Banned Books Week this year runs from September 26 through October 2, 2021. Interestingly the American Library Association suggests we "celebrate" this week. I'm not sure if "celebrate" is the correct word, but certainly it's a good time for me - as both a writer and a reader - to assert publicly my commitment to … Continue reading It’s Banned Books Week: Why I support unfettered freedom of speech
From today's vantage point, duels truly seem stupid. So why did they occur so often?
End of summer, in which I share some of my recent favourites, particularly in the realm of historical women's fiction.
Lately there is a lot of talk about elections. In Canada, word on the street is that Justin Trudeau will call an election late summer or early fall. (I still don't fully understand the parliamentary system.) In the US, there is the usual partisan wrangling over voting rights - who gets to vote, where, when, … Continue reading Voting, Venetian style
I'm working on revising my new novel and am having trouble settling on a title. Thus, I need your help! Please take my poll to help me decide.
A review of Paris in Ruins and a Q&A with the author M.K. Tod, who also writes the A Writer of History blog.
Celebrating Venice's 1600th birthday.
A brief history of Carnival in Venice, almost 1000 years old.
How were black servants and slaves treated in Renaissance Venice?
Trump and his attempted coup have much in common with the 14th-century Venetian doge, Marino Faliero. If we do not learn from history, we are condemned to repeat it.