Author Archives: Gordon W. Dale

Great Reviews of Fool’s Republic!

The New York Journal of Books: “Important and timely…  The power of the book is not simply the story, but also the breathtaking prose used to tell that story.  A must-read…” BookBound: “I opened the book yesterday just to read … Continue reading

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Gordon W. Dale Author event in San Mateo, May 14

On Saturday, May 14th at 2:00 PM I will be discussing and signing copies of my novel Fool’s Republic (North Atlantic Books/Random House) at M is For Mystery Bookstore in San Mateo. I will be speaking for about 20 minutes, … Continue reading

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A Homebody’s Travel Tips, Part 1

Maxime Du Camp once said of Gustave Flaubert that his preferred form of travel was to lie on a divan and have the scenery carried past him. I completely respect that. After my latest trip, I’ve promised myself I’ll no … Continue reading

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I’m a Writer. Really.

As I’ve explained elsewhere, my mother was mad about books; they were considered holy things in our home and filled every nook and cranny. My father was constantly building bookshelves, which were soon at capacity, the texts overflowing like lava … Continue reading

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Hey, I was just about to write that!

We lived in Blantyre, Malawi when I was a boy and while we were there my father wrote weekly to his parents in British Columbia to document the experience. He kept a detailed journal, snapped hundreds of photographs, saved mountains … Continue reading

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Fool’s Republic Trailer Chosen Trailer of the Week

More exciting news. Last week, the Fool’s Republic video trailer was chosen as trailer of the day by Shelf Awareness. Now it has been chosen trailer of the week by Foreword This Week! See the trailer: http://www.gordonwdale.com/video/

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Haven’t Read It, but I Love the Title

Sol Stein, in his book Stein on Writing, provides a bit of advice about choosing book titles: “The point to remember is that the primary function of a title is not to provide the locus of the story, but to … Continue reading

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Fool’s Republic video trailer chosen as trailer of the day!

I just wanted to let you know the video trailer I created for Fool’s Republic was chosen as trailer of the day by Shelf Awareness. Link to Shelf Awareness: http://www.shelf-awareness.com/issue.html?issue=1388 ( you’ll need to scroll down the page) Direct Link … Continue reading

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Who Cares Whodunit?

What is it about fictional detectives that we find so compelling? Even luminaries such as Pablo Neruda and WH Auden loved detective stories. A few months ago I was reading The Devil and Sherlock Holmes by David Grann, in which … Continue reading

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A Good Novel is a Finished Novel

There’s a saying in academia: a good dissertation is a finished dissertation—the point being, of course, that it doesn’t matter how much hard work you put into your dissertation (thinking about it, planning it, talking about it, researching it) if … Continue reading

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