Writing a World: Baby Insane and the Buddha

Over recent decades, the story of gangs in American cities has become increasingly convoluted and disheartening. Yet, it is a story that must be told and in enlightening ways that capture and maintain the reader’s attention. Stories must offer new insights, perspectives and conclusions. They must bring situations and characters to life, transformed from statistics, analyses and crime reporting. Bob Sipchen’s book Baby Insane and the Buddha sets out to tell the story of San Diego’s inner-city gangs and the criminal justice system put in place to eradicate or at least control them…. Continue reading


[LA Times] ‘Werewolves’ is an anti-‘Twilight’ tale that runs red in watercolor

When Paul Jessup brainstormed the story for “Werewolves,” the illustrated book that hits stores this week, he thought about what was missing in popular supernatural tales such as “The Lost Boys” or “Twilight.” What he heard in his head was the voice of a strong female character…. Continue reading

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[LA Times] In the shadows of a world torn apart by war

For Alan Furst, writing about European history in the 1930s and 1940s is like exploring “a room with a thousand corners.” His latest World War II book, “Spies of the Balkans,” is his 11th in a series of espionage novels set in Europe after Hitler’s ascent to power and seeks out yet another corner of the conflict… Continue reading