Newsletter Delay

My apologies for getting the newsletter out late this month. I try to have it in your mailbox one week before the monthly meeting. That didn’t happen this time. It will be at the printer tomorrow (Monday, March 6) and mailed a day or two after that. You should have it before Friday.

My apologies for any inconveniences.

George Parker, Newsletter Editor

Writers Forum Welcomes the New Year

Writers Forum welcomes 2017 with a great line-up of presentations on a variety of topics. On January 14, former game warden Steve Callan will speak on writing his sequel memoir, The Game Warden’s Son. 

On February 1, we’ll enjoy the Edgar-award winning play,  The Game’s Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays, by Ken Ludwig. Tickets will be $20 each, or two for $30. The play will be at Riverfront Playhouse, 1620 E. Cypress Street, Redding.

This fundraiser is intended to offset the loss of the Author’s Fair last month, which was an important funding source for Writers Forum. Between member dues and fundraisers, we are able to send out a monthly newsletter, provide refreshments at the Writers Forum meetings, and provide small scholarships for young writers.

Tickets will be available for purchase at the January 14 Writers Forum meeting.

Local Small Bookshop Closing

all-about-books-picAll About Books, a used bookstore at 1301 Court St, has been a friend to local authors for many years by offering them space to showcase their work. They have been a resource for multiple copies of current books for book groups and have hosted receptions for local authors and artists.

Now however, due to longtime competition from e-readers and online re-sellers, they will be closing their doors mid-November. Beginning October 8th, all books are buy one get two free. All bookcases, displays and fixtures are also for sale, everything must go.

As the final day draws near, the deals will get even better.

There are at least three reasons to go in and buy a few books:  supporting this longtime business, even at this late date, reduces their loss; supporting a business that has supported our writing community is a good thing to do; and getting great deals is always helpful for avid readers.

Owners Richard and Abigail Lucas have accepted that the time has come to move on. “I’ve lived the dream of owning my own bookstore, meeting customers and talking books, what a privilege for my day job,” Abigail said. “Every good book comes to an end, so it’s time to start a new one.”

Richard, a local author in his own right, agrees that, “at this point, the writing is on the wall.”

Hopefully they’ll get a last flood of customers as a great send off for years of service to customers and authors.

Open 9 to 5 Monday through Friday, 9 to 2 Saturdays. Phone: 530.605.4848

1301 Court Street,  Corner of Court and Shasta in Downtown Redding

Submitted by Melinda Brown

 

Lunch With a Poet

Guest piece from Writers Forum Newsletter Editor George T. Parker.

20160721_120323Yesterday’s lunchtime visit with California’s Poet Laureate was time well spent. Several Writers Forum members were in attendance, along with an audience of about fifty or sixty, to hear Dana Gioia (pronounced JOY-ya) recite pieces from his latest book 99 Poems: New & Selected, and to explain his views on writing poetry for everybody.

Gioia’s ambition as Poet Laureate,as well as during his tenure as the Chairman for the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003-2009, is to take poetry out of academia and make it available for everybody. He insists that poetry is in the interests of ordinary people, not just English majors at universities, and as evidence, he points out the enormous popularity of such poetic forms as hip hop, rap, and cowboy poetry.

Gioia was interviewed by Nathan Solis at the Redding Record Searchlight. You can find the interview here.

Gioia reminded us of the charm of recited poetry. Words on a page take on a new life when spoken. For example, the first stanza of his poem ‘Finding a Box of Family Letters’ reads:

The dead say little in their letters

they haven’t said before.

We find no secrets, and yet

how different every sentence sounds

heard across the years.

Now listen to the same piece recited:

 

Hearing the words brings the piece to life, and helps to teach us how to read and hear other poetry. Learning poetry can only help to enhance our other writing, as well, teaching us meter and cadence of the language. Poetry can also teach us how to refine the language of our other writing.

Find a poet you like, and learn!

 

Summer Newsletter

Okay, I know that you all went to your mailboxes on Saturday eagerly anticipating your July Writers Forum newsletter, and were shocked and perhaps even traumatized when it was not there.

Don’t worry, my friends. You haven’t missed anything. Just like the Writers Forum monthly meetings, the newsletter has gone on a summer schedule. The ‘Summer’ newsletter will be in your mailboxes later this month. The next newsletter will be in September,  and you should receive that in your mailbox back on schedule. ‘On schedule’ is around the first Saturday of the month; just in time for a reminder about the upcoming meeting.

I should point out, that just because there is only one newsletter produced over July and August, that does not mean that we do not need material over the summer. We could always use material for the newsletter.

  • Short stories and poetry
  • News about your writing success stories, such as publications or book signings. Heck, if you want to brag about finishing a first draft, we will cheer you on with that as well.
  • News items about local writers or book events. If you hear about something like that, don’t assume we know it, too. Pass it on!
  • Photos. I prefer running photos over clip art to dress up the newsletter. You would get a photo credit, and if you wish, extra copies of the newsletter so you pass them around for bragging to friends and family. Photos can be anything book or writing related.

Thank you, and enjoy the rest of your summer!

Your friendly neighborhood Newsletter Editor,

George

A (biased) Contest…

What do all of these books have in common?

WF Contest

A Contest Offering

If you think you have the answer, email the Editor at: writersforumeditor@gmail.com

Considering our budget, the only prize will be getting your name in the next newsletter, and extra newsletter copies if you would like them.

The answer will be announced at the June meeting.

You can view or download all of the newsletter at:  https://reddingwritersforum.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/june_wf-newsletter-draft.pdf

or past newsletters at: https://reddingwritersforum.com/newsletters/