Publishers Weekly Stories

I am the West Coast correspondent for Publishers Weekly, and I like to share my stories on this page…

Formerly Self-Published Italian Author Lands Netflix Series

27-year-old Antonio Dikele Distefano is the child of Angolan immigrants, and his formerly self-published novels explore the lives the children of immigrants. “I show Italian kids that there is not only one way of being black and that our reality is different from what is shown in TV … Second-generation children born in Italy to African parents who moved to Italy are isolated and considered suspicious by the Italian kids.”

The Netflix Literary Connection
The streaming service is on a book-buying spree as it seeks more content for its ever-growing global subscriber base. I interviewed a few executives at Netflix about how adaptation works at the company.

Community Writing Sites Draw Hollywood Attention
In their search for material, producers are forging new relationships with online platforms. From the Writing Prompts subreddit to Wattpad to CryptTV, I spoke with the people leading the best community writing platforms.

Steven Rowley Tackles Jackie O’s Book Biz Years In His New Novel
Steven Rowley’s The Editor tells the story of a struggling writer whose novel is acquired by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. I profiled Rowley on the book’s release, exploring a couple literary sites in Los Angeles at the same time.

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Some Medium Essays To Read

I don’t post very frequently on this page anymore, but you can find me on Medium whenever I have a chance to write. Here are some recent posts to check out…

Universal Basic Income & Other Gifts We Have To Imagine To Make Them Real

If we can’t imagine the gifts we wish to give to the world, then they will never exist. If we don’t have stories or poems to share about making radical changes in our lives, those changes will never happen.

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Free Born Reading Newsletter

school-kids-on-rug-listening-to-books-black-whiteIn Born Reading: Bringing Up Bookworms in a Digital Age, I share hundreds of books and apps that parents can use with kids. Now that the book is published, I still find great new apps and books every week.

To keep parents and kids informed, I launched a free newsletter for parents. Follow the link below to subscribe for free book, eBook, app and craft recommendations every issue.

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May Swenson on the Sad Men Podcast

Sad Men Podcast ImageThe third episode of the Sad Men Podcast is up, exploring the Great Depression writings of the great poet, May Swenson.

Swenson worked for the Federal Writers Project, a radical piece of New Deal legislation that put hundreds of unemployed writers back to work creating city guidebooks, cultural essays, and oral histories in the mid 1930s.

Swenson joined the folklore unit of the Federal Writers Project, interviewing a series of department store workers, immigrants and factory employees at the National Biscuit Company.

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The Legend of Euchre

cardsThis summer, I wrote about the card game of euchre at The Awl.

Follow this link to read “The People’s Card Game.” Here’s an excerpt:

“These days, most Americans don’t even recognize the word “euchre,” but it has been kept alive by loyal bands of Midwestern card players who live in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, a geographical body dubbed the ‘Euchre Belt.’”

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