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The Last Book Party by Karen Dukess
Apr01

The Last Book Party by Karen Dukess

I’m always attracted to books about writing and books about publishing, since I inhabit those worlds, and this book promised both. It’s one of several I plan to read about women who wish to write, since I am one of those as well, and I am also writing a novel about a woman who is struggling to write. This book is set mostly in 1987, at which time I actually was working as an editorial assistant in a New York publishing house, so there was that to compel me to read the book as well. In the end, it wasn’t really a book about a woman who wanted to write. Well, she did express plenty of desire to write, and told of writerly insecurity and many thwarted attempts at composing short stories, but really it was more a book about literary hobnobbing. The protagonist finds herself becoming part of the world of a New Yorker writer and his poet wife at their Cape Cod summer house, and becomes enmeshed in their lives in a salacious (and dare I say predictable?) way. One thing leads to another leads to a great big sloppy drunken exposé leads to consquences, corrective action (where possible), and then finishes with strong hints that the protagonist will wind up with the boy you thought she was going to wind up with in the first place, despite detours. And does she wind up writing? Sure. But that didn’t seem to be what the book was really all hot and bothered...

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Virtual Book Discussions
Mar31

Virtual Book Discussions

Convene for a virtual book discussion led by Lynn Rosen! CROSSING TO SAFETY by Wallace Stegner Many readers cite this novel, published in 1987, as one of their favorites. Let’s explore why! Stegner, who was a much-celebrated writer in his time, writes a moving story of two married couples, their relationships and friendships, as well as their career and health challenges over their decades of acquaintance. It’s a look at love and friendship as well as at the writing and the academic life, not to mention a book filled with gorgeous description of natural beauty.Join our discussion of this complex, insightful, and evergreen novel by a treasured American writer! DATE/TIME: Wednesday, April 29th, 7PM – 8:15PMCOST: $25Sign...

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Lunch ‘n’ Learn Short Story Discussion Class
Mar31

Lunch ‘n’ Learn Short Story Discussion Class

Discuss one story in this bite-sized 45 minute class. Stories are available online; links to be provided ahead of time. Now announcing three new classes to be led by Stephanie Feldman! Here’s what attendees had to say about Stephanie’s earlier class: “It took me out of my comfort space to have to speak to a group in a safe space.” “This was something I have not done before, read a short story by an author I had not read before. It was for me, personal enrichment.” “I love hearing how everyone made certain connections to the story and everyone’s interpretations.” Register HERE “Interesting Facts” by Adam JohnsonDESCRIPTION: A woman with cancer faces her own mortality, as her children retreat into imagination and a beautiful rival befriends her famous husband.ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Adam Johnson is the author of Fortune Smiles, winner of the National Book Award, and The Orphan Master’s Son, winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Johnson’s other awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers’ Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Stegner Fellowship. He teaches creative writing at Stanford University and lives in San Francisco.Led by: Stephanie FeldmanDATE/TIME: Wednesday, April 22nd, 12:15PM – 1:00PMCOST: $20Sign up HERE “Walkdog” by Sofia SamatarDESCRIPTION: A high school student’s term paper about a local legend reveals a story of first love and bullying—and a desperate plea for help.ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Sofia Samatar is the author of the novels A Stranger in Olondria and The Winged Histories, the short story collection, Tender, and Monster Portraits, a collaboration with her brother, the artist Del Samatar. Her work has won several awards, including the World Fantasy Award. She teaches African literature, Arabic literature, and speculative fiction at James Madison University.Led by: Stephanie FeldmanDATE/TIME: Wednesday, April 29th, 12:15PM – 1:00PMCOST: $20Sign up HERE “Farangs” by Rattuwut LapcharoensapDESCRIPTION: A young Thai man finds love with an American tourist, and must choose where his loyalty lies.ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rattawut Lapcharoensap, BA, Cornell University. MFA, University of Michigan is author of Sightseeing, a collection of short stories, which received the Asian American Literary Award and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. His work has appeared in Granta, One Story, The Guardian, Zoetrope, Best New American Voices, and Best American Non-Required Reading, among others. He is a recipient of a Whiting Writer’s Award, a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honor, and many more honors.Led by: Stephanie FeldmanDATE/TIME: Wednesday, may 6thn 12:15PM – 1:00PMCOST: $20Sign up HERE Join one class, or join them all! Special price available if you sign up for the series of three. Register...

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Lit Chat Happy Hour
Mar31

Lit Chat Happy Hour

Join Lynn Rosen for a monthly book chat and BYO! Each time, Lynn will present a round-up of brand new just published books. She’ll tell you about new books and their authors and provide great new reading and book club recommendations. She’ll also fill you in on interesting publishing news and developments in the literary world. Come to this virtual meeting with two things: your beverage of choice, and your love of books! Also, there will be prizes! DATE: to be announcedTIME: 7PM – 8:15PMLOCATION: via...

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Book Development Workshop

Now that you’re stuck at home, might this be the perfect time to start that book you’ve been thinking about writing? Join long-time book publishing industry professional Lynn Rosen for a series of classes in which we’ll workshop your book idea. We’ll hone your idea, look at the market, talk about publishing strategies and approaches, and address any other questions and issues that come up related to getting published. Our goal will be to help you make progress along the path from idea to publication.DATE/TIME: Saturday, April 11, 2PM – 3:30PMCOST: $25Sign...

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