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On Fracis stories, contests, book signings (WS 0815)

THE

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Writing News for the Sunshine State

& the Solar System

http://www.northfloridawriters.org

Editor: Howard Denson

August 2015

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In this issue:

 

New stories by Sohrab Homi Fracis in circulation here and up north

The Sunday Times Short Story Award 2016: Entries now open for world’s richest short story prize

BookMark offers storytime, book signings, and recommendations

Clay Writers devote August meeting to its anthology-in-progress

Writers by the Sea will meet in new library’s meeting room

2nd annual Amelia Island Storytelling Slam set for Sept. 25

FWA news

Stuff from a Writer’s Quill — William Faulkner

Stuff from hither and yon

Findings of a Forensic Grammarian – Howard Denson

Writers Born This Month

Keep up with the NFW on our Facebook page

Meetings of NFW and Other Groups

Useful Links

Need someone to critique a manuscript?

The Write Staff

 

NEW STORIES BY SOHRAB HOMI FRACIS 

IN CIRCULATION HERE AND UP NORTH

 

If you have felt deprived lately of stories by First Coast author Sohrab Homi Fracis (http://www.fracis.com/), then you need wait no more. Three new stories of his are out.

 

“Caught a Whale” appears right here in Jacksonville's own literary magazine, Bridge Eight (http://www.bridgeeight.com/). Fracis will read from it on Friday, Aug. 7, at the 2015 issue release party in the downtown Jessie Ball duPont Center.

 

“Summer of the Strike” was selected by guest editor, poet Marge Piercy, for the Spring 2015 issue of Chicago's Fifth Wednesday Journal (http://www.fifthwednesdayjournal.com/).

 

And “New World, Old World” went international in the Spring 2015 issue of Crossborder Journal (http://www.leapfrogpress.com/Crossborder.html), a USA-Canada collaboration between Leapfrog Press (Fredonia, New York) and Guernica Editions (Toronto, Ontario). 

 

THE SUNDAY TIMES SHORT STORY AWARD 2016:

ENTRIES NOW OPEN FOR

WORLD’S RICHEST SHORT STORY PRIZE

 

(From Aerogramme Writers Studio newsletter)

 

Writers from around the world are invited to enter the 2016 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. The winner will receive £30,000 (US $46,500), making this the most valuable prize for a single short story in the world.

The prize from London’s Times is for stories up to 6,000 words in length and there is no entry fee. Stories can be either unpublished or published. If published, the work must have first appeared after 1 Jan. 2015. [EDITOR’S NOTE: If you have only been published in publications in the U.S., Mexico, etc., you aren’t eligible.]

 

Writers can enter regardless of their nationality or residency, but they must have an existing record of publication in creative writing in the U.K. and Ireland. In 2015 the award went to Chinese-American author Yiyun Li. Other past winners include Junot Diaz, Adam Johnson and C.K. Stead.

 

Entries for the 2016 award close at 6pm GMT on Thursday, 24 Sept. 2015. A longlist of twenty entries will be published in February 2016 and the winner will be announced in April. Full terms and conditions for the prize can be found here (PDF) and writers can access the entry form via the Booktrust website.

 

Yiyun Li’s winning story and five other works shortlisted for the 2015 prize are available here.

 

 

BOOKMARK OFFERS STORYTIME, BOOK

SIGNINGS, AND RECOMMENDATIONS

 

The BookMark at Neptune Beach opens August with Storytime for kids and then welcomes an author of thrillers as it celebrates its 25th anniversary.

 

Children's Storytime, Saturday, Aug. 1, 9 a.m.

 

Join us as "Miss Pat" shares some favorite stories for little ones. These events are geared for children ages 3-8, and "Miss Pat" has a talent for engaging all levels of readers and listeners. Our goal is to provide a lighthearted, fun experience that fosters a love of reading and enjoying stories. (The "new" Dr. Seuss book, “What Pet Should I Get?”, may be featured.)

 

Linwood Barclay, “Broken Promise: A Thriller” (New American Library), Monday, Aug. 3, 7 p.m.

 

Promise Falls, N.Y., is a less salacious but deadlier version of Peyton Place in this engrossing small town thriller from Arthur Ellis Award winner Barclay (No Safe House). Reporter David Harwood, recently returned to town, visits his emotionally fragile cousin Marla Pickens, who lost her baby girl during birth 10 months earlier. Harwood is startled to find her caring for a 10-month-old baby boy, brought to her, Marla claims, by an angel.

 

Barclay is the New York Times and #1 international bestselling author of twelve critically acclaimed novels, including "No Safe House,” "A Tap on the Window,” "Trust Your Eyes" (which has been optioned for a film), and "No Time for Goodbye."

 

Happy 25th Birthday to The BookMark! Saturday, Aug. 29, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

 

Since the BookMark is turning 25 years old this summer, that's worth a party, says Ms. Brinlee.  We will have treats, Prosecco, prizes, and more to mark the occasion on Saturday, Aug. 29 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  We’d love to have the opportunity to thank you for your support and for helping us reach this milestone.  We couldn’t do it without you.  Come celebrate with us, and thanks.

BookMarkers recommends: 

 

“The Jezebel Remedy” by Martin Clark (Knopf) -- In this new mystery (by the author of The Many Aspects of Mobile Home Living), a married couple practice law together.  One of their clients loves to sue for any reason. But she does invent something that a major corporation wants ... at any cost. Clark is a judge, so his legal insights are impeccable.  Other than that, everything is up for grabs-who knows what?  Who's alive and who isn't?  It's a fun ride.

 

Miss Emily, by Nuala O'Connor (Penguin Books/paperback)  -- What a great way to understand the life of the iconic poet, Emily Dickinson, as well as her family and social circle.  This novel gives perspective through the eyes of an Irish maid hired by the Dickinsons and beloved by Emily.  Their class and personal differences magnify the era and the life choices each confronts.  This is a wonderful American debut for an Irish author.

 

Ruins of War, by John A. Connell (Berkley Books) -- If you like historical crime novels, then Connell's new book may be this summer's favorite read.  Mason Collins, a former Chicago detective, is searching for a serial murderer in post-WWII Berlin.  As an investigator for the occupying army, he is reluctant to accept the help offered by the indigenous Berlin police department especially given their interrogation methods.  If you are a fan of Kerr's detective Bernie Gunther, you may see shadows of Bernie in the background.

 

Etta and Otto and Russell and James, by Emma Hooper (Simon & Schuster) -- Told in shifting stories from the past and present, Etta and Otto and Russell and James is a beautifully crafted story about our human wants and needs. Etta, now an old woman, decides to take a long walk from Saskatchewan to the other side of Canada to see the sea, leaving her husband Otto behind. Along the way, Etta meets James, a loyal coyote and travel companion. Otto spends his days at home alone, sometimes reaching out to his neighbor Russell. Different perspectives tell a poignant, layered, fable-like tale of love, loss, relationships, and the haunting nature of days long gone. In this fascinating debut novel, Emma Hooper can make you laugh, then turn around and shatter your heart, all in one sentence.

 

The BookMark is located at 220 First St., Neptune Beach, Fla. 32266.

 

For more information: Contact owner Ms. Rona Brinlee at 904.241.9026 or bkmark@bellsouth.net

CLAY WRITERS DEVOTE AUGUST MEETING

TO ITS ANTHOLOGY-IN-PROGRESS

 

The Clay Writers Assn. will be working on its anthology at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19, in the Meeting Room of the Orange Park Public Library (2054 Plainfield Ave., off Kingsley Avenue  and behind the Dairy Queen).

 

Maureen Jung is the leader of the group.

 

FWA Clay County Writers is sponsored by the Florida Writers Assn. Monthly meetings (the third Wednesday) focus on the art, craft, and business of writing.

 

Some meetings offer presentations by author-speakers. Other sessions offer hands-on practice for writers to sharpen their skills, give and receive feedback, and leave with practical suggestions to improve their work.

 

To learn more, visit https://floridawriters.net/ and check out the group on Facebook at “Clay County Writers.”

 

 

WRITERS BY THE SEA

WILL MEET IN NEW LIBRARY’S

MEETING ROOM

 

From July to September. Writers by the Sea will be meeting at the new Library Meeting Room in Fernandina Beach.

Writers by the Sea continues to meet each third Thursday, in Fernandina Beach, FL. Arrive at 6 p.m. for socializing. The introduction and presentation begin at 6:30. All writers are free of charge

 

 

2ND ANNUAL AMELIA ISLAND

STORYTELLING SLAM

SET FOR SEPT. 25

 

Fernandina Beach will be hosting the second annual Amelia Island Storytelling Slam on Sept. 25. The event is designed to raise funds to help furnish the library.

 

Serving as the M.C. will be last year's storytelling champ, Arlene Filkoff. This year's competitors include Dickie Anderson, Carey Dresser, John Drew, Neil Frink and Diana Herman. They represent the worlds of dance, theatre, letters, business, education and community service. Guests cast votes for their favorites.

 

The slam will be held at Burns Hall, St. Peter's Church (801 Atlantic Ave.).

 

Cash bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres reception sponsored by Lulu's Restaurant.7 p.m. 

 

Tickets, $50 each, now available at the Fernandina Beach Library, 25 N 4th Street

 

FWA NEWS, PLUS PARKER FRANCIS BULLETINS

 

Victor DiGenti, FWA Regional Director, says you may find out what’s on tap this month at your NE Florida FWA group meetings by clicking here.  Despite the growing heat, we have a full slate of meetings planned, plus there’s news of contests and conventions.

 

Read all about it here.

 

DiGenti himself is busy as himself writing the Windrusher series or using his penname Parker Francis to tell stories about Quint Mitchell’s mysteries, so check that out at http://www.parkerfrancis.com .

 

STUFF FROM

A WRITER’S

QUILL

 

Any writer worth his salt writes to please himself...It's a self-exploratory operation that is endless. An exorcism of not necessarily his demon, but of his divine discontent. – Harper Lee

 

STUFF FROM

HITHER

AND YON

 

Click on each link to go directly to the story.

 

WITH CRITICS LIKE THESE, IT'S NO WONDER

HARPER LEE STAYED SILENT

 

A writer in the United Kingdom, Hadley Freeman, examines the critical firestorm that is sweeping through the book industry because of the publication of Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman.”  http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jul/13/critics-harper-lee-go-set-a-watchman-to-kill-a-mockingbird

 

HARPER LEE’S ‘WATCHMAN’ SHOULDN’T

BE COMPARED WITH ‘MOCKINGBIRD’

 

Down in Australia, Geordie Williamson, chief literary critic for The Australian, gives a good analysis of Lee’s prequel (or sequel) and maintains that “Go Set a Watchman” stands alone as effective storytelling.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/review/harper-lees-watchman-shouldnt-be-compared-with-mockingbird/story-fn9n8gph-1227445641368

 

BEHIND MANY CLASSICS,

THERE LURKS A BRILLIANT EDITOR

 

As Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman” shows, writers often need editors to coax out their best, according to Sameer Rahim. He traces the influence of Maxwell Perkins and others in works of modern writers.  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/booknews/11741087/Behind-many-classics-there-lurks-a-brilliant-editor.html

 

THE HARPER LEE ‘GO SET

A WATCHMAN’ FRAUD

 

In the U.S., Joe Nocera has no patience with what he terms the publishing trickery of Rupert Murdoch and HarperCollins. “Go Set a Watchman,” he says, is a fraud.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/25/opinion/joe-nocera-the-watchman-fraud.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=0

 

TEXTBOOKS HAVE A HUGE

IMPACT ON EDUCATION

 

Barnaby Lenon writes in the London Telegraph that 10 per cent of 10-year olds are issued textbooks in England, whereas in South Korea, the figure is 99 per cent. The benefits are clear since South Korea is scoring higher than U.K. students in various tests. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationopinion/11739310/Textbooks-have-a-huge-impact-on-education.html

 

DIALOGUE WRITING TIPS

FROM BARTLEBY SNOPES

 

The online literary magazine Bartleby Snopes is sponsoring a Dialogue Only Writing Contest, with the deadline being Sept. 15. To encourage higher quality entries, they give tips at this website: http://www.aerogrammestudio.com/2015/07/21/dialogue-writing-tips/ The contest guidelines may be read at http://www.bartlebysnopes.com/contests.htm

 

TPP'S

COPYRIGHT

TRAP

 

The Electronic Frontier Foundation says it is taking its “last stand against undemocratic international agreements that ratchet up term lengths and devastate the public domain.” The opinion piece says: “The U.S. shouldn't be pushing for ever-longer terms in unaccountable deals, or force representatives to use their countries’ public domains as bargaining chips in sprawling international agreements.https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/07/tpp-copyright-trap-our-last-stand-against-undemocratic-international-agreements

 

DO WE HAVE

A GREAT AMERICAN

NOVEL?

 

Carl Cannon says, “…let’s…acknowledge that the very idea that one book can tell America’s entire story is a ridiculous idea.” Even so, he discusses several candidates, ranging from Salinger’s “Catcher in the Rye” to Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird.” http://www.realclearbooks.com/articles/2015/07/24/do_we_have_a_great_american_novel_118.html

 

‘BADA BING, MR. HERRIOT!’

 IT’S ‘ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL’

... IN THE STYLE OF ‘THE SOPRANOS

 

As reports claim that HBO is to remake the BBC’s cosy classic All Creatures Great and Small, Michael Deacon imagines what the script might be like.  (Spoiler alert: Some of the words rhyme with “truck” and “other trucker.”)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/11766286/Bada-bing-Mr-Herriot-Its-All-Creatures-Great-and-Small...-in-the-style-of-The-Sopranos.html

 

LONG-LOST DR. SEUSS

BOOK HITS THE SHELVES

 

“What Pet Should I Get?” was discovered in 2013 in what the author called his “bone pile,” twenty-four years after his death. Theodor Geisel's widow was going through boxes of old material in their California home. This book and a couple others will be published by Random House. No, it’s not a reworking of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” so readers shouldn’t expect “Attitus Finch sat on a bench and… That would be silly.

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/11769662/Long-lost-Dr-Seuss-book-hits-the-shelves.html?WT.mc_id=e_DM36156&WT.tsrc=email&etype=Edi_Wor_New&utm_source=email&utm_medium=Edi_Wor_New_2015_07_29&utm_campaign=DM36156

 

 

 

Findings of a

Forensic

Grammarian

 

Follow the link below to find where even sane and sensible writers (and editors) have stumbled in their writing:

 

http://howarddenson. webs. com/theforensicgrammarian. htm

 

A paperback collection, “The Wrong Stuff: Findings of a Forensic Grammarian,” is available online at Amazon.com and Barnes & Nobel’s website. Go to http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00D3PF180.

 

 

 

WRITERS BORN

THIS MONTH

 

To check out the names of writers who were born this month, go to this website:

 

http://howarddenson.webs.com/augwritersbirthdays.htm

 

The list includes novelists, poets, playwrights, nonfiction authors, writers for the small and silver screen, and others.

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With misgivings, the list generally omits lyricists (to avoid the plethora of garage-band guitarists who knock out a lyric in two minutes to go with a tune). Often lyricists are accomplished in other writing areas and may cause their inclusion (e.g., Bob Dylan, Johnny Mercer, and Cole Porter).

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Unfortunately, some writers fret about identity theft and will only say they were born in 1972 or whenever. Typically that means they don’t get included on a “born this day” list. Recommendation: Writers may wish to create a “pen birthday”; that way, their names stay on the public’s radar.

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If you see that we have omitted a writer, give us his or her name (and preferably a way to verify the belly-button day).

 

 

MEETINGS OF NFW

AND OTHER GROUPS

 

For a listing of meetings of the NFW and other groups in Northeast Florida, click here http://howarddenson.webs.com/meetingsofunfothers.htm

 

 

SOME USEFUL LINKS

 

Writers, poets, and playwrights will find useful tools at http://howarddenson.webs.com/usefullinksforwriters.htm.

 

 

KEEP UP WITH THE NFW

ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE

 

You may join us at any time on Facebook. Webmeister Richard Levine has changed the privacy setting of the NFW from Closed to Public. That way, you can check out our group at your leisure.

To begin, click on:
https://www.facebook.com/n/?groups%2FNorthFloridaWriters%2F&aref=94825392&medium=email&mid=af910daG3be2bd82G5a6ebb0G90G8294&bcode=1.1418662828.AbkY6Ei5o1kSfX4_&n_m=hd3nson%40hotmail.com

Later on, if you are in the process of simplifying your e-life and want to leave us, you may do so at any time by clicking on

https://www.facebook.com/n/?groups%2FNorthFloridaWriters%2Fleave%2F&aref=94825392&medium=email&mid=af910daG3be2bd82G5a6ebb0G90G8294&bcode=1.1418662828.AbkY6Ei5o1kSfX4_&n_m=hd3nson%40hotmail.com

 

NEED SOMEONE

TO CRITIQUE

A MANUSCRIPT?

 

If you have a finished manuscript that you want critiqued or proofread, then look for someone at http://howarddenson.webs.com/potentialcritiquers.htm. Check out their entries on the website to see if they suit your needs. They include the following: Robert Blade Writing & Editing (rmblade@aol.com); Frank Green of The Bard Society (frankgrn@comcast.net); JJ Grindstaff-Swathwood (jgswathwood@gmail.com); Brad Hall (variablerush@gmail.com); Joseph Kaval (joseph.kaval@gmail.com); and Richard Levine (Richie.ALevine@gmail.com).

 

 

THE WRITE STAFF

 

President: Howard Denson (hd3nson@hotmail. com)

Vice President: Joyce Davidson (davent2010@comcast. net)

Secretary: Kathy Marsh (kathygmarsh@bellsouth. net)

Treasurer: Richard Levine (richiea.levine@gmail.com); 5527 Edenfield Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32277

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Presidents Emeriti: Frank Green, Dan Murphy, Howard Denson, Nate Tolar, Joyce Davidson, Margaret Gloag, Richard Levine, Bob Alexander, JoAnn Harter Murray, Carrol Wolverton, Margie Sauls, Stewart Neal.