August Newsletter!

Posted by Elizabeth on August 17, 2009
Our newsletter this month includes author chats with Rebecca Wells and Lev Grossman.

Wells is best known for Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, but her new book, The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder, also has fans talking. Wells has been living with Lyme disease for nearly a decade and is a spokeswoman for the illness. She’s a very inspiring woman.

Grossman’s book, The Magicians, may appeal to a different group of readers. Although many critics have compared the Time magazine book critic’s new work to Harry Potter, Grossman will tell you that his story of a disillusioned student of sorcery is something quite different.

August is a great month to go outdoors and enjoy the weather before the season fades. I went to Montana this summer, which is always a treat. As a city dweller, I’m perpetually humbled every time I see a bald eagle perched in the pines, a black bear pawing through the chokeberries, or a silvery, cool cutthroat trout breaking the surface of the Blackfoot river.

In the spirit of everyone’s inner outdoorsman (or woman), we asked Vermont-based author Brad Kessler, author of Birds In Fall and Goat Song, to share his favorite books about listening to the rhythm of nature.

Books by Thomas Pynchon and Dave Eggers were among the Movers & Shakers this month and please don’t forget to sample Ruth Goring’s winning poem “After You”!

We hope you enjoy the August Newsletter!

P.S. We have some exciting plans for the September newsletter including interviews with James Ellroy and Anita Diamant! We would like to include questions from our users; if there is anything you’ve been dying to ask, please put your questions in your comments below!

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message 1: by Liz (new)

Liz I did enjoy this august newsletter.

message 2: by Allisa (new)

Allisa yup! neat!

message 3: by Mere (new)

Mere very inspiring

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Vimbikayi Vee#2 I DNT KNOW IF I DD........

message 6: by Iman (new)

Iman Bari nice

message 7: by Ben (last edited Aug 18, 2009 04:56AM) (new)

Ben An interview with Ellroy... nice.

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message 9: by Montana (new)

Montana aww i love u

message 10: by Vonney (new)

Vonney Young Kept my interest from beginning to end.

message 11: by Natalie (new)

Natalie Question for Ellroy, pleeeeease!!

Does being a total badass come naturally to you, or is it something that takes years of honing?

Okay, now my real question for the Demon Dog:

I'm constantly defending your work from charges of misogyny, because the main female characters in your novels always shine through with strength, intellect, and power. How do you respond to those same critics, excepting a big ol' Ellroysian "Eff you"? Also, can you teach me to alliterate like you do? :)

message 12: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth Great question!

message 13: by Jade (new)

Jade lol great newsletter

message 14: by Mary Ann (new)

Mary Ann Ok newsletter. I spent my weekend get away in Fredericksberg, TX watching the deer feed and the beautiful scenery in the TX hill country..definitely back to nature.

message 15: by Svetlana (new)

Svetlana Kovalkova-McKenna Me and my daughter have been fans of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, I am going to check out the new book by the author.

message 16: by Becky (new)

Becky I love Anita Diamont and how she addresses women's issues and relationships. Timeless.

message 17: by Ritu (new)

Ritu i enjoy reading this newsletter. great

message 18: by Ginger (new)

Ginger Me too. The newsletter is very good.

message 19: by Author Laura (new)

Author Laura  Sanchez-Ramirez Great newsletter! Thank you for taking the time to do this for us!
I am still getting used to this site and wanted to post a poem for the September contest but couldn't go back to where I was. Can you add a direct link to the contest in your newsletter? I'll try again.


message 20: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth There is a direct link in the newsletter...

Just look at the intro for the poem.

message 21: by Author Laura (new)

Author Laura  Sanchez-Ramirez ;o( nope

message 22: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth Ahh..the link is to a discussion that has been closed to comments. I'll ask the tech team to fix it.

In the meantime, just go to the ipoetry! group and look for the appropriate topic.

message 23: by Author Laura (new)

Author Laura  Sanchez-Ramirez thanks

message 24: by Michele (new)

Michele Brown I really enjoyed the newsletter and look forward to receiving the next one. My only regret is that it isn't longer :)

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