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by Ed Davis on November 13, 2014

Katrina Kittle’s New Online Workshops

My good friend and fellow novelist Katrina Kittle is teaching online fiction-writing classes for OnLiten. She is the author of four books for adults: Traveling Light, Two Truths and a Lie, The Kindness of Strangers and The Blessings of the Animals as well as one published novel for tweens, Reasons to Be Happy, with another in the works. Katrina has an MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University in Louisville and teaches regularly for Word’s Worth Writing Connections and offers manuscript consultations through Write Sisters Consulting. Check out her current and … Read the full article

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The Fries Meet Israel Jones

Fries band

by Ed Davis on November 2, 2014

A Reading That Will Rock

 This is the lit-event I’ve been waiting for:  On Sunday, November 9, at 7:30 p.m., Israel Jones, mythic rocker from my novel The Psalms of Israel Jones, will share the stage with Dayton’s own legend, The Fries Band, at the beautiful Hayner Cultural Center at 301 W. Main Street in downtown Troy, Ohio.

It will be the trio, not the entire band with bass and drums—we want to leave a few of the Hayner’s walls standing. But there will be plenty of their trademark tight harmonies and acoustic guitars. (*Note:  The Read the full article

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The Tour Continues…

October 20, 2014
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The Second Half 

The first half of the Israel Jones Tour of 2014 is now history. A huge thank you to all who came, listened raptly and asked challenging questions at Epic Bookshop and Antioch College’s Coretta Scott King Center in Yellow Springs; and Blue Jacket Books in Xenia. The tour continues with another stop in Yellow Springs and one in lovely, historic Troy, Ohio.

Workshop on 10-26

 On Sunday, October 26, I’m facilitating a workshop on Turning Your Life Into Fiction:  Writing Autobiographical Fiction (ABF) at Epic Bookshop (map), 229 Xenia Avenue, Yellow Springs, Ohio, … Read the full article

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Israel’s Tour Stops in Greene County

September 18, 2014
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Live at the Epic in Yellow Springs

Please come and help me celebrate a book that took me three years to write and another three to find a home with West Virginia University Press and about which Susan Carpenter writes in this week’s Yellow Springs News, “Ed Davis has written his best novel yet, pulling up his love/hate for music and church by their Appalachian roots and spinning a story of adversaries that scrape their rough edges together and generate flares of agony, beauty, and hard-won truths on the other side.”

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Israel Jones Live!

September 2, 2014
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The Official Launch 

Just as the leaves begin to softly fall, ageless rocker Israel Jones’ “Eternal Tour” rolls into the Miami Valley on September 1. I’m referring to my latest novel, The Psalms of Israel Jones, a father-son redemptive tale set in the world of professional rock. The novel took three years to write, another three to find the perfect publisher, and nine months to edit and turn into a handsome book.

Where to Get It

For now, the book is available from the publisher, West Virginia University Press, at Amazon, and locally at Epic Bookshop in … Read the full article

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My Writing Process Blog Tour:  Julie L. Moore

August 18, 2014
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The following is a guest post from writer Julie L. Moore, continuing the Writing Process blog tour.

Many thanks to Ed Davis for inviting me to participate in this tour of my writing process, initiated by James Tate Hill, at North Carolina A&T State University. Since I don’t have a blog myself, I’m grateful for his willingness to host my answers here as well.

1) What are you working on?

Since my second full-length book of poetry Particular Scandals came out in 2013, I’ve embarked on some new projects. First is simply pulling together the poems I’ve written over … Read the full article

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My Writing Process Blog Tour

August 7, 2014
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I’m grateful to my fellow writer Valerie Nieman for inviting me to participate in this blog tour on Writing Process, initiated by James Tate Hill, her colleague at North Carolina A&T State University. Val’s blog appeared last week at http://valerienieman.blogspot.com/. I’m pleased to answer the questions below about the way I work and also read about the way others slay this beast called writing.

  • What are you working on?Currently I’m working on the sequel to Hardwood, the novel I’ve just finished and begun marketing, about Maggie Absher, a forty-year-old divorced high school English teacher who is inadvertently responsible
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    Rock and Roll Heaven V: End of the Road

    July 23, 2014
    www.davised.com: photo by Kim Westendorf

    (The following concludes my series of rock and roll essays about coming of age in southern West Virginia in the 1960s. In September, my novel The Psalms of Israel Jones, set inside the world of professional rock, will be published by West Virginia University Press.)

    “All the roads we run and the folks we knew,
    The risky things we used to do.
    Now it’s over and we know we’re through
    And I wish we had our time again.”

    – John Hartford

    Bottle and Tape

    I heard the awful news the Monday after it happened, from the two Hamdenites who’d … Read the full article

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    Rock and Roll Heaven IV: The Language of Soul

    July 15, 2014
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    (The following continues my rock and roll coming of age in southern West Virginia in the 1960s. In September, 2014, my novel The Psalms of Israel Jones, set inside the world of professional rock, will be published by West Virginia University Press.) 

    “I’d lick the sweat off James Brown’s balls.”

    The Shot Heard ‘Round Town…

    The above declaration about a famous singer’s genitals was made before witnesses in the late spring of 1967 by a Hamdenite who will remain unnamed, shortly after the concert immortalized in this poster. It set off a furor that led to a … Read the full article

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    Rock and Roll Heaven III: Dusty’s Dream

    July 7, 2014
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    The Visions. Front row, left to right: Ed Davis, Tookie Marcus. Back row: Dusty Thompson, Bob Booth, Wayne Jenkins.

     

    (The following continues my rock and roll coming of age in southern West Virginia in the 1960s. In September, 2014, my novel The Psalms of Israel Jones, set inside the world of professional rock, will be published by West Virginia University Press.) 

    “He’s a real nowhere man,
    Sitting in his nowhere land
    Making all his nowhere plans
    For nobody.”

    —Lennon-McCartney

    My Generation . . .

    There we are in our plush suit jackets and ties:  your typical … Read the full article

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