Writers Can Read
In August 2019, I became the host of a six-year-old monthly literary event called Writers Can Read. It’s held at Huntington, West Virginia’s local book store, The Inner Geek. Each month we bring two notable published authors to read before an enthusiastic audience. At the end of their readings, the mic is open for audience members who have a work in progress that they would like to share.
This story from the latest issue of Huntington Quarterly describes all the delicious diversity Huntington has to offer on the food front. I’m always thrilled to be part of this fine magazine.
In August 2019, I became the host of a television program called Chapters, which promotes writers, editors, and publishers in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio. It’s seen on Armstrong Television and on YouTube. Previously the show was hosted by Eliot Parker until he accepted a teaching post at Old Miss.
While we miss him terribly, a few of his shows are still upcoming, and of course, the older ones are archived on the Chapters Facebook page. For now, I’ll be posting links to the YouTube videos of the current shows.
This one is with Eric Douglas, prolific author, radio and television host, and diver. Enjoy. Eric Douglas on Chapters.
Check out this one with Bonnie Proudfoot on her new novel, Goshen Road. Bonnie Proudfoot interview
Interviewed on “West Virginia Author” for the WV Library Commission
Recently the multi-talented author, teacher, and editor, Cat Pleska, and I sat down to chat about my writing and my most recent book: Me and Mary Ann. Check it out on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scMgJp-ZtvE&fbclid=IwAR2Apip2UUGbVzPhXYn1fizbzoFNjf5yzYG4yQJr10Jz_blKPU-ywyst8b4
Huntington Fiction Factory
On April 11, 2019, the Huntington Fiction Factory was born, a part of Arts Night Out sponsored by the Cabell Huntington Convention & Visitors Bureau. It’s a craft-forward series of talks, workshops, and discussions about writing led by some of the regions well-known writers. This brain child of Shelia Redling kicked off with a talk by Marie Manilla on short stories. The monthly feature is on the second Thursday of the month at the CVB in Heritage Station. I’ll be the July speaker. Hope to see you there.It’s Small Business Saturday, November 24. I’ll be signing books at Empire Books and News. I hope you’ll drop by, chat, and pick up a book or two. They are the gifts that keep on giving.
As a reading geek, I was thrilled to meet Doris Kearns Goodwin when she was in Huntington in October 2018. I even got to give her a copy of The Rebel in the Red Jeep, which, as a political junkie, I hope she’ll enjoy.
2018 was a good year for me. In April, I received the Ella Dickey Literary Award for The Rebel in the Red Jeep at the Marshfield, Missouri, Cherry Blossom Festival. I joined several literary luminaries in the award ceremony.
In June 2018, I was honored to receive the West Virginia Writers, Inc. J.U.G. (Just Uncommonly Good) Award, the annual honor they give for a person’s contributions to the arts and literature.
And, later that month, I received the Herald Dispatch newspaper’s Award for the Arts, 2017. For more click here.