Vol. 35, No. 1 February/March '07

Upcoming Events

   February 18
Forum @11:30-2PM
Four Points Sheraton
Sheila Bender,
"Reenergize Your Writing"
(see article)

   March 18
Forum @11:30-2PM
Four Points Sheraton
Peter Baird,
"Writing and Publishing a First Novel: "It Ain't For Sissies!""
(see article)

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TUESDAY before the Forum
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Reenergize Your Writing

   Enjoy a motivational presentation by one of Tucson's favorite visiting writers: Sheila Bender. Her talks are designed to help you reenergize your writing or begin your writing life (if you are just starting). From journaling and using letter form to get yourself into your writing, to mining and shaping and polishing starts into effective pieces of writing, Sheila is the expert who can help you find just the right words. She'll help you make friends with that blank page.

   Sheila Bender, M.A., is a poet and author and publisher of Writing It Real at www.writingitreal.com, whose books include: Writing in a New Convertible With the Top Down, Writing Personal Essays, The Writer's Journal, Writing Personal Poetry, A Day in the Life, Journaling for Self Discovery, and Keeping a Journal You Love among many others. Currently living and working in Port Townsend, Washington, Sheila taught writing at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, and regularly presents readings, lectures, and workshops throughout the United States.

   Besides our Sunday Forum, through The Learning Curve, Sheila will be offering four Tuesday seminars during February including Keeping a Journal You Love, Literature in Letters, Writing Poems and Personal Essays from Life Experience and The Art of Revision. She will also be available for private one-on-one conferences after the Forum. You may have additional scheduling of appointments ($20.00 for twenty-five minutes) throughout the rest of February on a space-available basis.

Writing and Publishing a First Novel:
"It Ain't For Sissies!"

   On March 18, 2007, Peter Baird will talk about writing and publishing a first novel. After 14 years of mistakes, dejection and rejection, Baird's first novel, Beyond Peleliu, was published by Ravenhawk Books and is about the generational impact of war. According to Sister Helen Prejean, author of Deadman Walking, "This book can be a source of forgiveness and healing for those who inherited the demons of war."

   Reviews of Beyond Peleliu have been generous. The Denver Post: Baird's "strong nouns and active verbs are reminiscent of Ernest Hemingway and Raymond Carver." The Arizona Republic: "Heartfelt in every line, unstuffed and unforgettable." Experience Magazine: "A powerful and arresting novel . . . As Baird's novel ends this reviewer was once again reminded of Thomas Wolfe's Look Homeward Angel." The Salt Lake City Deseret News: "Only at the end, when Alzheimer's gets a grip on the father, does the son . . . comprehend the dark secret of Peleliu."

   Peter Baird is a Phoenix lawyer, writer, editor, musician and magician who has written for The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, American Heritage, The Chicago Tribune Magazine, The Cleveland Plain Dealer Magazine, Writer's Digest, The Arizona Republic, Phoenix Magazine, Rosebud, Shark Tales (Simon & Schuster), My Brush With History (Black Dog & Leventhal), Criminology (Harcourt Brace), Signs of Hope (Pushcart Press) and many other publications.

(SE Corner of Speedway and Campbell)

11:30-2 PM, third Sunday of Month

Must R.S.V.P. by TUESDAY before Forum - 546-9382
$20 paid at the door includes lunch and Forum

(NO CREDIT CARDS-processing fees are too high)
If you R.S.V.P. please attend-SSA pays full fee if you don't!


Dale Adams reports that sales of his book Hole in the Sky! have exceeded his expectations and then some. "They're re-ordering," he says, "two, three and as many as five books following an initial purchase. They say they're buying for friends and this is after Christmas!"
Dale has ordered twice from the publisher in order to keep up.

Steve Adelson's article, "In Production," was published in the January 18 edition of the Tucson Weekly. It was about James Arnett's A.I.A. Productions and their independent feature, The Last Man, that Steve also acted in. You can read it at www.tucsonweekly.com/gbase/Cinema/Content?oid=oid:91767

Linda Simon's Avatar: The Shaman of Change, written under her pen name Leah Bloom, is available through PublishAmerica.com, Amazon.com, and BarnesandNoble.com. It is a romantic suspense novel with strong messages of spirituality, tolerance and lessons of healing from abuse. Several scenes take place in Scottsdale. It is based on the historical battles between the American Indian Movement and the FBI, this thriller and challenge to faith is set in the 1990s but still touches us as though the story were taking place today in a town not too far away.
Currently Linda is authoring continuing education courses online as well as completing her first non-fiction book. "Through the Eyes of Innocence," the true story of her father's WWII POW experience can be found in Duty, Honor and Valor, a compilation from the SSA.

James E. Cox's new poetry book, As the Mood Prescribes, is now available through Authorhouse Publishing. His works have appeared in magazines, newspapers and internationally in The Best Poems and Poets of 2000 through 2004-anthologies published by The International Library of Poets in conjunction with the International Society of Poets. This Society presented Jim with a Poet Laureate certificate in July, 2002 in recognition of his accomplishments.
As the Mood Prescribes is a collection of poems that will appeal to the reader's every mood. The book's proposition is that colors can tint our moods, and the corollary is that our moods taint our milieu. Both propositions lead our thoughts in controlled directions and each mood/color suggests a different remedy-even if it is merely a placebo.
Should the mood color the psyche red, blue, green, gold, gray, or shades thereof, the remedy for the mind's dilemma must soothe, support or stimulate, as the reader requires.
Jim will conduct a book signing at Catalina Mountain Elks Lodge #2815, located at 16045 N. Oracle Road, Catalina, Arizona on Saturday, February 24,. 2007 from 3 to 5 pm. Light refreshments will be served throughout that time. Jim will discuss poetry and his books at 4 pm.

Eric Eaton is the principal author of the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, published by Houghton Mifflin Co. After much anticipation, the book is now available at booksellers. Eric started the project in early 2001. He is currently at work on a chapter for a book on predatory arthropods which will be published by the University of Chicago Press. His next proposal will be a for a popular account of the natural and cultural history of fireflies.

Jane Eppinga's book, Images of America: Apache Junction and the Superstition Mountains, published by Arcadia publishing came out in December 2006. Also her book, Arizona Sheriffs: Badges and Bad Men, published by Rio Nuevo Press in Tucson has just come out. Jane met an agent, Meredith Hays, at last year's SSA Conference who signed to represent her work. She has since gotten Jane a contract with Globe Pequot to publish her book, Society of Woman Geographers: Incredible Lives, Incredible Journeys. Please visit Jane's website www.desert-silhouettes.com to learn more about her publications.

Matt Freese has just been awarded the Allbooks Review's Editor's Choice in historical fiction for The i Tetralogy. The Allbooks Review is a prestigious online book review website that reviews books from all over North America and Europe. The i Tetralogy is a collection of four novellas dealing with the Holocaust and its aftermath. Reviews have been remarkable, many calling it "haunting," "moving," "disturbing," and even "holy." After being rejected by more than 100 publishers, I decided to publish it myself-I sensed that the publication of another book on Quicken was more essential than my effort at finding a publisher.
Recently, subtletea.com's David Herrle reviewed the book and did an extensive interview with Matt, and j.m. cornwell, at the celebritycafe.com.

Melanie Gaines' first book, Canyon Lake, has been released by Wheatmark. Canyon Lake, romantic suspense, takes the reader through a courageous rescue, a mysterious painting and the artist who brings the answers to a life long search.
It is now available online at Wheatmark bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble or by order from your local bookstore. You may view the book and read a description online at Wheatmark.com

Denise Roessle won an honorable mention in the Memoir Category of the National League of American Pen Women, San Francisco Branch's recent Soul-Making Literary Competition, with her entry, "Summer of Love."

Lynn Wiese Sneyd's poem "Five A.M." was published by the California State Poetry Society in California Review, Vol. 32.
Also, Lynn and co-author David N Russell, Ph.D., MFA will sign copies of their new book, Healthy Solutions: A Guide to Simple Healing and Healthy Wisdom (Basic Health Publications), on Saturday, March 10 from 4:30 - 7:30 pm at Galeria Mistica, 2318 S. 4th Ave. Enjoy complimentary valet parking and hors d'oeurves. For more information, call the gallery at 622-8000.

Helen Snyder and Noel Snyder have published Raptors of North America: natural history and conservation (2006 Voyageur/MBI), a re-write and expansion of their out-of-print 1991 book of the same name. The book includes their personal experiences during almost 50 years of studying birds of prey in North America and is illustrated with photographs by the authors. The original title was picked for inclusion in Rodale's Natural History Book series. Their Introduction to the California Condor (2005; in the University of California Press Natural History Guide series) just received a superlative review in December 2006 Birding magazine.
You can find more info. on the publishers' websites: Raptors-www.voyageurpress.com/Store/ProductDetails_33818.ncm and condors-www.ucpress.edu/books/pages/10092.html

Connie Spittler's picture and "Pink Moments" essay on the Catalina Mountains were featured on the Opinion page of the Arizona Daily Star, the Sunday December 24th special Christmas Eve edition. Her essay was taken from NPR's This I Believe database. A matter of particular glee for her was the fact that even though Connie is not running for president, her writing received the same space allotment as John McCain. Connie was also invited to the Tucson studios of the NPR affiliate, KUAZ, to record her essay and it broadcast twice on December 22nd, inaugurating the first This I Believe segment of the KUAZ Arizona Spotlight program. The podcast can now be heard by going to the KUAZ Arizona Spotlight archives, using the December 22nd date.

Sharon Willing's No One to Cry To has been nominated for a 2006 Association for Recorded Sound Collections "Award for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research." ARSC's goal, as stated, is to recognize and draw attention to the finest work being published in the field of recorded sound research. Judges will choose a short list of finalists, and, ultimately, one winner in each category. Finalists will be announced in March and winners will be honored during ARSC's annual conference in Milwaukee in May. A list of past winners in various categories is available at www.arsc-audio.org.
Members of the association include private collectors, researchers, record producers and many of the world's largest public and university archives. "Just being nominated is a thrill and an honor. Naturally, if my book gets further I'll be letting the whole world know!"

Jim Woods' "book report" on an antique volume (1865) in his collection is featured in the January, 2007, issue of the e-zine, Wilderness House Literary Review (www.whlreview.com). Scroll down to "Essays" to locate it, eight pages plus author's bio, readable via Adobe Acrobat. The subject is a boys' book that would be classified as YA these days. The piece is titled "Eddie and Nellie," derived from the personal presentation of the book as inscribed on the flyleaf.

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