Santa Clara Mag Blog

Santa Clara Magazine's blog, updated whenever the writing goblin visits the editorial staff of the magazine.

  •  Three women, three miracles ... and a bookstore near you

    Thursday, Apr. 28, 2011
    A pair of Santa Clara alumnae—Katie Mahon ’78 and Mary Beth Phillips ’76 are on tour for the book they co-wrote with friend Joan Luise Hill. The Miracle Chase: Three Women, Three Miracles and a Ten Year Journey of Discovery and Friendship ( centers on the stories of three women, who each overcome tragedy—an escape from serial killer Ted Bundy, the blindness of a daughter, and the catastrophic illness of a son. They're tales of faith, friendship, and survival.
    You can meet Mahon and Phillips in person in California, Colorado, and Massachusetts in the months ahead at these readings and talks.
    St. Monica's and Santa Maria Churches — Moraga and Orinda, Calif.
    Faith Sharing
    Tuesday, May 3, 10 a.m.
    1001 Camino Pablo
    Kepler's Books — Menlo Park, Calif.
    Reading and Book Signing
    Thursday, May 5, 7 p.m.
    1010 El Camino Real
    A Great Good Place for Books — Oakland, Calif.
    Reading and Book Signing
    Friday, May 6, 7 p.m.
    6120 La Salle Avenue, Montclair Village
    Abbot Public Library — Marblehead, Mass.
    Reading and Book Signing
    Wednesday, June 15, 7 p.m.
    Denver Eclectics — Denver, Colo.
    Lecture and Discussion
    Friday, September 9, 10 a.m.
     -- Liz Carney '11
    Santa Clara Mag intern
  •  Radio, radio: SCM Editor on KQED

    Monday, Apr. 25, 2011


    What do Keith Richards and Mary Baker Eddy have in common? The folks at have some ideas. And a little bit of digging in the musings of the Rolling Stone guitarist and writings of the founder of Christian Science reveals a few more surprises -- and, I hope a few laughs on a spring day.

    Take a listen to this "Perspective" I recorded for KQED Radio and that airs on April 26 at 7:35 a.m. and again on Saturday morning. Or download the podcast at your leisure. 

    -- Steven Boyd Saum, Editor

    Photo courtesy David Marks, KQED

  •  Literary Orange: Hansen in the House

    Monday, Apr. 4, 2011

    SoCal readers mark your calendars: The 5th annual Literary Orange festival happens Saturday, Apr. 9 with Santa Clara Magazine's own Ron Hansen M.A. '95 delivering a keynote address. The festival takes place in the U.C. Irvine Student Center 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Hansen's forthcoming novel is A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion, a tale of illicit passion and murder set in hard-drinking, fast-living 1920s New York. It's due out in June from Scribner. Check your hip flask at the door.

    Hansen is the bestselling author of Atticus (a finalist for the National Book Award), Exiles, Mariette in Ecstasy, and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, among other works.

    He is the Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. Professor of Arts and Humanities at SCU, and he serves as literary editor for Santa Clara Magazine.