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On June 9 MI is hosting a writing class taught by novelist, teacher, and mentor of mine Sandra Scofield. I use the term "mentor" loosely since I've never met her, but I've pored over her two books on craft (both in our collection) so I feel like she sits on my shoulder as I wail away on my manuscript.

Scofield's recent book, The Last Draft: a novelist's guide to revision has a heartfelt and rich introduction...

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BOOKS

FICTION
Rumaan Alam That kind of mother
Blanche McCrary Boyd Tomb of the unknown racist
Stephen McCauley My ex-life
Jen Neale Land mammals & sea creatures
Christie Nelson...

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BOOKS

FICTION
Heather Abel The optimistic decade
Melissa Broder The pisces
Christopher Buckley The judge hunter
John Connolly He
Genevieve Sly Crane...

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Reference assistance is available to all MI members. Professional librarians provide many levels of research support, from answering research questions, assisting with database searching, and help finding materials that meet member interests. 

Beginning May 9th, our professional librarians will staff the 3rd floor Reference Desk from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. You are welcome to stop by during those times to ask a question in person. You may also call us at 415-393-...

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BOOKS

FICTION
Elaine Castillo America is not the heart
Carys Davies West
Nicola Lagioia Ferocity
Patrick Modiano Sundays in August
Audrey Schulman...

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BOOKS

FICTION
Julian Barnes The only story
Iris Martin Cohen The little clan
Négar Djavadi Disoriental
Rebekah Frumkin The comedown
Steve Israel...

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From the classic black and white suspense of Hitchcock to colorful, modern CGI films like Inside Out, writers love placing their storie...

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BOOKS

FICTION
Therese Bohman Eventide
Christina Lauren Love & other words
Kopano Matlwa Evening primrose
Alexander McCall Smith The good pilot Peter Woodhouse
Madeline Miller...

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BOOKS

FICTION
Luke Allnutt We own the sky
Liam Callanan Paris by the book
Damian Dibben Tomorrow
Jonathan Evison Lawn boy
Denis Johnson Ange...

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by John A. Hodgson

Because I am a stalled biographer I have become a voracious reader of biographies. I read and read and read - to learn about the lives of the subjects but mainly to glean writing technique. I want to learn how to present history when the chronology isn't perfect, when the facts don't line up, and when the subject seems to have deliberately obfuscated the part of his life most tantalizing.

One...

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