I have a short, new essay up at Hippocampus — a wonderful online publication devoted to creative nonfiction. The essay is called “Good to the Girls,” and I wrote it in response to the #MeToo movement and an early professional experience of mine.
Yesterday, I attended the UNC Charlotte College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ annual faculty recognition reception – honoring faculty members, full- and part-time, who published books, received awards, or garnered outside funding in 2017. My novel, The Ada Decades, boosted the numbers of books published by members of the English Department to seven – the most of any department! Here I am, posing proudly.
I’m just back from a wonderful, immersive experience at the Tinker Mountain Writers Workshop at Hollins University in Roanoke, Va.* I took a master class with Fred Leebron called “Advanced Novel,” in which a cohort of eight writers read and critiqued each others’ novels-in-progress. The Swannanoa Building at Hollins, which houses the university’s creative writing program, was a lovely old building with some unusual quirks (including a taxidermied chicken in the library – sorry, I didn’t get a photo of that).
I’ll be able to use the in-depth craft techniques I learned and all the helpful feedback I got as I’m revising my novel, Clio Rising, this summer – for which I wrote a log line while I was away. Here it is, to whet your reading appetite:
In 1980s New York, a newly out lesbian embarks on a job as companion to a literary great of the “Lost Generation,” a closeted lesbian who accomplished just one great book.
I had a wonderful time at Bluestockings Bookstore in NYC on Sunday evening, reading from The Ada Decades and taking questions from the delightful audience. Support indie bookstores!
I had the chance to visit the LGBT Center of Raleigh yesterday and chat with women in the Queer Women’s Book Club about my novel, The Ada Decades. The Center’s library hosts events in this lovely room (the building was a 19th-century textile mill), where I posed with a few of my books, past and present. The library is the biggest LGBT collection in North Carolina, with about 5,000 volumes; they have a terrific technology center, too. I’ve been a fan of LGBT community centers since I served as volunteer and board member to NYC’s Center many years ago – Center folks do such important work!
What do I spy in the front window at Malaprop’s Bookstore in Asheville? Is that the cover of The Ada Decades?
I had the pleasure of talking with John Ford of KAOS Radio in Olympia, Wash., on April 28 about my new novel, The Ada Decades. Here’s an MP3 of our conversation, which was a delight!
Read a smart, thoughtful review of The Ada Decades in North Carolina’s LGBT newspaper, Q Notes. Reviewer Torie Dominguez calls it “a work of quiet wisdom.”