New “Why I write about”

Friends -- This is a short piece where I think about writing and teaching connected to the holocaust. My novel Pretend Plumber does not address the holocaust directly. This comic tale focuses on a young Los Angeles teenager, who is Jewish, but who is also white and highly privileged. Yet, the event that Jews call the “Shoah” … Continue reading New “Why I write about”

April — Special in-depth conversation with Anthony LeDonne about my new novel PRETEND PLUMBER

Hello friends! What a spiritually resonant week this is, as folx navigate Ramadan, Easter and Passover all at the same time! Because of this convergence, my wonderful friend Anthony and I thought this might be the perfect time to record and share a conversation about spirituality and Jewishness in my new novel Pretend Plumber, now … Continue reading April — Special in-depth conversation with Anthony LeDonne about my new novel PRETEND PLUMBER

Let’s talk sandwiches — food matters in my life and fiction

Dear friends of the unreal -- In my latest Medium piece, I wax eloquent about my history with a famous foodstuff and how it works in my new novel. Food is love, my husband once told me and food is crucial in my forthcoming novel, Pretend Plumber. I love food. No, seriously, I LOVE food. I’m … Continue reading Let’s talk sandwiches — food matters in my life and fiction

Happy Ides of March! — some new writing and I read the big book, part 2

Hi friends -- it's also my half-birthday and in honor of this silly non-holiday, I'm sharing, not just one, but two new items. I posted my latest "Why I write about..." and you can read it here: https://medium.com/@stephaniebarbhammer/why-i-write-about-shakespeare-b6be2b35025c And.... my fun conversation with Don and Tom of WRITING ON WHIDBEY ISLAND went live yesterday and … Continue reading Happy Ides of March! — some new writing and I read the big book, part 2

New “why I write about” on Medium

Another "why I write about" just went live over at Medium! Here's the first question in my self-interview: Q: Stephanie-- What gives with setting your new novel in L.A?  You don’t live there, and you aren’t even from that city. In fact, you were born and raised in Manhattan – which is the polar opposite … Continue reading New “why I write about” on Medium

The Life Aquatic: Sailing the Salish Sea with Iris Graville

Friends -- even city slicker magical realists like yours truly, look up from time to time and want to know more about the place where we are currently residing. But, I'm not a scientist, and while I consider myself an environmentalist, I get a bit vague on the details of how my locality might be … Continue reading The Life Aquatic: Sailing the Salish Sea with Iris Graville

“Why I write about. . .” series launching on Medium

Dear friends of the unreal -- I just wrote and published the first of a series called "Why I write about. . . " in conjunction with the forthcoming release of my second novel Pretend Plumber, which will be out sometime this spring. You can read the first little piece here. Speaking of unreal... I … Continue reading “Why I write about. . .” series launching on Medium

Yes, I’ve started sending out a newsletter and you should subscribe!

Friends, is your email box full to the brim with STUFF? Yes, mine is too. And yet, there are a few emails from strangers that I really look forward to. These are writers and thinkers that I admire like Melissa Hart (I actually know Melissa) and leftist outlier intellectual Frederik de Boer. And, I love … Continue reading Yes, I’ve started sending out a newsletter and you should subscribe!

In honor of Meat Loaf, a story about size

A story about being enough, inspired by hearing Meat Loaf on the radio a long time ago. A version of this story appeared in an anthology of short fiction, edited by my friend John Brantingham. It's one of my favorites. Thank you Meatloaf. Encore Plus  "Honey, I'll gain today – I just know it," I … Continue reading In honor of Meat Loaf, a story about size

My mother and Anne Rice

It's oddly appropriate that famous author Anne Rice died just a day before my mother's Yarzeit. My mother was an extremely anxious, brilliant, troubled and fascinating person with wonderfully weird, eclectic tastes. She loved mysteries and she loved Wagner (the composer, not the NYC mayor) and she loved science fiction and she loved Agatha Christie. … Continue reading My mother and Anne Rice