Historical Novels, Author Events – February 2014

The following list of Historical Novel Author Events is provided courtesy of the Historical Novel Society

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4 February
Janet Oakley gives a talk on Hiking Clubs and CCCs and how they shaped recreation in the North Cascades; 7:30 – 8:30pm at the Bellingham Public Library, Bellingham WA.
http://whatcomreads.libcal.com/event.php?id=488008J

5 February
Petrea Burchard joins the Brown Bags & Books book club at Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse in Flintridge, CA, at 1:00pm, to discuss her novel, 
Camelot & Vine.

8 February
Janet Oakley gives a talk on Hiking Clubs and CCCs and how they shaped recreation in the North Cascades; 1:00 – 2:30pm at the Blaine Library, Blaine WA.
http://whatcomreads.libcal.com/event.php?id=488008J

12th February 
Margaret Skea speaking about /reading from Turn of the Tide at Heiton Village, Scottish Borders United Kingdom

February 17 – 24
The Bellingham One-Act Theatre (BOAT) Festival is back! Enjoy a healthy slate of plays, many of which are original works being staged for the first time. .Tree Soldier: A Reader’s Theater. will be staged at 9:00 pm each evening.  Pass tickets are $10:00
http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com/

 

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Canadian Alice Munro, 82 yrs old, is awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature.

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Earlier this year, the Canadian short story writer Alice Munro announced her retirement, at the age of 82: “It’s nice to go out with a bang,” she said when she won a Canadian book award for Dear Life. Now she has won the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature. The dramatic and unexpected coincidence – “I knew I was in the running, yes, but I never thought I would win” – is like the plot of one of Munro’s own stories: understated and elegantly structured. The Nobel is a bang by anyone’s standards.

Munro was born in 1931 and grew up in Wingham, Ontario, where her mother was a schoolteacher and her father a fur and poultry farmer. Her early compulsion to write is captured in the story “Cortes Island” from the collection The Love of a Good Woman (1998):

It seemed that I had to be a writer as well as a reader. I bought a school notebook and tried to write – did write, pages that started off authoritatively and then went dry, so that I had to tear them out and twist them up in hard punishment and put them in the garbage can. I did this over and over again until I had only the notebook cover left. Then I bought another notebook and started the whole process once more. The same cycle – excitement and despair, excitement and despair.  

Alice Munro is acclaimed for her finely tuned storytelling, which is characterized by clarity & psychological realism.

If you have never read any of Ms. Munro’s work, here are a few suggestions you may enjoy investigating for yourself:

Best-of collections:

Selected Stories (1996)

Vintage Munro (2004)

Carried Away: A Selection of Stories (2006)

Stand-alone books:

Dance of the Happy Shades (1968)

Lives of Girls and Women (1971)

Something I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You (1974)

The Beggar Maid (1978)

The Moons of Jupiter (1982)

The Progress of Love (1986)

Friend of My Youth (1990)

Open Secrets (1994)

The Love of a Good Woman (1998)

Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage (2001)

Runaway (2004)

The View from Castle Rock (2006)

Too Much Happiness(2009)

Dear Life (2012)

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Historical Novels, Author Events – October 2013

The following list of Historical Novel Author Events is courtesy of the Historical Novel Society

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8th October:
Alana White, “The Sign of the Weeping Virgin,”
Green Hills Branch Nashville Public Library, 6:30-7:30p. Nashville, TN.

11-19th October:
Sharman Burson Ramsey; Nashville Festival of the Book.

12th October:
Alana White, “The Sign of the Weeping Virgin,” and Alison Atlee, “The Typewriter Girl,”
Southern Festival of Books, 11a-NOON, Nashville, TN. Legislative Plaza.  (SFOB dates are Oct. 11-13.)

12th October:
Blog tour stop at Fly High for Castles, Customs & Kings

12th October:
JL Oakley, CCCs in the Washington talk/book signing for Tree Soldier, Burien library 2-3 PM

12 October:
10am-4pm EDT – Books by the Banks Festival, Duke Energy Center, Cincinnati, OH – Many Authors including Anna Lee Huber

12 October:
Peni Jo Renner book signing for “Puritan Witch” 
Book Warehouse of Gettysburg, 1863 Gettysburg Village Drive, Gettysburg, PA, US, Noon-5pm EDT

17 October:
Publication of Alison Morton‘s alternate history thriller, ‘PERFIDITAS”, the sequel to ‘INCEPTIO”.

24 October:
Susan McDuffie, talk and book signing for “The Study of Murder”
COLLECTED WORKS BOOKSTORE, Santa Fe, NM 6PM

24 October:
Peni Jo Renner book signing/presentation for “Puritan Witch”
Smithsburg Library, 66 West Water St., Smithsburg, MD, 6pm EDT

25 October:
Release of “Elly Hays” by Lori Crane. (The third in the Okatibbee Creek Series.)
Kim Headlee talk & book signing of “Dawnflight, Morning’s Journey, and Liberty” (writing as Kimberly Iverson)
Rising Star 22, Bluefield State College, Bluefield, WV, 7 p.m. to midnight ET.

26 October:
Kim Headlee panel appearance & book signing of “Dawnflight, Morning’s Journey, and Liberty” (writing as Kimberly Iverson)
Rising Star 22, Bluefield State College, Bluefield, WV, 10 a.m. to midnight ET.

29 October:
Event on Facebook for the launch of “Morning’s Journey” (The Dragon’s Dove Chronicles, vol. 2, sequel to Dawnflight) by Kim Headlee, 12 noon to 4 p.m. ET.
Kickoff of the blog tour for “Morning’s Journey”. Everyone invited!

30 October:
Peni Jo Renner presentation/book signing for “Puritan Witch”
153 Academy Road North Andover, MA 01845 7:30 EDT

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