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In This Issue:

Critiques at July Meeting of NFW

Tom Glenn's Story, "Short-Timers," Wins Page Edwards Contest

'08 Novel Winners Come from Georgia, Maryland, Colorado, and Florida


A Zimbabwe Joke is No Laughing Matter - Ben MacIntyre


Quote from a Writer's Quill - A. E. Housman

Writers Born This Month - Ann Landers, Abigail van Buren, Marcel Proust, Hart Crane, and others

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 CRITIQUES AT JULY MEETING OF NFW

The North Florida Writers will have a "critique only" meeting at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 12. The writers will meet in a conference room at the Webb-Wesconnett Branch Library (corner of 103rd Street and Harlow Boulevard).

At the August meeting, the NFW members and guests will hear Lynn Skapyak Harlin, a freelancer, organizer of the Shanty Boat Writers Workshops, and editor of Closetbooks.

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 TOM GLENN'S SHORT STORY "SHORT-TIMERS" WINS PAGE EDWARDS CONTEST

Sohrab Homi Fracis, the final round judge of the 2008 Page Edwards Short Fiction contest, has selected "Short-Timers," by Tom Glenn of Ellicott City, Md., as the winner. In Glenn's story, a war correspondent in Vietnam finds himself too imbedded, emotionally, to leave his enlisted buddies behind.

As the winning story by a male author, it will be published
online by Writecorner at writecorner.com. (Previous PEA-winning stories by female authors have been published by Kalliope.)

Glenn writes that many of his stories come from his thirteen years in Vietnam, and have appeared in The MacGuffin, Potpourri, The Baltimore Review, and Antietam Review. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Award and a Baltimore Artscape Literary Award and has won the Hackney Literary Award.

Fracis said that second place this year went to "A Face in a Movie," by Rick Maloy of Ponte Vedra Beach. His PEA-winning story last year, "The Sin in the Cemetery," can be read online on Writecorner.

Third Place went to "Congress of Shadows," by Clark Case of Lexington, Ky.

Fracis is the author of Ticket to Minto and is a recent winner of the University of Iowa's Short Fiction Collection Award.

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 '08 NOVEL WINNERS COME FROM GEORGIA, MARYLAND, COLORADO, AND FLORIDA

    The winners of the 2008 novel contest of the Florida First Coast Writers' Festival have been announced by the final-round judges, novelists David Poyer and Lenore Hart. Authors of two of the winning manuscript come from Georgia, with other authors coming from Colorado, Maryland, and South Florida.

    The contest is sponsored by Florida Community College at Jacksonville. 

    Carlyle Johnson of Carrollton, Ga., finished in first place with his manuscript, Love Comes to King James. Johnson studied music composition and creative writing at the University of Iowa and presently teaches at the State University of West Georgia.  The author's interest in music and biography of composers inspired looking at the story of Mozart from the perspective of his wife.  Last year, his manuscript, Mozart's Wife, won third place in the Writers' Festival novel contest.

    Second place went to Colorado Springs' Brian McMaster, who wrote a comic post-modern novel entitled Rime of the Ancient Hippie. McMaster was born at the end of World War II in Belfast, Northern Ireland, into a family that had served in the British military as far back as anyone could remember. He immigrated to the United States when he was three and lived among dairy farms in rural New England where his father was a Presbyterian minister. He was educated in a one-room schoolhouse until he was nine when his father became a chaplain in the U.S. Army. From then on, he grew up in military bases in Germany and the U.S. At nineteen he spent a year traveling through Europe, Russia, and the Middle East. He met his wife while hitchhiking, and the two joined the Army together as medics in the early seventies and were assigned as counselors to the returning troops. He has worked as a cab driver in Washington, D.C., an instructor at Purdue University, and as a test engineer on missile warning software for the Department of Defense up until his wife's death. His son is now a pilot with the U.S. Navy and is currently deployed to the Pacific Fleet.

   Tom Glenn of Ellicott City, Md., won third place with a manuscript entitled The Trion Syndrome. Upon graduation from the University of California (Berkeley), he enlisted in the army to study Chinese but was sent for a year to study Vietnamese-a chance event that reshaped his life. For the next twenty-five years, Vietnam was the focus of his attention. After he left the army, he worked for the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Embassy in Saigon, spending the better part of thirteen years in Vietnam during the war. He was evacuated under fire during the fall of Saigon in 1975. In later years of working for the government, he became an expert first on Korea, later on China (he had been studying Chinese, first in night classes at Georgetown, later in Vietnam). As he moved into the executive ranks, he published more than twenty articles on management and leadership and took a doctorate from the George Washington University in Public Administration. Meanwhile, he married and fathered four children. His website is www.tom-tells-all.org <http://www.tom-tells-all.org/> .

    The final judges gave two honorable mention awards (listed alphabetically by authors' names):

    Henry Hoffman's meritorious manuscript was Bridge to Oblivion.  Now a resident of Ft. Myers, he is a former public library director and newspaper editor whose fiction and non-fiction works have appeared in a variety of literary and trade publications, including the Midwesterner and Library Journal.  His novel Drums Along the Jacks Fork was published by Echelon Press in 2004.  A subsequent novel Flaherty's Run has been accepted for publication by LBF Books and has been given a preliminary release date of March 2009. Along with his works of fiction, he has contributed articles to America: History and Life (ABC-CLIO), Historical Abstracts of the United States (ABC-CLIO), the Encyclopedia of Flight  (Salem Press), the Encyclopedia of Natural Disasters (Salem Press), the Cyclopedia of Literary Places (Salem Press), and the Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science (Marcel Dekker). 

    Larry Kahn of Atlanta, Ga., was honored for Come into My Web, a thriller that features FBI agent Ben Kravner as he pursues a shadowy rapist through web contacts. He is a retired attorney now devoted to writing fiction as a second career. He says his friends tease him by accusing him of writing fiction full time for many years. The passion and idealism that infuse his novels were sparked at Yale Law School and fueled by twenty years' experience in the high stakes world of international mergers and acquisitions. He and his wife have two sons. He has also written a novel entitled The Jinx.

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 A ZIMBABWE JOKE IS NO LAUGHING MATTER

Tyrants may try to ban it, but humour has a way of seeping through the cracks of any dictatorship, says The [London] Times (June 27, 2008)

Click here for story.

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QUOTE FROM A WRITER'S QUILL
 
Nature, not content with denying him the ability to think, has endowed him with the ability to write. -- A. E. Housman
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WRITERS BORN IN JULY

1--George Sand (1804), James M. Cain (1892), Jean Stafford (1915); 2--Hermann Hesse (1877); 3--Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860), Franz Kafka (1883), M.F.K. Fisher (1908), and Tom Stoppard (1937); 4--Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804), Ann Landers (1918), and Abigail Van Buren (1918);

6--Karl Gustaf Verner von Heidenstam (1859); 7--Robert Heinlein (1907); 9--Joseph Cowen (1831), Barbara Cartland (1901) and Oliver Sachs (1933); 

10--Robert Chambers (1802), Marcel Proust (1871), and Alice Munro (1931); 11--Thomas Bowdler (1754), E. B. White (1899), and Harold Bloom (1930); 12--Edward Benlowes (1602), Henry David Thoreau (1817), and Pablo Neruda (1904); 13--Wole Soyinka (1934); 14--Irving Stone (1903), Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904), Woody Guthrie (1912), and Natalie Ginzburg (1916);

15--Robert Conquest (1917) and Iris Murdoch (1919); 16--Anita Brookner (1928); 17--Richard Carew (1555), William John Courthope (1842), Jakob Christoph Heer (1859), Samuel Joseph Agnon (1888), Erle Stanley Gardner (1889) and James Purdy (1923); 18--William Makepeace Thackeray (1811), S. I. Hayakawa (1906), and Margaret Laurence (1926); 19--Heinrich Christian Boie (1744), Herman Bahr (1863), E. P. Snow (1905), Joseph Hansen (1923), Dom Moraess (1938), and Jayne Anne Phillips (1952);

20--Connie McCarthy (1933); 21--Al-Bukhari (810), Frances Parkinson Keyes (1885), Hart Crane (1899), Ernest Hemingway (1899), A. D. Hope (1907), John Gardner (1933), Tess Gallagher (1943), and Buchi Emescheta (1944); 22--Stephen Vincent Benét (1898) and Tom Robbins (1936); 23--Raymond Chandler (1888); 24--John D. MacDonald (1916);

25--David Belasco (1853); 26--George Bernard Shaw (1856), Carl Jung (1875), Aldous Huxley (1894), and Robert Graves (1895); 27--Thomas Campbell (1777), Giosue Carducci (1835), Hilaire Belloc (1870), Joseph Mitchell (1908) and Bharati Mukherjee (1940); 28--Beatrix Potter (1866), Malcolm Lowry (1909), John Ashbery (1927), and William T. Vollmann (1959); 29--Booth Tarkington (1869), Don Marquis (1878), and Stanley Kunitz (1905); 

30--Emily Brontë (1818), Oliver Optic (William Taylor Adam) (1822), Gaston Calmette (1858), Jean Jacques Bernard (1888), William Gass (1924), and Alexander Trocchi (1925); 31--Elizabeth Wurtzel (1967).

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NORTH FLORIDA WRITERS MEETINGS AND CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR JULY 2008 




Every Wednesday: 7:30 p.m.; BARD SOCIETY; Frank Green 234-8383; Email frankgrn@comcast.net <mailto:frankgrn@comcast.net>  

Every Thursday, 6:45 p.m.; FIRST COAST CHRISTIAN WRITERS GROUP; Christ's Church, 6045 Greenland Rd, Rm 204, near I-95 & 9A; Email: Dr.Lorraine@comcast.net <mailto:Dr.Lorraine@comcast.net>  

Saturday, July 14, 2 p.m.; NORTH FLORIDA WRITERS; Webb Wesconnett Library; www.northfloridawriters.org <https://owa.fccj.edu/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=https://owa.fccj.edu/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.northfloridawriters.org>  




OTHER EVENTS OF INTEREST TO OUR WRITERS: 




July 18 - 19 HARRIETTE AUSTIN WRITERS CONFERENCE; Georgia Center for Continuing Education Conference Center & Hotel; UGA Campus, Athens, GA; Fri: 8AM-10PM Intensive workshops, Lunch, Dinner, Speakers, MS Evaluations with editors or agents; Two- $500 prizes for eligible MS submitted. 

Details: costs, agenda, presenters, accommodations @: www.harrietteaustin.org <https://owa.fccj.edu/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=https://owa.fccj.edu/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.harrietteaustin.org> ; 

Register: www.georgiacenter.uga.edu/conferences <https://owa.fccj.edu/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=https://owa.fccj.edu/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.georgiacenter.uga.edu/conferences> ; Email: adminhawc2008@gmail.com <mailto:adminhawc2008@gmail.com> ; 

MS Evaluation details: www.harrietteaustin.org/2008msevals.aspx <https://owa.fccj.edu/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=https://owa.fccj.edu/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.harrietteaustin.org/2008msevals.aspx>  

Sept. 12 - 13; FLORIDA HERITAGE BOOK FESTIVAL; Casa Monica Hotel and Flagler College, St. Augustine; panel discussions, author presentations, poetry read/workshop, children's events; Deadline for book submission: April 15; full information at http://fhbookfest.com <https://owa.fccj.edu/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=https://owa.fccj.edu/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://fhbookfest.com>  Interesting site! 

Oct. 3 - 5 AMELIA ISLAND BOOK FESTIVAL; www.bookisland.org <https://owa.fccj.edu/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=https://owa.fccj.edu/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.bookisland.org>  

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