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· Editor: Howard Denson


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In This Issue:

Mark Calendar in February for Amelia Island Book Festival

NFW Sets Christmas Story Meeting on Dec. 12

Links to Reading Stuff about Words, Writing, and Stuff

Quote from a Writer's Quill – Napoleon Bonaparte

Writers Born This Month


MARK CALENDAR IN FEBRUARY FOR AMELIA ISLAND BOOK FESTIVAL

The 2010 Amelia Island Book Festival on Feb. 12-13 will headline such writers as Rick Bragg (nonfiction, journalism), Jeff Shaara (historical / military novelist), Sonny Brewer (writer and editor), Cassandra King (novelist), Janis Owens (novelist), and M.J. Rose (novelist).

Other tentative speakers and panelists include Mary Baron, Kathie Bennett, Marianne Berkes, Carlla Cato, Melissa Conroy, Jackie K. Cooper, Bob Dart, Maggie Carter DeVries, Vic Digenti, Cynthia Enutun, Darrell House, Liz Kawecki, Ruddell Kopp, Ron Kurtz, Rita Malie, Stephanie Mayberry, Katherine McCaughan, Roger Moore, Pam Mueller, Annette Myers. Lucy Nolan, T. Lynn Ocean, Nola Perez, William Rawlings, Cappy Rearick, Jack Riggs, Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, Abby Sallenger, Barbara G. Spurlin, Suzette Standring, Andy Suhrer, and Jane Woods.

For information about ticketed events and the schedule, go to http://www.ameliaislandbookfestival.com/index.htm .


NFW SETS CHRISTMAS STORY MEETING ON DEC. 12

The Dec. 12 meeting of the North Florida Writers will feature Christmas stories and critiques. The meeting will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Webb Wesconnett Branch Library (corner of 103rd Street and Harlow Boulevard).

President Marjorie Sauls suggests that attendees bring short Christmas stories that each would read aloud.

In the regular critiques, people other than the author of respective works read aloud the submissions (up to 10 double-spaced pages of prose, and reasonable amounts of poetry or lyrics). Authors may not defend their work, but they should listen to the words and rhythms of their creations.

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LINKS TO READING ABOUT WORDS, WRITING, AND STUFF
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GIFT SUGGESTIONS: BEST BOOKS ON SCIENCE

If you are shopping for a gift for someone who likes science, then you will probably find an excellent title at SeedMagazine.com (http://seedmagazine.com/content/article/seed_picks_december/ ).

WILL BREATHALYZER HELP PROTECT OLD BOOKS?

If you pick up an old book, you may notice a distinctive smell (which you don’t get if you are sniffing a website). In order to protect the old books, scientists are exploring the intensities of the smell to see which books may need extra protection, says Henry Fountain in The New York Times: Observatory – Digging Into the Science of That Old-Book Smell <http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/17/science/17obbook.html?ref=science> .

NANOWRIMO STORIES: JOY V. SMITH

One website that encourages writers, including would-be novelists, is The Muffin (fresh news daily from the bakers of Wow-WomenOnWriting.com). You’ll find Joy Smith’s experience at http://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/blog.html . She is one of the NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) 2009 winners. The goal of NaNoWriMo is to write 50,000 words in 30 days. Writers started Nov. 1 and had to finish by Nov. 30. She has an article on her experience upcoming in Working Writer.

COLUM McCANN WINS NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION

The Irish-born writer Colum McCann has won the National Book Award for Fiction with his novel, Let the Great World Spin, says Motoko Rich in the New York Times. Other winners include T.J. Stiles, nonfiction; Phillip Hoose, young people’s literature; and Keith Waldrop, poetry. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/19/books/19awards.html?ref=books.

FBI TRACKED ‘WORKING MAN’ STUDS TERKEL

The Federal Bureau of Investigation kept its eye on Studs Terkel, the “working man” oral historian, according to Valerie Lapinski in the NYCity News Service run by the graduate students of CUNY’s School of Journalism at http://nycitynewsservice.com/2009/11/15/fbi-tracked-working-man-studs-terkel/ WRITING FOR THE WEB If you want to polish your prose for websites, then check out Useit.com at http://www.useit.com/papers/webwriting/.

T S ELIOT DOES NOT CORRESPOND WITH HIS LETTERS

If you are looking for deep currents in the collected letters of T.S. Eliot, columnist Simon Heffer says you won’t find them in Faber’s recent volume. Check London’s Telegraph (Nov. 30, 2009) at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/columnists/simonheffer/6623731/TS-Eliot-does-not-correspond-with-his-letters.html FAMOUS QUOTATIONS THAT WEREN’T REALLY SAID If you have been attributing “Let them eat cake” to Marie Antoinette and “I am the state” to Louis XIV, then Charles Bremner in London’s Times (Nov. 30, 2009) says you aren’t being accurate. See “Things French Kings Never Said” at http://timescorrespondents.typepad.com/charles_bremner/2009/11/things-french-kings-never-said.html .

HARDEST LANGUAGE TO LEARN?

Which language is hardest to learn? Some argue that English is the winner, but, when you track the opinions of many who have learned English as a second language, it may come out as one of the easiest to learn. Explore the issue at http://www.connectingsingles.com/forum_98_45098_4/why_english_is_the_hardest_language_to_learn.htm CORMAC McCARTHY’S TYPEWRITER: A WRITER AND HIS TOOLS ARE SELDOM PARTED Once they find a favorite way of getting their words on paper - or screen - novelists normally stick with it, says critic and novelist Philip Hensher in the London Telegraph (Dec. 3, 2009) at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/6711628/Cormac-McCarthys-typewriter-A-writer-and-his-tools-are-seldom-parted.html QUOTE FROM A WRITER'S QUILL A journalist is a grumbler, a censurer, a giver of advice, a regent of sovereigns, a tutor of nations. Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets. -- Napoleon Bonaparte ________________________________ WRITERS BORN IN DECEMBER 1--Rex Stout (1886) and Woody Allen (1935); 2--Robert Bloomfield (1766), Nikos Kazantzákis (1885), Jon Silkin (1930), and T. Coraghessan Boyle (1948); 3--Joseph Conrad (1857) and Hermann Heijermans (1864); 4--Jean Chapelain (1595), Frances Power Cobbe (1822), Samuel Butler (1835), Rainer Maria Rilke (1875) and Cornell Woodrich (1903); 5--Christina Rossetti (1830), Walt Disney (1901), Joan A. Williams (1925), Joan Dideon (1934), Hanif Kureishi (1954); 6--Elizabeth Carter (1717), Thomas Ingoldsby (Richard Harris Barham) (1788), Joyce Kilmer (1886), and Peter Handke (1942); 7--Paul Adam (1862), Joyce Cary (1888), and Willa Cather (1873); 8--Bjrrnstjerne Bjrrnson (1832), James Thurber (1894), Delmore Schwartz (1913), and James Tate (1943); 9--John Milton (1608); 10--William Plomer (1903); 11--Naguib Mahfouz (1911), Grace Paley (1922), Jim Harrison (1937), Tom McGuane (1939); 12--Gustave Flaubert (1821) and Arthur Brisbane (1864); 13--Heinrich Heine (1797), Drew Pearson (1896), Kenneth Patchen (1911), and James Wright (1927); 14--Nostradamus (1503) and Shirley Jackson (1916); 15--Maxwell Anderson (1888) and Muriel Rukeyser (1913); 16--Jane Austen (1775), Noel Coward (1899), Theodore Weiss (1916), Arthur C. Clarke (1917), and Philip K. Dick (1928); 17--John Almon (1737), Rose Terry Cook (1827), Ford Madox Ford (1873) and Erskine Caldwell (1903); 18--Saki (1870) and Steven Spielberg (1947); 19--Manuel Bretón de los Herreros (1796), Emily Dickinson (1830), Italo Svevo (1861) and Jean Genet (1910); 20--Sandra Cisneros (1954); 21--Benjamin Disraeli (1804), James Lane Allen (1849), Albert Payson Terhune (1872), and Heinrich Böll (1917); 22--Charles Stuart Calverley (1831), Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869) and Kenneth Rexroth (1905); 23--Robert Bly (1926); 24--George Crabbe (1754), Matthew Arnold (1822), and Stephenie Meyer (1973); 25--Lady Grizel Baillie (1665), Fernán Caballero (Cecilia Francisca Josefa de Arrom) (1796), Rod Serling (1924); 26--Dion Boucicault (1822?), René Bazin (1853), Henry Miller (1891), Jean Toomer (1894), and Steve Allen (1921); 27--François Hemsterhuis (1721) and Charles Olson (1910); 28--Manuel Puig (1932), Alasdair Gray (1934), and Theodore Dreiser (1945); 29--William Gaddis (1922) and Peter Meinke (1932); 30--Rudyard Kipling (1865), Paul Bowles (1910), and A. W. Purdy (1918); 31--G. A. Burger (1747), José Mariá de Heredia y Campuzano (1803), Frances Steloff (1887), and Patti Smith (1946). _____________________________________________________________________________ MEETINGS OF NORTH FLORIDA WRITERS AND OTHER GROUPS BARD SOCIETY: Every Wednesday: 7 p.m.; Frank Green 234-8383; Email frankgrn@comcast.net<mailto:frankgrn@comcast.net> FIRST COAST CHRISTIAN WRITERS GROUP: Every Thursday, 6:45 p.m. at Christ's Church, 6045 Greenland Rd., Room 204, near I-95 & 9A; Email: Dr.Lorraine@comcast.net<mailto:Dr.Lorraine@comcast.net> MANDARIN WRITERS WORKSHOP: Second and fourth Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at S. Mandarin Library (corner of San Jose and Orange Picker Rd.). Larry Barnes at wordsandpics@bellsouth.net<mailto:wordsandpics@bellsouth.net>.

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