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Storytelling at Urban Eats

Posted on February 20, 2013 at 2:22 PM Comments comments (32)
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 Diaries'

Come join us for an evening of remarkable (and remarkably funny) stories told - NOT read - by these extremely talented writers:

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.

Butch 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 through!

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 to Paradise!

"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.

Storytelling at Urban Eats

Posted on December 27, 2012 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (11)
Join me & other writer/storytellers at:

Urban Eats

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.

The theme: 'Travel' (metaphoric or physical, 'horror stories of' or...)


Portland Literary Plans

Posted on June 13, 2012 at 3:18 PM Comments comments (12)
Very excited about my upcoming trip to Oregon and Washington. I've made plans to have Literary Therapy (a-one-on-one critique) with David Biespiel  at the Attic Institute. He'll be reading part of my novel, Man of the House, and giving feedback.
I will also be attending an event at Powell's Bookstore at Cedar Hills. Ridley Pearson will be speaking about his newest release, The Risk Agent. I've been told he does a great presentation.
I will also attend an Alternative Realities Workshop and Brunch at the Beaterville Cafe  hosted by Thea Constantine who is a facilitator of PDX Writers.
On a sad note, Ray Bradbury died on June 5th at the age of 91. An obituary for him is here.

Laura Bradford's Newest Release

Posted on June 9, 2012 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (7)
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."
Harlan Coben

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!

Laura also writes the Southern Sewing Circle Mystery Series under the name of Elizabeth Lynn Casey.

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.

Author, Lynn Cahoon, accompanied Laura to her book signings and talks. Lynn's 1st novel, The Bull Rider's Brother, is published by Crimson Romance and is available at all fine e-book stores everywhere (or at least Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and i-tunes.)

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.

Laura finished off her weekend in Chicago, Saturday June 9, attending and speaking at thePrinter's Row Lit Fest.

2012 Iowa Summer Writing Festival

Posted on February 28, 2012 at 10:20 PM Comments comments (1)
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.

Sage Books - A New Store in Town

Posted on February 10, 2012 at 12:43 AM Comments comments (5)
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.

Be sure to visit her website at www.sagebooksfrenchtown.comto check for special events.

Eating My Words With an E-Reader

Posted on June 15, 2011 at 9:58 PM Comments comments (8)
Unbridled Books 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.

Book Fair & Writer's Group

Posted on June 4, 2011 at 5:03 PM Comments comments (3)
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!

Favorite Book Stores

Posted on May 24, 2011 at 4:48 PM Comments comments (2)
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.

Favorite Indie Bookstore

Posted on December 9, 2010 at 2:42 PM Comments comments (8)

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.