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Snowdigger, a life history

Snowdigger, a life history

Feb 10 2010

As Washington, DC gets a record load of snow dumped outside, it calls to mind a WPA life history from New Orleans,…

Black History Month and the Writers’ Project

Black History Month and the Writers’ Project

Feb 01 2010

This marks the start of Black History Month, and also the month in 1941 when Richard Wright published 12 Million Black Voices,…

Juanita Brooks, Courageous Historian of the Southwest

Juanita Brooks, Courageous Historian of the Southwest

Jan 18 2010

Last Friday marked the 112th anniversary of the birth of Juanita Brooks, premier Utah historian. Brooks was born January 15, 1898. This…

Best Books of 2009

Best Books of 2009

Jan 05 2010

Thrilled to find Soul of a Peopleon the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette‘s Best Books of 2009 list.Happy New Year and best wishes for 2010!

Jobs and the WPA Guide to Florida

Jobs and the WPA Guide to Florida

Dec 18 2009

The WPA Guide to Florida, which marks its 70th anniversary this week, is unlike other travel guides, as I wrote in yesterday’s…

WGA TV Award Nomination for Soul

WGA TV Award Nomination for Soul

Dec 15 2009

WGA TV Award Nominations Hollywood: Soul of a People brings the WPA writers to the limelight.

Meridel Le Sueur Pioneered Women’s Stories on the WPA

Meridel Le Sueur Pioneered Women’s Stories on the WPA

Dec 07 2009

In the 1930s a young Meridel Le Sueur was living in Minnesota and writing about how desperate poverty pushed law-abiding women across…

Cold Thanksgiving on the Great Lakes

Cold Thanksgiving on the Great Lakes

Nov 27 2009

For this Thanksgiving weekend, a story of friendship and a holiday on the seas from Michigander Fred Smith, interviewed by WPA writer…

Taking it to the Rocky Mountain State

Taking it to the Rocky Mountain State

Nov 21 2009

In Denver, before an event at the Tattered Cover bookstore, I sat down with Gloria Johnston of Swing Vote magazine and Louie…

Talking Books in the Texas Legislature

Talking Books in the Texas Legislature

Nov 11 2009

The recent Texas Book Festival featured, once again, authors discussing their books in the halls of the state capitol building, from literary…