Random Notes

Pepperland is top of the pops at Boswell and Books!

May 26, 2013
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Week of May 20, 2013: Paperback fiction:1. Pepperland, by Barry Wightman (repeat engagement at Brookfield Library, Tues, June 18, 7 pm)2. Beautiful Ruins, by Jess Walter3. Montana 1948, by Larry Watson (new novel this fall!) 4. The Yard, by Alex Grecian (event with Jon Jordan, Wed. May 29, 7 pm)5. The Dog Stars, by Peter Heller (event Wed, June 19, 7 pm)


Pepperland, live on The Morning Blend…

May 21, 2013
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Area man appears on local TV pitching new novel, Pepperland. Watch it here.


“You got eyes…”

May 20, 2013
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Mania By Ronald K. L. Collins & David M. Skover Top Five Books (This review was originally published in The Washington Review of Books on May 20, 2013) Poet Kenneth Rexroth wrote in 1957, after the vanguard of the Beat Generation (Allen Ginsberg’s Howl and Jack Kerouac’s On the Road) had ignited angel-headed hipsters from coast to coast, “What will happen […]


Pepperland starred on Booklist!

May 2, 2013
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This just in – Pepperland featured as a starred review on the May 15, 2013 Booklist! “Wightman’s first novel is a riotous, occasionally electrifying celebration of love and music, capturing the turmoil of its times with a touch of otherworldliness that seems right in sync with rock ’n’ roll.” Pepperland is on its way to […]


How high the Moon…

April 20, 2013
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The Fun Stuffby James Wood,340 pages James Wood is one of my favorite critics, The New Yorker, et al. My copy of How Fiction Works from a few years back is beat up and dog-eared. Wonderful.  The opening essay in his fine new collection of pieces about grand writers from Thomas Hardy, Tolstoy, Cormac McCarthy to the […]