Autographed Gift book: Women in World War II

We thought a reprise of this December 2018 column about the role of women in World War II would make a fitting introduction to our Black Friday special offering, now available, with free shipping and sales tax paid, a saving of over 25 percent on this and all of our …

Meeting Hank Phillippi Ryan—her wit, work and writing

I met rising suspense author Hank Phillippi Ryan (The Other Woman), at Bouchercon 2011—the annual convocation of mystery writers and fans, held that year in St. Louis. She had staked out a counter job at the Welcome Booth for the event, so she was sure to meet as many attendees …

Making history fun

Brad R. Cook’s gift for adventure and his skill for making history fun draw us into a tale of man against the elements, The Remarkable Journey of the First Road Trip Across America. This cross-country adventure is a true chapter from American history, the first-ever 1903 transcontinental automobile trip. Meticulously …

Another Tom Hanks Masterpiece—a Must-Read Thriller

In another Tom Hanks masterpiece The Making of Another Major Motion Picture, his first novel, one of the finest actor-writer-producers of the era invites the reader in for a detailed look at the mad, magical high-pressure world of a movie production company. In this scenario some 100 cast, crew and …

Tichenor daughter honors ragtime dad

A food preparation mishap almost derailed a return appearance of Virginia Tichenor, daughter of the late Trebor Jay Tichenor, and her husband Marty Eggers, both professional ragtime and jazz musicians, in a St. Louis concert Monday, May 1st. This Ragtime Rendezvous concert was held in the recently renovated upstairs event …

James Burrows Reveals TV Sitcom Secrets

In his 2022 memoir, Directed by James Burrows, this famous and prolific television director recalls highlights of his productive and highly successful career in directing and sometimes co-creating situation comedies, which included Taxi, Cheers, Frazier, Friends, Mike and Molly, Will and Grace, and more. The son of Abe Burrows, a prominent …

Zane Grey’s Wilderness

Zane Grey’s wilderness adventures are recounted in his several books about fishing. My dad, an avid fisherman, had a first edition of his 1928 stories, Tales of Freshwater Fishing, principally conducted on the wild rivers of Oregon. His writing style is intense, vivid and exciting, as he relates his encounters …

A Writer’s Journey: What’s Involved?

In the new year, I plan to call A Writer’s Journey, already a section of this website, to the attention of readers and book lovers in my wider audience. This introduction to the publishing industry, self publishing and marketing of our work will enable even non-writers to get a view …

Understand Texas? Edna Ferber helps

In her 1952 work Giant, Edna Ferber chose the novel form rather than a long, boring trilogy, she says, to help us understand Texas. She presents an intimate and sweeping panorama of this sprawling state–its past, its more recent development and its future. In an era when politics has become …

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