Author of novels Bridge of Time (2012), The Haunting of Charles Dickens (2010), winner of the Northern California Book Award, an Edgar Award nominee, and a Judy Lopez memorial Honor book, Steinbeck's Ghost (2008) which was a Smithsonian Notable Book, the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association Children's Book of the Year, and the winner of the Beatty Award from the California Library Association, and Fliegelman's Desire (1990); stories, After the Gold Rush (2006); and nonfiction, Blackboard: A Personal History of the Classroom (2014) and The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop (2006). Published in Harper's, Paris Review, Gentleman's Quarterly, The New York Times Book Review, Black Warrior Review, ZYZZYVA, and Best American Poetry 1995.
- MFA in Fiction, Warren Wilson College.
Awards & Distinctions
Smithsonian Notable Book
Northern California Independent Booksellers Association Children's Book of the Year
Beatty Award from the California Library Association
Northern California Book Award
Edgar Award nominee
Judy Lopez memorial Honor book