Newsletter of the Society of Southwestern Authors Vol. 2, No. 30 Feb./Mar. '01

  18   Sunday Brunch
DoubleTree Hotel @11:30-2 PM

Speaker: Meg File, Author, Teacher

Topic: "Secrets of Writing"
(see article - this page)

Menu: Cajun Chicken Salad: warm blackened chicken breast sliced over a bed of romaine lettuce garnished with diced tomatoes, olives and peppers; served with honey mustard vinaigrette; fresh fruit cup; warm rolls and butter; DoubleTree chocolate chip cookies. NOTE: Vegetarian meal available (specify when making reservation).

  18   Sunday Brunch
DoubleTree Hotel @11:30-2 PM

Speaker: Nancy Mairs, award winning journalist and author

Topic: "Nancy Mairs Unvarnished"
(see article - this page)

Menu: Crisp Garden Salad with
Choice of Dressings, Chicken Picata: boneless, skinless hand seared chicken breast served with lemon caper butter sauce; Chef's choice of rice, potatoes, or pasta; Fresh Seasonal Vegetable; Chef's Choice of Dessert. NOTE: Vegetarian meal available (specify when making reservation).

(NOTE: Because of Easter in April, we will have a Coffee & Dessert at the DoubleTree from 3-5:00 PM, Saturday the 14th)

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before noon the
Wednesday before Brunch

all Brunches $13 mem/$15 non

Specify meat or veggie and STICK TO IT! At the last lunch, many "vegetarians" switched to the London Broil so the "meat-eaters" had to eat broccoli. Be courteous & eat what you order (trading with others is okay).

Meg File's Secrets of Writing

   "There are three rules for writing a novel," Somerset Maugham said. Then he added, "Unfortunately, no one knows what they are." Our February speaker, Meg Files, says you should run away from anyone who claims to know the secret formulae. Still, she knows the rules, and says there are five, not three. On the 18th, she will reveal the secrets to writing not only novels, but short stories, non-fiction, and poetry as well.
   Meg Files is the author of a novel, Meridian 144, and a collection of stories, Home Is the Hunter. Her book about using personal experience in writing, Life Moments into Stories, will be published next year. Her stories, poems, and articles have appeared in scores of magazines, including: The Writer, Bloomsbury Review, Playgirl, and The Tampa Review, as well as in anthologies, such as Harcourt Brace's Tangled Vines. Her awards include a Bread Loaf fellowship and the James Thurber Writer-in-Residency at Ohio State University. She has been chosen as the Jack Kerouac Writer-in-Residence in Orlando.
   Locally, she teaches fiction writing and an advanced fiction workshop at Pima Community College, and runs the Pima Writers' Workshop, scheduled for May 25-27th.
   Please phone 546-9382 with your luncheon reservation, no later than noon, Wednesday, February 14th (that's right, Valentine's Day, so remember your sweetie, too).

Nancy Mairs Unvarnished

   Acclaimed writer Nancy Mairs will be giving us a preview of her forthcoming book, A Troubled Guest: Life And Death Stories. Those of you who have read Mairs before know that she is a writer of uncommon power.
   Winner of the 1995 EDI Media Award for Print Journalism, Nancy Mairs is the author of several books, including Voice Lessons, Ordinary Time (a New York Times Notable Book of the Year), Remembering The Bone House, and Carnal Acts (also a New York Times Notable Book of the Year). Mairs won the Western State Book Award for a book of poems, In All The Rooms Of The Yellow House, and her first book of essays, Plain Text, launched her national writing career. She has taught writing and English at the University of Arizona. Mairs has written and reviewed for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Women's Review of Books, and many other publications. She has three grown children and lives in Tucson with her husband, George.
   Mark your calendars and don't forget to phone 546-9382 with your luncheon reservation no later than noon Tuesday, March 14th. Tell us if you are a vegetarian, otherwise we will assume you want meat (see menu).


Sinclair Browning's third Trade Ellis book, Rode Hard, Put Away Dead, will be out in February. The first chapter was excerpted in the January/February issue of the Santa Fean magazine. Zeke will be doing a book signing on Sat. March 10th, 11-1 p.m. at Clues Unlimited.

Bea Carlton will be speaking in Tucson on Thursday, March 1, from 10 to noon, on "The Making of a Mystery" at the Congregational Church, 6801 Oracle. Contact: Pearl Zimmerman 520-577-6486.

LaVern Harrell Clark's book, Mari Sandoz's Native Nebraska: The Plains Indian Country, released by Arcadia Publishers, Chicago, is illustrated with over 200 of her photographs. The book ­ Clark's seventh ­ is a biographical, pictorial study. Besides reviewing Sandoz's life and home places, it guides readers to surrounding sites of historic and touristic interest.

Carolyn Deitering-Ancell's book, Celebrating the Liturgy with Children (Hi-Time*Pflaum, 1999); and a 12-book series entitled Can the Saints Come out to Play? / Pueden Salir a Jugar los Santos?, a whimsical yet historically accurate story, Scripture and activity for each day of the year in both English and Spanish (translator is a Tucsonan). The series is published by E.T. Nedder Publishing, a relatively new religious education publisher right here in Tucson.

Jean Gietzen will be signing her story "Unforgettable Beauty" in Chocolate For A Teen's Soul at Barnes and Noble, Foothills Mall on LaCholla on February 9 at 7 PM. There will be GOBS of chocolates on the signing table!

Ann Isobel's novel, Heart Wounds and Other Crimes, explores the possibility of late-in-life love . . . three people, caught in the confusion of the past, struggle to find themselves in the present . . . within the convoluted circumstances of crime, business, and family ties. It is available at or at 1-888-795-4274. For more info. check out:

Patrick Lavin's book, Arizona: An Illustrated History, will be coming out in March 2001. In this inaugural volume of Hippocrene's Illustrated Histories of States Series, Patrick explores and illuminates this "land of contrasts," whose history is as varied and fascinating as its landscapes. This volume of illustrations and photographs traces Arizona from the prehistoric days of the Paleo-Indians to its admission into the Union in 1912, and beyond into the twenty-first century.

Fran Lenzo's short story, "The Subject was Angel Roses," is a finalist for A Cup of Comfort, an anthology to be published by Adams Media next Fall. Fran's workshop, "Communicating With Your Angels," will be at Borders, Park Place Mall, Tue., Jan. 27, 6-8 pm. "Angels will be in attendance!"

Mabel Leo's third book is her first work of fiction. Yahoodywho, published by MIBS Publishing of Phoenix, is the tale of who stole the King's roar. Written for the five-to-nine year-old, it stimulates the child's mind with excitement and curiosity without being frightening. It is now available at or write to Leo at

Patricia L. Lucas has won a summer residency at Hedgebrook, a retreat for women writers on Whidbey Island, WA. Reached by ferry from Seattle, this 33-acre site accommodates 6 women in private cottages with room and board furnished. Next application deadline is March 15. Write Hedgebrook, 2197 East Millman Rd., Langley, WA 98260 for info.

gael Mustapha had 10 artist profiles published in the last Art-Life magazine. Her "ABCs of Remarriage" was published in the most recent Bride Again. Another children's book, Haole Girl, will be published by Island Heritage of Honolulu in their "Adventures in Hawaii" series this year (the third in this series; with a fourth,Kalihi Girl just picked up; contract signed for future publication).

E. J. McGill sold many more stories to Blue Murder Magazine: "Polls Don't Lie," Issue #15; "Fair Game," Issue #16; "Fatal Cure," Issue #18; and "Nickel Town," Issue TBA. You can see them at

Vijaya Schartz celebrated the release by Blue Planet Books of Archangel Crusader in December with an international buffet and special reserve of California and Oregon wines. Read about her book at

Diane Warner was honored with an event on February 4th, sponsored by Barnes & Noble, Foothills Mall, 7325 N. La Cholla, featuring her latest book, Complete Book of Children's Parties. She is the author of 19 books, all currently on the market. Diane spoke on the subject of "Trends and Themes for Children's Parties" and also signed many books.

Lynn Wiese has a booksigning scheduled at Borders on Oracle, March 25 at 2 pm for Holistic Parenting: Raising Children to a New Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Well-Being (Keats Publishing, $17.95).

Marian Wilson received two honorable mentions in the rhyming poem section of the 2000 Writer's Digest contest for "Action Figures" and "London 1666."

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