Saturday, October 15, 2016

Weekly Roundup: October 14, 2016

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The Nobel Prize for Literature was announced this week. Bob Dylan was awarded the prize "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition." Were you surprised? What do you think? This unprecedented award is sure to have people talking for months to come.

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Thank you for stopping by for the roundup this week. Here as always, for your reading pleasure, we have the week's news, book signings, events, reviews, blogs, and more from our authors to share with you.

"There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story."
~Frank Herbert



Ronald Wendling’s essay entitled “The Way We Were” will appear in Right Here, Right Now: The Buffalo Anthology on November 15th. The story is about growing up in the North Park neighborhood of Buffalo. The anthology is edited by Jody Biehl, former editor for Der Spiegel magazine in Berlin and currently director of the journalism program at the University of Buffalo.

The volume can be pre-ordered at a discount from Belt Books, which publishes literature on many so-called Rust Belt cities that are now overturning their sadly outdated reputations as hopelessly stuck in the Industrial Era. 

As Biehl notes, The Buffalo Anthology is about “the meaning of home” and “how tightly roots can hold."

Ron is the author of Unsuitable Treasure: An Ex-Jesuit Makes Peace with the Past, a memoir telling how the author’s choices were influenced by his father’s addiction. Ronald attends a Jesuit high school in Buffalo, New York at the same time his father is recovering from alcoholism. But Ronald’s mother, unable to forgive her husband for his past mistreatment of her, fosters in her son a need to make up to her for his father’s sins and so delays the separation from her necessary to his growing up.

He enters the Jesuit order at seventeen, his father dies of cancer shortly afterward, and nine lonely years later he leaves the Jesuits having discovered under their tutelage that he was not one of them. His marriage, his children, his career teaching literature, and the writing of this memoir all teach him mercy, especially to his body, and help him bridge the gap between his appreciation of the Jesuits and the necessity he felt to leave them behind.


Nancy LiPetri is pleased to be mentioned in the Charlotte Observer with other traditionally published Charlotte, North Carolina, authors.

The articles notes, "It’s good to have friends, especially if you’re a novelist. Judith Fletcher is a friend of Nancy LiPetri, and she emailed to say that LiPetri’s novel, 'The Wooded Path,' is set on Lake Norman. In it, a woman’s disappearance shakes the neighborhood and leads friends to re-evaluate their own lives. She is now working on a sequel, 'Across the Lake.'"

You can read the full article here.

In The Wooded Path, Laine McClelland wonders whether she is normal. When the mysterious disappearance of a bunco friend, Paula, shakes her Lake Norman neighborhood, her seemingly perfect world is suddenly filled with dark thoughts, dangerous temptations and surprising confessions. What is normal once you realize life’s short, anyway? Was her marriage ever enough? She finds herself risking it all . . . and afraid of what really happened to Paula. 


Beryl Reichenberg, children’s book author and artist, will be doing her usual round of kid’s paper craft classes in cities along California's Central Coast to promote her children’s books this month

On Wednesday, October 19, and again on Wednesday, October 26, Beryl will be teaching classes for the Paso Robles Department of Recreation at Centennial Park in Paso Robles. Halloween is the theme at these classes as well, and the children will be making exploding box and spooky bat family projects. The classes run from 3:30 to 5 PM. She writes, “Most of my classes are free, but at the Recreation Department, there is a $15 fee for supplies and both sessions." 

Beryl also has two art pieces in the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art’s CraftMaker’s exhibit, titled “Falling," which opens on Friday, October 7. The show runs until mid-November. The Museum is at the Mission Plaza in San Luis Obispo and is open Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Beryl has published six children's books with OTP.


Lynn Hesse will be reading from her debut novel Well of Rage at an October 19 event called Scary Stories. The event takes place at the Snug Gastro Pub in Canton, Georgia with another author, Marsha Rouse Cornelius.

In Well of Rage, Carly Redmund, a Mobile, Alabama, police recruit is about to mess up her first major crime scene. Her training officer, J.C. Grey, orders her to give up the evidence found in the bottom of a well, a high school class ring. She does.

Grey tucks the ring in his pocket. What happened to the bag-it-and-tag-it evidence procedure? Carly is left guarding the crime scene tape as a news van pulls in and the crew sets up. She overhears the female reporter tell the cameraman that the bones in the well might be Terence, a missing African American kid from the ‘70s, and that heads need to roll at PD, the racist SOBs.

Why hasn’t Carly read about this case?

As she remembers the initials TWW inscribed on the inside of the ring, Grey walks back and tells the rookie to keep her mouth shut, and he’ll handle everything, including the report. That doesn’t make any sense. Rookies handle the grunt work. Grey is hiding more than the ring.

If he doesn’t put the ring in the property room, Carly will be blamed. She could lose her job. Worse, she could be charged with withholding evidence. Carly is in big trouble.

What Carly doesn’t know is that a white supremacist group is involved -- and also mayoral candidate Derrick Grey, Officer Grey’s brother. While dealing with her own personal demons, Carly must learn to survive in a hostile environment, develop friends fast in a new city, and solve a cold-case murder to bring justice to a grieving mother.


Additional details about these events will appear in future Roundups.

Lynn Hesse has a speaking engagement titled "Never Give Up" scheduled for Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 7 p.m., with the Village Writers Group at the Eagle Eye Book Shop in Decatur, Georgia.

She will also be signing her books at Half Price Books on Saturday, November 5, beginning at 3 p.m.

Lynn is the author of Well of Rage



Marilyn Meredith hosted fellow OTP author J.L. Greger at her Marilyn's Musings blog this week. J.L.'s post, titled "What Are the Good Old Days?" talks about about her new book of short stories, The Good Old Days? A Collection of Stories, and includes a lighthearted discussion of the problems of defining the genre of a book.

She writes, "I’d describe this collection of stories as historical fiction loosely based on actual recollections of childhoods in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s.

But then I’d say: These tales address major historical events and societal problems (including child abuse) in the idiosyncratic way of memoirs. They are snapshots of events from one individual’s viewpoint, and the narrator for each story is different. Some are humorous; some are not. They vary in length from four to fifteen pages.

If you’re a sophisticated reader, publisher, or bookstore owner, you’re thinking: Are you sure they’re genre fiction? Memoirs are non-fiction."

You can read the full post here.

Marilyn is the author of the popular Rocky Bluff P.D. series. J.L. Greger has published five medical thrillers with OTP.


Lorna Collins updated her blog recently with a post about happiness. She writes, "I just watched Randy Pausch’s The Last Lecture video again, for at least the twentieth time. And I laughed—and cried—again. (It is the very best video I have ever seen, and if you haven’t watched it, do so now.)

Randy was a forty-seven-year-old professor at Carnegie Mellon University when he received the diagnosis of terminal pancreatic cancer. The college had a tradition of inviting professors to give the lecture they would deliver if they knew it was the very last one they would ever give. In Randy’s case, it was in fact, his last lecture.

I was struck, once again, about the joy he exuded, even as he knew he was dying."

You can read the full post here


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Dac said...

Good work, Nancy. I'l try to have something for you next week.

Amy Bennett said...

Great to know everyone is staying busy! I've got events coming up in November! Stay tuned!

Jackie Taylor Zortman said...

This was a fun read, Nancy. Enjoyed reading about what my author friends are up to. I have an event coming up soon and will let you know as soon as I know. Anyway, another great blog!

Beryl Reichenberg said...

Thanks Nancy. So nice to see that Bob Dylan won the prize for literature. It shows that music can be poetry. Beryl