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On Feb. 22 at Urban Eats,
Outrageous Productions is excited to announce the launch of our first
live literary podcast, "So..." Stories of Life Radio Show: 'Travel
Come join us for an evening of remarkable (and
remarkably funny) stories told - NOT read - by these extremely talented
Mark L Berry is an airline pilot with an MFA from
Fairfield University, contributing editor for Airways magazine, and
former managing editor for Mason's Road literary journal. His novel,
"Pushing Leaves Toward
s the Sun," features its own rock and roll soundtrack!
Tammy Setzer Denton is a contributing author to Six Word Memoirs of
Love & Heartbreak published in February of 2009. Her short story,
"Macchiato Memoirs" was selected as the story of the day at Every Day
Fiction in April of 2012. She is currently a freelance writer and is
working on her second novel, Spared Parts.
Simon Kaplan has
recently moved back to the Midwest after living in the Bay Area for
almost 20 years. Simon enjoys telling stories that have great humor and
pathos; In addition to being a storyteller, he has worked as a director,
actor, and playwright.
Adam Loomis is a young
interdisciplinary artist from Minneapolis, Minnesota. His talents
include writing, music composition, filmmaking, animation and other
visual arts. His work often weaves themes of honesty, vulnerability, and
open mindedness in with landscapes of dreams and myths.
Lord is a twenty year veteran stand-up comedian who has been headlining
comedy club across the country for nearly fifteen years. His stand-up
shows are fast paced and high energy and his genuine enthusiasm for
performing and his obvious passion for making people laugh shine
Supplying the background music that will set the tone
for the night will be DJ L'Chemo, a very talented local spin jockey
originally from San Andrés, Veracruz-Llave, Mexico who'll be spinning
Spanish-influenced tunes that will make you want to book the next flight
"So..." literary podcast event will be recorded live and then re-broadcast and available for download on itunes.
Please join us for a lively evening of stories, live music and creative energy!
*"So..." is a live broadcast that may include adult themes and language intended for mature audiences.*
Urban Eats is a non-smoking cafe and art gallery which features great
food and deserts, beverages and a friendly, hospitable staff.
Join me & other writer/storytellers at:
3301 Meramec Street
East of South Grand in South St. Louis
February 22, 2013
7 to 9pm
A new literary podcast called "So..." is about to debut in
front of a live audience at Urban Eats in Saint Louis.
'Travel' (metaphoric or physical, 'horror stories of' or...)
Laura Bradford Book Signing
Main Street Books, St. Charles, MO
Every time Laura Bradford aka Elizabeth Lynn Casey releases a new book, I become sleep deprived. I can't put it down! Her latest release is the first in a new series. It's an Amish mystery entitled Hearse and Buggy.
Laura's following continues to grow by leaps and bounds and I'm sure Harlan Coben's endorsement of
Hearse and Buggy will only add to her reader count.
"The Best Cozy Mystery Debut I've read all year."
He thinks quite highly of her talent as do I, but I don't have quite the same clout he does. Apparently, many many others enjoy her work as well as Hearse and Buggy is already in its second printing run in only 4 days!
Reap What You Sew is the 6th book in the series and came out last month.
Laura also writes stand-alone romances for Harlequin American Romance under the name of Laura Bradford. Her 4th book with Harlequin will be available in October 2012.
Laura's earliest publications were a mystery trilogy featuring the crime-fighting duo of Jenkins and Burns.
Many of her books are available in paperback and e-book formats.
Needless to say, Laura is one busy person. However, she always makes a point to visit with her St. Charles friends. This time she spoke and did a book signing at both the Kirkwood Public Library in Kirkwood and the McClay Library Branch in St. Charles on Thursday, June 7.
On Friday, June 8, Laura met with readers, friends, and fans at Main Street Books where she signed books from all her series.
Laura is always encouraging to us beginning writers. I'm so glad I got to know her.
Her fan base continues to grow and her readers get younger and younger.
Of course, many thanks go out to Vicki Erwin of Main Street Books for promoting Laura's books and giving us a place to meet. Vicki is the author of 24 published books. The most recent of these is ST CHARLES THEN AND NOW
by Vicki Berger Erwin and Jessica Dreyer.
Be sure to sign up for Main Street Books newsletter. You don't want to miss any events. There's always something going on at Main Street.
The catalog for the Iowa Summer Writing Festival arrived today. I felt like a kid with a Christmas catalog! I carefully went through each page, selecting classes, investigating instructors and trying to match my free time and available money with what they offered.
This writing festival is in its 26th year in Iowa City, Iowa. During June and July, writers of all levels come together to teach and learn through week long or week-end long workshops.
Anyone who's been writing for any length of time knows how prestigious the MFA program at the U of I is. However, not everyone has the time or money to invest in the full degree. The Summer Writing Festival is a great way to get a sampling of their program, especially if you can time it to coincide with the Book Festival.
On Friday, February 3, I visited a new book store in St. Charles. Sage Books is located at 1128 North Second Street, St. Charles, MO in the historic Frenchtown District. You can contact her for directions at 636-352-0515.
The owner, Kayla Schneider, is a young book enthusiast and greeted customers as they entered the store. Open Mic Night featured writers from every level. Beginners, published authors, and award winners read for ten minutes each. The evening ended with refreshments, some visiting between writers, and of course, shopping! I'm a book junkie. How could I not make a purchase?
Every day, Kayla receives both new and used books and has a wide selection of topics and genres to choose from. I'm anxious to return, visit with Kayla and stock up on a few more titles.
s ran a sale last week offering 25 of their books in e-form for $0.25 each. I like Unbridled Books so I bought them all, making my purchase from Subterranean Books
, one of my favorite Indie book stores in St. Louis.
While I'm not a fan of the e-book format, for 25 cents, I thought I could tough if out in front of the computer to read them. I was wrong. After an hour or two, I was in pain from reading through bifocals at my desktop.
I really wanted to read these books, but not in front of my computer. This brought me to the proposition of getting an e-reader. I have an MP3 player that includes an e-reader albeit the screen is approximately 1" x 1.5". I was at least going to give it a try. Unfortunately, I couldn't get it to load even one book, much less the 25 I had purchased.
Then, I got my Big Lots
ad. There it was-a 7" Slick e-Reader on sale for nearly 45% off. I've always sworn I wouldn't get one. I like actual books, the feel of the cover, the paper, the bindings, the end pages. Okay, you get the picture. I'm a major book nerd. But, I really
wanted to read my new books from Unbridled so I swallowed my words and purchased the e-Reader.
I charged it up, downloaded two of the 25 books and started reading. So far, I was impressed. The backlit screen made a reading light unnecessary. I still caught myself touching the upper right hand corner in an attempt to turn pages, but I liked the bookmark feature and the ability to change font size.
For my first e-book, I chose Panopticon by David Bajo. 313 pages of literary intrigue with Spanish thrown in here and there. I was in heaven................until the battery died. I was on page 287 with only 26 pages to go. I know I could have plugged in to finish it, but I didn't. I put it on the charger and picked up a real book instead. I had to turn the light on to read it, but Sand & Foam by Kahlil Gibran rested in my hands with a soothing weight and feel. The words glowed from the page fueled by wisdom, not electricity. I finished Sand & Foam and fell into pleasant dreams .
This morning, my e-Reader was recharged. I finished the last 26 pages of Panopticon. It was a good read that left me thinking of Big Brother and whoever else might be watching, but got to say that my earlier power failure took away from the suspenseful end.
I'm not giving up on the reader. I have 30 days to try it out and return it if I don't like it. I'm still undecided, but plan to use my Unbridled Books for the challenge.
Overall, I would recommend reading Panopticon by David Bajo.
This Overview Is From Amazon:
As the California borderland newspaper where they work prepares to
close, three reporters are oddly given assignments to return to stories
they ve covered before each one surprisingly personal. The first
assignment takes reporter Aaron Klinsman and photographer Rita Valdez
to an abandoned motel room where the mirrors are draped with towels,
bits of black tape cover the doorknobs, and the perfect trace of a
woman s body is imprinted on the bed sheets. From this sexually
charged beginning on land his family used to own Klinsman, Rita, and
their colleague, Oscar Medem understand that they are supposed to
uncover something. They just don t know what. Following the moonlit
paths their assignments reveal through the bars, factories and complex
streets of Tijuana and Otay, haunted by the femicides that have spread
westward from Juarez, the reporters become more intimately entwined.
Tracing the images they uncover, and those they cause and leave behind,
they soon realize that every move they make is under surveillance.
Beyond this, it seems their private lives and even their memories are
being reconstructed by others. Panopticon is a novel of dreamlike
appearances and almost supernatural memories, a world of hidden
watchers that evokes the dark recognition of just how little we can
protect even our most private moments. It is a shadowy, erotic novel
only slightly speculative that opens into the world we all now occupy.
Had a great day yesterday. I attended the Annual Friends of the Library Book Sale and came away with several First Editions for $2.00 each. I love books and I always look forward to this annual event. Tomorrow, you can fill a grocery bag with as many books as you can fit for $5.00!
Last night, one of my writer's groups met. We critiqued and enjoyed a short story, a non-fiction chapter summary of a book proposal, the near-beginning of a Sci-Fi hero's journey and the almost- conclusion of a paranormal young adult book.
Again, the diversity of what we are writing and the insight given is a constant source of amazement for me. All of us have queries out and queries responded to with differing levels of success however, none of us has had that breakthrough opportunity yet. Despite that, all of us are hopeful and believe it is just a matter of time and finding the right agent.
The work that comes from our group is well-written, has a message without being preachy and engages the reader from beginning to end. I can't wait for the public to have the opportunity to read what I've been privileged to be reading for the last year or so.
You are soooooo going to love it!
The Book House in St. Louis off of Manchester is one of my faves. Not only does it have thousands and thousands of books, it also has a ghost. They are also having a giant book sale over Memorial Weekend.
Check it out.
Visited my favorite Indie Bookstore:
Main Street Books
307 S. Main Street
St. Charles, Mo 63301
As per usual, owner Vicki Erwin, had exactly what I needed! I love her shop and Vicki is a font of information as well as the author of 23 books. Yes, 23. She is an inspiration.