Vol. 3, No. 8 Aug/Sept '02
Mother Nature's Biographer
Ken Lamberton's book, Wilderness and Razor Wire, is nature writing, "at its finest," says Susan Tweit. ". . . a courageous and eloquent exploration of what nature can teach us about how to be human."
We can thank Stephen Gladish, SSA member, author and writing professor, who prevailed on Lamberton to be his senior aide for over eight years in the Tucson Prison complex and encouraged Ken to polish, perfect, and put his spellbinding essays into a book.
Since publication, Lamberton won the 2001 John Burroughs Medal, the highest award in the country for natural history writing and illustrating. Booklist says of his work, "Nothing is more grand and resilient than the human spirit, and this astonishing testament to the coexistence of beauty and brutality illuminates the presence of grace in tragedy."
Ken is a biologist, essayist, columnist, former nonfiction editor of the Sonora Review, and nature artist. He has recently completed a sequel to his first book, and his third is due for release soon by The University of Arizona Press. With readings from Wilderness and Razor Wire, Ken will share with us his beautiful world of ecology and his rare insight into natural history at our August luncheon.
Please phone in reservations to 546-9382 by Wednesday, August 14th.
SSA Writing Contest Awards Banquet
It's almost time to announce the winners of this year's SSA Writing Contest. There's added excitement this year because Barnes & Noble Booksellers donated $1,000 for each first place winner in the categories of short story, poetry and personal essay/memoir. Cash awards, provided by the SSA, also go to second and third place finishers and an array of honorable mentions.
Barnes & Noble's generous contribution assured an unprecedented number of entries this year: 446, to be exact. Our judges had quite a time choosing the winners whose names will be announced at the September 15th Awards Banquet
Our featured speaker is Jim Paul, author of five books, most recently Medieval in LA. Jim worked for some the biggest and best publishers around (Random House and Harcourt) and has written for such prestigious publications as The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Paris Review. If all this weren't enough, you'll be interested to learn that Jim is a past recipient of both the Guggenheim and Wallace Stegner Fellowships. Nowadays, he works as a university lecturer, workshop leader, and is a member of the faculty at Vermont's Bread Loaf Writer's Conference. Is it any wonder he is our keynote speaker for this wonderful event?
In an effort to foster good writing, inspire and motivate future writers, Barnes & Noble on N. La Cholla Boulevard in Tucson intends to host a reading of the winning entries the afternoon following the awards banquet.
Get out your datebooks and phone in your reservations by Wednesday, September 11th for the September 15th SSA Awards Banquet and reading to honor not just the contest winners but also the craft.
(NOTE: The winners will be announced at the luncheon so do not inquire ahead of time)
The Society of Southwestern AuthorsLearn to use techniques and technology to write your book faster, produce your book for less (regular, POD & eBooks) and effectively promote your book. Dan will share the secrets of finding an agent, contacting a publisher, self-publishing, handling interviews, and autographings.
a one-day workshop
"How to Write, Publish & Promote
Your Nonfiction Book"
with Dan Poynter
6230 E. Speedway, Tucson
November 7th 4pm-9pm
Ph: (520) 748-9555
$35 SSA member
Dan Poynter is a publisher and author of more than 100 books including; Writing Nonfiction, The Self-Publishing Manual, The Skydiver's Handbook and Is There a Book Inside You? Dan is a leading authority on how to write, publish and promote books.
Dan's workshop is complete with 145 action-packed PowerPoint slides and a dynamite 23-page handout. Sign up now; get your book out soon!
For more information visit: http://ParaPub.com
Funds raised go to SSA!!
Robin Baade's article "Smooth Operator" appeared in the August issue of Girls' Life Magazine. Robin also co-authored "Manage Your Time: 5 Ways to be More Efficient at Work," which appeared in the May issue of California Lawyer Magazine.
Bea Carlton is thrilled to report her recent signing of a five-year contract with Thorndike Press to publish three books in large print: In The House Of The Enemy, Moonshell, & In The Foxes' Lair. They are scheduled for release in Sep & Dec 2002, & Feb 2003. Currently, Bea is editing and revising a long novel for another author. Bea's first junior-age book, Mystery at Natural Bridge, set in Natural Bridge, Arizona, will be released this autumn.
Rosemarie Colombraro (winner of Author with the Most Rejections-40-at the SSA June Luncheon) has an article, "Liquid Assets: Denver has a Way with Water," in Continental Magazine, July 2002. Rosemarie's article "A Big Hand for the Little Horses," about her tour of Connie Kazal's Picture Rocks Miniature Horse Ranch, will appear in Tucson Lifestyle, August 2002,
Oren Hays' novel, Do You Know Your Lines? is now available at www.xlibris.com or phone (888) 795-4274 ext 276, www.amazon.com, www.barnesandnoble.com, or local book stores. The allegory portrays two frontline EVAC nurses working in and returning from Vietnam, two feminine rebels whose middle age crisis came early. The novel is fiction but thoroughly researched for accuracy concerning the nurses' experience of the madness of this special war.
Richard Charles Hoyt has just self-published Thrust Home, a thriller about a serial killer with a psychologist as the protagonist. A description and excerpt can be seen, and the book ordered at: www.xlibris.com/RichardCharlesHoyt.html
Jonathan Holman's science fiction novel, Epic of Porch, is now available in two parts, in its 2nd edition from Xlibris, 436 Walnut Street, 11th floor, Philadelphia PA 19106- 3703, Ph: (888) 795-4274 Fax: (215) 923- 4685 or from www.xlibris.com and major book sellers online. No science fiction library is complete without it!
Doug Huestis's historical article about Russia's National Research Center for Hematology appeared in the April 2002 issue of the journal Transfusion. That center started life in 1926 as the world's first institute dedicated entirely to the field of blood transfusion. Doug has visited the center many times and worked there for several months in 1976 under the Soviet-American Health Exchange. Anyone with an interest in the history of Russian medicine may contact Doug for a copy.
J. A. Jance's book, Partner in Crime, goes on sale August 6 with grand opening benefit signings-at noon at Gilda's House, a cancer patient & family service, on Seattle's Capitol Hill-and at 7pm at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park, Seattle. 20 % from each book sold will benefit either Gilda's House or the YWCA's Family Village to help families in crisis get back on their feet. J.A.'s full booksigning schedule for Partner in Crime, a joint venture featuring J.P. Beaumont and Joanna Brady, is now posted on her website at: www.jajance.com.
Dianne Janis-Wight's article on the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum's 50th anniversary, "50 Years and Wild as Ever," was published in the May/June issue of AAA Highroads.
Gail Fisher, recently won four awards in the Arizona Press Women 2002 Communications Contest. Gail received two Honorable Mentions, one as editor of the Tempe Sister City Quarterly newsletter and another as photographer-writer for "Regal Regensburg" published in East Valley Magazine. Gail received a Second Place in travel writing for three stories published in the East Valley Tribune ranging from Portland, Toronto and Princess Di's dresses at Kensington Palace. She received another Second Place for her personality profile of artist Beth Ames Swartz for Scottsdale Magazine.
Mabel Leo and her editor, Kathy Griffin, entertained students at Glendale Discovery School on May 21. The students had read Yahoodywho and wanted to know about the book and the author. Though a 20-minute presentation was planned, students spent an hour asking questions, and offering ideas for a sequel. Mabel was invited back for October and is now working on Yahoodywho Too.
Mabel Leo's Deadly Choices, the sequel to Dear Sweetheart, is hot off the press with romance and suspense. Next year Mabel plans to have the next book of what was planned as a trilogy but has taken on a life of its own and is becoming the "Dark Secrets" series. Take a peek at her website, www.booksbyleo.com for more information.
Marci Martin's story "Perfect Stroke-For the Car" has been published in the new Chicken Soup for the Golfer's Soul-The Second Round, just out in book stores.
Sherry Monahan's latest non-fiction book, Pikes Peak: Adventurers, Communities & Lifestyles, will be released in August by Arcadia Publishing. Sherry's Aunt Ivah lived in Colorado Springs in the early 1900s and was an avid mountain hiker and photographer. The book captures, in almost 200 of her vintage images, the lives, trials, and adventures of some of the Peak's early pioneers and visitors, covering a span of almost 60 years. Sherry will also appear in the October issue of True West magazine in the "How the West Was Worn" section. The October issue will be released in mid-August.
Jennifer J. Stewart will be signing The Bean King's Daughter at Barnes & Noble Foothills Mall, August 25, from 2-3:30 p.m.
Diane M. Vanover's summer is off to a good start! In June, Tucson's eastside newspaper, Gambel's Gazette, published "Flash Flood," her article about filming summer floodwaters in the Tanque Verde Creek. Diane's First $ale article, "For Love and Money," appeared in the July/August issue of ByLine Magazine.
Bob Yehling's fourth collection of poetry,
Shades of Green, published by HarMona
Publishing will be released in late October.
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