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Kathleen Ford at New Dominion Bookshop Friday, Oct. 12

From New Dominion Bookshop:

Friday, October 12, 2012, 5:30 PM

Our guest will be

Kathleen Ford

discussing her story

“Man on the Run”

recently published in

The Best American Mystery Stories 2012

“Man on the Run” is set in Ithaca, New York, and tells the story of two old ladies, and their long-lost niece, who is running away from an abusive boyfriend.  The story which harkens back to an event in the author’s father’s boyhood, shows how, even after a lifetime of fear, a person can be surprised by her own courage.  “Man on the Run” first appeared in  The New England Review, and now has just been published in The Best Mystery Stories 2012, a must-read collection, edited by the best-selling novelist Robert Crais, author of the Elvis Cole/Joe Pike novels.


Kathleen Ford has published in Yankee, Redbook, Ladies’ Home Journal, and  in Southern Review, Virginia Quarterly, Antioch, North American Review, New England Review, Sewanee Review and elsewhere.  Two of her stories have won PEN awards for Syndicated Fiction.  She has written a novel titled  Jeffrey County.  Kathleen lives in Charlottesville, and is currently writing stories about the Irish soldiers in World War I, and is completing a novel about the Great War.


Cliff Garstang to read from new novel at New Dominion Oct. 4

What the Zhang Boys KnowCliff Garstang will be reading from WHAT THE ZHANG BOYS KNOW, his new novel in stories, on Thursday, October 4, at 5:30 pm at New Dominion Bookshop on the mall in Charlottesville.

The book is set in Washington DC and traces the intersecting lives of the residents of Nanking Mansion, a condo building on the edge of DC’s Chinatown. The book focuses on the Zhang family as they cope with the tragic death of Maddie, mother of the Zhang Boys, but the reader also meets all the Zhangs’ diverse neighbors.

Praise for What the Zhang Boys Know:

“A widower, a sculptor, a minor poet, an interior designer, and a painter are just a few of Clifford Garstang’s affecting characters, residents of Nanking Mansion, the setting for these deeply satisfying, life-affirming stories linked by neighborliness in a ‘not-quite-gentrified’ neighborhood. Garstang’s characters strive to transcend ‘the deep quiet of absence’ in the wake of all manner of devastations. They leave their doors unlocked, they console, they make room, they share what they have made of sorrow, so proving, as do these stories, the solace to be found in art.”

Christine Schutt, author of National Book Award-finalist Florida, and Pulitzer Prize-finalist All Souls


What the Zhang Boys Know has a dozen chapters, each one a vivid short story in itself. Garstang makes the whole greater than the sum of its parts. The lives of the inhabitants of a condominium in Washington, D.C.’s Chinatown are told separately and as part of a web of entanglements. The entrances and exits are handled with the deftness of a French comedy, but the empathy of the author brings all the characters achingly alive. What the Zhang Boys Know is a wonderful and haunting book.”

John Casey, author of Compass Rose and Spartina, winner of the National Book Award


“Clifford Garstang presents one of the more memorable settings I’ve seen in any book, Nanking Mansion, a renovated tenement in D.C.’s Chinatown, filled with characters whose stories are more fantastic than they first appear. In prose that is measured and confident, he carefully works to show us how these characters’ grief and loneliness becomes unified by their collective setting to transform into something utterly beautiful and unforgettable. What a world Garstang has built for us, and how grateful I was to discover it.”

Kevin Wilson, author of Tunneling to the Center of the Earth and New York Times Best Seller The Family Fang


“In the tradition of the best volumes of linked stories, from Susan Minot’s Monkeys and Rand Cooper’s The Last to Go to David Schickler’s Kissing in Manhattan, Clifford Garstang’s What the Zhang Boys Know traces a graceful arc, as the meanings and moments in the stories accrue. Garstang’s inventive and original writing, a beguiling invitation to myriad subplots and destinations, offers what every reader desires: a lucid and satisfying experience of literature.”

Katharine Weber, author of Triangle, True Confections, and The Memory Of All That

WriterHouse kicks into top gear with August events

Check out the WriterHouse website for more info on these and other events:

» Monday, August 13, 7pm, Summer Workshop Reading offers a lively and diverse evening of creative non-fiction, fiction and poetry. Light refreshments will be served. Readers are: Jacqui Lazo, Stephanie Morris, Cora Schenberg, Sigrid Mirabella, Rachel Quinby, Elizabeth Derby, Amber Marley Padilla, Ron Harris, Gary Hoffman, Saffron Hall and Lindsay Dorrier.

» Thursday, August 16, 7pm, Write What You Don’t Know: A Literary Salon with Kristen-Paige Madonia. Join us as she discusses, with WriterHouse member Jay Varner, the inspirational seeds of her new novel, Fingerprints of You, the tools she used to create her fictional world, and the challenges and benefits of going against the grain. Q&A and book signing will follow.

 » Tuesday, August 28, 7pm, Writing Your Way Without Agony with Don Fry. Most writers only know one way to write: the way they were taught. The author of 18 books, Don helps writers create their own writing process by strengthening their strengths and changing or avoiding their weaknesses. For more information, see the website.

Red Sammy offers music, poetry at Durty Nelly’s July 28

Got an email from Adam Trice the other day. Adam is the man behind Red Sammy:

Red Sammy is Baltimore singer/songwriter, Adam Trice. The band name is a reference to Flannery O’Connor’s short story, “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” (1955). Trice describes the music as “graveyard country,” a style that embraces the beauty in imperfection. Life, work, hard work, disappointment, love and loss are all themes entwined in his songs.

Music and arrangements are provided by Red Sammy’s ensemble, The Electric-Wire Blackbirds: John “Chesapeake” Decker (resonator guitar), Greg Humphreys (bass, electric guitar, mandolin), and Tony Calato (drums).

Seems that Red Sammy is coming to Charlottesville, “incorporating poetry from my book, In Places with Bad Lighting, into our musical performance.”

Give him a listen at redsammy.com, and if you like what you hear, here are the deets:

Saturday, July 28th (Durty Nelly’s, 2200 Jefferson Park Avenue, Charlottesville, VA)

9:00 p.m. – Midnight

*Original edgy rock music all night with poems incorporated throughout the show.

Upcoming events at WriterHouse

The next three free literary events at WriterHouse:

Sunday, July 15, 3pm
Writing from the Natural World, with Poets Roselyn Elliott and Kristen Staby Rembold

Join poets and WriterHouse instructors Roselyn Elliott (Animals Usher Us to Grace) and Kristen Staby Rembold (Leaf and Tendril) for a reading and discussion of their recently published chapbooks, both of which draw on images from nature to explore a spectrum of experiences and emotions. Elliott and Rembold will share excerpts from their work and then discuss the creative process of making smaller books of poetry that revolve around a theme.

Thursday, July 26, 7pm
Science Fiction/Fantasy/Speculative Fiction Group Reading

Brief selections of wondrous and imaginative works from the monthly SFF group at WriterHouse.

Monday, August 13, 7pm
Summer Reading and Open House

Brief selections of fiction, essay, and poetry will be presented by writers who have taken classes during the summer session. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Upcoming Saturday Seminars:
Registration info

Seminar: Travel Writing
Instructor: Jay Kauffmann
Cost: $55 Members | $60 Non-Members
Saturday, June 30, 2012 | 9:00am-1:00pm

Learn to write compelling and engaging travel narratives (personal essays, articles or memoir pieces) which combine the eye of a journalist with the flair of a story teller. There will be in-class readings (Theroux, Chatwin, Iyer, etc.) and exercises that address pertinent craft issues, and we will explore the essential elements of travel writing, such as sensory imagery, distinctive voice, dramatic arc, scene development, character sketches, and concrete detail. We will also discuss the practical matters of how to submit stories for publication.

Seminar: Sound in Poetry
Instructor: Cheryl Pallant
Cost: $55 Members | $60 Non-Members
Saturday, July 14, 2012 | 9:00am-1:00pm

Sound in Poetry investigates how audible breath and the turn of the tongue through assonance and consonance, rhythmic repetition, and other sound devices delights ear and creates meaning. We’ll read poems with subtle and obvious sonic sensibility and learn how vibration resonates the body, heart, and mind. Attend to amplify the ear power of poetry and to tune into the sound of your own voice.

Seminar: Writing Sketch Comedy
Instructor: Joel Jones
Cost: $55 Members | $60 Non-Members
Saturday, July 28, 2012 | 9:00am-1:00pm

Dip your stinky toe into the art of writing comic sketches! Whether you’re a writer wanting to explore a new medium or a fan of comedy wanting to know how sketch shows operate, this one-day workshop is for you. Guided examples from classic routines and quick-fire exercises will teach you to recognize the funny stuff, whether it’s in the characters, relationships or entire worlds. You’ll learn how to develop your peeves into characters, and how to turn characters into hilarious situations, plus you’ll get a taste of a ‘writer’s room’ atmosphere. Rubber chickens welcome!

Seminar: Creating the World in a Short Story
Instructor: Clifford Garstang
Cost: $55 Members | $60 Non-Members
Saturday, August 11, 2012 | 9:00am-1:00pm

There’s a reason many authors argue that writing the short story is much more difficult than writing a novel. Characters still need to be fully realized, often with back stories; the setting of the story needs to be exact: there is still a landscape and weather and all the ordinary objects that make a place seem real; and something significant has to occur, no matter how silently or internally. Learn how to weave into a short amount of space all the key fictional elements that make a world feel real.

WriterHouse Information
508 Dale Ave, Charlottesville VA

WriterHouse is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and is partially supported by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

WriterHouse seminar this Saturday: The art of the radio essay

Janis JaquithSaturday, June 23, 9am-1pm, Janis Jaquith will conduct a seminar on writing essays for the radio. Ever heard those personal commentaries on NPR stations and wonder how it’s done? Learn the techniques of this performance art: how to grab the listener by the lapels; how to create a mini-movie in the minds of thousands of listeners; how to NOT sound like you’re reading from a script when, of course, you are!

Janis Jaquith’s radio commentaries have been broadcast on NPR stations since 1997. She has been a commentator for the PRI radio show “Marketplace” and NPR’s “Day to Day.” For six years, she was a columnist for The Daily Progress. Her VPA award-winning column now appears in Charlottesville’s newsweekly, The Hook. Sign up here.

Special Programs Now Accepting Applications | VCCA: Virginia Center for the Creative Arts


NEW! 2 Fellowships for Social Media Artists

VCCA is breaking ground with two new fellowships specifically for the emerging genre of social media artists. These fellowships are for artists new to VCCA.

Thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, VCCA is offering two fully funded, six-week fellowships for artists who are using social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube. The fellowships are for artists who are exploring ways to seamlessly integrate the social media platform into the work itself, thus finding new and compelling ways to use social media as a tool of self-expression. The fellowships are accompanied by a $2,000 stipend.

Craig Pleasants, VCCA Program Director says, “the artists selected for these fellowships will be working in ways that move art from the gallery or museum to the web, seeking ways to free art from geographical and temporal constraints. We are not defining social media artwork for this fellowship, leaving that to the artists who are pioneering this field, but the finished work must be presented on the web and be fully accessible to the netverse. We expect that the successful work will be tied to the logic of social media as well as being conceptually rich.”

The deadline for applying is June 15, 2012.This opportunity is for artists who have not previously been in residence at VCCA.

Residencies must take place between October 1, 2012 and May 31, 2013.

via Special Programs Now Accepting Applications | VCCA: Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.