It’s Roundup time!
No, I’m not talking about the popular weed killer, although goodness knows I’ve been applying lots of that to my yard every weekend. No, I’m talking about the First Annual Rockport Writers Roundup, Saturday, May 12, 2012, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Aransas County Public Library, 701 East Mimosa Street in Rockport.
The Rockport Writers Group will donate seven books to the Library, and the authors of those books will be on hand to inscribe their books, meet the public and answer questions like “Where do you get your ideas?” and “How long did it take you to write that?” and “How did you get your book published?”
Rockport Writer Group President Woody Davis will open the program with a brief introduction to the RWG, in existence since 1988. Members are writers who practice writing as a craft and want to direct their efforts to improve their skill and technique, with the goal of being published. They meet twice a month to share what they’ve learned about writing and to encourage each other in the development of writing skills. An important function of the RWG is the “read-and-critique.” Writers can bring four double-spaced pages of their work to share and get constructive criticism.
Woody will introduce Rockport Council Woman Adelaide Marlatt who will talk about how the arts contribute to making Rockport such a great city. Head Librarian Iris Sanchez will discuss the role the library plays and Terry Samuels, president of the Friends of the Library, will describe how her group helps the library to accomplish its goals.
Then the authors will briefly describe their respective books. The seven authors will present one autographed copy each to the Library. At the conclusion of the presentation, the authors will be on hand to chat with visitors and sign copies. There will be light refreshments.
The works represent just about every genre: history and mystery, children’s and young adult books, self help and fantasy:
Annie’s Portion by J. Fran Baird is an amazingly rich family saga fueled by an obsession — redemption. Narrated by three distinctly different Jewish women, each representing her own generation, Annie’s Portion offers a candid new view of an historic story by means of wonderfully diverse characters, settings, and secrets. Born in Brooklyn, New York, J. Fran Baird, a first generation daughter of Jewish immigrants, experienced the rich diversity of a multi-cultural community. Her writings reflect these roots and three decades of oft-changing venues. Ten years in Hawaii and extensive world travels provide authentic backdrops for her stories. Her new book, The Last Vagabond, will be on the market in July. Annie’s Portion, ISBN 978-1-4401-8517-5, is available as a paperback and a Kindle book. Visit http://jfranbaird.com/
The Survivor’s Guide to Grief by Patricia Chapman is a vividly written narrative based on first-hand experience. Newly bereaved survivors are led to meet, manage and master their experience of sudden grief. Interspersed with helpful illustrations and even humor, the book contains practical information about how to navigate through the first year of loss, right down to estate administration and taxes. Special contributors include a medical doctor, a mother whose children committed suicide, a renowned grief therapist and a terminal care nurse. One reviewer commented that the book, “may not sound like the best bedside reading, but you will change your mind when you turn to the first page of this charming personal account.” Pat grew up in China with her American parents, who moved to the U.S. when she was twelve. She moved to the Texas Gulf Coast in 2003. She has written for the Washington Times, Christian Science Monitor and Associated Press. Visit www.patricialucechapman/blogspot.com. The Survivor’s Guide to Grief, ISBN 978-09765207-1-9, is available from amazon.com.
Julie Hannah’s The Man Who Named the Clouds, a hardcover book for children, was co-authored with her daughter, Joan Holub, and illustrated by Paige Billin-Frye. It has a lot of information about weather science along with the life story of Luke Howard who created a system for naming the different cloud types that is the basis for our cloud names today. Originally from Houston, Julie has lived in Rockport almost 20 years. “Among the first things I did on moving here was find the library and join the Rockport Writers Group,” she says. She began writing shortly after learning to read. She won a prize in a jingle writing contest sponsored by Walnettos Candy when she was 10, which her parents thought was hilarious. The Man Who Named the Clouds, ISBN 978-08075497-4-2 is available from amazon.com and bookstores or Julie, in the Korean language as well as English. Visit www.juliehannah.com.
My People Or Myself, Heather Miller’s young adult novel, is an Alaskan story of coming of age in an Aleut Village. It shows how three very different people must come to terms with important events in their lives…events that force them to choose between their own dreams, and those of the ones they love. Born in Aransas Pass, Heather moved to Perryville, an Aleut village on the Alaskan Peninsula, at age 9, when her parents got jobs as the teachers there. She still keeps in touch with two friends from Perryville, and has been saddened to hear that now there are only about 100 Aleuts left in the world.My People Or Myself, ISBN 0-89992-154-X can be ordered from the Council for Indian Education, 2032 Woody Drive, Billings, MT 59102, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.mcn/-cieclague, (406) 248-3465, or from heather. Email her at email@example.com, call (361-230-0343) or write to 2557 A-1 Hill Rd., Aransas Pass, TX 78336.
Body parts are turning up all over the country on the airport luggage carrousels in Rita Wendell’s mystery, Unclaimed Baggage. The job of solving the mystery belongs to the FBI’s top serial killer stalker. “Follow the trail of a madman who tries to escape his own past by destroying other’s futures,” Rita says, “and hope no one has tampered with your bags.” A mountaineer from West Virginia, Rita came to Texas in her early 20’s. A born reader, she started writing poetry in high school and wrote essays that were published in local papers. She spent ten years writing ads and commercials for Rubbermaid, Inc. in Wooster, Ohio. After she started Unclaimed Baggage, she joined the Rockport Writer’s Group where she received helpful critique and encouragement and made new friends. She’s at work on her next novel, another mystery, Lady Slayer, and a true account of growing up in West Virginia Coal Camps called Running Down the Red-dog Road. Unclaimed Baggage, ISBN 978-005579116-5-3 is available as a paperback and an ebook from http://www.lulu.com.
Texas Gulf Coast Stories by Herndon Williams is a collection of Short, sometimes quirky and provocative tales that defy conventional wisdom about well-known Texas events and historical figures. For example, did you know that Santa Anna was captured at San Jacinto because he could not swim, or that General Sam Houston was not respected by the Texian Army? Born and raised in Houston, Herndon writes for the Bayside Historical Society newsletter, has weekly newspaper columns and a position on the Refugio County Historical Commission. Texas Gulf Coast Stories, ISBN 978-1-60949-032-4, is available from The History Press, amazon.com or from Herndon. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And then there’s my novel, The Lost King. When all you have owned, everyone you have loved, and everything you have done are gone, who are you? In The Lost King, King Bewilliam awakens one morning to find himself mysteriously transformed from a beloved and respected ruler and renowned dragonslayer to a homeless vagabond. His quest to uncover and break the bewitching spell that plagues him and regain his kingdom sets him on a journey of adventure, romance and self-discovery. A literary fantasy, The Lost King is a modern tale in a medieval setting. The Lost King, ISBN 978-0977824526, is available from amazon.com as a paperback and a Kindle book. Visit http://devorahfox.com.
For more information about the Rockport Writers Group, send an email to email@example.com or visit the group’s page on Facebook, www.facebook.com/rockportwritersgroup. To learn more about the Aransas County Public Library, call (361) 790-0153. Contact the Friends of the Library by emailing President Terry Samuels at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or just come to the 1st Annual Rockport Writers Roundup where you can learn about all three organizations as well as meet the mayor and seven real live authors. I’ll see you there.