Since I'm singing the praises of my friends, I also thought I'd mention my pal Jennifer Howard's new blog. It's funny, it's droll, and it's your one-stop source for all things James Wood. Kidding! Kidding!
Jen's blog is also where I discovered that John Crowley, a truly great American writer, also has a new blog.
And I thought I'd mention two new first novels, by two very talented former students from my novel-writing seminar at Iowa a couple, three years ago. One is Nina Siegal's funny, suspenseful, and sexy new novel, A Little Trouble With the Facts, which is due out on February 26. The other is Love Marriage by V. V. Ganesananthan (aka, Sugi), a cross-generational and cross-cultural story of love and politics (and you can't get much more volatile than that). It's due out on April 8. Good luck, Nina and Sugi!
Coming soon: the mostly true tale of two Jims on the Rio Grande.