I never tire of talking to people about Slant of Light, 19th century utopians, and the human drama of hopes and betrayals that underlies these real and fictional stories. I'm heading to the Cape Girardeau Public Library October 17 for a presentation at 7 p.m. Stop by if you're in the vicinity!
Historical Novel Society
I had the great good fortune to attend the biennial North American conference of the Historical Novel Society last weekend. By nature I am, shall we say, socially avoidant; at parties I’m the guy holding up the wall. So it was good exercise for me to travel to this conference, socialize with about 300 other novelists, publishers, and lovers of historical fiction, appear on a panel, and generally enjoy the company of like-minded souls.
The highlights of the event were many, but for me, they included:
All in all, it was a great weekend, downpours notwithstanding!
I had a great time April 12 talking to three college English classes about my book. This is the 11 o'clock class, the first one I remembered to get a photo of! They were all students of Dr. Anne Mack of the University of Missouri-Columbia, a real Slant of Light enthusiast who had the students digging deeply into the themes and context of the novel.
Slant of Light was named the runner-up for the 2012 Langum Prize in American Historical Fiction. Needless to say, I'm pretty pumped up about that! Here's the announcement.
In addition, it's a finalist for the 2014 Balcones Fiction Prize. This is a great thrill for me!
Photos from Commencement
They are located here. I had a wonderful time speaking to the December 2012 graduates of Columbia College.
I'm honored to have delivered the commencement address at Columbia College on the 15th of December.
Recent and Future Signings!
Had a great time at the Columbia Public Library November 13 talking about utopias, Icarians, and Slant of Light. This talk explores the utopian impulses of the 19th century and focuses on the Icarians, who were the inspiration for the novel.I've given variations on this talk twice now and am able to adapt it to various audiences and time needs. So if your group needs a program, contact me!
A new group, the St. Louis Literary Consortium, organized a holiday book-signing last weekend at Left Bank Books in the Central West End. Congratulations to the Consortium for an imaginative and productive event.
I had a tremendously enjoyable workshop for the Saturday Writers chapter of the Missouri Writers' Guild on October 27 in St. Peters. I hope they found it productive! Check out their website for details.
Keep an eye on the "News" link above....I'll use it to update you about upcoming events and speaking engagements, and I'll throw in reflections and observations as well.