Vol. 35, No. 2 April/May '07

Upcoming Events

   April 15
Forum @11:30-2PM
Four Points Sheraton
Gregory McNamee,
" The Nature of Fact"
(see article)

   May 20
Forum @11:30-2PM
Four Points Sheraton
Elizabeth Gunn, Susan Cummins Miller, J. Carson Black, J.M. Hayes,
"Southwest Crime Ink
Tucson Authors of Mystery, History and More""
(see article)

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The Nature of Fact

   Gregory McNamee is the author or editor of twenty-six books of non-fiction and more than three thousand periodical publications, including articles, essays, reviews, interviews, editorials, poems, and short stories. As a local example, he has 85 articles in the Tucson Weekly. He is a consultant, contributor, and contributing editor to the Encyclopedia Britannica and its blog; he is the literary critic for the Hollywood Reporter and a contributing editor to Kirkus Reviews and The Bloomsbury Review. He edits the book series Desert Places, published by the University of Arizona Press. He is also a correspondent for TravelIntelligence.net, a London-based travel syndicate.

   McNamee is a research associate at the Southwest Center of the University of Arizona, and adjunct curator of literature at the Sharlot Hall Museum in Prescott, Arizona. He is a member of the Speakers Bureau of the Arizona Humanities Council, and he also gives courses and talks on writing, publishing, journalism, and cultural and environmental issues.

   McNamee operates Sonora Wordworks, an editorial and publishing service based in Tucson, Arizona. His website is at www.gregorymcnamee.com. His Britannia blog is at blogs.britannica.com/blog/main/author/gmcnamee and covers such recent topics as the Swiss invasion of Lichtenstein to the return of the coyote to New York's Central Park.

   As Edmund Burke, 18th Century British philosopher and statesman reminds us, "Facts are to the mind what food is to the body." We hope you join us at our April 15th meeting to meet the author of Moveable Feasts: The History, Science, and Lore of Food, Gregory McNamee.

Sothwest Crime Ink
Tucson Authors of Mystery, History and More

   We'll be talking about the different paths we each took to publication - agent, large and small publisher, nom de plume, promotion? And what we want to try next.

   Elizabeth Gunn was an innkeeper, travel writer, blue-water sailor, and SCUBA diver before embarking on a career as a novelist. Crazy Eights is her newest title in the Jake Hines mystery series, set in a police station in a mid-size town in Southeast Minnesota that greatly resembles (but isn't) her home town of Rochester.

   The series features a mixed-race protagonist, a foundling raised by the state of Minnesota who's never met his parents. "He feels like my alter ego," Gunn says, "which is odd, since my Minnesota family is so large we have to hold reunions in a park." At present she's working on a mystery set in Tucson, where she now lives. Her current passions are reading, birding, and hiking the mountain trails of Arizona.

   Prior to writing fiction, Susan Cummins Miller worked as a field geologist with the U. S. Geological Survey and taught geology and oceanography. Susan incorporates elements of history, geology, and archaeology in her Frankie Mac-Farlane mysteries, each of which is set in a unique landscape. In Death Assemblage, geosleuth MacFarlane unravels a geologic puzzle in northern Nevada.

   Detachment Fault-a finalist for this year's Mountains and Plains Book Award-explores artifact-smuggling and murder in the Arizona/Sonora borderlands. And in Quarry (2006), Frankie plays hide-and-seek with a murderer in the Mojave Desert.

   J. Carson Black is the pen name for local author Margaret Falk, whose published books are, Darkscope, Dark Horse, and The Desert Waits (as Margaret Falk); The Tombstone Rose and Superstitions (as Annie McKnight) and Darkness on the Edge of Town (J. Carson Black, Penguin, January 2005). A native Tucsonan, J. Carson Black lives with her husband and four cats. When not writing, she likes to walk in the desert. The second book in the Laura Cardinal mystery series, Dark Side of the Moon, will be out in January 2006.

   J .M. Hayes has been an anthropologist, an archaeologist, and a small business-man in the automotive and real estate fields. He has raised commercial flowers, worked theater sound and lights, and supervised camping, sports, and recreation programs. He was born and raised on the flat earth of central Kansas where his novels, Mad Dog & Englishman, Prairie Gothic, and Plains Crazy, take place. After graduating from Wichita State University (twice), he did three years of post-graduate work at the University of Arizona. He has lived in Arizona, where his first novel, The Grey Pilgrim, is set, for nearly forty years. Mike shares his central Tucson home with his wife, several computers, roughly 4000 books, and a small herd of German Shepherds.

(SE Corner of Speedway and Campbell)

11:30-2 PM, third Sunday of Month

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Steve Adelson has sold an article to The Writer magazine. The title is "Tapping Into The Hidden Articles Market" and is due for publication in their August issue. The article details his technique for researching and discovering the variety of magazines and publications (general, specialty, and little known) being published in the U.S. and abroad to which a writer can submit their material. The article will also inform the reader how to adjust the material to suit a specific market, and thus expand the number of publications they can be published in; that is, creating variations of the original manuscript for multiple sales.

Carol Costa is writing her fourth book for The Penguin Group. Teach Yourself Bookkeeping in 24 Hours will be out in the fall. She will also be a part of the Duty, Honor and Valor signing. Six authors with stories in Duty, Honor and Valor will be at Barnes & Noble on Broadway Thursday, April 5th at 7:00 pm to talk about their stories and sign books. The authors are Jim Woods, Penny Porter, Hugh Morris, Marylyn Chapman, Dale Adams and Carol Costa.

Joan Cox was recently awarded third place for her essay "Women Hold Up Half The Sky" in a contest sponsored by the Women Writers Of The Desert. "Currently this octogenarian is assistant editor for TravelChinaGuide whose headquarters is in Xian, China."

Jean Gietzen won 2nd Place in the Open Theme Poetry contest sponsored by Byline magazine for her poem "Learning to Line Dance." Her Christmas memoir, If You're Missing Baby Jesus, is inching up close to 50,000 copies sold since 1999 when it was first published.

M. C. Helle had a book signing on March 8 for his first novel, Dangerous Curves, at the House of Broadcasting Museum, in Scottsdale. The event was a fund raiser for the museum. Dangerous Curves is available at Amazon.com. More information is available on Helle's website at: www.authorhelle.com

Mabel Leo was asked to participate in the "Arizona Authors" Series at Scottsdale Community College on March 8, 2007, and in Globe, AZ during their Centennial Celebration on March 25, 2007. Her motto, "Write everything. You never know which one will catch the public's interest." Her first book published in 1996, The Saga of Jack Durant, continues to be her best seller, though since then she has written and published seven more books. An award winning play, In My Humble Opinion, was based on the Durant book.

Mike Rom is once again co-director of the TucsonFilm.com Shortfest. It is taking place on April 14, at the University of Arizona Gallagher Theatre. "We have some great short films from all over the world, as well as the Academy Award Winning West Bank Story by University of Arizona alumnus, Ari Sandel."

Connie Spittler and Susan Cummins Miller are two of the nine Tucson authors represented in the just released anthology (pub date 3/1/07) What Wildness is This, Women Write About the Southwest, University of Texas Press, an anthology that celebrates the words of women as they experience the land and its complexity.
Spittler "slips into hummingbird summer, the shape of it, the mood it, the flash of wings that moved through it." Susan Cummins Miller "hiked serrated ridges, discovering a cache of fossil bones preserved on a limy sandstone ledge."
Seven other Tucson writers' work appears as well: Alison Hawthorne Deming, Nancy Linnon, Nancy Mairs, Liza Porter, Sandra S. Smith, Leslie Marmon Silko and Luci Tapahonso.
The book features emerging writers, as well as established ones, such as Barbara Kingsolver, Terry Tempest Williams, Paula Gunn Allen and Naomi Shihab Nye. As varied as the cultures and backgrounds of the women represented, the collection offers literary forms of memoir, creative non-fiction, essay and poetry.
Book signings and reading are scheduled for the Broadway Barnes & Noble on April 26, 7pm and at Antigone, June 22, 7pm.

The Write Word
published bi-monthly by the Board of Directors
of The Society of Southwestern Authors
P.O. Box 30355, Tucson, AZ 85751

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Dale Adams: 2dale@dakotacom.net

Carol Costa: starlit@theriver.com

Recording Secretary
Bob Nordmeyer: RnRNord@aol.com

Member Chair
Penny Porter: wporter202@aol.com

Corresponding Secretary
Ruth Beach: rbeach930@theriver.com

Conference Co-Chair
Barbara Stahura: barbara@clariticom.com

Writing Groups Contact
Sam Turner: clearskys@cox.net

Conference Interview Chair
Sharon Landeen: SLLandeen@theriver.com

Forum Program Chair
Chris Stern: cstern@us.ibm.com

Member at Large
Dewanne Hopson: RomeTucSan@aol.com

Writer's Contest
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