Book Review: Farmageddon in Pictures

I loved Philip Lymbery’s earlier books Farmageddon and Dead Zone, and so was excited when a friend gifted me a copy of Mr. Lymbery’s Farmageddon in Pictures (2017).

My thoughts on Farmageddon and Farmageddon in Pictures resemble Peter Singer’s thoughts on my own book, Project Animal Farm: “I thought I already knew everything there is to know about modern animal production, but I learned many new things from this very readable book, and you will, too.”

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Book Review: A Spark of Light

Jodi Picoult’s latest book A Spark of Light is a terrific read. The novel’s structure is interesting in two ways, both of them challenging but superbly executed: The story builds backward from the climax, and there are several characters with points of view.

Jodi Picoult and A Spark of Light

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A Conversation with Pulitzer Prize Winner Richard Russo

I had the pleasure of meeting with Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Russo on October 28, 2016 during his trip to Toronto for the International Festival of Authors. I interviewed him about his writing career, which has spanned three decades from the publication of his first book Mohawk in 1986 to the publication of his most recent book Everybody’s Fool in May 2016. The book is a sequel to Nobody’s Fool, published in 1993 and made into a feature film.


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A Beautiful Week in Austria

My husband Aamer Hasham and I enjoyed our trip to Austria last week. It’s a beautiful country of lush green mountains and villages in the valleys. We visited the cities – Vienna, Salzberg, and Graz – but our favorite parts of the trip were our walks in the countryside amongst singing birds and below sailing clouds. We especially loved a spectacular, understated village called Traunkirchen and a charming little town, Steyr. Below are some of the photos, including a family of swans and small herds of cows.


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A Trip to Italy

I visited Italy this month, traveling from the grand monuments of Rome to the cobbled streets of Florence and the canals and bridges of Venice. The trip was wonderful, offering plenty of inspiration! The people were kind, the food enjoyable, and the art divine. Here are some of my favorite snapshots.

Two pigeons in the Colosseum

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