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SO YOU WANT TO WRITE A NOVEL…(And Who Doesn’t?)

  So you’re writing or thinking about writing a novel. To put it mildly, you are not alone. The questions I’m asked most in the course of meeting hundreds of people promoting the Sanibel Sunset Detective mysteries have to do

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Cannes, El Sid, and Six Green Beans

Every year about this time I think of Cannes, El Sid, and six green beans. El Sid was my nick-name for Sid Adilman, the legendary Toronto Star entertainment reporter. For years in May, El Sid and I would head for the

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Gore Vidal Meets The Dread Ron Base

Gore Vidal in print once called me “the Dread Ron Base, who is appropriately named.” I’m not sure but I think he dissed me because I quoted him as saying he would invade Alberta for its oil, if necessary (“If I were the federal

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El Sid, The Cannes Cannes, and Six Green Beans

Every year about this time I think of El Sid and six green beans. El Sid was my nick-name for Sid Adilman, the legendary Toronto Star entertainment reporter. For years in May, El Sid and I would head for the Cannes

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Searching For Hemingway

A couple of weeks ago while visiting Key West, I went around to 907 Whitehead Street, the home for nine years in the 1930s of America’s most famous novelist, Ernest Hemingway. In Paris, in June, as I always do, I had dinner at La Closerie des

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