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If I sign yours, you sign mine

Today, I retire my old, beaten up copy of Oil and Marble. I've carried this copy all over the world, asking fans, friends, and family to sign it. "If I sign yours, you sign mine." (The idea was given to... Continue Reading →

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Happy Paperback Day!

Today is paperback day -- the day when Oil and Marble is officially out in paperback. Although my debut has been out for over 2 YEARS, this all still feels new to me, and holding my paperback for the first... Continue Reading →

Read about the Paperback: Coming June 2018

Oil and Marble is coming to a paperback near you -- summer 2018! For months, people (especially students, schools, art museums, nonprofits, book clubs) have been asking: when is the paperback coming? My answer: I don't know. That's the publisher's... Continue Reading →

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Find Other Leonardo da Vinci Novels

If you're anything like me, you're eager to read Walter Isaacson's upcoming biography of Leonardo da Vinci. But it doesn't come out until October 17th, so what are you going to do until then? To tide you over, here's a list... Continue Reading →

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Book Tour: Recap

Since publication of Oil and Marble on March 1st: 2.5 months. 18 states. 83 book talks. New York Times Sunday Book review. Los Angeles Times Bestseller. Sold out of first edition in first week. ABC. NBC. PBS. NPR. Signed over 1,000... Continue Reading →

Top 10 Questions About 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 →

Leonardo’s Brain on Display in San Diego

San Diego – land of sun, palm trees, and surfer dudes – is not where I expected to find the brain of Leonardo da Vinci on display. But in Balboa Park in downtown San Diego that’s exactly what I discovered.... Continue Reading →

Lesson FROM Students

One of my favorite parts of this publishing process has been speaking at middle and high schools during my book tour. I adore seeing the kids' eyes light up -- the cliche is true; their eyes literally glisten with excitement -- when... Continue Reading →

Research and Recommended Reads

A lot of people ask about the research that went into my art historical novel, Oil and Marble. I've been obsessed with Michelangelo, Leonardo and the Italian Renaissance for over 20 years (I've read every book I could find, crawled into the... Continue Reading →

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