• 08/31/2021 9:48 AM | Joanne Liggan (Administrator)

    G.M. Malliet:  Death in Cornwall: St. Just #4; To be released 10/28/2021; Published by Canongate

    Jeffrey James Higgins:  Unseen: Evil Lurks Among Us; Released 8/26/2021 by Black Rose Writing

    David Barudin:  Alternate Routes: Coming of Age in America's Largest Generation; Published 4/01/2021 by Amazon (e-book and paperback)

  • 08/30/2021 5:55 PM | Joanne Liggan (Administrator)

    The Northern Virginia Chapter has a new website. It was designed by member Nate Hoffelder and includes member profile pages. Check it out!  https://northernvirginiawriters.org/

  • 08/30/2021 5:37 PM | Joanne Liggan (Administrator)

    Paulette Whitehurst:  Her book, A Child Is A Poem You Learn By Heart:  A Memoir in Verse, has been awarded first place by the Virginia Professional Communicators for Nonfiction Book for Adult Readers, Autobiography or Memoir. (https://vapc.org/state-contest-winners/) 

    Mary Elizabeth Ames is pleased to announce that H'llgraith (Book II) was awarded a silver medal at the prestigious 33rd Annual Benjamin Franklin awards for 2021. This is H'llgraith's second literary award in the category of Science Fiction & Fantasy. H'llgraith was also awarded Finalist by the American Fiction Awards in 2020. 

    J Thomas Brown's "Valium Dream" has received an honorable mention in the Streetlight 2021 Essay/Memoir Contest and will be published in a forthcoming issue. The original draft was a Carolyn Forché style poem that was expanded into a momoir. His work centers on social unrest and drug abuse in the 1960s. (https://streetlightmag.com/category/essay/)

    G.M. Malliet:  Her 2020 novella "A Murder at Morehead Mews" came in 5th in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine's Readers Choice Awards. The story also has been nominated for a Derringer Award. This novella appeared in the July/August 2020 edition of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. Winners will be announced May 1. (https://elleryqueenmysterymagazine.com/)

    Cass Morris is a Hugo Award Finalist as part of the team behind Worldbuilding for Masochists, a podcast which discusses the craft of writing speculative worlds.

  • 08/28/2021 11:13 AM | Joanne Liggan (Administrator)

    The Sun recently launched a magazine “give and take” program, where we help find homes for gently used copies of the magazine. We’ve had a wonderful response from readers eager to give their collections a new life and I wondered whether you could help spread the word for folks who might be interested in receiving the magazine? We’ve been working with “literacy banks,” community reading rooms, poetry clubs, writing groups, etc. Our post about it is here: https://thesunmagazine.org/news/give-and-take-old-issues.

  • 08/15/2021 6:40 AM | Joanne Liggan (Administrator)

    Some writers dream of seeing their books on the big screen. For Connie Lapallo, the dream has come true. In September, she will tell the Chesapeake Bay Writers (CBW) how it happened. 

    Lapallo will speak at CBW’s Literary Luncheon Meeting in Williamsburg on Wednesday September 15. The event will begin with a social hour at 11:30 and a three-course French meal at 12:30. After lunch, Lapallo will describe how the film based on her novel Dark Enough to See the Stars became a finalist in the 2021 Richmond International Film Festival. She will be joined by her son, Adam Lapallo, who wrote the screenplay. 

    As Lapallo explains, success didn’t happen overnight. “I started collecting family tree information when I was eleven years old, directly from my great-grandmother who lived with us. Her turn-of-the-century memories fascinated me. Sometimes she told older family stories that her grandmother had passed on to her.” She continues, “I began researching in earnest in 1976 for a 9th grade family tree project inspired by the Bicentennial and Roots. Thirty-five years later, I’m still at work on the assignment!”

    One day, in 1994,  while researching at the Library of Virginia, Lapallo noticed a familiar name. It was an ancestor, Archer Cox, who lived in Mecklenburg, Virginia, in the early 1800s. The book traced him all the way back to Jamestown. “Suddenly I had links taking me all the way back to a woman named Temperance Bailey and to her mother, Cecily (or Sisley).” Cecily was one of nearly a hundred women and children who left England for Jamestown in 1609. As Lapallo learned, eleven year-old Cecily been a Jamestown mystery for professional genealogists for 120 years. “Who was she, and why had she come to Virginia alone?” 

    Cecily’s trail continued in a used bookstore in Williamsburg when she found a volume called Ancient Adventurers, by Samuel Bemiss. In a passage recalling Jamestown’s Starving Time, Bemiss wrote, “Ann Burras, Temperance Flowerdieu and Sisley Jordan can represent all the unsung heroines of that heroic age.” 

    Lapallo spent eight years working on Dark Enough to See the Stars in a Jamestown Sky, her first novel. Her daughter Sarah designed the book cover. It took Lapallo another five years to complete the sequel, When the Moon Has No More Silver. She has begun writing the third novel in her trilogy as well as a biography of Sir Thomas Gates. 

    Reservations are required, $24 Members, $30 Guests. (Tax and gratuity included). The public is welcome.

    The Chesapeake Bay Writers is a chapter of the Virginia Writers Club for published and aspiring writers. For more information, visit chesapeakebaywriters.org, email CBWreply@gmail.com or call 804-725-6163.

  • 07/30/2021 8:21 PM | Joanne Liggan (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Jacob Tisdale of Martinsburg, Virginia, this year's winner of the $2,000 scholarship. Jacob will be attending University of Virginia to study Media Studies. 

  • 07/08/2021 11:19 AM | Joanne Liggan (Administrator)

    Pamela K. Kinney will be selling and signing her books at Fantasci at Chesapeake Central Library, 298 Cedar Rd., Chesapeake, VA from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on July 24, 2021.

    Write By the Rails, a VWC chapter, has released their new anthology, Confetti, available now at www.amazon.com! 

    Write By the Rails also began a Summer Reading Book Drive on June 1, 2021. They are donating books to disadvantaged kids in the community. Your purchase can help us reach our goal of donating 100+ new books! Please select from the list found at Amazon.com and ship to their collection address. Your contribution will make a big difference! Questions? Email writebytherails@gmail.com

  • 07/08/2021 10:52 AM | Joanne Liggan (Administrator)

    Requiem for Geraldine Gerbil (early 2021)  J. Stewart WillisRequiem for Geraldine Gerbil; Released 5/5/21; Published by Bair Ink Books

    Judith HelmsGrudge Tiger; Released 5/25/21; Published by TouchPoint Press 

    Diane M. FinlaysonYoga Therapy Foundations, Tools, and Practice: A Comprehensive Textbook; Released 6/21/21; Published by Singing Dragon

    Dawn BrothertonEastover Treasures; Released 6/22/21; Published by Blue Dragon Publishing, LLC

     Jenna Harte:  Death of a Coupon Queen: A Sophie Parker Coupon Mystery (book 2); To be released 7/14/2021; Published by Camel Press

  • 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!

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