Things tagged James Casper


  1. Writing When There Is No Answer

    October 26, 2018 5:05 pm 1 Comment

    For a year or more when I was a schoolboy, I sent my stories to a nun in a strict religious order. I did not know that she would receive them only after a mother superior examined the contents for signs of wanderlust and wavering. The nun had been my… Read more »

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  2. This Book Is Burning

    October 5, 2018 5:10 pm 1 Comment

    In the current not-so-civil war between conservative and liberal Catholicism, there will be no winners. Like World War One, it is a gruesome conflict of carnage and attrition. Casualties mount all around, and also in a middle ground staked out by novels like Everywhere in Chains. In the middle ground,… Read more »

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  3. Ray Bradbury is best remembered as a writer of fantasy and science fiction, whose stories often took huge ideas and grappled with them by inventing fantastic worlds and creatures. But he was also the master of the small and quiet, someone whose observation of human tics and traits served him… Read more »

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  4. A Well Told Story Translates into Any Language

    February 21, 2017 4:14 pm Leave a Comment

    “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.” ― George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons   James Casper’s novel Everywhere in Chains has been translated into Polish under a new title: Listy do Penelopy, which means Letters to Penelope—pen-pal communication,… Read more »

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    Novels for Lent

    February 12, 2016 6:04 pm 7 Comments

    Many years ago, I came across a list of suggested disciplines to embrace during Lent. One of the things suggested was to refrain from reading novels during the forty days of Lent. It’s a discipline that I’m happy to say I have never engaged in. In fact, novels and fiction… Read more »

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  6. First Chapter: Everywhere in Chains

    July 29, 2015 5:16 pm 1 Comment

    Read the first chapter of the novel Everywhere in Chains by James Casper. If you like what you’re reading, visit the novel’s page to learn more or order! 1 The Mouse in the Wall Lake Superior is the largest, deepest, and coldest of the five Great Lakes. The other four… Read more »

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  7. James Casper

    The Forty-Year Challenge

    October 16, 2014 5:51 pm 1 Comment

    Not long ago, a former student asked me when I had first ‘gotten serious’ about writing stories. This, of course, is a ‘loaded’ question, and so I replied that I no longer remembered. At my age, now seventy-three, you can get away with evasions like that. In truth, it was… Read more »

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    To Have and to Hold

    May 12, 2014 1:24 pm Leave a Comment

    Marvin’s nephews … The conclusion was too obvious when they brought along their computer games and their cell phones and shrugged off their uncle’s suggestions about activities he had enjoyed as a boy. Fishing, exploring the lakeshore for agates, whizzing downhill on a toboggan, and reading Tom Sawyer had no… Read more »

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  9. Ignatius Press Novels

    A reader review of “Everywhere in Chains”

    February 20, 2014 10:42 am 2 Comments

    Reader Ellen Amland sends this review of Everywhere in Chains: I kept paging back to the home page on my Kindle to check that the title of James Casper’s book was indeed called Everywhere in Chains. The title suggests a story filled with dark imagery, a violent plot, and more… Read more »

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  10. Ignatius Press Novels

    Everywhere in Chains is the first novel by James Casper published by Ignatius Press. It touches upon many themes, including the controversial topic of how society treats prisoners with mental illness. We interviewed the author via e-mail on writing, how social issues can be addressed via literature, and the attraction… Read more »

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