CUT TO THE CHASE: Writing Feature Films with the Pros at the UCLA Extension Writers' Program

I contributed two chapters to, and was on the editorial board of, this useful textbook about how to write feature films, edited by Linda Venis, in collaboration with fellow UCLA Extension Writers' Program instructors: it's crammed with valuable screenwriting and industry information.

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CHERISHED: 21 Writers on Animals They Have Loved and Lost

Judith Lewis Mernit and I both contributed essays to this book, along with Jane Smiley, Thomas McGuane, Anne Lamott and a bunch of other famous and non-famous writers. Edited by Barbara Abercrombie, it's a moving collection of heartfelt tributes, and all proceeds from its purchase go to an animal rescue charity.

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If you're looking for a Valentine's Day, anniversary, birthday gift, or simply a warm and fuzzy way to say "you rock, babe," then look no further than this beautifully illustrated, full-color gift book, created with Italian artist Claudia Nizza. Narcissists, buy it for yourself! Anyone who loves great art/illustration will enjoy.

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