Sunday, December 20, 2010

We arrived Friday night after a long (3000 mile) trip from Vancouver to Colima, Mexico, our little state, the meat in the torta between Jalisco and Michoacán. Gracias a dios for gas station food along the way or we would have starved- peanuts, tortilla chips, and japones, a sublime peanut…

Turkey and Germany

Now for some good news, I am happy to announce that my wonderful agent, Beverley Slopen, has sold The Midwife of Venice to both a Turkish publisher, Inkilap Kitabevi and to a German publishing house, Bloomsbury Berlin. I have to thank Paul & Peter Fritz, my sub-agents in Zürich for…
Monday, March 1, 2010Friends ask me what I do in Colima, a town of about 200,000 souls south of Guadalajara as though I morphed into a totally different person when I cross the border into Mexico. Well, actually I do. For one thing I have fewer distractions here. No phone,…
A common question friends and reader ask me is what prompted me to write about the 16th century Venetian ghetto?  I am not an historian, in fact until I started the book, had not been much interested in history. I was flummoxed about how to respond to this question until…
Driving three thousand kilometres from Vancouver to Colima, Mexico with Maggie is an unalloyed pleasure- except for one thing. She is seven years old now, placid, sedate, the doggy equivalent of late middle age, kind of like us. She has her bed in the back of the station wagon and…