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Author visits at Burlington Public Library this fall

Stack of Library BooksAlthough I nearly had a heart attack when I saw the first red leaves on the drive back from the cottage last weekend, there’s actually a lot for the Restless Writers and our local reading/writing pals to look forward to this fall (besides our trip to the Surrey International Writers Conference, October 22-24). And we don’t have to go any farther than our local library.

Burlington Public Library (BPL) hosts visits from noted Canadian authors each month—and they’re free! You do have to pre-register, since seats go fast. To register, call 905-639-3611 ext. 134. All visits take place from 7-9pm in Centennial Hall, Central Library. (Notes: Dates are subject to change, so keep an eye on the BPL website for updates.)

Here’s the BPL fall line-up:

As part of the Engaging Authors series, offered by BPL and A Different Drummer Books, Doug Sanders, author of Arrival City: The Final Migration and Our Next World, will be speaking on Tuesday, September 28. Tickets are $10, and can be purchased at the library or the bookstore. Limited tickets are available at the door.

Maria

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Author events in May: Political scandals and boys coming of age

Expect to be inspired by some excellent story-tellers who will be in the area this month, thanks to a different drummer books and partners Bryan Prince, Bookseller and Burlington Public Library.

May 12, 7:00 pm: Enjoy an evening with Rabindranath Maharaj, Steven Heighton, Michael Helm, and Russell Smith at Gallery on the Bay in Hamilton. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at a different drummer books and at Bryan Prince, Bookseller.

May 17, 7:00 pm: Hear from Harvey Cashore, who has just published “The Truth Shows Up: A Reporter’s Fifteen-Year Odyssey Tracking Down the Truth about Mulroney, Schreiber and the Airbus Scandal.” Part of the Engaging Ideas series with (and at) Burlington Public Library. Tickets are $10, and can be purchased at the library or a different drummer books.

For more information, drop by a different drummer books at 513 Locust Street in downtown Burlington and chat with Ian (and play with the cat). You can also visit http://web.mac.com/diffdrum, or call 905-639-0925.

Maria

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Two books, two communities

I think the committee of One Book One Burlington (OBOB) must have a really rough time deciding on a single book for all Burlingtonians to enjoy. I just finished reading Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures by Vincent Lam, the 2009 pick. I loved it, but I have talked to other readers who say they’re on the fence. But that’s really the point. Getting people talking is what One Book, One City initiatives are all about.

The 2010 OBOB pick will be announced by Burlington Public Library officials at noon on Saturday, May 1 at Youth Fest in Central Park, Burlington. Check out the OBOB page on Facebook to see if you can guess the book from a few clues (just log in and search for obob burlington).

An even bigger challenge? One Book One Twitter, an initiative of @crowdsourcing. Neil Gaiman’s American Gods was chosen today to be the one book that the Twitter community will be reading this summer. Learn more with #1b1t.

Happy reading!

Maria

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BPL short story contest winners announced!

The winners of the Burlington Public Library All-nighter Short Story Contest were announced at a special reception on January 27. Congratulations to Karen Kachra, Jennifer Mook Sang and—me! I’m very proud to have placed third with my short story “Poison Pen.” In addition to a cash prize, I received some wonderful feedback from writer Lynda Simmons, who was one of the judges.

I’m trying to decide if I should post the story here, or if I should try to refine it for possible publication. Your thoughts?

Maria

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I (mostly) survived the all-nighter

Okay, I’ll admit it. My husband was right.

I didn’t make it through the entire Burlington Public Library All-Nighter Short Story Contest. I made it to about 2:30 in the morning, at which point I did one last spell-check of my story and handed in my USB key. I’m not sure if the other participants in the contest were eyeing me with pity or envy as I crept my way back to my car and the comfort of my bed.

But I did finish my story, and that’s what it was all about anyway. I wrote nearly 3,000 words in six hours—whew! The hard part wasn’t the writing (we were permitted to bring in a hard-copy outline to work from); it was the editing. When I’m working on a project, I usually have to let it rest for a good long time before re-visiting and polishing it. Oh well, I’ll find out the results at a reception in the new year, after the judges have made their decision.

Thanks for all the support from my fellow Restless Writers!

Maria

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Getting ready to pull an all-nighter—pajamas optional!

Burlington Public Library is hosting an All-Nighter Short Story Writing Contest. Participants have from 6:01 p.m. on Friday, October 30 until 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 31 to plan, write, edit and submit a short story. There will be some great prizes and a recognition event in January—along with bragging rights for having survived the contest. Get Up

It’s been a while since I pulled an all-nighter, but I’m sure I can handle it. So what if I’m usually asleep before the credits run on House? Bring on the coffee and the 5-Hour Energy drinks—I’m in!

Maria

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