Author Carmela Ciuraru makes SoCal appearance on Sunday

Carmela Ciuraru — writer extraordinaire and friend of All is Yar — is appearing at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena tomorrow at 4pm to discuss and read from her critically-acclaimed book, Nom de Plume.  She’ll be joined and interviewed by Nick Owcher, book editor for the Los Angeles Times. She rarely makes it out to California, so take this … Continue reading

Books / Drink / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical / Spirits

Is “The Gospel According to the Other Mary” mis-named?

I’m killing time before this evening’s Los Angeles Philharmonic concert by drinking an old fashioned — a really good one, BTW, care of the bartender at the Omni Hotel near Walt Disney Concert Hall. Anyways, I started thinking about tonight’s world premiere of The Gospel According to the Other Mary, a modern bit of social … Continue reading


Writing Pseudonymously

My friend, Carmela Ciuraru (not a pseudonym), continues to gain much positive attention for her most recent book, Nom de Plume:  A (Secret) History of Pseudonyms (Harper Collins).   Carmela is a wonderful writer with an arrestingly dry sense of humor*, and she takes an interesting concept (which, not-so-shockingly, is near and dear to my heart) … Continue reading