Ann Hood, our keynoter at last year’s conference, will be reading and signing her new novel The Obituary Writer at 7pm on Monday, March 18. There will also be an open book group discussion of Ann’s book The Red Thread led by Elli Meeropol at 6pm. Read More.
Book summary: On the day John F. Kennedy is inaugurated, Claire, an uncompromising young wife and mother obsessed with the glamour of Jackie O, struggles over the decision of whether to stay in a loveless marriage or follow the man she loves and whose baby she may be carrying. Decades earlier, in 1919, Vivien Lowe, an obituary writer, is searching for her lover who disappeared in the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906. By telling the stories of the dead, Vivien not only helps others cope with their grief but also begins to understand the devastation of her own terrible loss. The surprising connection between Claire and Vivien will change the life of one of them in unexpected and extraordinary ways. Part literary mystery and part love story, The Obituary Writer examines expectations of marriage and love, the roles of wives and mothers, and the emotions of grief, regret, and hope.
The 7 pm reading and signing requires the purchase of the book or a $5 event ticket.
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Mark your calendars now for the annual WriteAngles conference that will be held on Saturday, November 16, 2013. Once again we’ll be at the attractive and welcoming Willits-Hallowell Center on the Mount Holyoke College campus in South Hadley, Massachusetts. Planning is underway and we will let you know more as the conference shapes up.
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Our 27th annual WriteAngles conference is now over. Thanks again to everyone who made it a success.
We will begin planning for the 28th conference sometime in January of 2013 (TBA). If you are interested in becoming one of the planners, please let us know (Click on Contact Us in the right hand column). We are an all-volunteer group that depends on fresh approaches to stay relevant to the needs of writers. We particularly need people who have ideas for panel topics and are willing to help organize panels by recruiting panelists. But if you just want to come to a meeting to see how it goes, feel free to do so.
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Agents Melissa Flashman and Alex Glass
- Organizer Boris Kolba and Christine Molloy
- At the registration table: Cheryl Malandrinos, Jan Whitaker, and co-organizer Daisy Mathias
Organizers Elli Meeropol and Jacqueline Sheehan (who also took photos)
Morning keynoter Maria Luisa Arroyo
Afternoon keynoter Ann Hood
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A huge thank you to everyone who made yesterday’s WriteAngles conference a big success. Thanks to our wonderful keynoters, Maria Luisa Arroyo and Ann Hood and to all our panelists who shared their knowledge and experience, often entertainingly. Thanks to all the panel moderators who recruited panelists and guided discussions. Thanks to all the behind-the-scenes people, including our two co-cordinators Daisy Mathias and Chris Rohmann, who made it all happen. We are very grateful to our four hard-working literary agents, with special thanks to James McGinnis who appeared magically at the VERY LAST MINUTE to fill in for Ryan Harbage, a victim of the flu. Finally, thanks to all who attended this year’s conference, and especially to the ten who were so gracious in receiving the (temporary) news that they would not be seeing an agent.
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The importance of tenacity is one of literary agent Jenny Bent’s observations in an interesting and informative interview with her about how she became an agent and how she regards her role in book publishing. Among her insights is this: “There are a lot of ways to attract the attention of an agent these days.” Want to know more? Take a look at “Bent on Books.” Jenny will be at our conference next Saturday, October 20.
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Congratulations to this year’s WriteAngles panelist Gina Apostol on the publication of her new book GUN DEALER’S DAUGHTER. An impressionistic thriller of a novel, the book tells the story of an older Filipina woman looking back on her youth as a rebel in the 1970s Philippines. One critic called the book “a daring, fever dream of a novel.” Gina Apostol will be speaking on the panel The Novel as a Marathon: How to Stay the Course.
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