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Friends of Mystery Presents: Tracy Clark, Mary Keliikoa, and Elle Marr

Please join us to kick off the first Bloody Thursday of our 2021/22 season with writers Tracy Clark, Mary Keliikoa, and Elle Marr! Our virtual door will open at 6:30 for general chat, with the moderated discussion starting at 7 PM. We will send out a Zoom link on the day of the event. About the Speakers: Tracy Clark, a native Chicagoan, is the author of the Cass Raines Chicago Mystery series, featuring ex-cop turned PaI Cassandra Raines. Her debut, BROKEN PLACES, made Library Journal’s list of the Best Crime Fiction of 2018 and CrimeReads named Cass Raines Best New PI of 2018. The novel was nominated for a Lefty Award for Best Debut Novel, an Anthony Award for Best Debut Novel and a Shamus…

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Writing About Sex

From kissing to seduction—to the deed itself—writing about sex can be one of the hardest feats in storytelling. We’ll study the way writers like Lidia Yuknavitch, Melissa Febos, Zadie Smith, D. H. Lawrence, and others approach this facet of craft. Our conversations will explore how sex can be implied or explicit, while still being literary and classy. Class one is entirely devoted to writing the literary kiss, and future sessions will cover sex “implied” with its absence on the page, homosexual sex, and heterosexual sex. We’ll cover the do’s and don’t’s, address common “cliches,” and inspect different ways writers represent sex in their stories, so that we can better assess what might work best for ours. Each writer will have the opportunity to share a…

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A conversation with Jayne Allen and LaTanya McQueen

We have been reminded how important it is for diverse voices to be heard. #BlackVoices helps amplify the many titles from authors with stories to tell. Join us in 2021 as we use our resources and access to help amplify #BlackVoices. Save your spot for a virtual live event with authors Jayne Allen and LaTanya McQueen. Jayne Allen is being called an “An author to watch!”—Emily Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read. The first novel in a captivating three-book series about modern womanhood, in which a young Black woman must rely on courage, laughter, and love—and the support of her two longtime friends—to overcome an unexpected setback that threatens the most precious thing she’s ever wanted. LaTanya McQueen is the author of…

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How to Get a Literary Agent

Sarah Bowlin, Aevitas Creative Kirby Kim, Janklow and Nesbit Renée Jarvis, Triangle House Literary agents are the publishing professionals whose job is to be in an author’s corner, to champion their work and find it the best home and negotiate the strongest deals. So, how do you research hundreds of agents to find ones who would be the best fit for your creative visions? How do you query them to demonstrate that you are a perfect addition to their list? Once you’ve signed with an agent, what will your professional relationship look like? What are the reasons an author-agent relationship might end, and what should you do next? Join our panel of seasoned literary agents to learn about all about the process, from the early…

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How to Pitch and Edit an Anthology, an Electric Literature virtual salon presented by Mount Saint Mary’s University

tHave you ever dreamed of editing your own anthology? Even if you haven’t, should you? Join our panel of veteran anthology editors to learn how to develop an idea for an anthology, pitch it to publishers, solicit and edit work from writers, and pull together a finished book that unites a range of talented voices, all digging deep into a topic you are passionate about. We’ll also address how writers can get their work included in such anthologies. Whether you already have an idea for an anthology or you’re wondering if this publishing pathway might be right for you, bring your curiosity and your questions to this event. Audience Q&A to follow. Sari Botton, editor of Goodbye To All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving…

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Submission Roulette II, an Electric Literature virtual salon presented by Mount Saint Mary’s University

What goes through an editor’s mind when they read the first lines of your story? What can you do right away to hook them and keep them turning pages? Which tired moves make them groan and lose interest fast? One of our most exciting salon events is back by popular demand! Recommended Reading editors Halimah Marcus and Brandon Taylor return to edit your anonymous first pages, submitted just for this event. They will read each page for the first time live on screen, sharing their immediate reactions as they go. Here’s what previous attendees said about this event: “Immediately planning to rewrite all my first pages.” “Live impressions are true-to-life and that’s why this session has been so uniquely valuable.” “10/10 would pay for more of…

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Emilly Prado: Funeral for Flaca

Join us for an evening of conversation with Emilly Prado and Celeste Noche, and a discussion of Funeral for Flaca, Emilly Prado’s new book from Future Tense Books. You can read more about Emilly and the book in this feature story on Portland Monthly. Register in advance for this meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0oduqqrj4sEtAXV3Fj0pmKR8yQEme1Q_7U Emilly G. Prado is a writer, DJ, and educator living in Portland, Oregon. As an award-winning multimedia journalist, Emilly spent half a decade independently reporting on a wide range of topics, most often centered on amplifying the voices and experiences of people from historically marginalized communities. Her writing has been published hundreds of times, appearing in nearly 30 publications including NPR, Marie Claire, Bitch Media, The Oregonian, and Eater. Emilly is the author of…

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Consider This with David Treuer

On July 15, David Treuer, author of The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee, will join Oregon Humanities for a conversation on land, possession, and justice. The history of the Americas is inextricable from the theft of land from Native people. How should we, in the present, deal with this fact? The conversation will take place via Zoom and YouTube. Read more or RSVP now.

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J. Michael Straczynski in Conversation With Tony Norman

The Breakfast Club meets The Silver Linings Playbook in Together We Will Go (Gallery/Scout), a powerful, provocative, and heartfelt novel about 12 endearing strangers who come together to make the most of their final days, from Babylon 5 creator and award-winning author J. Michael Straczynski. Mark Antonelli, a failed young writer looking down the barrel at 30, is planning a cross-country road trip. He buys a beat-up old tour bus. He hires a young army vet to drive it. He puts out an ad for others to join him along the way. But this will be a road trip like no other: His passengers are all fellow disheartened souls who have decided that this will be their final journey — upon arrival in San Francisco,…

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Virtual Event: Kimberly Dark, Author of Damaged Like Me, In Conversation with Lidia Yuknavitch

Kimberly Dark is the author of Damaged Like Me: Essays on Love, Harm, and Transformation. She joins us, along with local author Lidia Yuknavitch – most recently the author of Verge, to discuss their stories and the challenges and triumphs of living in bodies. About the book Kimberly Dark’s Damaged Like Me is a series of essays and stories that reveal a complex social landscape. It shows how possible and vital it is to build roads to a more equitable and loving collective culture that includes body sovereignty, racial justice, gender equity/liberation, and much more. It does so by relying on the insights and approaches to knowledge production of those on the receiving end of inequity and violence, those whose “objectivity” on issues of oppression…

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