Agatha Christie from the page to the stage

Agatha Christie from the page to the stage

It’s fun trying to mix it up with the BookNotes segment on WBJC each month, and when I heard that Everyman Theatre was putting on the first-ever stage adaptation of Agatha Christie’s iconic whodunit, Murder on the Orient Express, my interest was immediately piqued....

The Ides of October

The Ides of October

At the exact half way point between my Fall and Winter newsletters, I'm slipping in an extra one because ... the moment is finally here! The national (and international) Pub Date of the hardcover of Old New Worlds is today, October 15th 2019. Three years of writing...

My Reading List at The Rumpus

My Reading List at The Rumpus

If anyone had told me a year ago that I would be published in The Rumpus—along with the likes of Roxane Gay, Rick Moody, Cheryl Strayed, Steve Almond, et al—I would have thought I was dreaming. Yet, thanks to Creative Strategist, Ben Tanzer, it turns out to be...

The Tiny Letter giveaway

The Tiny Letter giveaway

As an incentive to sign up for my newsletter, I offered a framed print of this painting by my mother, which inspired the cover of Old New Worlds. The youngest twig of our family tree, Lizzy, made the pick! Watch it here.

Priceless birthday presents

Priceless birthday presents

Tucked away in the basement of this building on the leafy campus of Johns Hopkins University, is the Department of Conservation & Preservation of the Sheridan Libraries. It was here that I went early this year to meet Jennifer Jarvis, a Book & Paper...

#Celebrateimmigrants

#Celebrateimmigrants

"Every writer has only one story to tell" —James Baldwin In my case, I wouldn't even have been a writer if telling my story hadn't compelled me; after I became an immigrant twenty-two years ago, I simply hadto write about it. So now, on this first day of June, the...

Behind the façade

Behind the façade

Evidently, the research bug hasn’t left me since I went in search of Sarah’s story for “Old New Worlds.” The other day I took myself on a walking tour of Earls Colne in Essex, where my sister settled about twenty miles from where Sarah’s husband grew up in the early...

Today, I am American 18 Times Over

Today, I am American 18 Times Over

...for the judge who presided over my citizenship ceremony, it was his last day before he retired, and he teared up as he told us that swearing in new American citizens had been one of the best parts of his job. “This is a land of immigrants,” he told us. “Even as you...

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