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STUFF FROM A WRITER’S QUILL
story crosses the borders of our nations and our
prejudices and our beliefs. A
good short story asks a question that can’t be answered in
simple terms. And
even if we come up with some understanding, years later,
while glancing out of
a window, the story still has the potential to return, to
alter right there in
our mind and change everything.
(and links) from hither and yon
I Lay Trying:
How to read William Faulkner
bloviates but doesn’t proofread
Prejudice makes sense in the present. Jane Eyre
doesn’t. Two new books show us
Housewives of Jane Austen
How I mourned my
sister through the books she left behind
meeting of the N.F.W. will be Aug. 13 at Avondale Watson
is deadline to win
$10,000 for best poem -- Aerogramme
POV, and Defaults on tap for Nocatee writers
welcomes Anton DiSclafani
tonight; White, Woods, Stockton, Wax in future
POSTINGS: 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
on the links below to read each article.
I Lay Trying:
and Prejudice makes sense
the present. Jane Eyre doesn’t.
new books show us why.
How I mourned my sister
through then books
she left behind
Rachman lost his sister to breast cancer and, as she had
requested, had the
duty of emptying her apartment in downtown Washington,
D.C., especially with
its extensive collection of books. He says: “If you crave
books, covet them,
slam them shut in outrage, then they accumulate around
you, becoming rows of
memories: an edition lent at the start of a passion, never
returned at the end;
a volume cautioning against peril, or luring you to it; a
book whose characters
were your allies, even if you rarely frequent them today.”
In his sister’s
library, he also saw a life well lived. https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/05/27/how-i-mourned-my-sister-through-the-books-she-left-behind/
THE NEXT QUARTERLY MEETING OF THE
WILL BE AUG. 13 AT AVONDALE WATSON
next quarterly meeting of North Florida Writers will be
Saturday, Aug. 13, at 2
p.m. in the meeting room of the Riverside-Avondale Watson
Realty branch (on the
corner of Herschel and San Juan).
JULY 15 IS DEADLINE
TO WIN $10,000
FOR BEST POEM
Rattle’s 11th annual poetry prize is
entries. The winner will receive US$10,000 and publication
in the winter issue
of the magazine. Ten finalists will each receive $200 and
be in the running for
a $2000 Reader’s Choice Award.
The competition is open to writers
worldwide and all
entries must be previously unpublished. Poems may be
any length, any
style, or any subject and there is no line limit.
The entry fee is a $20
one-year subscription to Rattle
(or a one-year extension for subscribers). In 2015 the
prize was won by Tiana
Clark for her poem Equilibrium.
considers unsolicited submissions year round. Poets at all stages of
their careers are
invited to submit their work and all poems are
considered on their own merit.
Contributors in print receive $100 per poem and online
contributors receive $50
per poem. All submissions are automatically
considered for the annual Neil
Postman Award for Metaphor, a $1000 prize judged by the
Entries for Rattle’s
2016 Poetry Prize close on
Friday 15 July. For full entry details visit the Rattle website.
VOICE, POV, AND
ON TAP FOR NOCATEE
WRITERS JUNE 6
Writers of the Florida Writers Assn.
will hear about Voice, Point of View, and Narrative Defaults
at its meeting at
10 a.m. Monday, June 6.
will be Howard Denson (yes, this
newsletter’s editor). The indie author has eight books to
his credit, including
mysteries, magical realism novels, and non-fiction
WOODS, STOCKTON, WAX IN FUTURE
Rona Brinlee says the BookMark will host Anton DiScalafani
visiting in the future will include Karen White, Mark Woods,
Jimmy Stockton and
Susan Brandenberg, along with Wendy Wax and editors from
book club recommendations.
DiSclafani, “The After Party” (Riverhead Books), Thursday,
June 2, 7 p.m.
novel, following "The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls" is
intriguing story about the complexities of female friendship
and the intricate
social hierarchy of Houston's oil elite in the 1950s. In a
world focused on
glamour and status, Joan Fortier has always been the center
of attention, but
no one loves her as much as her best friend, Cece. Friends
since age five, Joan
and Cece share a complicated past.
“Flight Patterns” (New American Library), Friday, June 10,
York Times bestselling author of “The Sound of
Glass” tells the story of a
woman coming home to the family she left behind and to the
woman she always
wanted to be. Georgia Chambers has spent her life
sifting through other
people's pasts while trying to forget her own. But then her
work as an expert
on fine china (especially Limoges) requires her to return to
the one place she
swore she'd never revisit. It's been thirteen years
since Georgia left her
family home on the coast of Florida. Nothing much has
changed and encountering
her estranged mother and sister leaves her rattled.
“Lassoing the Sun: A Year in America's National Parks”
(Thomas Dunne Books)
Tuesday, June 14, 7 p.m.
most vivid childhood memories are set against a backdrop of
and fireflies in places like Redwood, Yosemite, and Grand
parks. As a "mid-life project," Mark decided to
year visiting the national parks. He planned to take his
mother to a park she'd
not yet visited and to re-create his childhood trips with
his wife and
daughter. But then his mother was diagnosed with
cancer, given just months
to live. Mark's plan for a book about the future of the
national parks, grew
into something more: Lassoing the Sun is a about
family, the parks, the
legacies we inherit and the ones we leave behind. Ms.
Brinlee says, “We are
excited to be part of the launch for this wonderful new book
Times-Union columnist Mark Woods!”
Stockton with Susan Brandenberg,
“Stockton Safaris (The Story of James Roosevelt Stockton,
Jr.)”, Friday, June
17, 7 p.m.
is the life story of James Roosevelt Stockton Jr.,
entrepreneur, developer and Renaissance Man. Perhaps
the best description
and tribute to Jimmy's life comes from his wife, Victoria.
obvious to me that Jimmy has the extraordinary gift of
seeing individuals and
the world with his heart. He also engages his very
without any cynical assumptions. We have hiked, ridden
hunted, shot, fished, camped, visited gardens, museums, seen
most of America
together, had fantastic African safaris, traveled to
you can enjoy reading about all of these adventures and the
man behind them.
Night with HarperCollins
Representative, Monday, June 20, 7 p.m.
BookMark's HarperCollins representative, Eric, will
recommend books for your
book club (or that you just want to read). His years
of experience give
him extensive and intimate knowledge of some of Harper's
best book club
selections. You and invited to join us for
conversation, and some prizes.
Wax, “Sunshine Beach” (Berkley
Books/paperback), Thursday, June 30,
Wax has been described as the "beach read queen," and this
proves that's a good title for her. After losing their
life savings in a
Ponzi scheme, Maddie, Avery, and Nikki have banded together
to restore a once
glamorous beachfront hotel that has fallen into disrepair.
decide to turn the venture into a reality TV show. What
could go wrong?
Everything, apparently, from strained romances to
The author draws from her own childhood memories to
characters and this story.
check out the names of writers who were born this month, go
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list includes novelists, poets, playwrights, nonfiction
authors, writers for
the small and silver screen, and others.
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in your favorite’s
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name (and preferably
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