I haven’t posted in a couple of weeks. It’s not because I haven’t had things to say — we’ve been traveling through Europe, so I have several blogs in my draft queue waiting to be published… I wrote THIS post weeks … Continue reading On Revisiting the Last Supper
Last night, I went to my first international book event for Oil and Marble (Leonardo y Miguel Angel in Spanish) at Libreria Le in Madrid. I was terrified. I’ve done over 100 book events all over the US; I no … Continue reading Fear of a Book Event in Madrid
Today, a new Leonardo da Vinci drawing was discovered in France (see featured image). To honor this very real discovery of very real history, here are 10 shockingly true stories from my historical novel, Oil and Marble: a novel of Leonardo and … Continue reading Shockingly True Things in Oil and Marble
Over the last two-and-a-half months, I’ve traveled to 18 states, signed over 1,000 books, and put on 81 “shows” (where I do a reading and/or talk about my novel). I’ve spoken at book stores, museums, art galleries, libraries, historical societies, schools … Continue reading Top 10 Questions About Oil and Marble
Leonardo vs. Michelangelo Mona Lisa vs. David Los Angeles Times Bestseller Best Fiction Books of 2016 (by Hudson Booksellers) “Tremendously entertaining and ‘unapologetic’ in its artistic license, Oil and Marble will remind an older generation of the pleasures of Irving … Continue reading About the Novel
I’m an art-historical novelist, so I’m very familiar with the on-going debate at the center of historical fiction: Is it the novelist’s duty to serve the HISTORY or the FICTION? Readers expect to learn something from historical fiction — to be … Continue reading Historical Fiction: History or Fiction?
E.L. Doctorow: Writer. Teacher. Historical Novelist. He died of lung cancer today; I am sad. As a television interview producer, I have met many authors: Maya Angelou. David McCullough. Salman Rushdie. I never met him. I am sad about that. But … Continue reading Ode to E.L. Doctorow
Here it is, the announcement I’ve been waiting to make since I was seven years old: My debut novel, Oil and Marble, will be published by Arcade. I first asked the question that inspired the book back in 1997, while attending … Continue reading Arcade to Publish Oil and Marble: Coming Spring 2016