Recently, I experienced the great delight and terror of being invited to read at my first literary salon, as part of Aberdeen’s Inspiration Point weekend.
But what is a literary salon?
I imagined worthy men of the enlightenment gathering in coffeehouses or smoky backrooms, their faces earnest, talking politics and economics; or refined French ladies lounging on elaborate chaise longue dissecting the literature of the day.
That couldn’t be right? I wouldn’t be expected to lounge on a longue, would I? ...
When it was Joyce’s turn to read, Kathy stood and held her friend’s right elbow, like a daughter, like a lover, stabilizing each cautious step. The Healing Muse editor Deirdre Neilen moved to Joyce’s left side, one hand on Joyce’s rounded back and the other on her left elbow. Their tenderness supported me, too.
I watched as Joyce stepped to the stage with the determination of an athlete. She carefully opened her pages on the podium and smoothed the folds. Each page was three sheets wide with black block letters two inches high marching boldly across a white expanse.
If my hearing showed up on paper, the letters would look like that. ...
Congratulations to Mimi Zollars, poet, author and friend of Stuff Writers Like, for having her debut book selected as one of Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2015.
Kirkus Reviews not only chose Mimi's Benediction for a Black Swan as one of its top 100 books of the year; the editors also chose it as one of the 12 winners featured on the cover of the special "Best of 2015" issue, released Dec. 21.
Mimi, we are proud to say "we knew you when ..."
In September, we featured Mimi in our popular 20 Questions and a Selfie interview. It was one of our most shared interviews of the year.
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