POETRY SLAM NEXT SMA EVENT AT CAA NOV. 13
An evening devoted to poetry will feature these poets:
Regie Gibson, author of Storms Beneath
the Skin (EM Press) and winner of the individual competition
in the 1998 National Poetry Slam, has read, lectured and
performed at schools, universities and theaters in six countries
on two continents. He has just completed a poet-in-residence term
at Antioch College, Ohio.
He is a co-writer of the New Line Cinema film Love Jones. He
has toured with the Chicago Mask Ensemble, performing poetic
adaptations of common myths from around the world.
Mike Kadela is the author of 1 Hundred
Hiccups (due out from EM Press in December) and was a member
of the 2000 Chicago Mill National Poetry Slam team. He has
recently performed at the University of Wisconsin and Lewis
George David Miller's book of poetry is Children
of Kosen-Rufu. He has also written five philosophy texts,
including Global Ethical Options: Peace, Value, and Wisdom
(Weatherhill) and The Educational Philosophy of Daisaku Ikeda
In 1997, the Carnegie Foundation honored him as Illinois
Teacher of the Year. He founded the Scholars Academy at Lewis
University, where he teaches philosophy.
DICKENS FILLED FICTION WITH REAL PLACES
If Charles Dickens wrote that "she lived at the top of
the house, in a pretty large room, from which she had a glimpse
of the roof of Lincoln's Inn Hall" one can expect that such
a room existed, and that Dickens had seen it.
Linda Putnam demonstrated this with an illustrated lecture on
Charles Dickens' London at the Oct. 9 SMA meeting in the Chicago
Athletic Association. Even more than most writers, Dickens set
the stage in his books with accurate descriptions of his own
She said all of his works except A Christmas Carol
are filled with references to sites that can still be identified.
"Often thought of as a journalist," Dickens liked to
walk 10 to 14 miles at a time, observing the London scene with a
practiced eye and storing images for use in his fiction.
It wasn't just that Lincoln's Inn Hall still stands, the scene
of the notorious Jarndyce and Jarndyce lawsuit in Bleak
House. An important public building might be expected to
But many obscure sites can also be precisely identified. Some
can still be visited. Others have been recorded
in old photos and drawings, which Putnam flashed on the screen.
Mr. Snagsby, the law-stationer in Bleak House, loved
to "walk in Staple Inn in the summer time, and to observe
how countrified the sparrows and the leaves are." Staple Inn,
built in 1570, still has a leafy courtyard that affords a
peaceful retreat from the bustle of the London streets.
Putnam gave numerous other examples of real sites immortalized
in Dickens' works, including Mr. Snagsby's office and Mrs.
Jellyby's house from Bleak House and Mr. Casby's House
from Little Dorrit.
A Dickens researcher for 20 years, Putnam has worked at the
Dickens House Museum in London and conducted a "Dickens Tour
of London," which encompassed both the literary sites and
places associated with Dickens in real life.
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For those of us who think we could be the new Conan Doyle or
Christie, Barbara Gregorich is presenting a course next spring (April
28 to May 3) at John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, N.C.
"Writing the Mystery Novel" will focus on creating a
hero, a crime and a victim, with an exploration of plots and
characters, publishers, markets and publicity.
For details call 800/365-5724.
And while you are waiting, you can purchase "Swinging on
a Gate," her husband's first CD of traditional American and
Celtic music performed on the hammered dulcimer and percussive
guitar. For information call 312/715-0414; E-mail to Hammerwrite@compuserve.com.
"It's man vs. Neanderthal in the mountains of Iberia...only
one will survive..." Read all about it in The Night of
the Eleventh Sun, the latest in Steven Burgauer's sci-fi
If you want to meet Strong Arms, leader of the clan, go to
Barnes&Noble.com. And in case you missed it, one of Burgauer's
previous volumes, The Grandfather Paradox, is number 13
on the sci-fi best seller list. So much for unlucky numbers.
Safe Harbor, Joanne Koch's play about a family of
Greek Jews who survive the Nazi occupation of Salonika, will be
given a staged reading with music at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28,
at Congregation KAM Isaiah Israel, 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd.,
The free performance takes place on OHI Day, a Greek holiday
marking the 1940 refusal of the Greek prime minister to surrender
Koch's play had its first performance at the Organic Theater
in 1999. Chicago's Greek Orthodox Diocese and the American Jewish
Committee co-sponsored a performance in October 2000.
The story of the Algava family, who emerged from hiding in
October 1944 to find that they were among only 1,200 of Salonika's
55,000 Jews remaining alive, is being developed into a film.
Writing As Therapy
Michele Weldon has just published Writing to Save Your
Life: How to Honor Your Story Through Journaling (Hazelden
Publishing). It explores writing as "a path to healing and
self-awareness" through something Weldon calls "scribotherapy,"
which assists the writer in finding something specific that needs
to be discovered.
The book was developed by Weldon from her successful writing
workshops. For her efforts, Weldon has received many awards. She
lectures at Northwestern's Medill School.
Author-Illustrator on TV
Eric Rohmann, author and illustrator of the Caldecott Honor
book, Time Flies, will appear on the Library Cable
Network beginning Oct. 11.
Through the end of the month, he'll discuss illustrating for
school age children and their families
The show will appear on Channel 19 in Buffalo Grove and
Channel 24 in Arlington Heights, Des Plaines, Park Ridge,
Prospect Heights, Skokie and Wheeling.
Great Lakes Sequel
William F. Keefe of New Buffalo, Mich., has published his 25th
book, Created for the Ages: A History of the Mariners' Church
Founded in 1842, the church has become a "symbol of
compassion and strength for the seafaring community" and an
"expression of Detroit itself," Keefe wrote.
Several of his previous books have dealt with aspects of life
on the Great Lakes.
A revised edition of Haunted Wisconsin by Michael
Norman and the late Beth Scott has been published by Trails Books,
Black Earth, Wis. It was their first collection of ghost stories.
The new edition includes several new tales of haunted
happenings in the Badger state, plus revisions to stories
published in the original 1980 edition.
Norman and Scott also wrote Haunted Heartland (Warner
Books), Haunted America and Historic Haunted America
(both from Tor/Forge).
Norman is soloing on two new collections of ghost stories to
be published by Tor/Forge over the next few years. He is
currently on leave from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls
where he teaches journalism.
Cult of Salesmanship
Casey Fredericks writes: "My non-fiction satire on the
business world, Selling & Being Sold: The American Cult
& Culture of Salesmanship, has now appeared from 1stBooks
Library and is available as an E-book or in soft cover."
The cover blurb summarizes the book as follows: "Selling
is the universal and defining activity of contemporary America.
We are all involved with it: no less as educators, healthcare
providers, government officials, or workers in the new service
economy than those with the formal job title `salesperson.'
"Selling is the central ritual of our lives when we are
job seeking or looking for dates. In larger patterns, the cult
and culture of selling establish our place in the cosmos and
determine the biorhythms of our daily lives and annual calendar.
In detail, this book will tell you all about selling: how it's
done, who does it, its impact on our individual lives and the
working world, and its effect on culture at large.
"You will also share a comic travelogue with the author
as he has adventure upon adventure as a consumer, businessman,
writer - and salesman - alternately preying upon his fellow
consumers and being preyed upon in turn while surfing the many
diversified subcultures of today's America."
William Hazelgrove is organizing a literary reaction to the
horrors of Sept. 11.
The plan is to obtain essays from established authors to
create a book that would be available in a few weeks, with all
proceeds to go to relief efforts.
Among the 40 writers who have already contributed pieces are
Dave Barry, Roger Ebert, Carl Hiaasen and Jacquelyn Mitchard.
Details from Hazelgrove at email@example.com.
Boatload of Fun
Candace Fleming's newest book for ages four to eight, Who
Invited You?, involves cheerful swamp critters filling up a
boat one at a time.
"Clever...deliciously droll," said Publishers
Weekly. "Kids will be caught up in the zany visuals and
rollicking rhythm of this natural read-aloud."
From Atheneum with illustrations by George Booth, the well-known
New Yorker cartoonist.
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