Mentors and Aspiring Writers on May 18

Crime Ladies

WELCOME TO THE TENTH ANNUAL
BARBARA BURNETT SMITH ASPIRING WRITERS’ EVENTBarbaraMontage
2 P.M., MAY 18, 2014
RECYCLED READS, AUSTIN, TEXAS

Presented by
The Barbara Burnett Smith Mentoring Authors Foundation
Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter

Gale Albright delivers welcoming remarks

W.D. Smith speaks about his mother’s legacy

Russ Hall talks about mentoring

Helen GingerMentors introduce the Aspiring Writers, who read their 500-word submissions to the audience:

Jan Grape

After submissions are read, a buffet is served. Social hour follows and aspiring Russ Hallwriters and mentors have consultation.

SUSAN ROGERS COOPER

CAROLINE SHEARER PIX

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Our seven aspiring writers for 2014:

Mentor Elizabeth Buhmann and Aspiring Writers Sue Cleveland and Dixie Evatt

Mentor Susan Rogers Cooper and Aspiring Writer Lindsay Carlson

Mentor Helen Ginger and Aspiring Writer Shelby O’Neill

Mentor Jan Grape and Aspiring Writer Jane Shaughness

Mentor Russ Hall and Aspiring Writer Alex Ferraro

Mentor Caroline Shearer and Aspiring Writer Eileen Dew

Shelby  O'NeillAlex FerraroLindsay CarlsonJane ShaughnessEileen Dew

Sue Cleveland

Dixie Evatt

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Austin Literary Events May 6 – May 11, 2014

Another week full of wonderful opportunities to explore story and literature for free in Austin. Many of these events are are the brilliant products of area college and university students.

For instance, if you haven’t already, get a copy of the HOTHOUSE Literary Journal, published by the Undergraduate Department of English at the University of Texas at Austin. I got mine free from Malvern Books on Sunday and couldn’t put it down.

MAY 1 – 25, 2014
Austin Shakespeare celebrates its 30th Anniversary of Free Shakespeare Thursday through Sundays, May 1 -25, 2014 in Zilker Park. This week enjoy the romantic comedy, As You Like It, May 1 – 25, 2014.

MONDAY, MAY 5 – SUNDAY, MAY 11, 2014
End of Semester UT Austin, Radio-Television-Film Student Screenings

Schedule Spring 2014 End of Semester RTF Student Screenings

TUESDAY, MAY 6, 2014 AT 7:00 PM
Owen Egerton’s One Page Salon at the Whip-In
If you have any interest in being in or around the literary scene in Austin this is a must. If you are interested in being no more than entertained this is equally a must. Just do it.

THURSDAY, MAY 8, 2014 AT 12:00 NOON
ACC Photo Show Awards at ACC Northridge Campus, Stonehollow Drive, Austin, TX, United States

FRIDAY, MAY 9, 2014 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Austin Community College Radio-Television-Film Student Film Screening Spring 2014

Poster of 2014 Spring student film showcase

SATURDAY, MAY 10, 2014
The O. Henry 2014 Pun-Off World Championships are not to be missed!

SATURDAY, MAY 10, 2014 at 4:00 PM at BookPeople
MysteryPeople at BookPeople Presents New York Times-Bestselling Author Philip Kerr speaking and signing “PrayerCrime fiction fans, don’t miss tonight’s event with internationally bestselling author, Philip Kerr. A living legend, Kerr’s Bernie Gunther series is phenomenal work. Prayer, his new stand alone, is set in Houston and follows an agent with the FBI’s Domestic Terrorism Unit who plays a role in condemning an innocent man to death row. He says a prayer: to know God is there. As problems heat up in Houston, it seems he can’t escape the power of God or murder.

Read all about it: HOTHOUSE Literary Journal

I picked up a free copy of the HOTHOUSE Literary Journal published by the Undergraduate English Department at the University of Texas at Austin at the launch party on Sunday at Malvern Books. I sat down to just take a look and I couldn’t put it down. I am blown away by the journal’s poetry and by the one piece of fiction I’ve read so far, “In the Twilight of the Dying Age” by Cole Bubenik.

I am really awed by the talent of these guys.  Way to go!

Austin Mystery Writers, Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter Aspiring Writers’ Event 18 May 2012

BARBARA BURNETT SMITH ASPIRING WRITERS EVENT

On May 18, Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter will host the Barbara Burnett Smith Aspiring Writers Event (BBSAWE) at 2 p.m. at Recycled Reads in Austin.

This event will celebrate the legacy of Barbara Burnett Smith, a published mystery author who helped many writers in the Austin community. Aspiring Writers will meet with their Mentors, who are published mystery authors in the Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter.

W.D. Smith will speak about his mother’s legacy and Russ Hall will talk about mentorship. Following these remarks, the mentors will introduce their aspiring writers to the membership and the writers will read their 500 submitted words to the audience.

Following the program, a buffet supper will be served and aspiring writers will consult with their mentors.

Jan Grape mentors Jane Shaughness; Russ Hall mentors Alex Ferraro; Helen Ginger mentors Shelby O’Neill; Susan Rogers Cooper mentors Lindsay Carlson; Caroline Shearer mentors Eileen Dew; Elizabeth Buhmann mentors co-authors Sue Cleveland and Dixie Evatt.

Recycled Reads is located at 5335 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX78756.

Free mystery writing class by Dennis Tafoya

Acclaimed crime author Dennis Tafoya is teaching a short mystery writing class on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 6:30 PM on the third floor of BookPeople.

It’s a fun way to promote his new book The Poor Boy’s Game. He will teach an hour-long class on the elements of crime fiction using examples from classic and current authors as well as his own work. A fun and informative night for beginning and practicing writers as well as people who are just fans of the genre. Bring pen and paper. Admission is free.

Dennis Tafoya has also authored The Wolves of Fairmount Park and Dope Thief.

For more information . . .  http://www.dennistafoya.com/

 

Austin Literary Escapes Highlights April 20 – 27, 2014

Below are just a few of the free, literary events to be held in Austin, Texas this week. Don’t forget to look for additional items by checking the websites of particular venues under the AUSTIN WRITES: VENUES tab above.

Enjoy!

SUNDAY, APRIL 20, 2014 9:00 PM

Although it is not literary per se, if you are interested to learn how to create compelling characters, build tension, and tell a satisfying story, check out The Bletchley Circle” on PBS at 9:00 PM tonight. If you need to catch up, for a limited time you can also watch full episodes on PBS.ORG.

TUESDAY, APRIL 22, 2014 7:00 PM
Elizabeth McCracken

This is just one of several good author events at BookPeople this week: National Book Award Finalist Elizabeth McCracken speaking and signing “Thunderstruck & Other Stories.

In Elizabeth McCracken’s universe, heartache is always interwoven with strange, charmed moments of joy–an unexpected conversation with small children, the gift of a parrot with a bad French accent–that remind us of the wonder and mystery of being alive.  Tonight we’re pleased to spend some time in her world as McCracken reads to us from her new collection of stories, Thunderstruck.

For more information . . .

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23, 2014 6:30 PM

Russian Conspiracy Talk: From Pelevin’s Generation P to Pussy Riot
This lecture by Dr. Keith Livers is an introduction into the topic of conspiracy talk in contemporary Russian culture. Whether in fictionfilm or more broadly in the sphere of political rhetoric, conspiracy talk has become increasingly visible in Russia since the turn of the 21st century.

The lecture will examine a number of different examples of conspiracy talk taken from contemporary sources and attempt to explain the reasons for the spike in paranoid discourse over the past decade or so.

This is a free lecture, however, registration (Class# IC14610) is required through Informal Classes to attend.

For more information . . .

THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 2014 7:00 PM

Matthew Hollis at the Harry Ransom Center for the Humanities
Award-winning poet, biographer, and editor Matthew Hollis speaks about the friendship between poets Robert Frost and Edward Thomas and its fatal consequences in the midst of the Great War.

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.
For more information . . .

THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 2014 6:30 to 8:00 PM

Book as Container, Book as Art at Recycled Readsbooksascontainers

Join us at Recycled Reads for a discussion on the life cycle of books and the question of whether books need to be shared in the traditional format. This event is co-sponsored by the Texas Writers’ League.

FREE and open to the public!

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 25, 2014 3:00 TO 5:00 PM

3rd Poetry in Many Voices at the Twin Oaks Branch of the Austin Public Library

This is an opportunity to recite, perform, sing and share in a multi-expression celebration of cultural diversity honoring poetry.as we welcome poetry in many voices. Multilingual presentation is encouraged and all ages are welcome.

Deadline for submission was April 14, 2014, but go check it out so that you can plan for next time! To learn more about guidelines for participation and submission of poems, contact: poetry.library@austintexas.gov

The event is free and open to the public.

SUNDAY, APRIL 27, 2014 2:00 TO 3:00 PM

lion-and-pirate There are several enticing events scheduled for Malvern Books this week including this open mic for writers, performers, & acoustic musicians.

For more information . . .

Recommended: NEW FICTION CONFAB, Saturday, April 19, 2014,

NEW FICTION CONFAB April 19, 2014, Austin, Texas

Now in its fifth year, the New Fiction Confab invites several of the most notable authors to publish new work in 2013 and 2014 to spend a day in Austin’s libraries leading writing workshops, reading their work, and engaging in conversations that allow the community to discuss current literary fiction with critically acclaimed authors whose work is shaping the future of American literature. The Confab is one of the Library Foundation’s largest literary programs, spotlighting the finest fiction on bookshelves today, and the authors who bring these novels and stories to life.

As most all of the events listed in AUSTIN WRITES, this event is FREE and open to the public.

Austin Literary Escapades Highlights April 14 – 26, 2014

THURSDAY, APRIL 17, 2014 7:00 PM

The Texas Writers’ League will host the April 3rd Thursday program “Writing About Writing: Book News, Lit Reviews, and Author Profiles” at BookPeople.

What are the unique challenges to writing about writing? How does one properly deconstruct and judge a written work? How does one separate an author from his/her body of work — or should they be separated when written about? What training does it take to adequately criticize writing, profile a writer, or convey the movements of the publishing industry? Come here a discussion of these topics with distinguished panelists:

Sarah Pitre, the lead programmer for the Alamo Drafthouse.
Jeff Salamon, a senior editor at Texas Monthly who previously served as an editor at the Village Voice and the Austin American-Statesman.
Clay Smith, the editor in chief of Kirkus Reviews, an American book review magazine founded in 1933. Clay is the former literary director of the Texas Book Festival and a former editor and writer for the Sundance Film Festival website.
Sharyn Vane, who writes regularly for the Austin American-Statesman, covering children’s and young adult literature.

For more information . . .

THURSDAY, APRIL 17, 2014 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

MARY JO BANG POETRY READING at Carothers Dormitory, Joynes Reading Room (007) 2501 Whitis Avenue, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78705

Mary Jo Bang is the author of six books of poetry, including Elegy (2007), winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. Bang’s poetry has been praised for its linguistic energy, subtle imagery, and innovative technique. Mixing philosophical or “post-modern” concerns with chiseled, formal control, Bang’s work has been frequently cast as a pioneering example of “hybrid” poetry. She is a professor in the Writing Program at Washington University in St. Louis. A limited number of free books are available for students who sign up in person at the front desk of the Joynes Reading Room.

For more information . . .

FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 2014 7:00 PM

Local Author Night at BOOKPEOPLE featuring Britney King, Michael Juge, and Sandra Kristen Moore

For more information . . .

SATURDAY, APRIL 19, 2014 10:30 AM

BADGER DOG WRITING WORKSHOPS at the Austin Public Library

For Adults, Terrazas Branch from 10:30 am – 12:00 noon with Daniel Alarcon For more information . . .

For Older Adults, Yarborough Branch from 10:30 am – 12:00 noon with Anthony Marra For more information . . .

Presented as part of the New Fiction Confab sponsored by the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation.

For more information . . .

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23, 2014 6:30 PM

Russian Conspiracy Talk: From Pelevin’s Generation P to Pussy Riot
This lecture by Dr. Keith Livers is an introduction into the topic of conspiracy talk in contemporary Russian culture. Whether in fiction, film or more broadly in the sphere of political rhetoric, conspiracy talk has become increasingly visible in Russia since the turn of the 21st century.

The lecture will examine a number of different examples of conspiracy talk taken from contemporary sources and attempt to explain the reasons for the spike in paranoid discourse over the past decade or so.

This is a free lecture, however, registration (Class# IC14610) is required through Informal Classes to attend.

For more information . . .

THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 2014 7:00 PM

Matthew Hollis at the Harry Ransom Center for the Humanities
Award-winning poet, biographer, and editor Matthew Hollis speaks about the friendship between poets Robert Frost and Edward Thomas and its fatal consequences in the midst of the Great War.

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.
For more information . . .

Review: Denis Johnson

Last night I had the terrible thought that at fifty-six I am too old to learn anything new. It was actually more of a panic than a thought. I was sitting in a darkened auditorium to listen to Denis Johnson, the author. I am embarrassed to admit that when I first saw the announcement he was going to do a reading as part of the Michener Center for Writers’ Reading Series, I had him confused with Craig Johnson, the inventor of the crusty Sheriff Longmire from Wyoming. Denis Johnson is a different creature entirely.

A prolific writer of poetry, plays, and prose, Denis Johnson has been nominated for the Novel Prize for Literature and has won the National Book Award. “Impressive” is a feeble descriptor for his way with words,  which include works such as the celebrated Tree of Smoke.

Last night, Johnson read from his current work about a thirty-two year old man named “Cass” whose life is revealed through a series of letters that  describe tales of drunkenness, gunshot wounds, and getting hit by a car – he thinks. The picture Denis Johnson paints with clear, simple prose comes across as a Technicolor motion picture, rich in characters, and deep in emotion. All delivered without pretense.

As I sat in the dark last night, a sudden fear rolled over me with all the warning of an earthquake: At fifty-six am I too old to learn to write? Is writing a skill like watercolor or ballet, something you have to start when you’re young or will never master? I’m not concerned about winning the Nobel Prize for Literature, or being nominated for the National Book Award, but I desperately want to be able to write in that clear Technicolor prose, as I’ve ever wanted anything.

Here’s hoping that twenty years is enough to learn something new.