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Writer’s Mail

Writer’s Mail
Tuesdays with Story
August 9, 2019

The first word . . .

Literary critics have argued over whether Toni Morrison was best described as an African American writer, an African American female writer or simply an American writer—and whether the label mattered at all. Said Morrison, “I can accept the labels because being a black woman writer is not a shallow place but a rich place to write from. It doesn’t limit my imagination; it expands it. It’s richer than being a white male writer because I know more and I’ve experienced more.”

We lost a literary giant . . .

Toni Morrison died at the age of 88 on Monday. The Washington Post ran a superb story/obituary about her, the first black woman to win a Nobel Prize for Literature, that you should read. Here’s the link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/toni-morrison-nobel-laureate-who-transfigured-american-literature-dies-at-88/2019/08/06/49cd4d46-b84d-11e9-a091-6a96e67d9cce_story.html

Here’s another obituary you should read, that of Morrison contemporary Maya Angelou. Angelou died at age 86 five years ago. The story/obituary also ran in The Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/maya-angelou-writer-and-poet-dies-at-age-86/2014/05/28/2948ef5e-c5da-11df-94e1-c5afa35a9e59_story.html (more…)


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Writer’s Mail

February 25, 2010 by Pat E.

“Writing a book is like one night of glorious sex and having it published is like giving birth to sextuplets.” – Cathy Crimmins

Writing Friends…

Deborah Blum

Check out the cover of Isthmus last week for an article about professor and author, Deborah Blum, http://www.thedailypage.com/isthmus/article.php?article=28242

UW journalism prof Deborah Blum will talk about and sign her book, The Poisoner’s Handbook at B&N on Thursday (February 25), 7 p.m.,  Blum won a Pulitzer Prize in 1992 for her science reporting the Sacramento Bee. In The Poisoner’s Handbook, she follows New York City’s first forensic scientists “to discover a fascinating Jazz Age story of chemistry and detection, poison and murder.”

Blum has been on UW/Madison’s staff since 1997. This is her fifth book.

 At Ye Olde Barnes & Noble – 2nd and 4th

Seven folks gathered Tuesday night at Barnes & Noble for readings and critiques.

Jack Freiburger read from Path to Bray’s Head.  How does Lester’s speech move the story forward? Carol Hornung noted that the poem is about Lester, his connection to Ireland, his identity, and Sean needs to find his own identity. Holly Bonnickson-Jones said to watch out for the overuse of “overwrought” and “spouting.”

Annie Potter’s Ginger was both lovely and heartbreaking, according to Anne Allen, who also felt the ending was a little abrupt. Clarify to the reader that the dog had been sold, even if the narrator doesn’t realize it. Also be careful of repeating words – sleep, daydreaming, and the name Lee were all used 3 times in quick succession.

The Journal is Terry Hoffman’s new novel, which Annie Potter declared, “like silk.” An excellent introduction to the story, though there’s difficulty in pinpointing the age of various characters. Simply dropping in some time references “over twenty years ago,” “less than three months ago,” would help establish the age of the various characters. Terrific details, like the strands of hair caught on the glasses.

Anne Allen brought in An American High School in Paris. Jack said there was too much about the school, not enough emotion or descriptions of the other students. Was kind of flat. Needs to lead the reader forward a bit more – like when the narrator is looking at the kids, wondering who will become her friend – show us who that girl is, lead us on a bit. Did like the origin of the family name.

Holly Bonnickson-Jones continued with Coming Up for Air, which is definitely getting into cougar territory. Jack felt that Liza taking a post-modern lit class would see her favorite author, Jane Austen, in a different light. We also wanted some description of David – what did he look like, how did he read the Byron poem? Also, when a pronoun and the name of the person is used in a paragraph, use the name first. (more…)

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