Auralia goes camping! Then, she goes to the Hollywood Bowl!

Where have you discovered The Auralia Thread lately? How about Live at the Hollywood Bowl? My friend Chuck writes to say, I had the privilege of playing with the LA Phil at the Hollywood Bowl tonight and I had The Ale Boy's Feast with me. Here are some pictures from on stage. Sorry for my phone's photo quality... I think you'll still get the idea. Wow. It's the next best thing to being there! That's only the first of two stories that surprised me this week. Here's the other … [Read more...]

Touchstone on Auralia’s Colors

Despite my best efforts to remain unnoticed, it seems another reader has somehow found his way to a copy of Auralia's Colors. My thanks to my friend Mary McCleary, who alerted me to a new review... … [Read more...]

Reviews and Reviews and Reviews! The Ale Boy’s Feast on the CSFF Blog Tour

  Terrence Malick's new film The Tree of Life played at Cannes this week, and there are suddenly dozens and dozens of reviews all over the Internet. The differences in viewers' reactions are striking, sometimes even confounding. And many of their responses read more like reactions than reviews. But some reviewers have taken the time to think deeply about the film, about what it might mean, about the risky decisions that the director made in juxtaposing scenes about the origins of the … [Read more...]

My Favorite Blog About The Ale Boy’s Feast

There have been some wonderfully encouraging reviews and blog entries about The Ale Boy's Feast. (I'm particularly grateful for these posts by Robert Joustra, Lindsay Stallones, and Rachel Starr Thomson.) There have been some very silly ones too, including one from a blogger who declared that I must never have taken a creative writing class in my life. But a picture is worth a thousand words, so you've got to see this... … [Read more...]

Thank You, Barnes and Noble!

Many bookstores around the country have been supportive of my four-book series The Auralia Thread. But Barnes and Noble has been especially helpful... … [Read more...]

Sudden Giveaway: Are you following The Auralia Thread on Facebook?

I'm giving away a strange assortment of stuff from my desk: A signed copy of The Ale Boy's Feast, Auralia bookmarks, a map of the Expanse signed by artist Rachel Beatty, posters for True Grit and The Adjustment Bureau, and two issues of Response magazine. Want to have your name in the drawing? … [Read more...]

Gratitude for Thoughtful Reviews of The Ale Boy’s Feast

As a reader in a community of readers, I know that all of us have unique responses to the books we read. My opinion of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone or No Country for Old Men or Never Let Me Go will be different from yours, even if we both give them a thumbs' up or a thumbs' down. As a reviewer, I know that there is a huge difference between a review — a thoughtful examination of plot, style, character development, point of view, etc. — and a reaction. (A reaction is … [Read more...]

Gift Basket Giveaway: Win All Four Auralia Thread Novels, a Map, and a Teleidoscope!

Here are the details... … [Read more...]

Iambic Interview: “Who Influenced The Auralia Thread?” “Why Is Fantasy So Popular?”

At the blog Iambic Admonit, I've been interviewed about The Auralia Thread and the state of modern moviegoing. This was a challenging interview: I could have written an essay for almost every question, including... … [Read more...]

Reading Backwards

What would happen if you read the books in The Auralia Thread out of order? … [Read more...]