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  • 05/22/2021 11:26 AM | Joanne Liggan (Administrator)

    The official publication date of Oliver's Travels was May 18 and I was excited to celebrate the launch of the book with a Zoom event. If you weren't able to attend, you might still be able to hear/see me talk about the book in the coming week at one of these events:

    Big Blend Radio Interview

    On Sunday, May 23 at 2 pm EDT, I'll be appearing on Big Blend Radio/Champagne Sundays with Lisa and Nancy. I've been on their show before and they're great fun. Their show is all about travel, so this book is a great fit for them. Tune in for the live interview, or check out the recording later.

    Hidden Timber Books Reading

    Also on Sunday, May 23, I'll be giving a Zoom reading at 3 pm EDT in the Small Press Author Reading Series with Hidden Timber Books. This is a great series featuring authors from small presses. I'm really looking forward to giving a reading from Oliver's Travels and talking to the hosts. Registration is required, after which you'll receive a Zoom link.

     

    KGB Bar Reading


    On Wednesday, May 26 at 7 pm EDT, I'll join my friends Kim Coleman Foote and Virginia Pye in a ticketed online reading to support KGB Bar. KGB is a storied NYC venue for author readings and music performances that has been hit hard by the pandemic. We hope to raise a little money for this literary touchstone. Just $10. Purchase tickets here.

    More events coming!

    I’m busily lining up events for May and beyond in support of my new novel, Oliver’s Travels. Check out the events schedule on my website. And do let me know if you’re aware of a reading series, book club, or festival I might be able to visit. 


  • 05/12/2021 12:26 PM | Leslie Truex (Administrator)

    The 2021 Navigating Your Writing Life Symposium is right around the corner (August 7 and 8). Like last year it will be held online, but this year, there will be twice as many workshops. Plus, we're very excited to have Jane Friedman back as our keynote! 

    The symposium committee is now reaching out for sponsors and advertisers. We have a variety of levels and options to fit every budget. 

    Visit the sponsor page to learn more!

  • 04/28/2021 10:40 AM | Joanne Liggan (Administrator)


    Melinda CrockerKilling Spring, Released 9/9/2020



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    R. Morgan ArmstrongA Serving of Revenge, Released 11/15/2020, Published by Dementi Milestone Publishing, Inc.




    David BarudinAlternate Routes: Coming of Age in America's Largest Generation, Released 1/15/2021




    J. Thomas BrownSaint Elmo's Light, Released 1/19/2021, Published by Fenghuang Publishing




    Lenette HowardLove on the Half-Shell, Released 1/21/2021





    Elizabeth Spencer SpraginsWaltzing with Water: Tempos in Verse, Released 1/24/2021, Published by Shanti Arts Publishing




    Jane Harrington:  "Strangers on the Road," an excerpt from upcoming novel In Circling Flight, Released 2/8/2021, Published by New Square literary journal




    Kathy DavisPassiflora, Released 2/13/2021, Published by Cider Press Review





    Richard L. RosePushBack, Released 2/15/2021, Published by Atmosphere Press



    Erwin K. ThomasA Life of Prayer: Devotions & Pandemic, Released 2/15/2021



    Patrice Wilkerson:  "Hellacious Times," Released 2/18/2021, Published by The African Magazine

    Steve L. Garay, Jr.:  "Just Passin' Through!," Released 3/1/2021, Published by Senior News



    Joanne LigganF.A.C.T.S. Bible Study Guide, Book 3 (Luke, Mark), Released 3/4/2021





    J. Elizabeth Vincent (Janell Robisch)Rise of the Ceo San, Released 3/12/2021, Published by Mistweave Press




    Jessie D. EakerAssassin of Curses, Released 3/25/2021




    Highways of the South (America's Historic Highways)


    Stephen H. ProvostHighways of the South, Published 3/28/2021, Published by Dragon Crown Books




    Brent Allen BohnHands Faster Than Lightning - The Stagecoach, Released 4/5/2021



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    Palmer SmithThe Butterfly Bruises, To be released 5/15/2021, Published by Press Dionysus of London




    Sandra StoszBreaking Ice and Breaking Glass:  Leading in Uncharted Waters, To be released 6/1/2021, Published by Koehler Books



  • 04/28/2021 10:27 AM | Joanne Liggan (Administrator)



    Please join Clifford Garstang in conversation with Christina Chiu, celebrating the publication of Cliff’s new novel, Oliver’s Travels. Registration is required for the event hosted by The Book Dragon Bookshop of Staunton, Virginia.

    May 18, 2021, 7:00 pm EDT

    Register in advance for this event:
    https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIscumhqTkrE9wBgfCeGng5L13VT3yeJSm3
    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

    Signed copies of the book are available for purchase and pick-up in Staunton from The Book Dragon at 102 W. Beverley Street, 540-712-7941. For buyers outside of Staunton, please support the store by ordering from The Book Dragon on Bookshop.org.

    You can still pre-order from the publisher or your favorite independent bookstore. Or pre-order from BookshopBarnes & Noble, or Amazon.

    Clifford Garstang is the author of the novels Oliver’s Travels and The Shaman of Turtle Valley as well as three story collections: House of the Ancients and Other Stories, What the Zhang Boys Know, winner of the Library of Virginia Literary Award for Fiction, and In an Uncharted Country, winner of an Independent Publisher Gold Medal. He is also the editor of the acclaimed anthology series, Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet. A former international lawyer, he lives in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

    Christina Chiu is the grand prize winner of the James Alan McPherson Award for her novel, Beauty. She is also the author of Troublemaker and Other Saints, published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons. Troublemaker was an alternate selection for BOMC and QPB, a nominee for a BOMC First Fiction Award, and winner of the Asian American Literary Award. Chiu curates and co-hosts the Pen Parentis Literary Salons in New York City. She received her MFA in writing from Columbia University.
     

    About Oliver’s Travels: Ollie Tucker, a recent college graduate and student of philosophy, is obsessed with truth and the source of knowledge, questioning the validity of everything he hears from his parents, his girlfriend, and even the voices inside his head. In pursuit of the truth and life’s deeper meaning, he invents an alter ego, Oliver, who lives the adventurous and exotic existence Ollie cannot. But Ollie has another problem—a repressed memory of his uncle Scotty that threatens to derail his life, his relationships, and his sexuality. But the memory is a blur. And what he thinks he remembers, he knows is unreliable. The uncertainty is paralyzing. What is the truth? What has his subconscious fabricated? When he learns that his uncle, long-presumed dead, is in fact alive and well, Ollie realizes that to move on with his life and find peace, he must confront his uncle. With wry humor and finely wrought prose, Oliver’s Travels is a shimmering coming-of-age story that explores enduring questions: What do we know? How do we know it?

    Praise for Oliver’s Travels

    “In Oliver’s Travels, Clifford Garstang deftly explores the fragility of memory. Ollie, an aspiring writer, must navigate the mundane while, at the same time, imagining a life of fulfillment for his alter ego, Oliver. Garstang displays his gift for contemplation and characterization as Ollie moves undauntedly in search of answers to life’s questions and discovers, in this journey marked with wanderlust, how the past and the present will forever share porous boundaries.” -Jon Pineda, author of Let’s No One Get Hurt

    “One man’s search for the truth about himself — a tour of his own head that winds up taking him on a tour of the world. A witty, humane meditation on the slippery slope of childhood memory.” -Jonathan Dee, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, author of The Locals and The Privileges

    “This is a novel with an edge and a heart, constantly riveting and always smart, not to mention funny!  Its humor, in part, derives from the keen intelligence and the pitch-perfect nature of the sterling prose. A must read.” -Fred Leebron, author of Six Figures and Welcome to Christiania

     “A twisty metafictional and metaphysical tour of the world – and the author’s mind – that examines not only how humans make stories, but how they make us. Fascinating and endlessly surprising.” -Liam Callanan, author of Paris by the Book and Listen & Other Stories






  • 02/22/2021 8:25 PM | Joanne Liggan (Administrator)

    At the VA Festival of the Book this year, the Moseley Critique group is offering a free critique of the first 100 words of fiction.

    All the details are here:


  • 01/12/2021 1:19 PM | Joanne Liggan (Administrator)

    The 30th Anniversary Anthology of Blue Ridge Writers 1991-2021: 

    To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the founding of Blue Ridge Writers, The 30th Anniversary Anthology of Blue Ridge Writers 1919-2021 has been published in three versions: Color ($24); Black & White ($5.25); and Kindle ($0.99). 

    Thanks to the 24 author contributors to the anthology and to the Blue Ridge Anthology Committee for your help on this two-year project:  Morgan Armstrong, Carol Cutler, Warren Groeger, Dory Hulse, Brenda Morris, and Lynn Young. (Former members were Pat Alderman, Joy Krystosek, Louise Mitchell, John Nicolay, and Rosanne Vrugtman.)

    The 30th Anniversary Anthology of Blue Ridge Writers was released 12/15/2020 and can be purchased at Amazon.com. 
  • 12/30/2020 7:32 PM | Joanne Liggan (Administrator)

     Cindy L. FreemanAfter Rain to be released 1/15/2021 by High Tide Publications




     J. Thomas Brown:  Driving With Poppi: A Patremoir to be released 1/12/2021 by IngramSpark/Fenghuang Publishing




     Katherine GotthardtD.C. Ekphrastic: Crisis of Faith was released 12/16/2020 by ATW Publishing





     Brenda Gates Spielman:  Lost Sun was released 12/01/2020 by Blue-Eyed Puffer Fish Publishing





     James KendleyThe Wine Ghost was released 11/30/2020 and is available at Amazon.com





     Pamela K. Kinney:  "Dementia," a horror poem, was published in the 11/16/2020 edition of the Horror Writers Association's Poetry Showcase VII. 




     The 30th Anniversary Anthology of Blue Ridge Writers was released 12/15/2020 and can be purchased at Amazon.com. 

     To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the founding of Blue Ridge Writers, the 30th Anniversary Anthology of Blue Ridge Writers 1919-2021 has been published in three versions: Color ($24); Black & White ($5.25); and Kindle ($0.99). 

    Thanks to the 24 author contributors to the anthology and to the Blue Ridge Anthology Committee for your help on this two-year project:  Morgan Armstrong, Carol Cutler, Warren Groeger, Dory Hulse, Brenda Morris, and Lynn Young. (Former members were Pat Alderman, Joy Krystosek, Louise Mitchell, John Nicolay, and Rosanne Vrugtman.)


  • 11/13/2020 4:51 PM | Joanne Liggan (Administrator)

     Musau WaKabongo:  Ammon's Mukanda wa Nomba, Book of Numbers, Livre de Numbres; Published via Amazon; Released 10/8/2020.  



     Patsy Anne Bickerstaff:  Images at Christmas; Published by Wider Perspectives Press; Released 10/15/2020.




     Pamela K. Kinney: Retro Horror; Published by Nightmare Press; Released 10/12/2020.




     Pamela K. Kinney:  "A Trick, No Treat" in Issue 51 of Sirens Call Publications Halloween 2020 eZine; Released 10/28/2020 




     Patti Gaustad Procopi:  Please...Tell Me More; Published by Lavender Press, an imprint of Blue Fortune Enterprises; To be released 11/20/2020.  



  • 10/05/2020 7:54 PM | Joanne Liggan (Administrator)

    Linda Hoagland has been busy! Following is a list of accomplishments within the last few months: 

    • October (Fall), 2020 – Front Porch – A Poem – “Really”
    • September 3, 2020 – Bluefield State College – Certificate of Appreciation – For Sharing Her Thoughts about Her Literary Works
    • July/August 2020 – Star Poets – A Poem – “Always Alone” – First Place
    • July/August 2020 – Star Poets – A Poem – “The Ellen Tales”
    • July/August 2020 – Star Poets – A Poem – “Pinky Swear”
    • July/August 2020 – Northern Stars – A Poem – “Rejection” - First Place
    • July/August 2020 – Northern Stars – A Poem – “Oops!” – First Honorable Mention
    • July/August 2020 – Northern Stars – A Poem – “So Fine”
    • July 2020 – Appalachian Authors Guild Golden Nib (Local) – Poetry – “The Cup” – Third Place
    • July 2020 – Appalachian Authors Guild Golden Nib (Local) – Nonfiction – “The Dare” – Third Place
    • July 2020 – Appalachian Authors Guild Golden Nib (Local) – Fiction – “Spring Forward” - Third Place
    • Summer 2020 – Chautauqua Festival Creative Writing Awards - Short Story – ‘Living Like a Pig” – First Place
    • Summer 2020 – Chautauqua Festival Creative Writing Awards – Essay – “Shameful Gyrations” – First Place
    • Summer 2020 – Chautauqua Festival Creative Writing Awards – Poetry – “The Cup” – First Place
    • Spring 2020 – The Bluestone Review – “That Was Close”
    • Summer 2020 – Front Porch – “Blend In”
    • June 2020 – Blue Ridge Writers “The Memoir” Vol 2 Number 2 – “What Was That?”
    • May/June 2020 – Star Poets – A Poem – “Mowing the Grass” – First Honorable Mention
    • May/June 2020 – Star Poets – A Poem – “A Sign from Sonny”
    • May/June 2020 – Star Poets – A Poem – “Then There Was None”
    • May/June 2020 – Northern Stars – A Poem –“The Toolbox” – First Honorable Mention
    • May/June 2020 – Northern Stars – A Poem – “Homebound”
    • May/June 2020 – Northern Stars – A Poem – “Waste or Waist

    CONGRATULATIONS LINDA! 


  • 10/05/2020 7:29 PM | Joanne Liggan (Administrator)

    Sharon K. Krasny:  Iceman Awakens; Release date of 11/14/2020; Published by Koehler Books



    Ed Taylor:  Tim's Spirit Geronimo O'Brian; Released 9/24/2020; Published by KDP


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