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Double Wammie on lucky Nov 13, 2022 in the Sunday NYTIMES Book Section.


PITY THE BEAST made it into Paperback Row.


GET'EM YOUNG appeared in a print review by the stupendous Aimee Bender in the same issue. 


Thank you to the NYTIMES, Tom, Stefen and Jeremy @ And Other Stories for making this happen. 


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I got this copy of the Sunday NYTIMES Book section in the Salt Lake City airport. I took the picture in the middle of the concourse... travelers kindly making way for a clearly crazy person, some maybe wondering what was up. I tried to show it to the high school kid next to me on the next plane who was reading 1984 for class. (I told her that was a good book, Orwell's, that she had there....) 


Thanks to all the kind people who helped make this book tour happen. It has been a dream. Thanks especially to Tom Flynn of And Other Stories.


I'm headed to the UK soon (Bristol on Nov 30, London on Dec 1).... for more fun with tea and crumpets.

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What a wonderous night in Seattle. Thanks especially to Putsata Reang (MA AND ME) who gave her precious time and energy to talk about my stories with me last night. Thanks also to Spencer and Third Place Books for making it happen. It was fun to see James from Madison Books show up, also many fabulous Seattle and Hugo House friends, especially Lynn and Brian Grant and Shira. 


See you all next time in the Emerald City. 




Buy signed books from Third Place. They ship, and every order to an indie bookstore helps to keep indie publishing vibrant. 

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Wall Street Journal / Bookshelf/ Sam Sacks

It's pretty cool to be reviewed by Sam Sacks of the Wall Street Journal with such big shots. It's also fantastic that he plugs Pity the Beast (again). 


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David Hayden's Review of Get'em / THE GUARDIAN



Thanks to David Hayden

and The Guardian

for supporting my work


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SANTA FE/ Collected Works with Greg Martin

Greg Martin and me at fabulous Collected Works in Santa Fe on Oct 25, 2022. Thanks to Greg, Dorothy, Cecile and all the wonderful Santa Fe gang...watch here.


They have lots of signed books and will ship! 


Thanks for supporting the indie bookstores that have supported the book tour! 

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GET'em YOUNG Review in NYTimes by Aimee Bender!


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SNOW in MINNESOTA / Twin Cities Book Fest

Join me at Rain Taxi's  Twin Cities Book Fest tomorrow Oct 15 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. I'll be on the Fiction Showcase panel at 1:30 with Phong Nguyen (Bronz Drum)  and Akil Kumarasamy (Half Gods and Meet Us by the Roaring Sea) in the Fine Arts Building. Dress warmly. I'll be reading from the new collection and chatting with these wonderful writers and all in attendance.


Meanwhile, over in the UK, the paperback of Pity the Beast made a Must Read List by Jane Shilling in the Daily Mail Online. Nice!


The launch is coming! 


See you somewhere across the USA! 



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The Big Issue/ Must Reads of Fall 2022

Get'em Young made this list with a bunch of other wonderful books...


"These imaginative, poetic stories overflow with compassion and should seal McLean's flourishing reputation as a writer of great heft. "


Read the whole review.

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Solo Writer Rides into Town....

Join Nevada Poet Shaun Griffin and me at the Nevada Humanities Lit Crawl on September 10 in Reno for our workshop called "Writing in Solitude."   (E.L. Cord Museum School Classroom #1, Nev Museum of Art, 160 W Liberty St, 1:30-2:15 pm).



Join me and (Nev Poet Laureate 2022) Gailmarie Pahmeier and (LV artist and activist) Brent Holmes for our panel called "What It Means to be Western." (Horan Pavilion at the Lake Mansion Arts and Cultural Center, 250 Court Street, 2:30-3:15 pm.)


 There will be lots of interesting stuff going on besides us...full Nevada Humanties Lit Crawl Schedule here.


Below is the beginning of a blog post I wrote for the Lit Crawl. It's up on the Nevada Humanities website now: 


I've always been a solo writer. Why? Read on


It started long before I'd written anything, as a potter in rural Alaska. No lights through the forest, no road sound as I spun my pots—it changed my midwestern, very urban mind. 


See you there, tell Reno friends, and happy trails!



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