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Things to do in Long Beach this weekend including… a plant market and a live monkey appearance • the Hi-lo

This weekend we’ve found events to kick your creative spirit into high gear, to learn something new, or to connect more with nature. Plus, a local favorite vegan food fair and live monkey demonstration.



Selection of Beachwood beers. Photo by Brian Addison.

This free educational series open to the public at Beachwood Brewing on Thursday, March 10 brings together craft beer industry leaders to talk about the history and state of Southern California’s brewing industry and their West Coast-style IPA approaches, a popular style that has made a small comeback in recent years.

The conference will be led by Julian Shrago of Long Beach, award-winning brewer and co-owner of Beachwood Brewing, as well as Jill Olesh, Senior Brand Manager of Port Pizza Brewing, and Joe Arguello, Chief Marketing Officer.

Attendees will also have the chance to try the reissue of the Beach Retreat IPA, the brew being a collaboration between Beachwood Brewing and Pizza Port Brewing. Beach Retreat IPA will be available at all Beachwood stores and select retailers beginning March 10.

“Beer Side Talks” is a free event, but RSVP is highly recommended, click here. If you can’t get there in person, you can also tune into Beachwood Brewing’s Instagram page. The conference is from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Beachwood Brewing is at 210 E. Third St.


On Saturday, March 12, Long Beach is invited to experience a new community space launched at Bixby Knolls called KUBO, dedicated to creating a space for Filipino, BIPOC, and LGBTQ social entrepreneurs and allies with the help of the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association.

Expect a number of featured businesses and arts events over the next few months, but for opening night, you can check out several local Filipino-owned businesses and organizations.

Romeo Chocolates will be offering a selection of rare gourmet chocolates in small batches that you won’t typically find in their stores, Flipp Family will be on hand with Filipino food and crafts for kids. Additionally, Philippine plant company Birdie Home Botanicals will sell a selection of indoor plants as well as candles and aromatherapy from Kubo California.

The open house is from noon to 5 p.m. and is free to attend. Follow the KUBO Instagram for more information.

KUBO is at 345 E. Carson St.


Devi’s donuts. Courtesy picture.

The Long Beach Vegan District Food Fair has been around for years, but this Saturday, March 12, organizers are changing it up and taking over the Scottish Rite Event Center downtown.

The six-hour food fair will feature 15 local and regional plant-based vendors selling animal-free food, beverages, desserts, skincare and other products.

The event is free.

The Scottish Rite Event Center is located at 855 Elm. Av.


Taiwanese-Hong Kong American writer and poet Jireh Deng will lead a journalistic poetry workshop at Compound on Saturday, March 12. Photo courtesy of Voicewaves/Compound.

This special poetry workshop at Compound on Saturday, March 12 aims to help writers (not just journalists or poets) develop their observational writing skills through a poetic lens.

The workshop will be led by a CSULB student Jireh Deng, a writer and poet whose creative works have been added to the newsrooms of the Los Angeles Times and National Public Radio. For the event, Deng created a special poetry workshop inspired by poet Safia Elhillo’s generative writing approach.

The two-hour workshop will also include works by famous poets, including Jericho Brown, Denise Levertov, Noor Hindi, Franny Choi and many more. You just need to bring writing materials to participate.

The workshop is free, but those who can afford a ticket are encouraged to do so. Click here for more information.

The compound is at 1395 Coronado Ave.


A sunflower, photo courtesy of Ground Education/Lot 59.

Teachers from Ground Education invite the community to visit the local urban farm Lot 59 on Saturday March 12 to take a guided tour of the farm and plant sunflowers.

The two-hour event, which begins at 9 a.m., costs $15. Planting materials will be included, but guests are encouraged to wear clothing suitable for gardening.

Click here for more information.

Lot 59 is at 2714 California Ave.


From 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 13, local and regional plant vendors set up shop at the Bamboo Club and offer you a fine selection of indoor tropical plants.

The event, titled “Tropicalia” Tropical Plant Market, is in collaboration with Studio Elysium, a Southern California-based indoor plant retailer. The market is free to enter.

The Bamboo Club is located at 3522 E. Anaheim St.


Dexter the monkey. Photo courtesy of Hotel Maya.

Those dining for brunch at Hotel Maya’s Fuego Restaurant on Sunday, March 13 will also have the chance to meet and take pictures with a live monkey named Dexter.

The event is the third installment of the hotel’s “Maya Animals” experience, a year-long endeavor that aims to showcase and educate guests about the many animals whose characteristics the Maya attributed to their deities. . According to the hotel, the mischievous monkey was the patron god of the arts, appearing in Mayan pottery, murals and carvings.

Guests can meet and take pictures with Dexter the Monkey, Sunday, March 13 from noon to 3 p.m. in the sculpture garden adjacent to Fuego. The attraction is free for guests dining at Fuego for brunch.

Click here to make a reservation.

The Maya Hotel is located at 700 Queensway Drive. The Fuego restaurant is located inside the hotel.



Trolls, ogres and a firebird, oh my! Savor an evening of unforgettable mythical melodies as the Long Beach Symphony presents a performance of folklore, fantasy and drama, complete with the finest oboe concerto of the 20th century.

On Saturday March 12, discover Peer Gynt’s iconic first movement, Edvard Grieg’s Suite No. 1, as the composer paints an idyllic sunrise over the Moroccan desert, followed by Strauss’ masterful 3-movement oboe concerto featuring the Long Beach Symphony’s own principal oboe, Rong-Huey Liu. Finally, Stravinsky’s exotic, thrilling and beautiful tour de force, The Firebird Suite, tells the thrilling story of Prince Ivan as he captures a mythical bird and is transported on a dazzling and daring adventure that sees love triumph over forces of evil. Rhythmic, soaring and passionate, you won’t want to miss this unforgettable evening of enchantment.

Doors to the Terrace Theater will open at 6:30 p.m. with a LIVE pre-concert chat at 7 p.m. The concert starts at 8 p.m. sharp. Great seats start at just $32 by calling 562-436-3203, ext. 1, or visit Proof of Covid vaccination is required for entry. Masks are recommended but not required at this time. This performance is generously sponsored by Elizabeth and John Hancock

The Terrace Theater at 300 E. Ocean Blvd.



Long Beach Camerata Singers invites you to ChoralFest!

Hear what the silent Northern Lights would sound like as music with the Long Beach Camerata Singers and acclaimed composer Ola Gjeilo.

Tickets for the luminous ChoralFest on March 13 are available now at, click here.

The Beverly O’Neill Theater is located at 300 E. Ocean Blvd.

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Jaipur Literature Festival 2022 gets off to a flying start with online sessions

The Jaipur Literature Festival 2022 is off to an electrifying start, with the online leg of the event kicking off today.

Highlights of the day included a compelling conversation between Nobel Literature Laureate Abdulrazak Gurnah and British publisher Alexandra Pringle about people, communities and their lives; a joyous interaction between OG YouTube star, best-selling author, actress and designer Lilly SIngh and Supriya Dravid and a deep dive of American “cli-fi” author Kim Stanley Robinson and Raghu Karnad in his latest book, “Ministry of the Future”.

During his session on a written life, Gurnah described his relationship with language and how he grew up hearing different languages. Photo courtesy: JLF 2022

A dazzling musical performance by highly acclaimed artists BC Manjunath, Darshan Doshi, Nathulal Solanki, Pramath Kiran and Praveen D Rao kicked off the 2022 edition of the iconic Festival with co-directors Namita Gokhale and William Dalrymple and producer Sanjoy K Roy speaking the inaugural speech.

William Dalrymple said he hoped the JLF would bring comfort to book lovers who have missed the joy of live events with their favorite authors.

“It’s a unique range; no other literary festival in the world has writers like these year after year and we are incredibly proud to bring them to you over the next few days.”

Highlights of the day included an engaging conversation between Nobel Literature Laureate Abdulrazak Gurnah and UK publisher Alexandra Pringle

Highlights of the day included an engaging conversation between Nobel Literature Prize laureate Abdulrazak Gurnah and British publisher Alexandra Pringle. Photo courtesy: JLF 2022

Introducing Nobel laureate Abdulrazak Gurnah in the first panel of JLF 2022, Pringle quoted the Nobel Academy, saying Gurnah’s work examines the “uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism and the plight of refugees into the abyss.” between cultures and continents”.

Gurnah, who fled Zanzibar as a teenager after the 1964 Revolution, faced prolonged poverty and alienation in England. Her life experiences, driven by “the idea of ​​losing her place in the world” and understanding her own displacement, resulted in her first three novels – Memory of Departure, Pilgrims Way and Dottie. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2021.

During his session on a written life, Gurnah described his relationship with language and how he grew up hearing different languages.

“English was a learned language and not a spoken and learned language, but a kind of studied language, so people learn French in a particular way. I think from the age of 8 or 9 years old, I felt so comfortable in English and it didn’t seem strange or any special talent,” Gurnah said.

Her most recent novel, “Afterlives,” examines German colonial strength in East Africa and the lives of Tanganyikans in the shadow of war.

talked about Lilly's Library, its new virtual book club dedicated to celebrating South Asian imagination, writing and writers.

Lilly Singh talked about Lilly’s Library, her new virtual book club dedicated to celebrating South Asian imagination, writing and writers. Photo courtesy: JLF 2022

Best-selling author, actress and creator Lilly Singh has explained how the pandemic lockdown has caused her to re-evaluate her life and values ​​and reflect on her sense of self-esteem and self-identity, which led her to write her second book, ‘Be a Triangle: How I Went From Losing to Shaping My Life’. It’s a confession of your own struggles and a guide to finding your true self.

During her conversation with Supriya Dravid, she also talked about Lilly’s Library, her new virtual book club dedicated to celebrating South Asian imagination, writing and writers.

“We only have a handful of shows and movies that show South Asians on screen. I learned once I started diving into South Asian stories that the books are actually a lot more progressive than where Hollywood is. There are so many great South Asian authors, and there is such an abundance of great culture and stories,” Lilly said. She added that she wanted Lilly’s library to be a book club showcasing South Asian stories that the world could enjoy.

In another exciting session, American writer and journalist Patrick Radeen Keefe discussed his book on the murky world of big pharma; “Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty,” with Teamwork Arts Managing Director and Festival Producer Sanjoy K Roy.

“Part of what I was trying to do in the book was to tell a story not only about the opioid crisis or the last few decades, but also to dig deeper into the history of big pharma in the United States and the ways that this industry, I think, has compromised many public institutions,” he said.

Kim Stanley Robinson’s recent cli-fi novel “The Ministry of the Future” begins with a deadly human-induced heat wave in India. In a conversation with “Farthest Field” journalist and author Raghu Karnad, Robinson shared his vision for the not-too-distant future.

Award-winning British-Turkish novelist and activist Elif Shafak discussed her latest novel, ‘The Island of Lost Trees’ – a tribute to the agony of war, displacement and eternal hope, with Nandini Nair.

Irish novelist Colm Tóibín, in conversation with novelist and journalist Sandip Roy, spoke about his book “The Magician”, a tribute to Thomas Mann.

The first day ended with renowned writer Nayantara Sahgal talking with her daughter, writer and journalist Gita Sahgal, about her recent non-fiction book “Encounter with Kiran: Fragments from a Relationship”; a chronicle of his long correspondence with the writer Kiran Nagarkar.

JLF has hosted over 2,000 speakers over the past 15 years and has grown from a one-day event to a global literary phenomenon hosting over a million book lovers from across India and the world.

It brings together a diverse mix of the world’s greatest writers, thinkers, humanitarians, politicians, business leaders and artists to speak out and engage in thoughtful debate and dialogue.

Past speakers have ranged from Nobel laureates JM Coetzee, Orhan Pamuk, Malala Yousafzai, Muhammad Yunus and Joseph Stiglitz; Man Booker Prize winners Ben Okri, Douglas Stuart, Margaret Atwood and Paul Beatty; the winners of Sahitya Akademi Gulzar, Javed Akhtar, MT Vasudevan Nair, as well as the late Girish Karnad, Mahasweta Devi and UR Ananthamurthy; as well as literary superstars such as Amish Tripathi, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Vikram Seth.

The festival also hosted Noble Laureate Amartya Sen, Bollywood Superstar Amitabh Bachchan, Former President of India APJ Abdul Kalam, Bill Gates, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Oprah Winfrey, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Stephen Fry, Thomas Piketty and the former president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai.

There’s a lot more to watch over the next nine days. Day 2 will feature South African novelist and playwright Damon Galgut, the author of the Booker Prize-winning book ‘The Promise’. He’ll have a conversation with Maya Jasanoff about her writing style, process, inspirations, and latest work.

English actor Rupert Everett will talk with Siddharth Dhanavant Shanghvi about the nature of fame, friendship, drama, gossip and love.

Dutch investigative journalist Bette Dam will have a conversation with historian, author and festival co-director William Dalrymple about pioneering journalists and voices in the discourse surrounding Afghanistan.

Winner of the 2021 Nobel Prize in Physics, Italian physicist Giorgio Parisi will talk about his outstanding research and his book with Priyamvada Natarajan.

Indian actress, writer and public figure Sonali Bendre Behl will participate in a discussion with Meghna Pant on the power of books. The successful actress and cancer survivor turned to writing and self-expression with “The Modern Gurukul: My Experiments.”

If you missed any of the first day sessions, you can catch up using the digital platform on the festival website. The 10-day festival itinerary is also available online.

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No, CBDCs will not end American freedom

In this clip from “The Future of Fintech” on Motley Fool live, recorded on February 10Motley Fool contributor Jason Hall discusses an opinion piece on cryptocurrency and authoritarianism.

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Jason Hall: Foolish Phoenix dropped a link to a Newsweek article. Here is the title. The headline is that CBDCs, essentially government digital currencies, will be the end of American freedom. This is an opinion piece. I won’t even go into the details of the article. Besides, basically saying that if the Fed adopts a digital currency, it’s the government on a safe path to authoritarianism. Always follow the money with this stuff. Aubrey Strobel, the author of this article, is Lolli’s communications manager. Do you know what Lolli does? They operate a Bitcoin (CRYPTO: BTC) rewards platform. Digital currency, as Will said and I think Matt, you also implied, will be a big competitor to Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. This is a very strong message for someone whose business would be very disrupted if the federal government did this. I’m not going to touch politics. Always follow the money with opinion pieces. Who wrote it and why would they have that opinion? In this case, it’s the story of Lolli’s business. I think it is important.

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The Bookseller – Rights – Serpent’s Tail Goes to War for Lish’s ‘Exquisite’ Novel

The snake’s tail leapt out The War for Gloriathe “exquisite” work of literary fiction by award-winning novelist and former U.S. Marine Atticus Lish.

Editor Luke Brown has bought the UK and Commonwealth rights to Karolina Sutton at Curtis Brown and US agent Amanda Urban at ICM Partners. Serpent’s Tail will release the novel in hardback, e-book, and paperback for export trade on May 26, 2022.

Lish described the novel in the Paris review as “autobiographical, albeit in disguise”. It follows Corey Goltz, a teenager growing up in working-class Boston and the only child of Gloria, whose ambitions were derailed early on but who always gave her son everything she could. A restless Corey dreams of leaving home for a big adventure.

“Instead, when he was 15, the world collapsed on him, when Gloria was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and, too late, her estranged father, Leonard – a man of great charisma but questionable moral character – re-enters the picture,” the synopsis explains. “Determined to be his mother’s hero at all costs, Corey begins to take responsibility for her expensive medical care, pushing her physical and emotional limits as her illness cruelly progresses. And as Leonard’s influence on Corey grows up, Corey must dismantle the myth of his my father’s genius and confront the evil that lurks beneath.”

The editor said: “Gritty, visceral and deeply moving, The War for Gloria tells the story of a young man, straddling childhood and adulthood, whose desire to protect his mother forces him to risk destroying his father. An indelible work of astonishingly original voice in American fiction.”

Lish’s first novel, Preparation for the next life (Oneworld), won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the New York City Book Award and the Grand Prize for American Literature. The War for Gloriahis second novel, is inspired by the author’s own experience caring for his mother when she was diagnosed with ALS, a progressive disease of the nervous system that causes loss of muscle control, when he was 15 years old.

Brown said: “It is exquisite, propulsive and heartbreaking American literary fiction about a boy’s relationship with his dying mother and embittered father. It is about the pain of love and the difficulty of finding a different shape for our life than the one we inherited from our parents. [This] confirms Atticus Lish as one of the greatest novelists in the English language.”

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HarperCollins Publishers India announces Onam in babydoll Stories from Kerala Quarantine by Anjana Menon

NEW DELHI, January 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ —


‘Must read’

“It’s a terrific book.”
Sanjaya Baruauthor of the best-selling The Accidental Prime Minister

“It is a relief and a pleasure to find a book that…reveals the true character of a state, a second world trapped in a third world.”
Manu Josephauthor of the Netflix series Decoupled, award-winning author of Serious Men.

“It’s a book you could walk out on your own.”
Madhavan Narayananveteran journalist and writer

In india tropical paradise, Kerala, looms a city wrapped around a giant roundabout, where a savvy caretaker with a French connection rules. Two competing neighbors are vying for her attention. Appu gives lessons to the living but Maya only cares about the dead. And a gourmet dog plays ball with tennis-loving nuns.

In the center is an imposing temple so old that no one knows exactly when it was built. Here, even a small train station has established its own acceptance rules. On the other side of the tracks, a baker is shopping for complete strangers in the midst of a pandemic.

The fictional town of Malgudi meets reality in the search for joy and belonging, in a book that is both touching and hilarious.

Anjana Menon Onam in a Nightie takes you to a place you wish to stay as it is forever, in these true stories of hope and resilience from a middle town in Kerala.

“When life slows down, everything becomes amplified and draws you in to reveal how extraordinary and fascinating ordinary things are. This book is set in Kerala, but it’s also about what makes us human.”

Anjana MenonAuthor

“A remarkable book of joy and wonder wrapped in fast-paced writing, but one that will inspire you to slow down and look up – and find magic in the mundane.”

– Suchismita Ukil, Managing Editor-HarperCollins India

About the Author:

Anjana Menon has struggled with words for as long as she can remember. After studying literature, she embarked on a career as a journalist which led her to South East Asia and Europe with Bloomberg News. She came back to India as one of the founding editors of the business newspaper Mint, then ran a TV newsroom before founding her own content strategy consultancy. She is co-author of What’s your story? The Essential Business Storytelling Handbook. A columnist who thought she would become an artist growing up, she loves people more than gadgets, dogs even more than people, and the slow life more than the rush life. Anjana divides her time between delhi and Londonwishing instead to be in Kyoto, knowing full well the madness of his desires. This is his first creative non-fiction book.

About HarperCollins Publishers India:

HarperCollins Publishers India is a subsidiary of HarperCollins Publishers. HarperCollins India publishes some of the best writers from the Indian subcontinent and around the world, releasing around 200 new books every year, with a print and digital catalog of over 2,000 titles spread across 10 editions. Its authors have won almost all major literary awards including Man Booker Prize, JCB Prize, DSC Prize, New India Foundation Prize, Atta Galatta Prize, Shakti Bhatt Prize, Gourmand Cookbook Prize, Publishing Next Prize , the Tata Literature Live Award, Gaja Capital Business Book Award, BICW Award, Sushila Devi Award, Prabha Khaitan Woman’s Voice Award, Sahitya Akademi Award and Crossword Book Award. HarperCollins India has received the Publisher of the Year award four times: at Publishing Next in 2015 and at Tata Literature Live! in 2016, 2018 and 2021. HarperCollins India also represents some of the best publishers in the world including Egmont, Oneworld, Harvard University Press, Bonnier Zaffre, Usborne, Dover and Lonely Planet.


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Writing for the rest of us | Opinion

Edith Cook

Once settled into retirement, we need to find ways to pass the available time, preferably without costing extra money and requiring some commitment. It was in this spirit that I joined the jury of a publication whose brainchild, a Texas lawyer, had made Ageless Authors his retirement plan. Larry Upshaw set up contests for prizes and publications through which he collected the poems, fictional stories and personal essays of authors aged 65 and over. Each submission was rated by three readers like me using a detailed rating and rating scale. Submissions that made the cut were published in annual anthologies that, in addition to award-winning stories, included at least three “honorable mentions” and at least three “recognized.”

I signed up for “Nonfiction” and Upshaw sent me 20 submissions to read and review, along with a copy of his first anthology, published in 2017, dedicated “To All Those Laggards Who Had Other Things to Do when they were young but are now reaching their creative heights. He eventually released Shit ! I wish I hadn’t done that, which was compiled from the results of the 2018 contest and came out in 2019. In due time I received a copy.

The book is divided into “Military Memories” and “Parents, For Better or Worse” sections, plus “Regrets: I wish I hadn’t done that.” It also contains “Special Poetry Prizes” and “Bonus Selections from Ageless Authors”. Although all sections include extraordinary efforts, one of the “military memories” caught my attention and my heart. Scooter Smith, its author, recalls a disturbing conversation with his black “roommate” in one of the squadron’s cabins. “Because of Vietnam,” the roommate tells Smith, “America is training thousands of black men in all aspects of warfare. We learn to speak the language of violence of the white devil. He also says, “Black America has finally realized that political power springs from the barrel of a gun. Smith decides not to argue but to listen to her.

Smith, a new recruit, joined the peace movement and read the recently assassinated Martin Luther King, Jr.. Since his college year, and as an avid reader, he also knows other black writers and mentions the “Ballots”. or Bullets essay by the X guy” – i.e. Malcolm X – to his roommate. Roommate Master Ray Hill Adheres to Black Panther Principles and Is Reading Robert Williams Negroes with guns. Hill leaves the book for Smith to peruse as he boards a plane that is to take him, along with a group of contemporaries, to a base in the Philippines. When the flight falls into the South China Sea with no survivors, Smith begins to read Hill’s book. What he learns leaves the young Texan stunned by the plight of black Americans, “the crushing degradation that was an integral part of black life in America.” He realizes that “asking people who are systematically abused by the business and legal establishment to please be patient” only perpetuates the system.

I was so taken by the writer’s courage that I made his story the focus of a proposal to Wyoming writers for a workshop on “risky writing” for his June 2020 conference. been accepted and, with the Covid raging, the conference moved on Zoom. Through Upshaw, I had contacted Scooter Smith, the writer. Would he talk about writing an essay so many years after the fact? Smith gladly agreed; he eventually mounted the narrative on PowerPoint slides for our audience to read. Larry Upshaw also joined us virtually. During the discussion, it emerged that the fateful plane crash was not due to enemy fire, as readers might assume from the account, but was caused by a flaw in the design of the airplane. The defect caused two more fatal crashes while a fourth aircraft, severely crippled, was brought in by the co-pilot whose arm was severed in the explosion that killed the captain. It was only by examining the damaged aircraft that the problem was identified.

Upshaw was delighted with the results of the workshop. “You and I should get together and develop an online course for older writers and post it on the Ageless Authors website,” he said. “I’ve heard a number of our writers say they want to improve their writing.”

“I’m in,” I said. Indeed, I had written a few blogs for his website, offering tips for getting started and continuing. A webinar seemed the logical next step.

Unfortunately, three weeks later, an email arrived from Larry’s wife, Janiece, who identifies herself as “Dr. Janice Upshaw. She explained that her husband had suffered a stroke.” lucky an ambulance got him to the hospital in time,” she wrote, but warned that it would take Larry months to recover.

In the spring of 2020, Upshaw had issued a call for entries on the theme of the crisis for the next anthology and sent me twenty-two essays to read and grade. Hoping to garner submissions on Covid, he had lowered the age requirement to fifty.

One of the essays I marked “publishable” was “A Family Holiday” – a bland title if ever there was one, considering the trauma vacationers go through. A family from Wales, England had signed up for a holiday on the French coast in a family tent. During their second night in the tent, the writer awoke to his wife’s screams and found himself engulfed in smoke and fire. He rushed into the children’s compartment, where he stumbled upon the corpse of their three-year-old daughter. He grabbed their ten-year-old son, who was on fire, and managed to drag him outside, but the father (who wrote the story) and the child suffered burns so bad they were treated for years. I imagine that the fire, not caused by the family, also gave rise to a lawsuit which kept the family in France. They never returned to their home in Wales, says the writer, even though the tragedy occurred two decades earlier. I felt like a lot of the family’s angst was kept secret.

“I look forward to working with this writer,” I emailed Upshaw. “The story needs some editing and the title does not prepare readers for the trauma about to be revealed. I would like to suggest a more relevant title. The family had been vacationing in France Coyou wild– “The Wild (or “Wild”) Coast” – a name that could be part of the title to allude to the coming darkness. I added that I was amazed at the many submissions that dealt with a crisis or trauma thirty or forty years in the past. Upshaw had been looking for accounts of the hardships of Covid, but clearly these were still too raw for victims to write about.

By summer, I had read and evaluated all of the submissions assigned to me. While I thought every story should be commended – many revealed a hardship or trauma suffered by a family or an individual – some deserved more recognition, I thought, even in the two cases where other readers had rated them .

Silence fell from Upshaw’s office. Eventually, his wife emailed, saying that Larry suffered from aphasia – an inability, caused by brain damage, to understand and express speech. I emailed back that I had heard of survivors recovering from aphasia and hoped Larry would too.

That was eighteen months ago, and not a word has reached me (and probably my fellow evaluators elsewhere) regarding Larry’s fate. I sent emails several times but got no response. The website of still exists, and Upshaw still appears there smiling at some administrators, but the site is blocked in mid-2019. I am saddened for Larry, but I also miss the 182 authors who poured their hearts into recounting their adversities only to leave them in limbo – they may never know that a small army of readers studied every sentence of their submission. “I would be happy to contact our depositors,” I emailed Janiece but got no response.

The finding that lingers is that many of us suffer from hardships that we never disclose – or if we do, it’s only long after we’ve fulfilled our work and family obligations, as Scooter Smith did. Perhaps, caught up in the hustle and bustle of life, we cannot afford to reminisce and reflect on trauma, which requires some reliving of the experience. It takes a lot of energy, plus a willingness to work through the horror, which maybe only comes with time. Or our revelations slip away if and when we feel the urge to explain something about ourselves to our loved ones, friends or readers.

I remain humbly grateful to the authors whose personal stories have been communicated to me, albeit by chance; they are forever etched in my heart. I keep wishing I could tell the writers who sent them.

Edith Cook worked as a translator before immigrating to California. She has taught at several colleges and universities; as a writer, she won the Wyoming Arts Council’s Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Prize and its Professional Development Fellowship. Visit him at His opinions are his own and do not reflect the editorial position of the Cheyenne Post.

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Singapore Shelf: Vampires on the MRT in a new manga

SINGAPORE – In this monthly column, The Sunday Times features seven ready-to-go home books that readers can delve into, with a particular focus on comics this month.

1. Geungsi Vol. 1: Geungsi in the house

By Sean Lam
Comics / Paperback / 296 pages / $ 19.26 / Available here

Stand aside, Twilight. Western vampire lore may be dominated by the scintillating leeches from Stephanie Meyer’s romantic saga (2005-2020), but for Singaporean comic artist Sean Lam, it is the jiangshi of Chinese folklore who reigns immortal.

The reanimated corpse, which hops with outstretched arms and empties its victims of their life force, has become popular in Hong Kong comedy horror films such as Encounters Of The Spooky Kind (1980) and Mr. Vampire (1985), which Lam grew up watching.

Previously based in Los Angeles, he returned to Singapore for a break in late 2019 and was stranded here by border closures linked to the Covid-19 pandemic. He decided to use the time to work on his first local graphic novel.

“I have worked with various publishers and writers over the years, but I had never had the opportunity to make my own book until now,” says the 43-year-old, who is best known for his two-part manga adaptation of Larry Niven. Ringworld award-winning science fiction novel (1970).

Lam, who aspired to be a comic book artist from an early age, moved from Singapore to Japan to intern with a small comic book publisher in his twenties. He was then sought out as an artist by Macmillan Publishing in the United States.

During the pandemic, he wrote, illustrated and self-published the first volume of Geungsi (jiangshi in Cantonese), a horror manga series set in the heart of Singapore.

Shaun, an ordinary employee, takes a sneaky photo of a beautiful woman wearing sunglasses on the MRT, only to find out that she is a geungsi. Infected by her, he is saved by Meng, a slayer, and the two become reluctant allies.

Lam’s geungsi are an amalgamation of Western and Chinese vampire tropes – they drink blood instead of draining energy and are able to move around during the day.

He plans to expand the series to other parts of Asia, with geungsi and killers clashing in Hong Kong, mainland China and more.

If all goes well, he hopes to one day bring his Singaporean vampires to American comic book conventions like Comic-Con International in San Diego.

“I hope to bring this Asian folklore to the West and present it to readers there,” he says.

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New Zealand novelist Keri Hulme, winner of the Booker Prize, dies

Accomplished New Zealand writer Keri Hulme has died aged 74 due to chronic medical conditions.

Award-winning New Zealand writer Keri Hulme: March 9, 1947 – December 27, 2021.
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His nephew Matthew Salmons told RNZ that Hulme had suffered from dementia for years.

Salmons said Hulme was an icon for the family.

“For us, it is her efforts and a kind of reconnection of our whānau with our whakapapa Māori, with our Kāi Tahu roots, with our whenua, this has been the most beautiful gift she has given us and it is a legacy. long lasting that we are all intensely proud of. “

The family would organize a private funeral for Hulme, Salmons said.

Hulme became a full-time writer at 25, but it wasn’t until her critically acclaimed novel The people of bones won the Booker Prize that she began to make a serious living from her art.

Who was Keri Hulme?

Born in Otautahi Christchurch on March 9, 1947, Hulme had tribal affiliations with Ngāi Tahu and Ngāti Māmoe.

Māoritanga was very important to her and was a theme of her writing.

Other than The people of bones, Hulme wrote Reception venues, Strand, Te Kaihau / The windbreaker, and The silences between (Moeraki conversations).

She was also an accomplished painter and exhibited in group exhibitions in the early 1980s.

The story of how The people of bones – Hulme’s first novel – became almost as well-known as the book itself: 12 years of writing, then spent several years locked in resin and used as a doorstop because no one wanted to publish it.

It was finally published in 1983 by the small Spiral Collective – a publisher focused on artists and female voices.

The novel explores the relationships between three characters: the lonely painter Kerewin Holmes, the alcoholic widower Joe Gillayley and his mute adopted young son, Simon.

He won the 1984 New Zealand Book Prize for Fiction, the Pegasus Prize for Maori Literature and in 1985 the ultimate honor – the Booker Prize in Britain.

Booker’s website describes the book as focusing on the “mysterious relationship between three unorthodox foreigners of mixed Maori and European heritage.”

In addition to The Booker, various works by Hulme received the Katherine Mansfield Memorial Prize, for a short story in 1975, the Māori Trust Fund Prize in 1978, the New Zealand Writing Fellowship in 1984, and the Chianti Ruffino Antico Fattor Prize in 1987.

Hulme led a solitary life in the small township of Ōkārito on the west coast, where she was adept at baiting and smoking a pipe.

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2021 in the books: “Everything seems magnified” – Business Journal Daily

By HILLEL ITALY national writer AP
NEW YORK (AP) – Books and authors counted in 2021, sometimes more than the industry wanted.
A 22-year-old poet has become a star of literature. The enthusiasm of young people on TikTok has helped revive Colleen Hoover’s “It Ends With Us” and other novels released years earlier. Conservatives pushed for restricting books allowed in classrooms at a time when activists were working to expand them. And the government has decided that the merger of two of the country’s largest publishers could damage an invaluable cultural resource: authors.

“Everything looks very magnified,” says award-winning novelist Jacqueline Woodson, whose books have been challenged by officials in Texas and elsewhere.

“One day I hear that Texas is trying to ban (Woodson’s novels) ‘Red at the Bone’ and ‘Brown Girl Dreaming’, and the next moment we see Amanda Gorman speaking the truth to power.” . Maybe it’s because of social media or the pandemic, but everything looks a lot more intense, ”she says.

Sales were strong in 2020, the first year of the pandemic, and increased in 2021. The number of books sold through the end of November is up 10% from 2020 and 20% from last year. pre-pandemic year of 2019, according to NPD BookScan, which tracks about 85% of the print market. The Association of American Publishers reported $ 7.8 billion in revenue for commercial books in the first 10 months of 2021, a 14% jump from a year ago.

“You don’t hear a lot these days that people don’t read anymore,” said Allison Hill, CEO of the American Booksellers Association, the nation’s independent bookstore business group.

A year after the ABA feared hundreds of stores would close due to the pandemic, Hill says membership is growing, with more than 150 new stores opening and some 30 closings.

Fiction was particularly strong in 2021 as BookScan’s sales jumped over 20% from the previous year, driven by everything from TikTok’s Book Club and Reese Witherspoon to a wave of manga and a wave of literary bestsellers which included “Crossroads” by Jonathan Franzen and “Cloud Cuckoo Land” by Anthony Doerr.

Penguin Random House US CEO Madeline McIntosh called the popularity of fiction “the biggest sign that we have long-term growth for the industry.”

“It’s one thing when you pick up books when you want to learn how to do something or keep up with the news, but it’s a different impulse when you pick up a book because you want to spend your hours reading. And that’s what we see with fiction, ”she said.

With Donald Trump no longer in the White House, sales of political books have fallen by nearly 25%, according to BookScan. But the world of books has become more politicized – starting with the question of who could or should publish the former president’s memoir.

Multi-million dollar deals for presidents are a tradition. But New York editors weren’t comfortable with Trump ahead of the Jan.6 siege of the U.S. Capitol by his supporters and have since openly distanced themselves from him and his allies like Senator Josh Hawley, whose “Tyranny of great technology ”was abandoned by Simon & Schuster.

In response, a network of independent conservative publishers has sprung up, ranging from established entities like Regnery, who acquired Hawley’s book, to new companies like All Seasons Press or the Daily Wire’s DW Books. . Trump’s first post-White House book project, the ‘Our Journey Together’ photo compilation, will be published by Winning Team Publishing, founded by his son Donald Trump Jr. and campaign aide Sergio Gor.

Throughout 2021, books have been in the news. The year was barely three weeks old when millions of people watched Gorman become the country’s best-known poet and cultural phenomenon. His calm and energetic reading of his commissioned work “The Hill We Go Up” was a highlight of President Joe Biden’s inauguration. This has earned her recognition more in line with fashion or movie stars, including a contract with IMG Models and coverage for Vogue. A hardcover edition of “The Hill We Climb” has sold hundreds of thousands of copies, although readers could find the text for free online.

Gorman’s appearance at the inauguration was made possible by First Lady Jill Biden, who in 2017 attended a reading Gorman gave to the Library of Congress as the country’s Young Poet Laureate.

Countless authors, famous and unknown, have found unexpected support in the person of Attorney General Merrick Garland. In November, the Justice Department announced it would take legal action to block Penguin Random House’s purchase of Simon & Schuster, the first time in years that the government has attempted to halt a major consolidation of the ‘editing. The DOJ’s objection was rooted as much in art as it was in commerce – the fear that writers wouldn’t make enough money to write.

“Books have shaped American public life throughout our country’s history, and authors are the lifeblood of book publishing in America,” Garland said. “If the world’s largest book publisher is allowed to acquire one of its biggest rivals, it will have unprecedented control over this important industry. American authors and consumers will pay the price for this anti-competitive merger – less advance payments for authors and ultimately less books and less variety for consumers.

Woodson says she and other writers were blown away by the DOJ’s announcement and recalls thinking, “Wait, they’re speaking for us!”

Debates on literature have never been more heated than in classrooms and libraries across the country.
Grassroots activists such as # have pushed teachers to diversify the curriculum with novels such as “Another Brooklyn” by Woodson, “Salvage the Bones” by Jesmyn Ward and “The Round House” by Louise Erdrich.

Independent bookstores have made efforts to donate free copies of the book edition of the Pulitzer-winning “1619 Project”, which places slavery at the center of American history, to schools. The book sold over 100,000 copies in its first two weeks on sale, according to BookScan.

Meanwhile, an advertisement for the race-winning Republican candidate for Virginia governor Glenn Youngkin featured a white conservative activist alleging her son had been traumatized by an assigned high school text, “Well- loved, “Toni Morrison’s novel about a black, Pulitzer Prize winner. woman who had fled slavery and murdered her daughter rather than allow her to be captured.

Dozens of bills across the country have been proposed or passed that call for restrictions on books deemed immoral or unpatriotic. Texas state lawmaker Republican Matt Krause sent a 16-page spreadsheet to the Texas Education Agency listing more than 800 books he deemed worthy of possible banning, including works by Woodson , Ta-Nehisi Coates and Margaret Atwood. Nine novels by award-winning young author Julie Anne Peters, whose stories often feature LGBT characters, have been cited.

“I think one of the reasons this is happening is that the books have stamina,” Peters said. “You always remember the great books you read. They are so influential, especially the ones at school. Everything else is so fleeting and changing. But once a book is there and it’s available and it represents our history and our culture, it becomes a historical reference to which you return.

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Insider tips that will help you find a publisher for your book

Lockdown has offered many frustrated writers a key to unlocking the stresses of daily grind and an opportunity to work on the novel or non-fiction work that has been dusting in their minds or in a bottom drawer for years. . If 2022 is the year to take your book to the next level, we’ve asked authors and publishing professionals for their advice on how to get there.


Literary fiction novelist and mentor

Don Ryan. Photograph: Alan Place

Ryan, multiple award-winning author of The Spinning Heart and Strange Flowers and professor of creative writing at the University of Limerick, understands the pain of rejection when it comes to publishing the written word. “A writer’s life is poisoned and pockmarked by rejection. It never ends. Your work will be valuable to you, but you cannot expect everyone to treat it as it is. People will say ‘No. No. Go out. I’m calling security. “

However, he believes that this is essentially the way of the true writer. “You are doomed to be rejected, many [times] and uncontrollable, or sometimes in a thoughtful and constructive way. And when you are finally accepted, the rejection will start again, in different and even more debilitating ways. But always remember to come back to the joy of composing a good sentence. Take care of your sentences and everything else in your writing life will do on its own.

The opening page of your manuscript is important, and Ryan thinks this is one of the first opportunities to present the entire novel. “Try to get something to happen in your opening that you don’t think has happened before in fiction. John Harding opened his novel What We Did on Our Holiday with the exclamation “Toilet! It was a bold move, and it worked wonderfully.


Novelist and detective story mentor

Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin, aka Sam Blake

Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin, aka Sam Blake

Best-selling writer and author of novels such as Little Bones and The Dark Room (under the pseudonym Sam Blake), Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin is also the creator and curator of, a second online toolkit for everyone. . aspiring and seasoned Irish writers.

When it comes to perfecting the writing, Fox O’Loughlin says, “The best advice I’ve ever received has been from Sarah Webb: ‘Keep writing – you get better with every word you write, so continue ”. “

Once that’s sorted out, the next step is to prepare for the world of publishing. “Agents ask for quotes that are right for them, and they’re all different, so follow their directions. Put as much work into your submission as into your novel.

Regarding self-publishing, Fox O’Loughlin says there are “opportunities for authors to connect with readers, digitally or in print, that simply did not exist 20 years ago.” .


Eagle-eyed editor
Rachel Pierce is the invisible hand who works on many of Ireland’s great books before they leave the publishing house, wielding her keen eye for rhythm, character, rhythm and detail in every aspect of a book – from overall structure to online publishing. She works with writers such as Paul Howard (aka Ross O’Carroll-Kelly) and Sinéad Moriarty, and is also a full-fledged best-selling author.

At the start of a novel, she thinks there is absolutely no such thing as the perfect first draft. “There’s no pressure to create a nice first draft – it’s about intuition, fun, tight writing: you and the page. You make your way to the story; be surprised by the characters and the plot; find out what the story is and who the characters are. For now, just write – let go.



Simon trewin

Simon trewin

The UK-based literary agent for authors such as John Boyne, Sam Blake, Mary Costello and Andrew Miller sums up his advice in four tips:

1 Take your time. The world isn’t waiting for your novel, so make sure you’re happy to be judged by anything you send. Every draft will be better.

2 Do your research. Check out potential agents on their websites and make sure you match their list.

3 Be patient. Don’t wait for an overnight response from agents, so be sure to send your work out to three or four at a time to split your bets.

4 Keep the smile. You are the best person in the world to write your book.



Conor nagle

Conor nagle

Conor Nagle runs HarperCollins Ireland and, as such, is the custodian of the last step of the publishing process. He says Ireland is unique because you don’t have to have a literary agent to get your book printed.

“If you take us, at HarperCollins Ireland we have an open submission policy, which is very important to us. We want our procurement process to be as open and democratic as possible. Our strike rate is quite low, but it’s still a wonderful source of ideas “like the unexpected success of the Blindboy short stories and the Aisling series – two” counterintuitive “examples.

He too thinks that rejection is part of the editorial journey: “It’s just that a book doesn’t suit them. A rejection letter is only coded for that.

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Conviction overturned in 1981 for rape of author Alice Sebold

A rape conviction at the center of a memoir by award-winning author Alice Sebold was overturned due to what authorities determined were serious flaws in the 1982 prosecution and concerns the wrong man had been sent to jail .

Anthony Broadwater, who spent 16 years in prison, was cleared Monday by a judge of the rape of Sebold while she was a student at Syracuse University, an assault she discussed in her 1999 memoir, “Lucky.” .

Broadwater trembled with emotion, sobbing as his head fell into his hands, as the Syracuse judge overturned his conviction at the request of prosecutors.

“I have cried tears of joy and relief over the past few days,” Broadwater, 61, told The Associated Press on Tuesday. “I’m so elated, the cold can’t even keep me cold.”

Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick told state Supreme Court Judge Gordon Cuffy at the hearing that the Broadwater lawsuit was an injustice, the Post-Standard of Syracuse reported. .

“I’m not going to mess this up by saying, ‘I’m sorry. It’s not enough, ”Fitzpatrick said. “It should never have happened.”

Sebold, 58, wrote in “Lucky” that she was raped as a freshman in Syracuse in May 1981, then spotted a black man on the street months later that she was sure she was. his attacker.

“He was smiling as he approached. He recognized me. It was for him a walk in the park; he had met an acquaintance on the street, ”wrote Sebold, who is white. “Hey, girl,” he said. “Don’t I know you from somewhere?” “”

She said she didn’t respond, “I looked at him directly. I knew his face had been the face above me in the tunnel.

Sebold went to the police, but she did not know the man’s name and a first sweep of the area failed to locate him. An officer suggested the man on the street must have been Broadwater, who was reportedly seen in the area. Sebold gave Broadwater the pseudonym Gregory Madison in his book.

After Broadwater’s arrest, however, Sebold failed to identify him in a police line, choosing another man as his attacker because “the expression in his eyes told me that if we were alone, s ‘there was no wall between us, he would call me by my name and then kill me.

Broadwater was nonetheless tried and convicted in 1982 based largely on two pieces of evidence. On the witness stand, Sebold identified him as his rapist. And an expert said microscopic hair analysis linked Broadwater to the crime. This type of analysis has since been considered an undesirable science by the US Department of Justice.

“Sprinkle unwanted science on a misidentification, and that’s the perfect recipe for a wrongful conviction,” Broadwater lawyer David Hammond told The Post-Standard.

Messages to Sebold seeking comment were sent through his publisher and literary agency.

Broadwater remained on the New York sex offender registry after completing his prison term in 1999.

Broadwater, who worked as a garbage trucker and handyman in the years following his release from prison, told the AP that the rape conviction had hurt his job prospects and his relationships with his friends and members of his family.

Even after marrying a woman who believed in his innocence, Broadwater never wanted to have children.

“We had a big argument sometimes about the kids, and I told him that I could never, ever allow children to come into this world with a stigma on my back,” he said.

In addition to “Lucky”, Sebold is the author of the novels “The Lovely Bones” and “The Almost Moon”.

“The Lovely Bones,” about the rape and murder of a teenage girl, won the American Booksellers Association’s Book of the Year Award for Adult Fiction in 2003 and was adapted into a film starring Saoirse Ronan , Susan Sarandon and Stanley Tucci.

“Lucky” was also being filmed, and it was thanks to the film project itself that Broadwater’s conviction was overturned after four decades.

Tim Mucciante, who has a production company called Red Badge Films, had signed on as executive producer on the adaptation but became skeptical of Broadwater’s guilt when the first draft of the script came out because it differed so much from the book.

“I started digging around and trying to figure out what really happened here,” Mucciante told the AP on Tuesday.

Mucciante said that after dropping out of the project earlier this year, he hired a private investigator, who put him in touch with Hammond, of Syracuse-based CDH Law, who brought in another lawyer from the defense, Melissa Swartz, of Cambareri & Brenneck.

Hammond and Swartz credited Fitzpatrick with taking a personal interest in the case and understanding that scientific advancements have cast doubt on the use of hair analysis, the only type of forensic evidence that has been produced. during the Broadwater trial to link it to Sebold’s rape.

The fate of the film adaptation of “Lucky” was not clear in light of Broadwater’s exemption. A message requesting comment has been left for its new executive producer, Jonathan Bronfman of Toronto-based JoBro Productions.

Sebold wrote in “Lucky” that when she was informed that she had chosen someone other than the man she had previously identified as her rapist, she said the two men appeared “almost identical. “.

She wrote that she realized the defense would be: “A panicked white girl saw a black man on the street. He spoke to her familiarly and in her mind she linked it to his rape. She blamed the wrong man.


This story has been corrected to remove a reference to Netflix involved in the adaptation of “Lucky”. A Netflix spokesperson said “Lucky” was not Netflix’s project. This story has also been corrected to note that Melissa Swartz’s firm is Cambareri & Brenneck, not CDH Law.

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Huron ISD’s Lane Walker’s Writing Wins Award

To help him get into college to become a teacher, Lane Walker worked as a summer intern at a newspaper.

The skills he learned as a journalist have helped him write several magazine articles, books and become an award winning author who has another new book coming out at the end of the month.

Walker, who is from Kingston, is the principal and director of technical and vocational education at the Huron Intermediate School District.

“I didn’t realize it then, but all the little things that got me where I am – working in a journal, meeting deadlines and coming up with ideas for articles and books. – help me write books, “Walker said.” I worked at the newspaper to help pay for my education.

“All of these things have helped me down the line as a teacher and especially as a writer.”

Although his books focus on hunting, fishing and outdoor adventures, his latest book is totally different.

“I have completed an adult book which is on presale right now but will be out in late November,” Walker said. “I’m really excited about this.”

“Light the Fire” is a book about how teachers, coaches, parents and other adults can inspire and impact children, he explained.

The book explains techniques to better connect with young people, to reach them to a new level and help them see their full potential by being a positive influence.

“This is my first adult book and my first educational book,” he said, noting that it was a break from his traditional writing. “I am excited about this adult book. It combines my love of writing with that of helping adults to help children.

Walker just won the Moonbeam Award. The award is given to authors who write books that inspire children to read, learn and dream. Each year’s nominations are judged by a panel of experts made up of youth educators, librarians, booksellers and book critics of all ages. The winners receive medals.

“This award was for my series of fishing books,” Walker said. “Winning this award was pretty cool and exciting.”

He received a bronze medal from Moonbeam for his fishing chronicles.

Walker, who has been studying for over 20 years and is an avid outdoorsman, began writing kid-friendly and outdoor-friendly books after realizing that there were no good books for children. on these topics.

The books are intended for children aged 8 to 14, but are also enjoyable read for those who are older.

“About a year ago, I started working on the chronicles of fishing. It took about a year to write all five books, ”Walker said, noting that the books are around 160 pages long.

There are five books in the “Fishing Chronicle” series that cover fishing adventures, camping and rafting adventures, as well as an ice fishing competition with cash prizes to save the family bait shop.

“Today so many children are lost in technology, but these books will bring them back to reading and understanding outdoor adventures,” he said.

His first book was released in 2011, and he has also written several other books and over 250 articles on outdoor adventures. Although he is a prolific author, his first love is teaching and the field of education.

Prior to becoming an administrator at Huron ISD, Walker’s first job after graduating from Saginaw Valley State University was as a fifth-grade teacher in 2003 at Mayville Schools. In 2005, he was a fourth-grade teacher in the Kingston School District, and then became an elementary school principal there in 2010.

He was then hired at ISD in 2015. He graduated from Kingston High School in 1997 and is proud to live in the Thumb.

He and his wife, Brooke, who is also a teacher, have four children.

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Los Angeles – Series creator Ava Du Vernay and clean : Oprah winfrey Network today announced that the critically acclaimed drama series “Sugar queen, “of Warner Bros. Television and ARRAY Filmworks, will complete its seventh season next year. Writing for the final season has begun and production will begin in early 2022 in New Orleans.

“At all, there is a season. And my production partner Paul Garnes and I have had seven wonderful seasons to do ‘Queen Sugar’ with a remarkable cast and crew, alongside our partners at OWN and Warner Bros. Television“, DuVernay shared.” Writing and producing seven seasons of a modern drama centered on a black family is a radical act in our industry and a triumph that has far exceeded my expectations. Now I feel strongly that the story, which began as a sunrise from a suggestion of Oprah, is ready for its sunset like a fully realized dream. “Queen Sugar” has been one of the true joys of my career and my gratitude is deep and boundless. “

“’Queen Sugar’ is a truly extraordinary series brought to life by Ava’s leadership, brilliant creative team, and incredible cast and crew. Our audiences have been reflected with nuance and care throughout the family history. Bordelon, including their triumphs and challenges, and more importantly, the love they have for each other through it all, ”said Tina Perry, president, OWN. “‘Queen Sugar’ has been an unprecedented success for OWN, garnering critical acclaim, accolades and a loyal and dedicated following. We are very grateful for Ava’s partnership and look forward to a fantastic final season.”

In its six seasons to date, “Queen Sugar” has consistently received critical acclaim and industry recognition. Earlier this year, Emmy Magazine presented the influential series as a cover story declaring it “one of the best hours on television”. African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) awarded the series the award for best television series for four consecutive years, the Impact award in 2021 and several awards for best writing. Additionally, the series received the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Drama Series and was named TV Show of the Year by the American noir film festival (ABFF). Creator and executive producer Ava Du Vernay was recently named Producer of the Year by Hollywood journalist.

Throughout her run, “Queen Sugar” was praised for her powerful portrayal of a Afro-American family in the Deep South and for DuVernay’s continued commitment to hiring an all-female production team throughout the series. Since its beginnings in September 2016, 42 women performed episodes of SUGAR QUEEN, 39 of whom made their television debuts in the series. At the start of production, DuVernay set up an inclusive initiative to hire an all-female director team and a representative team in terms of race, culture, gender, sexuality, age and physical ability.

“Queen Sugar” is produced for OWN by ARRAY Filmworks of DuVernay and Harpo Films in association with Warner Bros. Television. The series is based on the book by Nathalie Baszile. The first five seasons of “Queen Sugar” are currently available to stream exclusively on Hulu.

About OWN: Oprah winfrey Network

OWN: Oprah winfrey Network is the first and only network named and inspired by one iconic leader. Oprah winfrey’s the heart and creative instincts inform the brand and the magnetism of the chain. OWN is a premier destination for premium scripted and unscripted programming from today’s most innovative storytellers. OWN connects with its audience wherever they are, inspiring conversation among a global community of like-minded viewers on social media and beyond. Launched on January 1, 2011, OWN is a joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery, Inc. The company also includes the award-winning digital platform Access OWN anytime, anywhere on and discovery + on mobile devices and connected TVs. For more information, please visit and

On Warner Bros. Television

One of the entertainment industry’s most respected prime-time original programming providers since its inception in 1955, Warner Bros. Television produces original scripted drama and comedy series for multiple platforms. From November 2021, Warner Bros. Television produces over 60 scripted series for on-demand / streaming services, premium / pay and basic cable channels, and all five broadcast networks.


Founded in 2011 by the filmmaker Ava Du Vernay, ARRAY is a multi-platform arts and social impact collective, winner of the Peabody Award, dedicated to narrative change. The organization catalyzes its work through a quartet of mission-oriented entities: film distribution arm ARRAY Releasing, content company ARRAY Filmworks, programming and production center ARRAY Creative Campus, and non-profit group lucrative ARRAY Alliance.

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9 black novels in verse

Night lights

Launched in 2019, Nightfire, Tor’s new horror imprint, spans the spectrum of horror, from short story collections to short stories and novels, from standalone works to series, from dark fantasy to the supernatural, from originals to reprints of lost modern classics. Nightfire novels are now appearing on the shelves of bookstores and libraries near you. Do you dare to strain your spine on these terrifying titles this fall?

Poetry has the unique ability to capture our darkest hours and deepest emotions while shattering the standards of a typical prose novel. One of the large formats that is rapidly gaining popularity is the verse novel, or a novel told in verse rather than pure prose. Novels in verse combine a compelling story with a stark, powerful and complex poetry that strikes readers with emotion. Through poetry, writers can transcend the limits of prose and introduce writing that breaks conventional rules of grammar and language. The result is a book that reaches readers who themselves experience dark emotions that defy description.

In these nine dark verse novels told in powerful poems, the characters face a variety of challenges and find a way forward to overcome their challenges. The verse helps them express difficult emotions and tragic events. In a way, verse novels help heal the experience of darkness. In this list of nine great novels in verse, you will find a range of books in both young adult literature and adult literature. They explore a range of topics, such as trauma, mental health, friendships, coming of age, violence and trauma. Whether you’re new to the genre or just looking to get started reading verse novels, there’s one for you in this compilation of nine dark verse novels.

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Because I am a piece of furniture by Thalia Chaltas

In this dark verse novel by YA, Anke lives in a house where her brother and sister are victims of their father’s abuse. Somehow Anke is spared, but the trauma of growing up in an abusive home still weighs on her. When making the school volleyball team, Anke finds a positive outlet for her naturally turbulent emotions. Thalia Chaltas’ novel mixes a gripping story with beautiful, punchy verses.

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Chlorine sky by L. Browne Mahogany

When we are young, the unstoppable strength of our friendships couldn’t strike any harder. The friends we have in our youth feel as epic and fatal as any relationship with a lover. And it is these types of links that Mahogany L. Browne deals with in his verse novel by YA. Chlorine sky. Our heroine, Sky, struggles to keep a friendship as she and her best friend go in different directions. The loss of a friendship can be as searing and emotional as a breakup, as Sky learns in this dark verse novel.

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Dreaming of you by Melissa Lozada-Oliva

This YA novel in verse is both quirky and dark. Melissa is a young Latinx woman obsessed with writing and reading poetry, an outlet for her loneliness and grief. During one session, Melissa brings to life Selena Quintanilla, the legendary iconic and revolutionary pop singer of Tejano. But the act has serious repercussions for Melissa. Told in the skillful verses of Lozada-Oliva, Dreaming of you stars a heroine of unforgettable ferocity in a story that literally sends her to hell and back.

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Impulse by Ellen Hopkins

Located in a psychiatric hospital, Impulse is a series debut by Ellen Hopkins, one of YA literature’s most iconic verse novelists. YA novel Impulse follows three young adult patients trying to recover and regain hope with varying levels of success. When their stories become entangled with each other, Vanessa, Tony, and Connor find the complexity of their connection to be electric, in good and bad.

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Long way down by Jason Reynolds

Will, 15, walks into an elevator with a pistol ready to come out and avenge his brother’s murder as soon as he reaches the ground floor of his apartment building. But his journey is interrupted as the ghosts of people he knows who have been victims of armed violence follow one another floor after floor. This heartfelt and engaging YA novel in verse by award-winning author Jason Reynolds is as twisted as it is heartfelt. Will grabs you and doesn’t let go as you encourage him to put the gun down and get over his grief in another way.

Northwood book cover by Maryse Meijer

Northwood by Maryse Meijer

At Maryse Meijer Northwood adult novel in verse, a promising young artist flees to a cabin in the woods to better concentrate on her art. Meanwhile, she begins a volatile intimate relationship with a married neighbor. Their intensely moving and deeply passionate love story and the consequences of their separation are told in Meijer’s visceral verses in a distinguished and raw voice.

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Pointy teeth by Toby Barlow

This adult horror novel in verse by Toby Barlow takes place in the seedy underworld of Los Angeles where rival werewolf gangs constantly clash. When dog catcher Anthony falls in love with a female werewolf who roams him solo after breaking her pact, the limits of their love are tested. Pointy teeth capture all the conflict between the packs that sweeps through the groups of bloodthirsty and ready to kill werewolves. Violent and sometimes funny, Pointy teeth is a dark verse novel that any horror fan will want to add to their TBR.

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Yell by Laurie Halse Anderson

Known for her lyrical prose, beloved author Laurie Halse Anderson shows off her talents as a poet in Yell, a YA thesis in verse. Anderson reflects on how his early trauma, famous in his groundbreaking novel Speak, had a ripple effect on his life. With a propulsive narrative style, daring poetry, a flawless sense of realism and shatteringly crisp images, Yell is a must read for anyone who enjoys dark verse novels, and a thought-provoking story for those struggling with trauma and depression.

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The girl and the goddess by Nikita Gill

In her first verse novel, famous poet Nikita Gill mixes myth and legend with the raw truth of life as a young woman at the intersection of identities. Paro, the sympathetic and rambling Gill heroine you’ll love, travels her life from childhood to her older years in this adult verse novel with a nod to Hindu mythology. These linked poems, along with Gill’s evocative illustrations, prove why Gill is one of the most daring, provocative, and esteemed poets of his generation.

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Beauty editor Cheryl Kramer Kaye explores Augustinus Bader’s new haircare launch


Last month, Studio 512 brought you some big news on new products from the award-winning and celebrity-adored Augustinus Bader skincare line.

Writer and beauty writer Cheryl Kramer Kaye joined Studio 512 co-host Rosie Newberry to talk about an exciting new launch for the brand.

So, for anyone who may have missed it, give us a little insight into Augustinus Bader.

“Augustinus Bader skin care products entered the market just over three years ago and have been very successful, winning over 60 beauty industry and leading celebrity awards. The range uses clean, sustainably sourced ingredients and has the finest recyclable packaging I’ve ever seen. But the most important thing that contributes to the success of Augustinus Bader is that it works.

And what makes it work so well?

“Well, remember, Augustinus Bader is a professor, physician, and expert in the field of stem cell biology. He has spent over 30 years researching and developing technologies that activate the body’s healing process, this which led him to create the revolutionary technology behind the skin care line. It is called TFC8 or Trigger Factor Complex 8 because it triggers the renewal of your skin. And now Augustinus Bader uses his TFC8 complex in skincare hair, because your scalp is skin. And the hair care collection is designed to restore moisture and shine and prevent breakage to make your hair look healthier while treating your hair follicles, roots and scalp to as your hair grows, it will be healthier.

“I also want to give you a quick overview of some of the ingredients you will find in the collection because in addition to TFC8, these products are loaded with oils and botanical extracts that increase strength, shine and, yes, even. your hair. growth. What you won’t find are sulfates, silicones or even fragrances added in these products, just what your scalp and hair need; and nothing they don’t.

Let us discover the Collection.

“As a science-driven company, Augustinus Bader has performed both user trials and clinical trials for the entire collection, and I’ll share some of that data as we talk about the products. So let’s start with The Shampoo, as we do. It’s really light and volumizing, with clinical tests showing shampoo makes strands 132% thicker. Next is The Conditioner which 100% of users say is both light and detangling – a nearly impossible combination! Then there’s the Leave-In Hair Treatment, which is perfect for controlling and smoothing frizz, and also increasing shine by 330%. There’s hair oil, which adds smoothness, nourishment, and strength to brittle hair, with 90% of users agreeing that the oil fixes their split ends. You can use all the products with the eco-friendly Neem Combs, which also reduce frizz and dandruff, so yes please! I especially like it with the Scalp Treatment, which cleanses blocked hair follicles and strengthens strands at the root, increasing the thickness of the hair shaft by 370% and even increasing the number of hairs by 22%. So you have thicker, thicker and healthier hair.

Where can we find the line?

Award-winning and celebrity-adored skincare brand Augustinus Bader just launched #TheHaircareThatWorks! Clinical tests and user reviews show outstanding results for shine, strength and even growth. Find Shampoo, Conditioner, Leave-In Hair Treatment, Hair Oil, and Scalp Treatment at

This segment is paid for by Augustinus Bader and is intended as an advertisement. The opinions expressed by guests on this program are solely those of the guests and are not endorsed by this television station.

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Faber To Post Authorized Biography Of John McGahern By Frank Shovlin

In The Irish Times this Saturday, Emily Ratajkowski talks to Laura Kennedy about her essay book, My Body. Titles reviewed are Oliver Farry on Keep Calm and Trust the Science by Luke O’Neill and A State of Emergency: The Story of Ireland’s Covid Crisis by Richard Chambers; Mia Levitin on Sarah Moss’ The Fell; Michael Cronin on the best new translations; Keith Duggan on The Nation Holds Its Breath from George Hamilton; Richard English on Ernie O’Malley: A Life by Cormac KH O’Malley and Harry F Martin; Margaret Kelleher on All Strangers Here: 100 Years of Personal Writing from the Irish Foreign Service, edited by Angela Byrne, Ragnar Deeney Almquist and Helena Nolan; John Boyne on The Pawnbroker’s Reward from Declan O’Rourke; Niamh Donnelly on Aisling and the City by Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen; Dean Jobb on The Dublin Railway Murder: The Sensational True Story of a Victorian Murder Mystery by Thomas Morris; and Sarah Gilmartin on Today a Woman Went Mad by Hilma Wolitzer.

If you buy a copy of The Irish Times from Eason this weekend, you can also buy Snow by John Banville for € 4.99, saving € 6.

Faber will publish the authoritative biography of John McGahern by academic Frank Shovlin.

Shovlin is Professor of Irish Literature in English at the University of Liverpool and editor of The Letters of John McGahern, which Faber published in September. For more than a decade, he has researched the author’s life through his archives at the National University of Ireland, Galway, as well as in private articles and exclusive interviews with his widow, Madeline McGahern, with which he will work closely on this biography.

Faber said: “This will be the definitive biography of one of the most important writers of the 20th century. As Frank says, a portrait of McGahern’s life is inextricably a story of modern Ireland, providing a unique glimpse into a society on the verge of transformation. Yet it will also be an intimate portrait of an enigmatic artist, illuminating both the man himself and his earth-shattering novels like never before.


From the city famous for its love of the good festival, Dingle Lit is expected to sell out in their venues from November 19-21, with tickets for Michael D. Higgins, Declan O’Rourke and Diarmaid Ferriter sold at capacity.

Claire Keegan will discuss her long-awaited new novel Small Things Like These, while the new will be celebrated with Nicole Flattery and John Patrick McHugh. Skelligs goaltenders Catherine Merrigan and Robert L. Harris will discuss their very unique life experiences on Skellig Michael.

Hybrid in more ways than one, Dingle Lit offers events in Irish and English, live and online! For more details visit


Isabel Waidner won the Goldsmiths Prize of £ 10,000 for her ‘mind-blowing’ novel Sterling Karat Gold, published by Peninsula Press.

Sterling Karat Gold is their third novel and their second to be shortlisted for the award, following We Are Made of Diamond Stuff (Dostoyevsky Wannabe) in 2019.

Peninsula described the winning novel as follows: “Kafka’s lawsuit written for the era of gas lighting. A surreal investigation into the real effects of state violence on Mavericks, workers and blacks. Sterling is arrested one morning having done nothing wrong and is “plunged into a terrifying and absurd world”. Sterling, with the help of their three best friends, must challenge bullfighters, footballers and spaceships to exonerate himself and hold the powers that be to account.

The list of finalists included Checkout 19 by Claire-Louise Bennett, Assembly by Natasha Brown, A Shock by Keith Ridgway, This One Sky Day by Leone Ross and The Little Scratch by Rebecca Watson.

Presiding Judges Dr Nell Stevens said Waidner brought “wit, arrogance, playfulness and fury to an unfettered journey through an unjust justice system.”

Judge Kamila Shamsie said: “Isabel Waidner collides the real and the mythical, the beautiful and the grotesque, with stunning effect. Time travel constrained by the limits of Google Maps and the essays of Hieronymus Bosch never dazzle the human heart in this novel of friendship, art, injustice and all that can be imagined and unimaginable.

Hachette Books Ireland to publish Any Girl by Mia Döring next February

Hachette Books Ireland to publish Any Girl by Mia Döring next February

Hachette Books Ireland will publish Mia Döring’s Any Girl next February, a personal account of surviving rape at age 16, then sexual exploitation and the sex trade in Ireland as a young woman.

Editor Ciara Considine said, “I can honestly say that this book landing on my desk has had the greatest impact of any submission in my nearly 30 years of editing. I started reading it at ten past five in the evening, right after Agent Jonathan Williams sent it to me, and finished it after midnight, barely looking up from the pages. The effect was visceral – I was both shocked and amazed. Any Girl is a singular and extraordinarily courageous work that explores the nature of trauma and presents a striking image of physical, mental and emotional landscapes. Both deeply personal and artfully political, I believe this is an important memoir for our time and a uniquely female perspective on important cultural issues. “

Döring said: “It means so much to me that Hachette is publishing my first book. I struggled for a long time in writing and rewriting this one, developing my own throughout and coming to terms with what it means to bring awareness to subjects so deeply personal. While it is an act of vulnerability to expose one’s most private and painful experiences in the public realm, I hope it inspires others to carry their own stories with bravery and compassion. It is difficult to talk about sexual violence because our society is still not able to respond to it with the empathetic courage it deserves. My hope is that by being empathetic and courageous in myself, the book will do something to help this process. I can’t wait to read it and can’t thank Jonathan Williams and Hachette Books Ireland enough for believing in him and me.


The Irish Writers Center and Words of Color Productions partner to deliver UPLIFT, a new pilot international workshop and mentoring initiative for young people of color with leadership ambitions in the literature sector in Ireland and the UK .

The program aims to support two color arts practitioners based on the island of Ireland between the ages of 18 and 30. Successful applicants will benefit from mentorship and workshops from established industry professionals – award-winning writer and editor Farhana Shaikh (The Asian Writer, Dahlia Publishing) and award-winning poet and director Nick Makoha (The Obsidian Foundation). Ideal mentorship candidates are people who believe they have the potential to encourage writers and audiences of color to participate in the Irish Writers Center and contribute to the wider Irish literary scene.

The workshops will take place on Saturday March 5 and Saturday March 12, 2022, with mentoring sessions to be organized between the mentor and the mentee. Those interested in applying can find out more on the Irish Writers Center website.


The winners of the third annual Comedy Women in Print (CWIP) award were announced this week at the Groucho Club in London. The CWIP Prize for Published Comedy Novel went to Jesse Sutanto for his first adult novel, the crazy romantic murder comedy, Dial A for Aunties, the story of a matriarchal family of Chinese-Indonesian wedding planners set in California which has already been photographed by Netflix (HQ). The finalist was Dolly Alderton for Ghosts.

Joanne Harris, President of the Judges, said: “We all agreed that Dial A for Aunties should be the winner: it’s a deliciously frenetic comedy, filled with absurd situations, hilarious dialogue, wonderful family dynamics and cracklings. comic energy. The finalist, Ghosts, is a wonderfully accomplished, loving, spiritual and human story that should speak to women everywhere.

The award for unreleased comedy novel was won by Rebecca Rogers, employment agency employee and single mother. His original, overturning and hilarious novel, Purgatory Poisoning seemed to the judges inspired by a childhood diet of Blackadder and Monty Python. Rogers won a publishing deal and a £ 5,000 advance from HarperFiction.

From left to right: Lorraine Candy, Anita Sethi, Mary Ann Sieghart, Dorothy Koomson and Pandora Sykes.  Photography: Agence Sam Holden

From left to right: Lorraine Candy, Anita Sethi, Mary Ann Sieghart, Dorothy Koomson and Pandora Sykes. Photography: Agence Sam Holden

Mary Ann Sieghart, former associate editor of The Times and author of The Authority Gap, will chair the jury for next year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction. She is joined by Lorraine Candy, award-winning journalist and editor; Dorothy Koomson, internationally successful novelist, journalist and podcaster; Anita Sethi, award-winning author and literary journalist; and Pandora Sykes, journalist, broadcaster and author.

The announcement of the preselection will take place on March 8, the preselection on April 27 and the winner on June 15. The 2021 winner was Susanna Clarke’s Piranesi.

Sieghart said it was “a great honor to be chosen to chair the jury for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. There are so many fabulous contemporary writers that deserve to be read better. I hope our long list, shortlist, and final winner will inspire new readers, both men and women, to sample the extraordinary variety of fiction created by women today.

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An interview with Dr Cristina Pantoja-Hidalgo

Many years ago a friend from Spain told me: if you want to know the high level of Filipino literature today, you have to read the travel writings of Dr Cristina Pantoja-Hidalgo. Later I found out that we were both working at UST, and we had a short conversation entirely in Spanish. As she was a colleague, I took advantage of her generosity to find out what pushed her to become a literary creator.

Question: you are one of the rare people who have been able to lead a career combining literary creation and scholarship. Another example is Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa. Which has been the most common in your life and why?

Hidalgo: I am flattered and at the same time embarrassed to be mentioned in the same breath as Mario Vargas Llosa. I am far from even its shadow.

I started writing long before I became a scholar. I consider myself above all as a writer. I didn’t intend to be a teacher. But I’ve been teaching now for almost as long as I’ve been writing. When I obtained my undergraduate degree in 1964, a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters of UST, I was only 19 years old. But after graduation, my college merged with the College of Liberal Arts, to form the Faculty of Arts and Letters. The new college was short of teachers. Thus, the honorary graduates of the old college for this year were offered instructor jobs. I found myself teaching students some of my age or older. I taught part-time, while working as the Associate Women’s Editor for Graphic Magazine.

When I got engaged soon after, I decided that a career in journalism would be difficult to combine with raising a family. So I gave up my job at Graphic and opted for an academic career. Since then, I have combined the two professions wherever life has taken me. But I think I didn’t start taking scholarships seriously until we got back in 1990, after living as expats for 15 years, and I went back to teaching at UP and decided to resume my doctoral studies. University life demands that you become a scholar, if you are not yet. If you compare my books of literary scholarship and criticism with my books of creative writing, the former are vastly outdated.

When did you realize you wanted to write stories?

I think I always wanted to be a story and essay writer. I started journaling and writing a “family journal” when I was nine years old. Like many other Filipino writers, I was first published in my high school journal (the Paulinian at St. Paul College Quezon City) where I started as a journalist, then I became a literary editor and finally a writer in chief. At the same time, I was contributing news and feature articles to national magazines. In college I followed pretty much the same pattern – writing first for our college journal, The Blue Quill, then for college journal, The Varsitarian, first as editor, then as editor-in-chief. In my sophomore year, I was offered a weekly column on the youth page of The Manila Chronicle. And by the time I got into senior, I was writing the youth section of the graphic magazine. I believed then that if you wanted to be a writer, you became a professional journalist. Many of my contemporaries at university were already working full time as reporters for the national dailies and attending evening classes. At the same time, like me, they saw themselves primarily as writers of fiction or poetry.

Wasn’t it difficult, even frustrating, to be a writer in a country where very few people read?

First of all, I would like to clarify one point. It is not entirely correct to say that “very few people read” in the Philippines. Some publishers prosper by publishing certain types of books. For example, popular fiction (like romance novels, for example, and fantasy novels like the Harry Potter books) has made Precious Pages a major publisher, selling books not only here but also abroad. foreigner. Adarna Books and Lampara Books publish children’s books and teenage books very well (the term now used is “young adults”). Some writers of graphic fiction and speculative fiction have entered the international market. There is also a market for light comedic essays, as evidenced by the success of Visprint (now Avenida). And Filipinos are one of the largest groups of wattpad (very short, stereotypical, self-published, “novels” online) writers and consumers.

What is true is that the market for what the publishing world has come to call “hard-enlightened” is indeed very small. (“Hard Bed” refers to the award-winning literary award-winning stories, poems, essays, etc.) that are written with respect – if not admiration – by critics and studied by students of literature and creative writing.)

The fact that the market for quality literature is small didn’t bother me. I think, like many of my contemporaries, we became writers because we just loved to read and naturally took to writing. We wrote primarily for ourselves, for the satisfaction of having our name printed, and for the recognition of our peers and superiors – the veteran writers whose books we have read and admired. It wasn’t until I got involved in publishing that I realized that there was a great need to change the situation, a need to close the gap between the public and the authors of quality literature.

It was then that I became director of UP Press and later director of the UST publishing house. Also, after retiring from the public service, my husband started a small publishing house, Milflores Books, and I helped him by identifying promising new writers, soliciting titles from them and writing and editing a few books. . It gave me a different perspective on writing and editing.

Which authors have been the most influential in your life? Why?

There are too many to mention. But I will just quote the most important. Among Filipino writers, the writers who have had the greatest influence on my work would be: Carmen Guerrero Nakpil, Kerima Polotan-Tuvera, Gilda Cordero Fernando and, of course, Maestro Nick Joaquin.

Among foreign writers, these writers influenced me at different times in my life. When I was just starting to write fiction, there was Jane Austen, Edith Wharton, Virginia Woolf, Katherine Mansfield, Elizabeth Bowen. Later came Isak Dinesen, Doris Lessing, Maxine Hong Kingston, AS Byatt, Jeanette Winterson, Ursula Le Guinn. And there were also a few male writers – Henry James, Italo Calvino, Milan Kundera, Jorge Luis Borges.

I should also mention the 11th century Japanese Sei Shonagon and other female chroniclers like Murasaki Shikibu and Lady Sarashina; Annie Dillard; MFK Fisher – they influenced my non-fiction. And the spirit of the marvelous realism of the writers of the Latin American “boom” – Alejo Carpentier, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Carlos Fuentes, Mario Vargas Llosa, Jorge Amado, etc. function in the company, although I never tried to write like any of them, just because it is not possible. I am different in race, sex and temperament. But I think I understood them and was incredibly moved by them.

Of the books you have written so far, which ones have you personally been most satisfied with? Why?

I don’t think I am more “satisfied” with a book than with the rest. The book I worked on the hardest, and put everything I knew and understood, at that time, is the novel Recuerdo. So this is very special for me. You could say that I was the most invested in this novel. The one I’m most proud of, because it was a daring experience for me, is the novel A Dream Book. The Catch a Falling Star collection of short stories gives me particular satisfaction as it is the most popular of my books, having been in print for over 20 years now and still going strong. Plus, it has now been translated into Filipino (along with three of my other short stories), which has long been a dream. But the book that is closest to my heart, my favorite child, so to speak, is Tales for a Rainy Night. With these stories, I broke with realism and discovered a new voice, a new way of telling stories – I call them modern fairy tales, modern and urban fairy tales.

Filipinos are generally multilingual and you are no exception to this rule. I even know that your Spanish is excellent. What made you choose English as your literary language? Does that mean you don’t usually read authors in Tagalog?

I think English was the only possible choice for me. Spanish was my first language in the sense that it was the first language I learned. I may have mentioned to you that this was the only language my maternal grandmother (who lived with us) spoke, so it was the language of our home. Tagalog, I learned as a subject at school. I can speak it, of course, but I’ve never gotten into the habit of reading it, let alone writing it. Due to the fact that I have taught at the National Writers’ Workshop of UP (since about 1993) and UST (since I took over the management of the UST Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies) , I became more adept at Filipino (which, although based on Tagalog, is a different language). The two workshops are conducted in a bilingual manner and the teaching jury must comment on all the work submitted by the scholarship holders in writing. However, I cannot claim to have a master’s degree in Filipino. And to dare to write literature in a particular language, you have to have the confidence that comes with fluency.

Why do you think a young student should take an MA in Creative Writing? What can we learn there?

As with any art, it is a great help to study under the guidance of professional practitioners, in an environment conducive to learning, because of the company of people who all agree that literature and the creative writing is important. This is what enrolling in a master’s degree in creative writing has to offer. Some writers prefer the greater freedom of learning on their own. I’m not saying it’s not possible. But I know – from my own experience and watching the development of young writers entering undergraduate and graduate creative writing programs – that it takes a lot longer. I don’t think anyone doubts that a young musician benefits from studying at a music conservatory, or that a young painter benefits from studying at an art school. I wonder why there seems to be some doubt that young writers should spend time in a writing school.

Are you writing a new book? About what?

I have just finished the first volume of what will perhaps be my memoirs. Its title is What I Wanted to Be When I Grown Up: Early Apprenticeship of the Writer. It starts with my birth, goes back to my maternal ancestors, and then progresses, through my studies at the convent school, until the summer after my high school diploma. I didn’t want it to be read like most memoirs and autobiographies I’ve read. So I created a different framework for it. The backbone of the book is the books I read from my early childhood until the summer before entering college. I finished writing this book last year and it should be published by UP Press before the end of this year.

Am I working on something new now?

Yes, I don’t know if this is just a collection of essays, or if it will be volume 2 of my memoirs.

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UB teacher and her alumnus award Lowell Memorial Poetry Reading | BU today

Gail Mazur, Aaron Caycedo-Kimura (GRS’20) will read their work Thursday at a virtual event

Gail Mazur, the author of eight volumes of poetry, says that for her, “poems begin with words, ideas usually emerge rather than begin”. Photo by M. Lacasse

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Gail Mazur, Aaron Caycedo-Kimura (GRS’20) will read their work Thursday at a virtual event

Gail Mazur still remembers the moment she fell in love with poetry, no matter that it was over 65 years ago. She was 16 and a friend had taken her to an event at Brandeis University in honor of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet William Carlos Williams. The panel included Robert Lowell, Elizabeth Bishop, Richard Wilbur, WS Merwin and Louise Bogan, all of the most influential poets of the 20th century. “It was probably the most exciting event of my first 16 years”, Mazur said.

It will be another decade before she begins writing her own poems in earnest after a friend takes her to the Grolier poetry bookstore in Harvard Square, where she befriended a circle of local poets. and began attending Lowell’s famous “office hours” at Harvard. University. She was 40 years old when she made her first collection, Night lights, was published in 1978.

Now 83 years old and award-winning author of eight books (most recent, Land’s End: new and selected poems, was published last year), Mazur is a highly regarded writer of poems that explore the vagaries of everyday life, with a keen sense of humor.

Thursday night at 7 a.m., she’ll read her work as a guest speaker at this semester’s Robert Lowell Memorial Poetry Reading, which goes virtual in a nod to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

A lifelong Red Sox fan, Mazur is perhaps best known for his poem “Baseball”, Which begins with the lines:“ The game of baseball is not a metaphor / and I know it’s not really life. ” Written in the 1970s, long before the team’s recent forays into four World Series titles, the poem expresses what Mazur describes as “the overwhelming joys and disappointments of being a fan of the Sox.” [maybe especially this past week]. Strive and fail. And the physical beauty of the stadium and the game. The poem, now largely anthologized, reached Mazur with a bang. “It might be the only poem I’ve written that’s almost done,” she says.

Much more often, his poems do not take shape until after numerous revisions, according to Mazur. “A big part of a first draft can be an impetus and an inspiration. Revision is “work”. Sometimes you are sure that a poem is finished and is just beginning. You have to, at least in a way, take pleasure in revising, just improving things, making everything fall into place. do it job. “

For her, poems can be triggered by a single word or phrase that comes to her when she walks down the street, reads a line in a newspaper, or hears an excerpt from a phone conversation. “Poems start with words, ideas usually emerge rather than start them. The important thing is not to waste the moment when the words start to come, ”she said. “You have to find a way to capture it, on a napkin or a notebook, because those moments are fleeting.”

Aaron Caycedo-Kimura was an established painter before he began to write poetry. “Above all, I am a creator, who expresses himself through words and painting,” he says. Photo courtesy of Caycedo-Kimura.

Joining Mazur for virtual reading will be a former student, Aaron Caycedo-Kimura (GRS’20). He enrolled in the BU’s MFA Creative Writing Program after his wife, Luisa Caycedo-Kimura (GRS’14) graduated from the program and praised it. It wasn’t until she got serious about becoming a poet that he was inspired to pursue his own writing. “Luisa started showing me drafts of her work to get feedback, and I had no idea what to say. I figured if I had to study on my own and start writing, eventually I could give it some reasonable feedback. She also started taking me to poetry readings. With all this inspiration, I couldn’t help but give it a go.

He enrolled in BU’s Master of Fine Arts program because he wanted to study with Robert Pinsky, distinguished professor William Fairfield Warren and professor of English at the College of Arts & Sciences and three-time American Poet Laureate. “Towards the end of Luisa’s time in the program, I read her Singing school. He presented the poetry in such a way that he clicked for me. It made me feel like Understood. I can do it. I can write poetry.Enrolling in the Master of Fine Arts program and studying with Pinsky, Mazur (she was a guest speaker in the program) and Karl Kirchwey, professor of English at CAS and associate dean of the faculty of humanities, was ” a dream come true”. Caycedo-Kimura said. “The program was the best thing I have ever done for my creative life.”

Like Mazur, Caycedo-Kamura came to poetry relatively late, publishing his first collection of poems, the award-winning Chapbook Ubasute, last year alone, at 57. He initially trained as a musician, but during his second year of graduate school at Julliard, he realized he didn’t want to be a professional musician. He had always felt more visually oriented, and he began to land graphic design jobs to pay the bills, painting on the side. Growing up in Santa Rosa, California, the hometown of Peanuts creator Charles Schultz, he would draw Snoopy and Charlie Brown, before moving on to caricatures of people and political cartoons. Eventually he became an accomplished painter. His work as a visual artist influences his poetry, he says, and vice versa. “I like to say I’m a poet because sometimes I like to paint without the material mess… the two activities are very similar, both in process and product.”

Caycedo-Kimura’s first collection of poems, the chapbook Ubasute, pays homage to his parents: his father, Joe, who died in 2011, spent WWII in a Japanese internment camp on the west coast; her mother, Hama, survived the incendiary bombings of Tokyo during the war and was haunted by it her entire life. She died in 2015.

“I write about my parents to keep them alive in my life and to continue to honor them,” he says. “Writing about them allows me to appreciate them better. ”

His first complete collection of poems, Common Grace, will be published by Beacon Press next fall. The 65 poems are divided into three sections, drawing inspiration from different facets of his life. “In the first section, ‘Soul Sauce’, I introduce myself through poems about my experiences related to my Japanese-American heritage, my life as a visual artist and poet, and my aging. The second section, “Ubasute”, is an extended version of my chapbook and deals with my parents’ experiences during WWII, then becoming newlyweds and parents, moving to the suburbs, getting old and dying. The third section, titled “Gutter Trees,” includes poems about his life with his wife.

“Reading and writing go hand in hand,” he says. “I write down the memory or idea on the page of some sort of brain drain, writing as much as possible about it.” He also shares with Mazur a similar philosophy on the importance of revising poems: “Revision is everything. The revision is being written. Revision sculpts. This is where a part is shaped.

Does he see himself above all as a visual artist or a poet? The word “poet”, he notes, comes from the Greek word meaning “to do”.

“The poet is a creator. This is also how I see myself as a visual artist. So above all, I am a maker, who expresses himself through words and painting.

The artist in his studio in Bloomfield, Connecticut (left); photo by Luisa Caycedo-Kimura. Woodford Farm Barn, by Aaron Caycedo-Kimura (right); photo courtesy of the artist.

Pinsky, who hosts the Lowell Memorial’s biannual readings, says tonight’s readings are “not to be missed.”

«At Gail Mazur the end of the earth, his recent collection of new and selected poems, A Life of Masterful Work includes celebration and wonder, laughter and invention, as well as elegy: all with the joy of art, ”Pinsky says. “Aaron Caycedo-Kimura’s chapbook Ubusute is a memorial, a loving tale of his parents and their creations – a family, a garden, a rise above the infamous internment camps. In length, in staging, in generation, these books of a teacher and her pupil are far from each other. In their drive towards understanding, in the music of poetry, they resemble each other.

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Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart team up in trailer for Halloween baking contest on Peacock

Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart continue their friendship and successful creative partnership this Halloween season with an all-new baking special on Peacock. The streaming service is in partnership with Buzzfeed‘s Delicious for Very tasty Halloween from Snoop and Martha, which will be released on Peacock on October 21. The special sees some of the best baking teams in the country offering not only delicious treats, but also full displays made with edible ingredients. It’s definitely the biggest holiday baking show, so it’s no surprise that big names like Snoop and Martha are behind it.

On Monday, Peacock released the first trailer for Very tasty Halloween from Snoop and Martha. The first footage from the Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart shows introducing the contestants to their mission and going all out with some interesting Halloween costumes. You can check it out in the video below!

Snoop and Stewart and joined the competition by Delicious Food content creator Alvin Zhou, who will use his knowledge and experience to serve as a judge alongside the two hosts.

“In Very tasty Halloween from Snoop and Martha teams of three bakers called “Scare Squads” are tasked with preparing and creating a fully sensory 12×12 Halloween world that people can literally explore. The trap ? Their worlds must be inspired by the concept of fear. Imagine larger-than-life chocolate spiders or cotton candy cobwebs, ”reads Peacock’s official press release. “Creator of tasty culinary content, Alvin Zhou will use his cooking and baking knowledge to judge each baker’s creation alongside Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart. .

“Trios of the country’s most talented and award-winning bakers compete to create an immersive and edible show that celebrates Halloween’s colorful creativity. When the time is up, the judges crown the team that builds the tastiest candy world, and the competition ends in a fantastic Halloween party.

Very tasty Halloween from Snoop and Martha is produced by BuzzFeed Studios, Magical Elves and Snoopadelic Films. Casey Kriley, Jo Sharon, Hillary Olsen, Patrick J. Doody and Gaylen Gawlowski are the executive producers of Magical Elves. Richard Alan Reid and Charlotte Simms are the executive producers of BuzzFeed. Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart are also executive producers. “

What do you think of Snoop and Martha’s new Halloween baking special? Let us know in the comments!

Very tasty Halloween from Snoop and Martha arrives on Peacock on October 21.

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Sarasota Wine Market vs. Schmitt — What’s the Deal?


A Supreme Court ruling can affect the system at three levels as we know it.

Jeff Siegel

This week, the United States Supreme Court may decide to take a first step in overhauling the way wine is retailed in the United States.

But it is probably – insisting on Probably-habit.

Supreme Court Building, DC / Unsplash

“You really can’t logically answer what the Supreme Court will do,” says Jay Hack, senior partner at Gallet Dreyer & Berkey in New York City, and chair of the Wine, Spirits and Beer Law Committee for the New York State Bar Association. “It’s almost impossible to predict because you don’t know how they think. “

But if Hack were to guess, he bet there is less than a fifty-fifty chance that they’ll take the case.

So why so many fuss about Sarasota Wine Market versus Schmitt? Because this case challenges a Missouri law that prohibits out-of-state retailers from selling wine to residents of Missouri. The law uses the same argument that was successful in the Granholm case of 2005, which allowed wineries to sell their product to people living in another state. Granholm is the base of the $ 3.7 billion DtC wine market.

The court will decide this week whether or not to grant certiorari, which is legal jargon for agreeing to review a lower court decision (called cert, for short). This hearing could potentially settle the legal dispute that has raged since Granholm: do out-of-state retailers have the same rights as wineries to sell products to consumers in other states? Most court rulings since Granholm have stated that retailers do not enjoy the same rights and that it is perfectly acceptable for a state to ban such sales.

Several things could happen if the court accepts the case: A ruling in favor of Missouri law would end a string of lawsuits filed across the country in recent years that challenge the ban on retail sales outside the United States. ‘State. This, in effect, would make it clear that Granholm only applied to wineries. Or, he could tell the appeals court that ruled in Missouri’s favor to reconsider its decision and the court would give appellate judges specific instructions on what to look for in the review. Finally, a ruling in favor of Sarasota may allow out-of-state retailers, within certain limits, to sell anywhere in the country. This would overturn a key part of the three tier system that has dominated alcohol sales since the end of Prohibition, thereby bypassing the second tier, that of wholesalers.

It would be really bluffing.

“A lot of people think if the court grants the certificate, we have the World Series of All Cases,” says Sean O’Leary, Chicago attorney and former chief legal counsel for the Illinois Liquor Control Commission . “It could be a [case] which will solve once and for all the long problem of the decade.

“It may be true and may not be,” he adds. Because, of course, it’s the Supreme Court, O’Leary notes. No one knows exactly what he’s going to do.

In one respect, the arguments in Sarasota are the same old “he said, she said” that surrounded the laws and lawsuits on retail direct shipping from Granholm. Sarasota says out-of-state retailers are discriminated against in Missouri because they cannot sell across state lines, due to what’s called the dormant trade clause of the Constitution, which says that the states can not discriminate like that. Missouri’s position is that no one is preventing out-of-state retailers from opening a store in the state; therefore no discrimination. Missouri also argues that the 21st The amendment (which ended the ban) allows it to ban out-of-state sales, and that has been a legal point that has been settled for 90 years.

In Granholm, the Supreme Court ruled that the dormant trade clause prevailed over the 21st Amendment, says Alex Koral, senior regulatory advisor at SOVOS ShipCompliant, a wine shipping consultancy. Arguments in retail shipping cases since then have been whether that part of Granholm could be used to authorize retail drop shipping, which the court was reluctant to clarify.

And, he says, there’s no reason to expect him to do anything differently this time around. Allowing a drop-in retail exception would cloud the waters around the three-tier system even more than it already is. The court certainly doesn’t want to do that: A ruling in favor of Sarasota would redefine the relationship between producers, wholesalers and retailers, which the court never said needed to be redefined.

Still, several attorneys have said that there are slight differences in the drop shipping environment this time around that could intrigue the court enough to grant cert. Foremost among them is its 2019 ruling in Tennessee Wine Retailers, which overturned a state law that prohibited non-residents from obtaining a retail liquor license. Judge Samuel Alito, in his majority opinion, suggested that any state that was going to discriminate against an out-of-state retailer had better have a damn good reason for doing so. In this case, there was none.

Which begs the question: Did the federal appeals court that ruled in favor of Missouri do enough to take Tennessee into account? Or did he just rule for Missouri because that’s the way the law has always been?

It’s an intriguing point, Koral says, but he also points out that the court did not disprove the entire three-tier system. On the contrary, it has simply made states more responsible for how they use it.

United States puzzle pieces
United States puzzle pieces

*The United States Supreme Court will meet to decide whether to grant or deny certiorari to Missouri’s delivery laws at its conference on October 8. A decision to grant or deny the certiorari application can be announced on or around October 12. *


Jeff Siegel is an award-winning wine writer, as well as the co-founder and former president of Drink Local Wine, the first locavore wine movement. He has taught wine, beer, spirits and beverage management at El Centro College and at Le Cordon Bleu in Dallas. He has written seven books, including “The Wine Curmudgeon’s Guide to Cheap Wine”.


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SherLann D. Moore Releases New Book – Screenwriting for Storytellers

Award-winning author and screenwriter SherLann D. Moore is pleased to announce the release of her new book, Screenwriting for Storytellers: How to Take Your Story From Idea to Script. Visit for more information.

Are you a writer who wants to learn screenwriting?

SherLann D. Moore has developed a simple process for showing storytellers how to turn a story into a screenplay. The book offers lessons on basic script structure, as well as bonus features such as quizzes, writer’s block removal and brain stimulation exercises, writing exercises, pitch deck training, and Moreover. You’ll also get Moore’s award-winning autobiographical drama script, Stronger When She’s Broken. Screenwriting for storytellers is an indispensable tool for writers of all types. Isn’t it time to tell your Hollywood story?

Screenwriting for storytellers is available for purchase in print and ebook formats.

Information about the book:

Screenwriting for storytellers
How to take your story from idea to script
By SherLann D. Moore

Publisher: MoonLeaf Publishing
Posted: September 2021
ISBN: 978-0999761250
ASIN: B09G783MT6
Pages: 258
Genre: Non-fiction, writing, personal development

About the Author:

As you can see from the cover, Author and Screenwriter SD Moore has won numerous screenwriting awards, as well as book writing awards. Highlights include the Blood Best of the Fest award and several best screenplay awards. Moore also won some top book awards. Moore is also a judge at the film festival. SD Moore is a former military and college instructor who holds a double master’s degree in human resource management and development and a doctoral thesis in education.

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Self-Help, Screenwriting, Writing, BookBuzz, Storytelling Screenwriting, SherLann D. Moore, MoonLeaf Publishing helps freelance authors, hybrid authors, and small publishers promote and market their books. They also help with book reviews, advertising, and more. Promote your next release, new release, backlist titles, Kindle countdown deal, and more. They offer NetGalley lists, book reviews, BookFunnel promotions, and free book giveaways. Let’s create some buzz for your book !!!

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Dave and Goliath: Maverick writer Eggers takes a stand against Amazon | Books

The plight of the street bookstore, battling the power of online giants, is a common complaint on both sides of the Atlantic. But it is rare for leading players, authors and publishers, to put their words into action and take a stand against the tide.

This month award-winning campaign writer Dave Eggers risks US sales of his new novel, The whole, by limiting access to hard copies. Only small bookstores will offer it.

It’s a typical move for Eggers, who has long pushed industry conventions aside, starting his own non-profit publishing house, McSweeney’s, in 1998, two years before his bestseller. A heartbreaking work of astonishing genius. But it’s also something that fits the topic of his new book perfectly. A sequel to his 2013 hit, The circle, it’s a dystopian satire, featuring a company that looks a lot like Amazon.

For the book’s US release on Tuesday, Eggers will allow hardcover editions to be sold only at small bookstores. A few weeks later, Vintage, a division of Random House, will release an eBook and paperback version. Even then, customers will not be able to purchase the hardcover on Amazon.

Eggers’ decision of non-compliance has been greeted with great gratitude by owners of independent US bookstores, who are battling the huge post-Covid shift to online services.

“It gave us the impression that the author and the publishing industry really care about small stores,” said Laura Scott Schaefer, owner of Scattered Books in Chappaqua, New York. “It was difficult to compete with the bigger retailers. Any little advantage that we can get in any type of space is great.

Mitchell Kaplan, owner of Books & Books in Miami and creator of the Miami International Book Fair, goes one step further. He believes Eggers recognizes “the important role that independent booksellers play in the ecology of our literary culture.” Kaplan sees Eggers’ innovation as a store support more than an attack on Amazon, which, after all, has had a negative impact on a wide range of other small businesses. The big question for Kaplan is what would be lost if independent bookstores disappeared.

“You would lose a diversity of voices when you lose a diversity of salespeople. The people who sell literature in a community help people discover voices that otherwise might not be presented, ”he said.

Mamoudou Athie and Emma Watson in the 2017 film The Circle, based on the novel of the same name by Dave Eggers. Photograph: Christophel Collection / Alamy

In Britain, where Eggers’ release day will be like any other, retailers are clamoring for a similar champion. And many authors will rally to the cause on Saturday, Bookstore Day, by attending live events at local bookstores. Leading writers Jeanette Winterson, Ian Rankin, Mark O’Connell, Val McDermid, KN Chimbiri and Piers Torday are among those who gave signings or readings on October 9.

Popular resistance against the dominance of online book sales has three main strands in the UK. The first is the growing solidarity between independent bookstores across nations, characterized by the arrival a year ago of, a book-buying portal that reimburses booksellers that are not part of large chains. In 12 months, the site was joined by 480 independent bookstores, generating £ 1.6m for them.

Nicole Vanderbilt, managing director of the UK site, said defending the independent bookstore was “vital” work. “They are a fundamental part of their local communities, often providing more than just a place to buy books. We pride ourselves on being an online site that offers insight into that expert bookseller touch but, more importantly, enables clients to support freelancers.

The second response to online domination is a campaign to persuade Amazon to let its staff join a union, improve their conditions and thus level the playing field. It is led by the Unite union, which also published a report on Amazon’s business strategies and set up a confidential whistleblower hotline for workers. “We call on Amazon to support a declaration that guarantees workers the freedom to speak out and form a union without fear in the UK and Ireland,” a spokesperson for Unite said over the weekend. Hotline callers, Unite says, spoke of the stress, poor health and the everyday indignities of a “toxic” work culture.

The third element of the popular movement takes place in the main streets. Drawing inspiration from activists such as Eggers, who set up places to read on the West Coast of the United States, many bookstores are now venues for community groups and events. In the aftermath of the lockdown, the bookstore appears to have become a focal point for many people.

“It is very clear that everyone is enjoying the experience of boating, making recommendations from the team here and attending our author events again,” said Sheryl Shurville, owner of Chorleywood Bookshop in Hertfordshire. and Gerrards Cross Books, Buckinghamshire. “All of our customers have been incredibly supportive over the past 18 months, but it’s great to get some form of normalcy as we head into Bookstore Day and the busiest time in the world. year for bookstores. “

On Saturday, Ann Cleeves, the bestselling author of the Shetland, Vera and Two Rivers novels, will be signing copies at her local bookstore, The Bound in Whitley Bay, Northumberland, while Melissa Cummings-Quarry and Natalie A Carter, authors of Grown: Black Girls’ Guide to Shine will attend an event at the newly opened Bookhaus Bristol. The founders of the Black Girls’ Book Club will share stories and tips starting at 4 p.m. While in Seaton, Devon, the Owl and Pyramid Bookstore plays host to a series of events, including a children’s book scavenger hunt.

Author Graeme Macrae Burnet to take a walk-in mystery tour of bookshops in the north of England, from The Book Case, Hebden Bridge, to sign copies of his book Case study; and in Rotherham, from Tuesday, Typeset, a new community bookstore and collaborative workspace, is handing out £ 5 vouchers to five winners of a daily contest for customers who arrive with a five-line poem.

In Eggers’ new book, Mae Holland, the protagonist of The circle, became the ugly leader of a company taking over a rival, with a familiar-looking founder who “was only too happy to withdraw the money and devote his time to space exploration with his fourth spouse”. But, for the writer, the narrative is more than a chance to poke fun at Jeff Bezos. Eggers highlights the huge shift towards online technology in our lives.

“I don’t think most people necessarily realize how much an inhibitory species changes that – this overwhelming, constant and inevitable surveillance,” he said recently, adding, “and that makes us a much less species. interesting and much more subject to technology. “

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E-Commerce Writer – Pedestrian Group

Group of pedestrians (Winner – Publisher of the Year, Mumbrella Publish Awards 2021) is seeking a young Firearms Writer to join our growing team of Affiliates. This E-Commerce Writer position will be responsible for the production and optimization of e-commerce content on our seven award-winning websites: PEDESTRIAN.TV, VICE Australia, Business Insider Australia, Lifehacker Australia, Gizmodo Australia, Kotaku Australia and the upcoming Refinery29 Australia launch.

Reporting directly to the Chief Editor – Native and E-Commerce, our dream candidate is a skilled copywriter who knows how to tailor his tone to different brand voices and audience interests, and has extensive knowledge of brands, retailers and some products. You don’t have to be an expert in every category (i.e. tech, style, home, health), but you have to be passionate about some and ready to research and research. learn more about others on a daily basis.

Success in this role is measured by the ability to generate revenue through commercial content that is as comfortable on our sites as unbranded content, and by effectively prioritizing and executing everything from job postings and from product summaries to how-to guides and reviews.

This role is a permanent part-time contract for three consecutive days per week (we can be flexible on days).

The E-Commerce editor should:

  • Write business content – including gift guides, offer summaries, and interesting product reviews – across all of the Pedestrian Group sites
  • Work in conjunction with our affiliate partners including Amazon, Whistleout and Skimlinks to deliver great and exclusive offers to our readers
  • Work in collaboration with our site editors to ensure that all commercial content reflects the overall editorial strategy and its different audiences
  • Optimize new and existing content based on market trends, SEO and analytical insights from Amazon Associates,, Google Analytics, etc.
  • Track posts in affiliate and audience analytics and apply the learnings to future content production efforts
  • Use SEO and keyword trends to help design a content strategy to support key shopping times throughout the year e.g. Black Friday, Cyber ​​Monday, Click Frenzy
  • Search the internet for the best deals and the coolest products in a variety of categories

The position requires a person with:

  • Experience or strong interest in e-commerce or product writing
  • A deep love for shopping, brands, retailers and products
  • An appreciation of the importance of quality native content as a service to the reader
  • The ability to tailor the tone of writing to suit different audiences across pillars, including technology, culture, lifestyle, and business
  • Strong interest or experience in audience growth, conversion and analytics
  • Willingness to work weekends and / or evenings as needed, particularly during major business events like Black Friday
  • Knowledge of SEO best practices, Yoast and SEMRush preferred

If you would like to join us, send us the following:

  • A written cover letter explaining why you would be the right fit for the job (feel free to be creative).
  • Your CV

We can’t wait to meet you!

About the Pedestrian Group

Pedestrian Group is Australia’s leading youth-focused publisher, reaching a unique audience of over 4.16 million Aussies per month and over 18-39 years of age than any other publisher. It is home to PEDESTRIAN.TV, VICE Australia, Refinery29 Australia, Business Insider Australia, Lifehacker Australia, Gizmodo Australia and Kotaku Australia, as well as outdoor cinemas. It is 100% owned by Nine, Australia’s largest and most diverse media company.

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Gamasutra – Press Releases – Free League Wins Eight ENNIE Awards, Including Fan Favorite Editor

[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource Games Press.]
It was a hell of a night for Free League Publishing at the ENNIE Awards! Vaesen – Nordic Horror RPG received three gold medals including Best Art Interior and Cover art, ALIEN RPG: Destroyer of Worlds won three Ennies, including gold for best production values ​​and WORSHIP OF MÖRK BORG: Feretory received gold for best supplement. Free League Publishing was also named a Fan Favorite Publisher – for the second year in a row!

The ENNIE Awards are an annual celebration of excellence by fans in tabletop role-playing. ENNIES give game designers, writers and artists the recognition they deserve. This is a public prize, and the final winners are voted on online by the player public.

Here is the full list of awards given to Free League Publishing:


Vaesen – Nordic Horror RPG – GOLD

Vaesen – Nordic Horror RPG – GOLD

Vaesen – Nordic Horror RPG – GOLD


ALIEN RPG Destroyer of Worlds – GOLD

ALIEN RPG Destroyer of Worlds – MONEY

ALIEN RPG Destroyer of Worlds – SILVER

Free League Edition

And a big congratulations to Stockholm Kartell & Ockult Örtmästare Games, creators of MÖRK BORG, for their awards:



In the shadows, something is moving. Strange beings. Twisted creatures lurking on the edge of the vision. Watching. Wait. Invisible to most, but not to you. You see them for what they really are. Vaesen.

Welcome to the Mythic North. A land where myths are real. A cold expanse covered with vast forests, its few lonely cities beacons of industry and enlightenment – a new dawning civilization. But in the countryside, old habits still hold true. There, people know what is hiding in the dark. They know how to be afraid of it. Vaesen.

Vaesen – Nordic Horror RPG is based on the works of famous artist and author Johan Egerkrans and features a dark Gothic setting steeped in Nordic folklore.

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ALIEN The official role-playing game

The space is vast, dark, and your friend is not. This is the multi-award winning official ALIEN – The role play. A universe of bodily horror and entrepreneurship, where synthetic people play god while space truckers and marines welcome ghoulish newborn creatures. It is a harsh and ruthless universe, and you are nothing but replaceable. Stay alive if you can.

The official EXTRATERRESTRIAL The Role-Playing Basic Rulebook was published in 2019 by Free League Publishing in partnership with 20th Century Studios. The game immediately sold its first draw and quickly entered the Top 5 best-selling tabletop role-playing games in fall 2019. It won the ENNIE award for best game 2020 and the audience award for best RPG at UK. Game Fair. The game is currently translated into seven languages.

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A doom metal album from a game. A sharp scourge in the face. Light on the rules, heavy on everything else. MÖRK BORG is a dark apocalyptic fantasy RPG about lost souls and fools seeking redemption, forgiveness, or the last remaining riches in a dark, dying world. Face off against energy-guzzling necromancers, stealthy skeletal warriors, and backstabbing matchheads. But leave hope behind – the cruel fate of the world is sealed, and all your heroic vain efforts are destined to end in death and dismay. Where are they?

The multiple rewards MÖRK BORG RPG is created by Pelle Nilsson (Ockult Örtmästare Games) and Johan Nohr (Stockholm Kartell) and published by Free League under the Free League Workshop sub-label for independently designed games.

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Free League Publishing is a Swedish game creator and publisher dedicated to speculative fiction. We’ve released a wide range of award-winning tabletop role-playing games and acclaimed art books set in weird and wonderful worlds.

Our game portfolio includes upcoming games: Twilight: 2000, Tales From the Loop – The Board Game and The One Ring â„¢ RPG.

Games released include the official Alien RPG (Gold ENNIE for the best game 2020), the gothic Vaesen – Nordic Horror RPG (Best RPG – People´s Choice at UKGE 2021), the black fantasy RPG MÖRK BORG(winner of four ENNIE Awards 2020), the alternative of the 80s Tales of the Loop, (winner of five ENNIE Awards 2017, including best game) and the 90s alternatives Things of the Flood, the retro-fantasy Forbidden lands (winner of four ENNIE Awards 2019), the post-apocalyptic Mutant: Year Zero (Silver ENNIE for Best Rules 2015), the science fiction game Coriolis – The third horizon (Judge’s Spotlight Award 2017) and the dark fantasy game Symbaroume.

We have also published the art books Tales from the Loop, Things from the Flood, The Electric State and The labyrinth by internationally renowned visual artist Simon St̴lenhag, as well as the illustrated edition of Lovecraft classics In the mountains of madness Рvolume 1 and Call of Cthulhu by the famous artist Fran̤ois Baranger.

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Star-Times Sunday News Contest Boosted By More Prizes And New Categories

Author Kirsten McDougall won the Sunday Star-Times News Contest last year.


Author Kirsten McDougall won the Sunday Star-Times News Contest last year.

Entries are now open for New Zealand’s richest news contest, the Sunday Star-Times news price.

Sunday Star-Times Editor-in-chief Tracy Watkins said the awards, now in their fourth decade, are set to showcase some of New Zealand’s most exciting new writing talents, with a prize pool of $ 9,000 made possible thanks to the support of a new sponsor, the Milford Foundation.

“Membership of the Milford Foundation, alongside our longtime partner, Penguin Random House New Zealand, has helped re-energize the awards by expanding the categories to include top emerging Maori writers and emerging Pasifika,” said Watkins.

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The winners in these categories, both sponsored by the Milford Foundation, will each win $ 1,000, and they are also eligible to win the $ 6,000 prize for the best overall news.

The foundation also sponsors the $ 1,000 award for best writer under 25.

Penguin Random House New Zealand fiction publisher Harriet Allan said the publisher has been involved in the competition since 2005.

“We are proud to have published some of the best news writers in the country, such as Owen Marshall, Fiona Kidman, Witi Ihimaera and Patricia Grace.

“A number of new writers who won or were finalists in the competition have gone on to become established writers, including Carl Nixon, Sarah Laing and Eileen Merriman. “

A feature of the competition is that it has always been anonymous, so the judges do not know who wrote the plays.

Sarah Norrie, administrator of the Milford Foundation


Sarah Norrie, administrator of the Milford Foundation

Milford Foundation administrator Sarah Norrie said she was delighted to support the competition.

“New Zealand’s essential workers are rightly in the spotlight right now for the vital work they do for all of us. We believe our writers and storytellers are essential in their own way – imagine life without them! It is all to the credit of Sunday Star-Times that his competition has already helped launch the careers of many admired writers. The short story is a difficult form, but proves that something deep and lasting can be said in relatively few words. “

Norrie said the Milford Foundation has a clear goal: to invest in the future of Aotearoa in New Zealand and create opportunities for generations to come.

“We think our goal fits well with our support for the youth, Maori and Pasifika categories of the Sunday Star-Times news contest.

Watkins said last year’s awards attracted nearly 700 entries and she expected it to be surpassed this year, thanks to the new categories, which would encourage new writers to take their chances.

“We’re also thrilled with the caliber of the judges and expect that to be another asset for aspiring writers,” Watkins said.

Award-winning author Patricia Grace to judge emerging Maori category


Award-winning author Patricia Grace to judge emerging Maori category

Renowned author Patricia Grace will judge the emerging Maori category, and award-winning author Amy McDaid will judge the emerging category Pasifika.

Rosetta Allan, who was recently the first New Zealander to occupy the St. Petersburg Art Residence in Russia, where she spent time researching her second novel, Unreliable people, will judge the category open.

Tinderbox author Megan Dunn will judge the Under 25 category.

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New Wagamesian book would make deceased author very happy, agent says

Four and a half years after his death, a new collection of shorts by award-winning Ojibway journalist and author Richard Wagamese will be released in real and virtual bookstores on Saturday.

Richard Wagamese Selected: What Comes From Spirit which comes from the publishing house Douglas & McIntrye (D&M), is a collection of his unpublished manuscripts, social media accounts, his Word Press blog “World of Wonders” and his columns of newspapers with the Calgary Herald.

“This is an accumulation of Richard’s wisdom and really of his teachings, of his core beliefs that he had never quite gathered in one place before,” said John Pearce, who has worked with Wagamese for over 25 years, first as a publisher, then as an agent. .

“I have always considered his works to be poetic and I find that by selecting them the way Douglas McIntrye presents them, by conceiving them as Douglas McIntrye did, many of these statements become poetry. So that’s something I like about this book as well.

Wagamese was not as well known for his poems and non-fiction as he was for his fiction.

Wagamese passed away in March 2017 in Kamloops, British Columbia. It belonged to the independent Wabaseemoong nations of northwestern Ontario.

The decision to go ahead with the posthumous collection with D&M, which published the majority of Wagamese’s work, came “organically,” Pearce said.

What Comes From Spirit follows five years after Wagamese Embers’ latest collection: One Ojibway’s Meditations.

“Unfortunately, he passed away just as (Embers) was coming to the stores, so he never got to see how well received he had been. His literary field wanted us to publish the sequel right away because there were so many short pieces that they were hoping we would do a second book. I was just concerned at the time that there wasn’t enough for a full treatment, ”said D&M editor Anna Comfort O’Keeffe.

This was not the case. The work was collated from previously published and unpublished sources ranging from 1989 to 2015. It included essays printed in the Calgary Herald during the days of the Meech Lake Accord and the Oka Crisis that Wagamese had. gathered in the book The Terrible Summer (published in 1996 to now the now defunct Warwick Publishing), and also some thirty pages which he wrote for Nine Volt Heart, which he planned to be a book about music, but that he never finished.

Once all of the material was put together, says O’Keeffe, there was enough work to complete a second collection.

And more than that, says Pearce, the collection is the pride of Wagamese.

“This collection is certainly our initiative, but we think he would have been very happy about it,” he said.

The introduction to the collection is written by Drew Hayden Taylor, another award-winning Indigenous author.

“(Wagamese’s prolific outpouring of quality narrative and his unfortunate death cemented him pretty firmly in what I call (and to my knowledge no one else) contemporary Indigenous Literary Renaissance. Novels, poetry, non-fiction. . . he was the master of all. If his name was attached to it, you knew there was substance behind it. He was an extraordinary writer, and more importantly, an extraordinary man. His smile was as bright as his craft, ”writes Taylor.

Building on Wagamese’s legacy, D&M pledged 50 cents from the sale of each copy of the first 10,000 books and $ 1 thereafter to the Ontario Arts Foundation to support Indigenous peoples. Voices Awards.

“He was a big supporter of Native writers, any writer. We decided that it was really important that the partial proceeds from the book go to something that would support and benefit the community itself, ”said O’Keeffe.

“I think he would have been delighted with that,” Pearce said. “Richard always spoke to me and others about helping Indigenous writers claim their right in this country and have their voices heard when they haven’t always been. ”

Wagamese is probably best known for his novel Indian Horse (2012) which was a CBC Canada Reads finalist, winner of the inaugural Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature, and adapted into a feature film in 2017.

O’Keeffe came to D&M in 2013, around the same time Indian Horse became a finalist for the CBC Canada Reads Award.

“It worked really well, along with a lot of other books by native writers. It is something that is of national interest. This is part of our mandate, so we continue to solicit submissions from Indigenous authors. They or their agents submit a book to us and… when we have the chance to get them, we are really happy to publish native authors because we know this is something that Canadian readers want and it is important ”, O’Keeffe said.

This continues to be the case with the work of Wagamese. O’Keeffe notes that Embers continues to sell well.

“There is a thirst for Richard’s words that did not end with his life. They inspire endlessly. Richard has always had a great relationship with his readers, ”said Chris Casuccio, who joined Pearce as Wagamese’s agent later in the writer’s career.

“Richard worked hard to formalize his inner feelings when writing novels. He believed the spirit had passed through him. His job was to keep the fire alight and focused in one place. This book breaks with this formal formatting, and all that remains is his reflections, his observations, his inspiration. The core from which he built his fire; which comes from the mind, ”said Casuccio.

While there is no plan for another collection of Wagamese works, Pearce said, “We have to feel that he would be happy and that could be all there is now. We just don’t know.

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Longlist Booker 2021 Reader’s Guide

PUBLISHED on August 22, 2021


The long list of the Booker Prize is one of the highly anticipated literary events of the year. The thirteen titles nominated for the coveted prize, called Booker Dozen, were chosen from 158 novels, all published in the UK or Ireland between October 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021. The Booker Prize for Fiction is open to works by ‘writers of any nationality, written in English and published in the UK or Ireland.

This year’s jury was made up of president Maya Jasanoff, the historian; writer and editor Horatia Harrod; actor Natascha McElhone; novelist and professor Chigozie Obioma and writer and former Archbishop Rowan Williams.

Maya Jasanoff, president of the 2021 judges, said this about the novels on the long list:

“Many of them consider how people grapple with the past – whether it is personal experiences of mourning or dislocation or the historical legacy of slavery, apartheid and war. Many examine the strained intimate relationships and, through them, meditate on ideas of freedom and obligation, or what makes us human. It is especially striking during the pandemic that all of these books have important things to say about the nature of the community, from the smallest and most isolated to the immeasurable expanse of cyberspace. ”

Five novelists have already been awarded the prize: Damon Galgut, Kazuo Ishiguro, Mary Lawson, Richard Powers and Sunjeev Sahota.

Following the Booker’s decision in 2014 to include American authors among the nominees eligible for the award, the long list each year revives the debate as to whether this will lead to more inclusiveness or consistency in the edition. This year’s list consists of five British authors alongside four Americans and writers from Canada and South Africa.

The list of six finalists will be announced on September 14 of this year, and the winner, who will take home £ 50,000, will be announced on November 2.

So what can you expect from this year’s long list? Keep reading to find out.

A passage to the north – Anuk Arudpragasam

After his critically acclaimed debut, The story of a brief marriage, the Sri Lankan Tamil writer is back with another politically astute novel. His latest work of fiction is a dark discursive meditation on the collective amnesia of a nation. The story revolves around Krishan who sets out on a trip from Colombo to the war-torn Northern Province for the funeral of the caregiver of his grandmother, a woman who never recovered psychologically after having lost her two sons in the bloody civil war that lasted thirty years. . A breathtaking work of fiction about the generational trauma of war.

Klara and the sun – Kazuo Ishiguro

Having won the Booker Prize in 1989 with the famous The leftovers of the day which has also been adapted into an award-winning film starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson, this is the fourth time Ishiguro has been nominated for the award. Klara and the sun takes place in a world where parents buy androids called artificial friends to provide companionship for their children. Klara, one of these “friends” is brought home to Josie, a chronically ill girl. The plot and tone of this book most closely resemble the writer’s seminal work, Never let Me Go. With the same ingenious combination of naivety paired with artful observations on human fragility, both books push the boundaries of the sci-fi genre.

The promise – Damon Galgut

Previously shortlisted for In a strange room the South African writer marks his return to Booker’s long list with his most political work to date.The promise revolves around a fanatical South African family who renegs on their promise to make their black servant a legal owner of the house in which they live. This provocative, multigenerational family saga begins in the 1980s and ends in 2018, skillfully tracing the legacy of apartheid.

Second place – Rachel Cusk

In the wake of his critically acclaimed trilogy Contour who pushed the boundaries of fiction, Cusk marks his return with this domestic novel. Author’s Note Credits Lorenzo in Taos, Mabel Dodge Luhan’s 1932 memoir of DH Lawrence’s stay at his artist colony in Taos, New Mexico, as a source of inspiration. This fictional memoir deals with the strained relationship between a woman and the famous artist whom she invited to use her guesthouse in the remote coastal landscape where she lives with her family. While the story is weighed down by overly stylized and dense prose, this thin short story ultimately talks about the boredom of midlife and the double-edged sword of fame in the creative realm.

The softness of the water – Nathan Harris

One of the landmark debuts of the year, this propulsive novel takes place during the twilight years of the Civil War era. With keen insight, Harris paints a vivid and nuanced portrait of rural Georgia in the southern United States at a time of great political upheaval. The plot centers on two brothers recently released by the Emancipation Proclamation and their families. The novel features a cast of well-etched characters and a sensitive portrayal of complex interpersonal relationships.

An island – Karen Jennings

Dark horse of the long list, this novel by a South African writer struggled to find a publisher, eventually finding a home in a small independent publishing house with a circulation of only 500 copies. It is the story of a young refugee who is stranded unconscious on the beach of a small island inhabited by none other than Samuel, an old lighthouse keeper who is exiled from a cruel world. Their interactions revive memories of Samuel’s troubled past and the suffering he witnessed. An island ofdelivers a living and stimulating history that reflects racism, colonialism and its reverberations across generations. The book is already collecting comparisons with the works of another great South African literary, JM Coetzee.

A town called Consolation – Mary Lawson

The Canadian author was previously on the list of The other side of the bridge. The story of this novel revolves around three characters, each facing loss in their own way. Echoing the works of Anne Tyler and Elizabeth Strout, this novel deals with small town life, incorporating themes of family love, loss and togetherness.

Nobody talks about it – Patricia Lockwood

One of this year’s most high-profile debut novels, it captures the Internet’s zeitgeist in all its chaotic glory. Described as a Twitter novel and an autofiction, the book follows a social media celebrity who is “extremely online” and struggles to cope with her offline struggles with real life issues and her online fame. As sketchy prose polarizes, ironic, scorching humor and insightful observations on the vapidity of social media make this novel stand out.

Men of fortune – Nadifa Mohamed

Mahmood Mattan, a young Somali sailor living in Cardiff, was the father of three children and a petty thief. Since his Welsh wife left him he has been in trouble, but when a shopkeeper is brutally killed in Tiger Bay in Cardiff in 1952, he doesn’t expect to be charged with the crime. He was wrongly convicted and executed for a murder he did not commit in a horrific case of racial profiling. The British and Somali author’s fictionalized account of the real-life story of Mahmood Mattan is a mind-boggling literary feat. Overflowing with soul and grace, this book depicts the deplorable history of racism and bigotry.

Perplexity -Richard Powers

This novel marks the third entry on Booker’s Long List for the Pulitzer Prize-winning American writer. Astrobiologist Theo Byrne, 45, searches for life in space while his 9-year-old son Robin is determined to protect endangered animals on Earth. Recently bereaved, the father-son duo face the loss of Robin’s mother in an accident. As the grieving son’s behavior becomes problematic, in an attempt to keep him away from psychoactive drugs, Theo agrees to put his son on experimental neurological therapy. Meanwhile, ecological and political disasters are raging in the outside world. Perplexity is a poignant and timely reflection on how to protect ourselves and our loved ones from the perils of the outside world and our own minds.

China room – Sunjeev Sahota

No stranger to the Booker, Sahota was shortlisted in 2015 for The year of the fugitives.

The double story of China room follows Mehar, a young bride in rural Punjab during the lead-up to the score who spends most of her time sequestered in the “porcelain room” with her two sisters-in-law and her great-grandson who returned from London in 1999 in the Punjab to fight his heroin addiction on an isolated farm, where Mehar resided. Sahota masterfully evokes the sense of place and time in lush prose in this multigenerational novel that explores individual action, oppression and liberation.

Large Circle – Maggie Shipstead

Doorstop to a book of over 600 pages, this glorious feminist epic spans a century. Marian was a daredevil aviator in the mid-90s who embarked on her dream journey of flying around the world, over the North and South Poles. On the last leg of her journey, Marian and her navigator disappeared. A century later, the disillusioned actress Hadley Baxter agrees to try out the role of Marian in a film centered on Marian’s disappearance in Antarctica. From aviation to Hollywood, the worlds created by Shipstead are meticulously researched and vividly evoked. It’s an exhilarating novel about two women, separated by a century but united in their quest to find their own place in a society that demands submission.

Perpetual light – Francois Spufford

On November 25, 1944, a crowded Woolworths branch in New Cross was struck by a German V2 rocket, which exploded and destroyed the store and the immediate area, killing 168 people, including 15 children under the age of 11. Inspired by this real life incident, it is the story of five 20th century lives – the lives five London children could have had had they not been killed. We follow the lives of these five “children” at 15-year intervals and gain insight into the transformative years of post-war London history in this book on Redemption and Hope.

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A new novel by Booker Prize shortlisted author Anuradha Roy

By Siddhi Jain

New Delhi, August 5 (IANSlife): Award-winning author and Booker Prize winner Anuradha Roy announced the publication of her new novel “The Earthspinner” in early September this year.

Published by Hachette India, the novel follows on from Roy’s successful books ‘Sleeping on Jupiter’, which won the 2016 DSC Fiction Prize and was shortlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize and ‘All the Lives We Never Lived’ , which won the Tata Literature Live! Book of the Year Award 2018. The latter was shortlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award, the Hindu Literary Award and the JCB Award for Literature 2019.

She also wrote “An Atlas of Impossible Longing” and “The Folded Earth”.

In the new “scorching and delightfully crafted novel”, Roy combines his formidable storytelling power with his passion for pottery and his love for lost puppies to create a complex and heart-wrenching story about new ways of loving and living in the world. modern world.

In “The Earthspinner”, Roy delves into the life and spirit of Elango the Potter, who must navigate a complicated and impossible love, the dedication of a beloved pet, his own passion for creativity and a world upset by the petty violence that characterizes Today.

“When he wakes up, Elango knows his life has changed. His dream will consume him until it gives it shape. The potter must create a terra cotta horse whose beauty will be sufficient reason for its existence. , he cannot determine where he came from. galloped through his mind – the Mahabharata, or Trojan legend, or his anonymous potters ancestors. Nor can he say where he belongs – within the precincts of a temple , in a hotel lobby, or with Zohra, whom he despairs of marrying one day.

“The astral, indefinable force that drives Elango toward forbidden love and creation has unleashed other currents. A girl from the neighborhood begins her confusing journey to adulthood, developing a complicated relationship with him. adopts, seizing his heart. Meanwhile, his community is driven by incendiary passions of another kind. Here, people, animals and even gods live on the edge of the knife and the consequences of daring dreaming against the tide is cataclysmic, ”reveals a note in the book.

Moving between India and England, “The Earthspinner” reflects the many ways in which the East meets the West. It breathes new life into ancient myths, giving allegorical form to the war of fanaticism against reason and the imagination. It’s a complex and heartbreaking novel about the new ways of loving and living in the modern world.

Poulomi Chatterjee, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher, Hachette India tells IANSlife: “The world and the work of a visionary craftsman (familiar territory to Anuradha herself) is at the heart of the story he tells, but it does. The same applies to relationships of different natures and their complexity. trajectory in difficult times. The lyricism and simplicity of Anuradha’s storytelling, which has won her praise and praise in the past, will undoubtedly draw readers deep into the universe of her characters. At Hachette India, we are delighted and proud to release yet another of Anuradha’s gems. “

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Milwaukee cookbook author Jeanette Hurt keeps pace

All-in. Prolific cookery author Jeanette Hurt is that kind of girl.

We met 18 years ago, as we were preparing to represent Wisconsin on a 10 women’s goodwill trip to Chiba, our sister state in Japan. Most of us have taken the time to practice basic sentences – konnichiwa, arigato gozaimasu, sumimasen (hello, thank you, excuse me) – before leaving the US, Hurt took two months of Berlitz lessons and at a group dinner spoke to our hosts in their native language.

Most of the delegation returned to the United States at the end of the official itinerary. Hurt, then an aqua aerobics instructor, arranged – through the YMCA – to give a class to Japanese students before returning home.

Its a story. There is more. The Bay View resident is passionate about food and spirits, writing 15 books – 14 with her name and a ghost – since 2008.

It is not uncommon for her to work on two books at the same time. Cheese, cauliflower, tapas, gluten-free dishes, hard ciders and specialty cocktails caught his attention. The most recent is a cookbook that highlights the products of Aldi, the Germany-based grocer, as Hurt is a longtime fan (and agrees that Ali has a cult following – “like Trader Joe’s”) .

Up now: search for a book on sour whiskey, for University Press of Kentucky. After that comes a book on sour cocktails.

“I’ve always wanted to know ‘why’,” she says, to explain her motivation, and Hurt finds a thrill in the hunt to develop a perfect recipe or find a definitive answer to the obscure history of cooking or drinking. .

His new quest is to verify the origin, evolution and untapped possibilities of sour whiskey. We chat while Hurt cooks up a Blackberry Sage Smash, a recipe she developed as a composite of the others.

From the freezer comes a jumble of storage bags with simple syrups made from scratch, each unique because of the fruits or spices. (In its most basic form, simple syrup is made with boiled water and sugar.) A copper shaker mixes simple syrup, ice, and a jigger of Great Lakes Still & Oak Straight Bourbon (the liqueur in small lots, made in Milwaukee, is a subset of whiskey).

Hurt rubs a single sage leaf around the rim of a glass of cordial, fills it, and sips. Then she adds a little egg white to the rest of the unpoured mixture, shakes and regains. Nicely frothy but a little tart, Hurt decides, so she can modify the simple syrup recipe another day and try, try again.

Why an egg white?

“It tempers the other ingredients and adds a luxurious texture,” Hurt says, noting that old-fashioned recipes for simple syrup sometimes contained egg whites.

Distillers and bartenders also contribute whiskey sour cocktail recipes, which Hurt will all test out. Work can start in the morning as well as traditional cocktail hours, but for her “It’s always just a taste – I never finish a cocktail while testing”, although visitors can.

What’s in the perfect sour whiskey? Hurt reserves the right to change his mind but says that 2 ounces of bourbon, 3/4 ounce of lemon juice, and 3/4 ounce of simple syrup are a good start. Add a pinch or two of bitters because “bitters in cocktails are what spices are in cooking.”

Jeanette Hurt shows off the Blackberry Sage Smash she did on June 30.

From police report to food writing

Yes, she took cooking classes (and hired a certified bartender trainer to give her mixology classes), but the core training of her job is journalism. She was a police reporter (who brought homemade brownies to the morgue) at the now defunct City News Bureau in Chicago. Then came work in the Milwaukee Sentinel and Journal Sentinel newsrooms.

Hurt switched to full-time freelance writing in 2002, first as a travel writer. It turned into culinary writing after the birth of her son Quinn 11 years ago. Her husband Kyle is an architect and Quinn recently qualified for the national gymnastics competition.

Her mother begins the book search by gathering relevant material from the library (“you are only allowed to view 30 books at a time”), typically looking for both recipes and a historical angle. She scans microfilms from old newspapers and other publications. Of particular interest are the 1800s “household management” guides, collections which she says reflect ordinary life in the era and are the equivalent of Victorian bestsellers.

The work of challenging presumptions is tedious but rewarding.

“You have to go into databases,” says Hurt, and not rely on stories published from generation to generation.

What fuels a food and alcohol writer this way? Childhood heroines were aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart, Underground Railroad driver Harriet Tubman, and 19th-century journalist Nellie Bly (who faked mental illness to expose inhumane asylum conditions).

Jeanette Hurt poses for a portrait on June 30 in Milwaukee.  Hurt grew up in Chicago but has lived most of his life here in Milwaukee.  She wrote 15 books, 14 with her name and a ghost.

It all starts with cheese

Hurt says the deal was sealed for his first book, Wisconsin Cheese, after tempting the East Coast publisher with $ 50 of exquisite quarters from Larry’s Brown Deer Market.

“I had worked on seven or eight proposals, which I sent about 40 different times,” she recalls. “None of them had sold.”

Two weeks later, his book agent rattled DK – the UK publisher of the Complete Idiot’s Guide series – with Hurt’s manuscript on the cheeses of the world. Since then, “my next book has generally been a tangent” of something that arises and intrigues during research. Or it’s a publisher’s call for help because another writer’s job has failed. Or he sprouts from networking with other authors.

Tangents become ideas

Why chase the spirits? Hurt says she continued to write about Great Lakes Distillery distiller Guy Rehorst as her business grew. The more she wrote, the more the subject piqued her curiosity about cocktails and their origins.

When an idea arises, it finds a different approach. Example: His quest for a book “United Drinks of America” ​​turned into a book on Wisconsin cocktails, as Hurt realized during early research that very few states have a cocktail culture. unique.

The author also learned to reuse anything that might be left in the edit. When the text for a book on food dehydration was short (“a lot of these recipes are short”), she added a chapter on pet food.

Hurt is a lifelong dog lover whose pets have also served as taste testers in culinary experiences. Sandy, a terrier mix, ate canned dog food that teenager Hurt added spices to – garlic powder, Italian seasonings – and, while mom wasn’t looking, seven raw eggs .

Olivia, who starred in Hurt’s contribution to the 2012 book “Chicken Soup for the Soul of Dog Lovers,” ate her owner’s baked dog cookies. Now Lyra – a mix of Chihuahua and Great Pyrenees – enjoys the same treat, especially when Hurt adds bacon fat.

Here is the formula. All but the kitchen sink cookies (for 2 dozen to 3 dozen) 1 ½ cup whole wheat flour, 1 ½ cup leftover cheese, meat, cooked vegetables, canned tuna (or any combination), 1 scoop tablespoons of canola or olive oil, ½ cup of water. Heat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, leftovers and oil. Gradually add water; the amount you need will depend on the type of leftovers. The dough should be pliable but not too wet. Wet your hands and roll the mixture into small balls, about the size of a quarter or half a dollar, depending on your dog’s size.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until hardened. Cool.


Jeanette Hurt author of events

Upcoming Jeanette Hurt Author Events include:

An online Wisconsin cocktail talk and demos, via Zoom, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 5, Middleton Public Library. Mandatory pre-registration at

In-person food and non-alcoholic beverage demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. August 29 at the Greenfield Farmers Market in Konkel Park, 5151 W. Layton Ave.

The Real Truth About Wisconsin Brandy Old Fashioned, Nov. 20 at TedxOshkosh, an independent TED event.


Ten quick cooking tips

  • Jeanette Hurt adds 2 tablespoons of brandy, whiskey or rum to her favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. Cooking cooks the alcohol but leaves a great flavor, she says.
  • What else? Start with good ingredients. You can’t make bad ingredients taste better.
  • When mixing the ingredients for the cocktail, be gentle with the herbs so that their flavor does not turn bitter.
  • Real spices don’t last forever, so buy them in quantities you’ll use. Old spices taste like sawdust: if you can’t smell the spice anymore, throw it out.
  • Read a recipe before trying to prepare it. Can you follow it?
  • If you forget a spice or don’t have it, don’t worry. The recipe will probably turn out again.
  • Heat some oil in a skillet before trying to caramelize or almost caramelize Brussels sprouts to avoid scorching anything that is sautéed or braised. Bacon is an exception.
  • For pastry and bartender, it is best to measure the amounts of ingredients in the eyeball.
  • If you are single, cook well for yourself and your friends.
  • For writers, ddon’t be afraid of rejection. Just keep working on your craft and don’t take the rejection personally.


Jeanette Hurt shows two of the 15 books she has written, 14 under her name and a ghost.

According to the rules

Jeanette Hurt has written 15 books since 2008. One was written by Ghosts, a cookbook for a dietitian in Canada.

His 14 other titles are:

Aldi’s unofficial cookbook: delicious recipes made with fan favorites from the award-winning grocery store, 2021 (Ulysse Presse)

Wisconsin Cocktails, 2020 (University of Wisconsin Press)

Cauliflower Comfort Food: Delicious Low Carb Recipes For Your Favorite Classics, 2020 (Ulysse Presse)

The joy of cider: everything you always wanted to know about drinking and making hard cider, 2019 (Skyhorse)

The Passive Writer: 3 Steps to Making Money While You Sleep, 2018, with Bec Loss, Damon Brown (CreateSpace Publishing)

Drink like a woman: Shake. Stir. To conquer. Repeat, 2016 (Basic books)

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Eating Gluten Free, 2014, with Elizabeth King Humphrey (DK)

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Dehydrating Foods, 2013 (DK)

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Sausage Making, 2012, with Jeff King (DK)

The complete idiot’s guide to food and wine pairing, 2010, with Jaclyn Stuart (DK)

California Cheeses: A Culinary Travel Guide, 2009 (Alpha)

The complete guide for tapas idiots, 2008 (DK)

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Cheeses of the World, 2008, with Steve Ehlers (DK)

Wisconsin Cheeses: A Culinary Travel Guide, 2008, (The Countryman Press).

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Suggie Bain author Douglas Stuart reveals details of Glasgow’s second novel Young Mungo

Glasgow-born Booker Prize 2020 author Douglas Stuart has revealed details of his second novel following his meteoric debut Suggie Bain … and it’s set right here in Glasgow.

Five years of writing from New York Times first bestselling author, the queer fictional novel Young Mungo will be published by Grove Atlantic in 2022.

Stuart took to Twitter tonight to thank the publisher again for “taking a chance on my super sad, super queer fiction” after revealing to the world earlier today that they will be releasing the second book of Stuart in April of next year.

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A partial synopsis of Young Mungo reads: “Five years in writing, Young Mongoose is a vivid portrait of working class life and a deeply moving and suspenseful story of the dangerous first love of two young men: Mungo and James. Born under different stars – Mungo a Protestant and James a Catholic – they should be sworn enemies if they are to be considered men.

“Their environment is hyper-masculine and sectarian, as gangs of young men and the violence they could inflict dominate the area of ​​Glasgow where they live.

“And yet, against all odds, Mungo and James become best friends when they find sanctuary in the loft that James built for his award-winning racing pigeons. Young Mongoose is a gripping and revealing story about the limits of masculinity, the pressures and pull of family, the violence many gay people face, and the dangers of loving someone too much. “

In an interview with Waterstones, the Scottish-American author revealed that he started writing Young Mungo “long before Shuggie was published and finished before Shuggie was nominated for the Booker.”

He added that Young Mungo will follow the life of young Mungo Hamilton, a 15-year-old boy who grows up “in the workers’ housing estates of Glasgow” who is sent to the north of Scotland “to make a man out of town. him”.

And Stuart also said he hopes readers “find it to come from that very personal space” by being a work of fiction “that draws a lot from my own life”.

It’s safe to say we’re super excited to read it!

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Writer’s struggle, affair and pot of money converge in a novel

By Pedro Mairal
Translated by Jennifer Croft

“The Woman of Uruguay” by Argentine writer Pedro Mairal will be heartwarming for English-speaking readers. Told by a Mairal-esqeue novelist, whose thoughts tend not to stray far from his personal issues and obsessions, it is unmistakably a work of self-fiction. The tone is also the one we have heard before: intelligent, cosmopolitan, a little fairy, vaguely disturbed. Or maybe this is the book Mairal set out to write, before losing his temper. Halfway through, it turns a mood piece into a seedy thriller, combining sex, crime, and intrigue. The result is a fuzzy, lopsided story that has far too much going on in 150 pages.

The story unfolds over the course of a day. Our hero, Lucas Pereyra, is an unemployed 40-year-old writer from Buenos Aires trapped in a loveless marriage, suffocated by the burden of raising children, strapped for cash – and also literary ideas. “I was defeated, he admits very early on. “I don’t know exactly why or by whom, but I enjoyed it.” All of this is recounted blithely in a series of digressions and flashbacks. The action itself takes place far from home in neighboring Uruguay, where Pereyra has gone alone to collect $ 15,000 in advances on his latest book. (He plans to smuggle the money back into Argentina and convert it into pesos on the black market, in order to circumvent taxes and the unfavorable official exchange rate.) But he has another interest. In Montevideo, Pereyra plans to meet Magalí Guerra Zabala, a much younger artistic woman with whom he is trying to have an affair.

A disgruntled patriarch, the prospect of adultery, a pot of money that could jumpstart a spray career: the elements of a midlife crisis narrative are all present. Mairal raises the stakes even higher with the central vanity of the novel, a confessional letter to his wife. Addressing her story to him, Pereyra mercilessly details her date with her lover, whom he calls Guerra. The contrast of intimacy and betrayal could have been a powerful drama, but Mairal doesn’t fully commit to it. For long periods of time, Pereyra more or less forgets his wife, describing the cityscape as for a tourist brochure and reflecting on a range of topics: international finance and information technology; modern love and the nuclear family; Borges and Onetti.

The date itself turns out to be miserable. When they meet for lunch, Guerra lets Pereyra know that she is heartbroken; her boyfriend just cheated on her. He still tries to persuade her to return to his hotel room. Like college students, they get drunk thoroughly, then get high, before finding themselves half-naked on the beach. From there, the plot rushes into a series of episodes – an assault and robbery, a visit to the police station, a revelation about Pereyra’s wife – which are hardly honorable. Meanwhile, there are endless thoughts and memories about sex, none of it is high. From her first date with Guerra, Pereyra remembers: “My hand slows down on her hips, against her stomach, her tanned skin and the edge of her thong of her bikini… a little further, she was shaved. Mairal’s award-winning translator Jennifer Croft relays the matey (“the fat roll on my skinny belly”), the cliché (“We were gorgeous, we wanted each other”) and the often foul language with few fuss .

“How did I get involved in this Venezuelan soap opera? Pereyra asks at one point. Good question. “The Woman From Uruguay” draws on two energies that fuel the telenovela genre: misogyny and commerce. Pereyra is a standard literary beta man who objects to women and ignores the feminine point of view, but is shielded from outright monstrosity by the veneer of self-awareness. When it comes to money, Mairal understood that writers can now craft a narrative of their lives, no matter how mundane or comfortable, into a sort of subfiction, regardless of theme or structure, and find a ready audience. It’s a good job, if you can get it. “The Woman From Uruguay”, originally published in 2016, was a bestseller in Latin America.

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Environmentalist Sandy Rosenthal’s podcast gives new voice to important issues

Sandy Rosenthal, the woman who pushed the Army Corp of Engineers to admit faulty engineering was the cause of Hurricane Katrina devastation, has launched a new podcast – Beat the Big Guys, available on Apple, Google, Spotify and other podcast channels.

Rosenthal is also the author of the award-winning non-fiction book, Whispered in Water: Why the Levees Broke in Hurricane Katrina. Written over a five-year period, Whispered In Water tells the story of how the company spent $ 1 million in taxpayer dollars to hide why the dikes failed. “They got away with it as well,” Rosenthal said.

Published last year, Whispered in Water has already sold 2,000 copies. The book received 5 awards and was reviewed by Publisher’s Weekly. In March 2021, the Eric Hoffer Awards ranked Rosenthal’s first book among the finalists for the Montaigne Medal. Rosenthal will be a featured author at the New Orleans Book Festival October 21-23 at Tulane University.

“Hosting a podcast was the next natural step after my book. I immediately saw the value of podcasts – their reach and possibilities – and how interesting it would be to interview these amazing guests, including Lt. Gen. Russel Honore, ”Rosenthal said. Sometimes known as “The Ragin ‘Cajun,” Honoré coordinated military relief efforts as the Commander of the Joint Task Force against Hurricane Katrina. Thanks to its Green Army, an alliance of civic, community, environmental and concerned citizens groups, Honoré has taken on many environmental challenges in Louisiana.

“For 16 years people interviewed me. I have heard the same questions over and over again. Now I can ask questions and talk about how to help others beat the big guys, ”she continued.

Other guests who joined Rosenthal on his podcasts included actor, comedian, producer Harry Shearer and environmentalist Sam Pratt who encouraged the people of the Hudson Valley to challenge a massive St. Laurent’s $ 300 million coal-fired “Greenport”. Until Pratt stepped up, construction of the plant had been seen as a done deal. “He led the movement to stop it. The power of one person is alive and well, ”said Rosenthal.

Late last week, Rosenthal interviewed top executives Ariella Steinborn and Amber Scorah, founders of Lioness, a media relations firm that helps clients tell their stories. The duo provide free communication advice to women victims of workplace abuse. They examine women’s stories and connect them with the appropriate members of the media.

Rosenthal believes the environmental movement in Louisiana is making headway. “I am encouraged that it looks like the Formosa plant is shut down and will never see the light of day due to the hard work of very committed people including General Honoré, the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, Rise St. James and other community leaders where the plant was supposed to disappear, ”she said.

A faith-based grassroots organization formed to advocate for racial and environmental justice in the parish of St. James, Rise St. James fought against the Formosa factory in part because graves of enslaved people on old plantations were found. discovered on the proposed footprint of the plant. Since the 1990s, the Louisiana Bucket Brigade has partnered with communities near industrial sites that pollute the air, water and soil.

Formosa Plastics Group operates three existing facilities in Louisiana with more than 400 employees in the parishes of Baton Rouge and Point Coupée. Its main activities include petroleum refining, petrochemicals, plastics, fibers, textiles, electronics, energy, steel, transport, machinery, health and biotechnology.

They have announced plans to build a $ 9.4 billion chemicals manufacturing complex on a 2,400-acre site in St. James Parish, just downstream of the Sunshine Bridge in Welcome, Louisiana. Governor John Bel Edwards is backing the project because of the 8,000 construction jobs predicted at the peak, even more permanent jobs at the end and its alleged multibillion-dollar impact on corporate revenues and purchases for decades . St. James Parish President Timmy Roussel said the plant would double the parish’s tax base and be the region’s largest industry.

The New Orleans City Council expressed opposition to the project last April because of its potential effect on the health and environment of neighboring St. James Parish residents and even New Orleans residents. Environmental and health advocates have long called the industrial estates along the Mississippi between Baton Rouge and New Orleans “Cancer Alley.”

On May 19, Rosenthal visited the Center for Coastal and Deltaic Solutions in Baton Rouge to hear Governor John Bel Edwards talk about the passage of the master plan that includes the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion Project. “It’s been about 30 or 40 years of preparation. We have a long way to go. It is too early to relax until we take more action against the oil and gas industry. The master plan will only mitigate the damage already done. The shutdown of the Formosa plant is just the beginning. We have to do more, ”explained Rosenthal.

The people of Louisiana alone cannot stop the big oil and gas, she said. “Sometimes the industry has too much money and people need help. But we have had some success. The power of the people is alive and well.

Rosenthal says she is thrilled to be included in the upcoming New Orleans Book Festival. “I’m going to be able to rub shoulders with incredible authors,” Rosenthal said. Co-chaired by former First Lady Cheryl Landrieu and biographer Walt Isaacson, the festival will feature works of fiction and non-fiction and feature readings, panel discussions, seminars and opening speeches. All festival events will take place on the Tulane Upper Town Campus. The profits of the festival will benefit the academic mission of the university.

An activist and philanthropist, Rosenthal founded Levees.Org with her son Stanford Rosenthal shortly after Hurricane Katrina to educate citizens about the causes of dike failures and catastrophic flooding.

A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, she obtained an MBA from Tulane University. In 2018, Tulane’s AB Freeman School of Business named her Outstanding Social Entrepreneur of the Year. She received the Pioneer of Purpose Award from Dillard University in 2016 and was inducted into the Louisiana Center for Women and Government Hall of Fame at Nicholls State University in 2008. She has also served as a Campaign Advisor for Coastal Communities in Canada. Mayor LaToya Cantrell, was a member of Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s Flood Protection Transition Team Working Group and Councilor of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation.

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Former Maryland Poet Laureate Is Maryland Humanities Selection “Route 1 Reads”

Lucille Clifton by Rachel Eliza Griffiths Hires Credit: Rachel Eliza Griffiths Hiring

(Baltimore, Maryland) – Maryland Center for the Book at Humanities of Maryland is pleased to announce How to carry water: selected poems of Lucille Clifton as its 2021 selection for Route 1 readings, an annual road trip inspired playlist. Route 1 Reads is coordinated by the State Center for the Book Affiliate Network located along Route 1. This year’s genre is poetry.

How to transport water celebrates the familiar and lesser-known works of former Maryland Poet Laureate Lucille Clifton (1979-1985), including 10 newly discovered poems that have never been collected before. The poems celebrate black femininity and resilience and reflect intellect, insight, humor and joy. The late Toni Morrison once described Clifton’s voice as “seductive with atomic simplicity, that is, highly complex, explosive under apparent stillness.” Award-winning poet Aracelis Girmay edited How to transport water, select the poems and present the collection.

Clifton (1936-2010) was an award-winning poet, fiction writer and author of children’s books. His collection of poetry, Blessing of the Boats: New and Selected Poems 1988-2000 (BOA, 2000), won the National Book Award for Poetry. In 1988, she became the only author to have two collections selected the same year as Pulitzer Prize finalists: Good woman: poems and memory (BOA, 1987) and Next: New poems (BOA, 1987). In 1996, his collection, The terrible stories (BOA, 1996), was a finalist for the National Book Award. His many other awards and accolades include the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the Frost Medal and an Emmy Award. In 2013, his collection published posthumously The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton 1965-2010 (BOA 2012), received the Hurston / Wright Legacy Award for Poetry.

Aracelis Girmay received a National Endowment for the Arts scholarship in 2011 and a Whiting Award for Poetry in 2015. One of his three collections of poetry, The Black Maria (2016), was named “Best Choice of Poetry” by Publisher’s Weekly, O Magazine, and Library Journal.

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“Halston” Creator Daniel Minahan and Peter Spears Develop “On Swift Horses” – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Emmy Award-winning producer and director Daniel Minahan and Oscar-winning producer Peter Spears team up with Ley Line Entertainment to develop feature filmOn fast horses based on the novel of the same name by Shannon Pufahl.

On fast horses follows Muriel and her husband Lee who start a brilliant new life upon his return from the Korean War. However, this new-found stability is shattered by the arrival of Lee’s charismatic younger brother, Julius, a wayward gamer with a secret past. A dangerous love triangle quickly forms. When Julius sets out to find the young card cheater he has fallen in love with, a restless Muriel embarks on a secret life, betting on racehorses and discovering a love she never thought possible.

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Minahan will direct the screenplay adapted from Bryce Kass. Minahan and Spears will produce the project, joined by Ley Line’s Tim Headington (The green knight, never rarely sometimes always). Ley Line’s Theresa Steele page (Miss Juneteenth, the green knight) and Nate Kamiya ( Miss Juneteenth, Strawberry Mansion) will serve as an EP.

Kass is the screenwriter of Lizzie, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, starring Chloë Sevigny and Kristen Stewart and was released by Roadside Attractions. He is currently writing the film Alone for HBO / Max with production by Laura Bickford, based on Leslie Kean’s best-selling non-fiction book UFO: Generals, pilots and government officials speak, and is also working on a limited series of five episodes with Gus Van Sant expected to direct. He recently finished writing an update Saturday night feverfeature for Daft Punk. Other Kass scenarios include Black Starfor director Scott Cooper and Oscar-winning producer John Lesher,The real all americans for producers Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Fred Berger and two for George Clooney’s Smokehouse Pictures:PioneerandMonster of Florence . His TV projectLights, was created at Working Title / Universal TV with Andrew Stearn as producer.

Minahan recently directed and produced the entire Netflix limited series.Halston. He made his directorial debut withSeries 7: The Suitors, screened in competition at the Sundance Film Festival and Panorama at the Berlin Film Festival. For her work on the film, Minahan was nominated for the Gotham Award’s Open Palm Award for Outstanding Directorial Debut and the film won the Audience Award at the Sweden Fantastic Film Festival. On the television side, Minahan won an Emmy Award as an EP fromAmerican Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versacefor which he also directed several episodes. He was also nominated for an Emmy Award for Directing and Executive Production.Deadwood: the movieand directed several episodes ofGame of Thrones, True Blood, Six Feet UnderandThe press room.

Spears recently shared an Oscar for Best Picture forNomadic country.The Searchlight photo also won Oscars for director Chloe Zhao and star Frances McDormand and won the Golden Globe, Critics Choice Award, BAFTA, PGA and Independent Spirit Award for Best Picture. Spears produced the Luca Guadagnino filmCall me by your name, for which it was also nominated for the Oscar in 2017. It is currently in production onBones and all, reuniting with Guadagnino and star Timothée Chalamet.

Ley Line Entertainment is a content development, production and finance company with projects spanning film, television, stage and music. Highlights include a documentary on The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson,Long promised roadwhich was created in Tribeca; David Lowery’s NextThe green knight;Everything everywhere at onceDaniels; the original West End musical& Juliet(with international megahits from Max Martin and writer David West Read (Schitt Creek);Miss Juneteenth– a television series (and the original film) by Channing Godfrey Peoples; and SundanceStrawberry mansionby Albert Birney and Kentucky Audley.

Minahan is represented by UTA and Circle of Confusion. Kass is replaced by Circle of Confusion. Pufahl is replaced by UTA.

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The Last Of Us 2 reimagined in retro comics with Abby and Mel

Abby and Mel from The Last Of Us Part 2 have been reimagined as retro comic book stars thanks to video game and comic book artist Mark Scicluna.

An artist and fan of The Last of Us Part 2 reinvented the game as a retro comic with Abby and Mel. Despite the controversies surrounding The Last of Us Part 2, the game has a dedicated fan base of endlessly talented creators dedicated to cosplay, fan fiction, and more, bringing Naughty Dog characters to life outside of the games. Although official The last of us comics exist, this fan-made creation is one that many gamers would love to get their hands on.

The 2020 sequel to the original PS3 game, The last of us, faced a number of issues before and after launch. After its release, Sony was criticized for allegedly strict embargo rules for press reviews. Meanwhile, many players took issue with the LGBTQIA + themes and characters in the game, including the transgender character Lev, and Ellie and Dina’s relationship. The Last of Us Part 2 story leaks also gave most of the intrigue ahead of release, including a significant character death, leading many people to shy away from the title before it even hit the shelves of the stores. Despite the many problems the game faced, it became a huge hit for Naughty Dog and is now the most awarded video game of all time.

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Over a year after launch, dedicated fans are still showing their appreciation for The last of us part 2. Video game and comic book artist Mark Scicluna has shared a new piece reimagining playable character Abby and Washington Liberation Front member Mel in their own action-adventure. Captioned as “The other side of the story“the comic book crossover showcasing the two characters as”Heroes of action games,“with the retro flair synonymous with older comics. The incredible piece features Abby and Mel about to confront the Seraphites, with weapons laid down ready for the impending attack. The cover even features what appears to be an enemy. Bloater, highlighted next to the fake price tag.

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The cover is one of many mash-ups from the former Rockstar Games artist, whose portfolio also includes similar comic book covers for Resident Evil, Crash Bandicoot, and Unexplored. Along with illustrations based on existing IP addresses, the creator has also self-published his own comics designed to invoke nostalgia for Saturday morning cartoons. All of Scicluna’s work can be found through his website, Instagram and Twitter. Sadly, Scicluna’s incredible pieces won’t be coming out as full comics, but there are still plenty to watch for. The last of us fans to get excited. HBO The last of us The series is now filming, with 10 episodes slated to explore the story of the first game. The show will star Game of thrones‘Pedro Pascal as Joel and Bella Ramsey as Ellie. There is currently no release date for the series, although 2022 seems likely.

Along with the upcoming show, fans may also soon have a remake of The last of us to look forward to. The 2013 title is rumored to be getting a full remake in the game engine of TLOU Part 2, making full use of the capabilities of the PS5. Although not confirmed at this point, Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann has teased fans with the “next set” of TLOU games from the development studio, which would include both a remake of the first game and a standalone multiplayer expansion for The Last of Us Part 2. Until rumors are confirmed, at least players have Scicluna TLOU comic book covers to marvel.

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The last of us part 2 is now available on PS4 and can be played on PS5 via backward compatibility.

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Career transition: from journalist to author | Roni robbins

Over two decades ago I began to be an author, using my journalistic knowledge to create a story that started with facts and developed into a novel. I took a hiatus from journaling full time to raise my two young children and write a book based on the tapes my grandfather left on his life, growing up in Hungary between the wars and his adventures. on his way to America and once he got here. It incorporated the anti-Semitism that led to the Holocaust, a buried Nazi treasure that was discovered after the war and returned to my grandfather. Plus a tragic accident, a fight with an often fatal respiratory illness much like COVID, and a workplace shooting in which my grandfather became a hero. Golden hands is slated for release in May 2022 by Amsterdam Publishers, which touts itself as Europe’s largest producer of Holocaust memoir.

Getting this publisher comes after some 200 refusals over the course of the 10 years or so that I had tried to get agents and publishers interested in my novel. Additionally, I was quarter-finalist for Historical Fiction in an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award competition in 2009 and lost my first editor after working with her for two years, almost at the end of the first round editions. This last episode probably led me to the deepest depression of my life, much like the losses we all felt during the pandemic. Not surprisingly, given that the authors see their books as children or family. Golden hands, originally Meet me in paradise before discovering other titles bearing this name, is certainly like a child to me, having been born shortly after my youngest in 2000.

Meanwhile, the premise of this column is that the transition from non-fiction as a journalist for about 35 years to a writer of fiction has not been easy. But what’s really enjoyed in life is easy, and certainly what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right?

Golden hands capitalizes on my career as a writer, my ability to research and investigate and seek twists, symbolism and drama. The story is like any other article I have written, and there have been thousands of it, except many, much longer and more in depth than newspaper readers have patience with. It is based on the truth and my grandfather’s historical journey through life and the “hands” of time. But then I literally played with the facts, a tool outside of my normal wheelhouse, fiddling with the story to make the story more interesting, entertaining, and hopefully keep the reader turning the pages.

It is definitely a new branch of my career. This is not the only one. Three years ago, I became editor of a Jewish newspaper where I had been a reporter in the early 90s. This position was limited by years of daily journalist, then became the health journalist for Atlanta’s leading weekly business newspaper. It was a leap of faith that prompted me to write from home, possibly the best decision for me and my family, given that I have successfully raised two children to adulthood and Freelance during this time for such massive publications as WebMD, New York Daily, Adweek and Mother Nature Network, with articles picked up by The Huffington Post and Forbes. And then I returned to my former home ground in Jewish journalism as an editor.

Transitions can certainly be fraught with anxiety. The great unknown is both mysterious and alluring. But we can also be energized by the opportunity to branch out into a different arena, spread our literary wings, and embrace whatever the future holds. Granted, I’m out of my comfort zone, but no one ever manages to simmer in comfort and predictability. I move forward lightly, accepting the risk of failure as a novice author, but eager to plunge into the abyss, hoping to emerge unscathed and enriched on the other side. I hope you too, dear Jewish reader, will accompany yourself on the ride or start your own daring adventure safety diversion.

Roni Robbins is editor, award-winning journalist and author of Hands of Gold, a quarter-finalist of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award slated for release in May 2022 by Amsterdam Publishers.

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[Herald Interview] Author Yun Ko-eun sees his dagger-winning “The Disaster Tourist” as a fluid genre

Yun Ko-eun poses with his book, “The Disaster Tourist,” during an interview with The Korea Herald on Wednesday. (Park Hyun-koo / The Korea Herald)

Unlike the typically mysterious, vivid and dark image of mystery writers, no trace of sinister could be found in the appearance of Yun Ko-eun, 42, the winner of the CWA Crime Fiction in Translation Dagger from this year, which looks bright, positive and full of energy.

The CWA Daggers, created in 1955 by the Crime Writers’ Association, are awarded for the best detective writing in 11 categories, including fiction and non-fiction. Yun is the first Asian to be recognized, along with Lizzie Buehler, who translated the work from Korean to English.

The award-winning novel “The Disaster Tourist” centers on Yona, coordinator of a travel agency specializing in disaster tourism, such as in areas affected by tsunamis, hurricanes and other natural disasters. Yona is about to quit after 10 years at the company when the boss, who sexually harassed her, tells her to take a break instead and sends her on vacation. The story takes place as Yona encounters a desert chasm on a remote island.

Published in the UK last year by Serpent’s Tail, the novel received positive reviews. The Guardian called the book an “entertaining ecological thriller that aims to shed light on how climate change is inextricably linked to the pressures of global capitalism.” It was also on Time magazine’s “12 new books to read in August” list.

“I’m ready to dive into this fantastic wormhole and write even more freely from now on,” Yun said in an online acceptance speech on July 1.

“If I had known I was going to win the prize at 3:30 a.m., I would have written my speech more thoughtfully,” Yun said a week after the victory in an interview with The Korea Herald at the Prince Hotel. from Seoul. . The hotel in Myeong-dong runs an author support program, providing space for writing and organizing meetings and seminars.

Yun explained that the vortex was a theme that lingered in his mind after it was brought up on his radio show when talking about Christopher Nolan’s 2014 film “Interstellar”.

These random moments and ideas made the author what she is today.

“The year I remember was 2005, when I first proposed the theme of ‘The Tourist in Disaster.’ I saw an article on black tourism, that there were people dressed in waterproof gear to go to areas where natural disasters had struck. It was a new moment of shock and fear for me, ”she said.

Yun then began to look at natural disasters in recent history and how different people have sought to meet their divergent needs in the aftermath of disasters. Likewise, it is up to critics and readers to decide which category the novel fits best, Yun explained.

“The Disaster Tourist” is now one of five long-running translated works shortlisted for the 2021 Science Fiction and Fantasy Rosetta Awards, proving the flexibility of the book genre.

Translator Buehler, a 26-year-old doctoral student. a student in the Department of Comparative Literature at Harvard University, is one of many to whom Yun is grateful. “My dear friend Lizzie and I exchanged emails for four years, first becoming friends online. I first met her in person in 2019 and gave her a tour of the city and places from which I took my ideas. I gladly became her travel agent for the day, ”she said.

Since Buehler had read all of Yun’s writings, she was the first foreign reader Yun could turn to for honest feedback. Yun explained how lucky it was for her that Buehler took her book, found it interesting, and started working on its translation.

“The tourist of the disaster” (LTI Korea)

Even though the exchange of detailed questions and answers with the translator was an enjoyable process, communication was not easy when it came to presenting his stories to make them appealing to a global audience.

She cited discussions with her publisher and agency on the cover of the book as an example.

“At first I didn’t like the cover of the book. I loved the yellow and blue tone, but the model was not at all the character I envisioned while writing, ”she said. The Asian model’s seemingly crooked torso and legs in a swimsuit, contrasting with the peaceful and almost expressionless face, was an unpleasant illustration to watch, ”Yun said.

However, after numerous email exchanges of reissued versions, Yun returned to the original cover. “I like the blanket now. It is a lucky charm that I carry in my bag. Yun grinned, gently patting the cover of the book.

When asked how she felt about being introduced as part of a group of young Korean writers setting new milestones for Korean literature abroad, Yun responded cautiously. “Frankly, I never considered myself to be worthy of any particular category.”

Yun feels the same when she brings a character to life in her stories. Protagonist Yona’s situation is not specifically related to what is happening in Korean companies, but rather to the abuse of power and violence that could take place in any company today.

Asked about Yun’s hopes for the Korean literary industry and what elements need more support, she said it is extremely important to let writers write whatever they want, regardless of market trends. and popularity.

“Creating an atmosphere for writers to keep their own world silent is vital,” said Yun, who also wished Korean literary works could be translated soon after publication so that readers around the world could understand the story at a time not too much. far from when it was written.

Yun’s next article is about Marriage Insurance, a satirical novel highlighting the problems of marriage with capitalist market-driven ideas.

By Kim Hae-yeon ([email protected])

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