Literary News & Events for Readers & Writers

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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 upcoming offerings at: http://www.onliten.com/workshops.htm. I could not imagine a more compassionate writing instructor who regularly earns rave reviews.

The Abundant Bohemian

Another good friend, Joe Downing, attorney and fiction writer from Dayton, has just published his nonfiction book The Abundant Bohemian. The subtitle says it all: “How to Live the Unconventional Life Without Starving.” It’s extremely well-written and personal—and very inspiring. He interviewed all sorts of people, from sculptors to entrepreneurs and writers (even yours truly). A great holiday gift! Check out Joe, his blog and book at www.abundantbohemian.com. Consider asking him to come speak to your group.

Columbus Creative Collective

This upbeat organization offers writing workshops, publishes fine anthologies and maintains a lively presence on the literary scene in Columbus and online. Memberships are available at several levels, the first of which, Peer Level, is free! Having been a Writer Member (only $15) for a year, I’m enjoying many benefits: my story “Cracked Blacktop,” adapted from my novel The Psalms of Israel Jones, will be included in the soon-to-be-published “For the Road” anthology; my poetry collection Time of the Light is displayed at festivals and other retail venues along with other CCC authors; and I’m regularly invited to peer-editing workshops and free seminars about publishing. I have yet to attend myself, but Joe Downing said the one on publishing he heard was extremely informative. Check out CCC at www.columbuscoop.org.

New (to me) Bookstore

I just discovered Joseph Beth Booksellers, a great indie bookstore in Cincinnati. It’s vast, containing a cozy restaurant, quickie café, terrific kids’ section and zillions of great book, from classics to latest releases. The staff points you toward items you’ll enjoy with personalized descriptions displayed on cards attached to the shelves at eye level. You need not have any idea what you’re looking for in order to find the perfect thing (they sell a lot more than books). In addition, Jo-Beth offers a full calendar of events, ranging from better-known to local authors. Their on-line vetting process, first I’ve seen, aims to treat locals fairly and respectfully. The store is located in Norwood, right off I-71, inside an upscale shopping center with a super candy store.

Book Nook

I had the honor of being interviewed by the kind and astute Vick Mickunas on WYSO’s popular radio show “Book Nook.” Because he had read thoroughly The Psalms of Israel Jones, Vick’s questions and comments were deep and wise. It was a friendly chat, not an interrogation (though I’ve heard Vick is capable of that, with the right author and book). I’m pretty sure it will air this Sunday, November 16, from 10:30-11:00 at 91.3 FM.

Got News?

Please let me know your late-breaking literary news which will benefit us all, and I’ll definitely try to get it out there. In the meantime, keep reading and writing!

 

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