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New Claim to Fame

I am pleased to announce a new claim to fame: this site has been banned in Abu Dhabi.

My husband has just returned home from working in the UAE for the better part of the last two months.  Everything there is censored–TV shows, movies (which are shown with subtitles in Arabic), and websites.  So when Steve went to check in on what I’d been doing in his absence (it was all innocent, I promise), imagine his surprise when he was denied access.

I can’t even begin to imagine what I’ve written that would scare the UAE censors, but I guess I’ll consider it a badge of honor.

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Announcing…Bookstrumpet

You may have noticed my periodic call for people who would like to become contributors to a new book review site.   I am pleased to announce that the new site is live and ready to roll.  Here’s the site url:

http://wordstrumpet.typepad.com/bookstrumpet/

This is only the very modest beginning.  Expect more to come, with additional reviews from a roster of fabulous reviewers and essays about books and interviews with authors to come.

So go check it out.  And if you decide you want to be involved, email me!

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