Review: A Friend of Mr. Lincoln by Stephen Harrigan

Readers often suggest books I should write. My standard reply is, “Well, arranged marriages can work nicely for some folks, but I have to fall in love on my own.” When I’m almost finished with a novel, I start dating again. I read promiscuously and watch a lot of documentaries on the History Channel and … Read more…

Small Business Saturday: hardcover editions of Mary’s books available!

Thinking about Mary Doria Russell’s novels for holiday giving? Want to support a small independent bookstore, too? Mac’s Backs Books on Coventry can always provide you with signed personalized copies of the paperback editions, but this year the Cleveland Heights store has located a very limited number of fine, signed, first edition/first printing hardcover editions … Read more…

Yes, I’m writing a sequel to Doc.

When I was writing Doc, I believed it would be a stand-alone historical novel like A Thread of Grace or Dreamers of the Day. I thought the story of the gunfight at the O.K. Corral was so well known, so much a part of American folklore, that there was no point in going back over … Read more…

Write-in Candidate

It’s getting ugly out there on the campaign trail, but I am determined to keep running for president, as long as no actual physical running is involved, because I love my country enough to write a blog essay about it. In a stunning act of political courage, I would like to go on record: I … Read more…

Peggy Noonan mentions my run for the presidency!

Well, not mine, specifically, but she did refer in a sort of general way to my announcement back in July that I intended to form an exploratory committee to help me decide if I should get a reality show and/or be a commentator on radio and TV so I can talk about why I should … Read more…

What I hope for, from HBO.

Lots of readers are asking if I’ll be writing any episodes of the HBO series based on Doc. There’s a two-part answer to that question. Part 1: Not a chance. In Hollywood, it is customary to ignore the author of  “source material” once the rights to it have been secured. Producers and writers see only … Read more…

DOC on HBO

People, I have never kept a secret this long in my life. This has been brewing since June, 2011. Here’s what I heard originally:  Ron Howard’s father Rance Howard has a longtime fascination with Doc Holliday. He read Doc when it first came out and took it to his son Ron, who contacted HBO about … Read more…

Okay, I know they’re actors, but…

… when a gentleman dressed as Doc Holliday or Wyatt Earp stops by to chat at my book table, it is a thrill. Yesterday, I spent seven hours in the bookstore and gift shop at the O.K. Corral, while hundreds of people shuffled through, buying souvenirs and tickets to the gunfight reenactment done 2-3 times … Read more…