My interview with author Robert Jackson Bennett

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Check out my interview with two-time Shirley Jackson Award winning author Robert Jackson Bennett at the Washington Independent Review of Books. His new novel, City of Stairs, is really good.

Story Threads: Notes on “Mauve’s Quilt”

The quilters of Gee's Bend

Quilts are functional art. In addition to providing comfort and warmth, they can tell stories. Even in the most abstract level, there’s a narrative unfolding.

Homages to cultural traditions  are echoed in the various patterns found in Amish quilts. 

The AIDS Memorial Quilts are tributes to loved ones, which incorporate photos and clothing onto the squares of fabric.

African American quilts were supposedly used to convey messages to the Underground Railroad network*.

The third story in my collection, “Mauve’s Quilt” is a kind of quilted narrative, weaving two story strands together. The quilt titular also serves as functional art: an (abstract) expression of an interior landscape and a sanctuary.

*Whether or not this is true is debated.

DC Author Festival on October 18th at the MLK Library

author fest

If you want to hear me read a story from SKIN DEEP MAGIC, I will be appearing at DC Author Festival next Saturday.

It will be held at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library. Many DC-based authors will be there, including mystery writer George Pelecanos, Tom Doyle and Caroliva Herron. I read at 11 AM, and will be selling copies of my book the rest of the day.

Here is the address:

901 G St. NW

Washington,  D.C.  20001
And the website:

REMINDER: Skin Deep Magic Book Release Party on October 11, 2014

My book release party is this Saturday! I will be reading from my new book!


The GallAerie

1644 Newton Street NW

Washington DC 20010

8 PM – 12 AM

Scheduled bands:

Stranger in the Alps

There will be door prizes and a reading by me.

Facebook Event Link