21st to Apr 22nd Las Vegas, NV

Details to come

Las Vegas, NV
Apr 21st to Apr 22nd
2017
UCSB Reads Into the Beautiful North
UCSB Reads Into the Beautiful North Apr 24th 7:30 p.m. UC-Santa Barbara

Excited to meet the UCSanta Barbara students who are all reading Into the Beautiful North -- the first time UCSB has chosen a novel! Details here.

UC-Santa Barbara
Apr 24th
2017
7:30 p.m.