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Kerouac House Historic Marker Unveiling

by Darlyn Kuhn on October 22, 2014

The Jack Kerouac House Project of Orlando will unveil its historic marker at noon on Wednesday, October 22nd.   Join Bob Kealing, Summer Rodman, and the current Kerouac House Writer-in-Residence,  Anne Marie Ni Churreain, for the celebration.

Kerouac house_photo

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Nance author photo

Meet Nance Van Winckel and celebrate her new book, Ever Yrs, on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the St. Augustine Distillery, 112 Riberia Street, St. Augustine, Fl, 32084 with wine, hors d’oeuvres, and a reading from the author.

Ms. Van Winckel is the author of four collections of short stories and six collections of poems. She has received two National Endowment for the arts literary fellowships and awards from the Christopher Isherwood Foundation and the Poetry Society of America. She is Professor Emerita in Eastern Washington University’s graduate creative writing program as well as a faculty member of Vermont College of Fine Arts’ MFA in Writing Program. Originally from Roanoke, Virginia, she lives near Spokane, Washington, with her husband, artist Rik Nelson.

In Ever Yrs, a 99 year-old great grandmother tells the story of her family through a series of photographs, notes, and family memorabilia, including old ads “altered” by a bed-ridden aunt. The photographs are all captioned, some at great length, by “Grandy”, the family matriarch. They describe life in Butte, Montana, surrounded by the great copper mines of the early 20th century, and later, by the environmental devastation left behind when the mines failed. Here, as the town awaits the Y2K meltdown and a “virgin birth” that is about to occur, Grandy hurries to divest herself of the secrets of her good and bad contributions to Butte and her own descendants.

View the Ever Yrs book trailer here. Visit Ms. Van Winckel’s website here.

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Vanessa Blakeslee at Rollins

by Darlyn Kuhn on October 20, 2014

Vanessa Blakeslee, author of Train Shots, will give an author talk and sign books at the Rice Family Bookstore at Rollins College on Tuesday, October 21st at 5:30 p.m.

Vanessa Blakeslee Author Talk

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Power of the Pen

by Darlyn Kuhn on October 18, 2014

 

Sandi Hutcheson, Glenda Bailey-Mershon and Brad Kuhn will form a panel moderated by Darlyn Finch Kuhn to discuss advocacy writing at the Other Words Literary Conference in St. Augustine from 2:45  – 4 p.m. on Nov. 7th.  Hope to see you there!

Power of the Pen: Write the Change You Want to See in the World

Sandi Hutcheson, Brad Kuhn, Darlyn Finch Kuhn, and Glenda Bailey-Mershon

Markland House

Professional writers who promote causes they believe in will discuss methods and strategies in using spoken and written word to make a positive impact on the world. Panelists include advocates for women’s empowerment, authentic living, pedestrian and cycling safety, and freedom through creativity. The audience will learn what avenues work best for various types of cause-based speaking and writing, and how to plug into those avenues for maximum impact.

Florida Literary Arts Coalition

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