Tuesday, January 31, 2017

EVENT: Uniontown Public Library Author Series: Lee McClain

EVENTS

UNIONTOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY
2017 AUTHOR SERIES


LEE TOBIN MCCLAIN




LEE TOBIN MCCLAIN

"How Romance Grows"

Saturday
February 11, 2017

4:00 - 6:00 PM








Join us for an evening with Dr. Lee Tobin McClain, professor in Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction MFA program and author of numerous books and stories, including her latest The Soldier and the Single Mom. Lee will discuss how the romance genre has grown since its Regency days, but how love always remains the central theme. Perfect Valentine's topic! Refreshments will be served and a Q&A session with the author and book raffle will follow.


FREE TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE MAIN DESK!







UNIONTOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY
2017 AUTHOR SERIES

Throughout 2017, the Uniontown Public Library will showcase the talent of novelists, short story writers, and poets. Each month, a writer will visit the Library to share their experiences as published authors. They will offer a short talk on a subject related to their genre, do a reading from their work, and participate in a question and answer session with the audience. A meet-and-greet and book signing will follow.

These events are free and open to the public — you do not have to be a member of the Uniontown Public Library to attend! Each event will be ticketed, with the free tickets becoming available at the Library’s main desk before each author’s visit. Seats are limited, so we encourage you to get your tickets early.




Sunday, January 29, 2017

BOOK: JAX MARLIN: To Catch a Marlin by T.K. Toppin

BOOKS


JAX MARLIN: TO CATCH A MARLIN

by

T.K. TOPPIN


In the tail end of the 24th Century, Special Inspector Michael Pedroni pursues Jax Marlin, a beautiful and elusive vigilante. It’s a wild cat and mouse chase that will take him from Earth to the Bacchus Dome and beyond.

Jax Marlin is not your average criminal. She seeks out evil-doers and law-breakers,doling out justice in whatever way she sees fit. But lately, she finds she’s been gift-wrapping criminals specially for her favorite copper. Four of the world’s leading criminals are lining up to form an alliance. Jax is determined to stop them.

Hot on her heels, Inspector Pedroni finds himself questioning the difference, if any, between her justice and his. More than that, he wonders why, when he’d had her in his grasp, he was unable to slap on the restraints and bring her in.

Friday, January 27, 2017

WORKSHOP: UPL Writers Workshop with Heidi Ruby Miller and Jason Jack Miller

WORKSHOPS

Jason and I are excited to be involved with this free writers workshop! We'll be using lessons from Many Genres One Craft, beginning with Gary A. Braunbeck's "You Have to Start with SOMETHING, So It Might As Well Be Something Like This." Each lesson will be self-contained in case you can't attend every week.

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Beginning on Wednesday, January 25th, the Uniontown Public Library will offer a Writers Workshop led by authors Heidi Ruby Miller and Jason Jack Miller. The weekly meetings will include a short writing lesson, writing tips and advice, and a discussion about members’ work.

This is a great opportunity to meet fellow writers, talk about your ideas, and explore your creativity. The Workshop is a free program and writers of all genres and experience levels are welcome!

The Writers Workshop will meet every Wednesday from 4:30 – 6:00 PM in Meeting Room A.

If you have any questions, please contact UPL at (724) 437-1165.



Heidi Ruby Miller and Jason Jack Miller started as travel writers more than a decade ago and continue to explore the globe, but now as research trips for their fiction. In their spare time, they teach in Seton Hill's MFA in Writing Popular Fiction program. Between them, they have published six novels (with two more forthcoming this year), a hundred short stories, poems, articles, and essays, and a travel guide. They chronicle their adventures on Instagram and YouTube under their own names, as well as their shared project Small Space Big Life.


Monday, January 23, 2017

BOOK: Til Death by Janice Leach and James Frederick Leach

BOOKS

Available for pre-order from Raw Dog Screaming Press

Til Death
by Janice Leach and James Frederick Leach

TRUE LOVE IS NOT FOR THE SQUEAMISH

Love is forever, until death do us part, but the heartaches and nuances of marriage are not always pleasant. This collection is a dialogue on the trials and tribulations of sharing a life together. It casts a shadow, and a light, on the mornings spent baking, and the evenings spent crying, on the afternoons spent napping, and the late nights of endless contemplation. These poems detail urges and familiarities that emphasize how love and sex aren’t simply about physical attraction, but about a state of mind, too, a willingness to embrace the every-day happenings, and the cosmic upheavals that life throws at us.

A collaborative effort by Jim and Janice Leach, their poetry is full of dark delights that cut as well as kiss, starve as well as satiate. This bouquet of vows speaks to endurance and passion, emphasizing the necessity of understanding the needs of your partner while still following your heart and moral compass. Let it serve as a practice, a study of dark passions and a meditation on star-crossed stirrings in the household of fate.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT ‘TIL DEATH
“I was expecting poems grim and terrifying, but to my surprise, Janice and James Leach serve portions of their experiences together — both dark and light — on a speculative plate. It is a simply excellent collection, blending both styles and perspectives perfectly.” —Marge Simon, Naughty Ladies

“…a voyeuristic journey into the heart and mysteries of a couple, impossible to turn away from or to put down.”—Peter Adam Salomon, All Those Broken Angels

“There is a phrase in one of their poems, the ‘mad Poetry of listening, which stuck with me as the feeling I had the entire time I was reading this collection. There is a terrible beauty to their verses, like an unsettling mirror. Their words make you ache for something ephemeral and fleeting. Long to capture and hold it, if only for an instant, because you will know in that moment that everything was worth it.” –Maurice Broaddus, Buffalo Soldier

“ ‘Til Death is a darkly delightful banquet of poems about marital love in all its forms. By turns magic, domestic, mythic, and scientific, this slender book offers a feast for readers who enjoy excellent verse.”—Lucy Snyder, While the Black Stars Burn

“Romantic, yes, but with bite, a few shudders, and lots of sensual teasing…Buy two copies: one for yourself, one for the one you dream of.” —Mary A. Turzillo, Nebula and Elgin winner, author of Bonsai Babies

“Exemplary of two knotted lives twists, turns, secrets, and the monotony of wanting to be untied, untethered, but not exactly free… ‘Til Death: Marriage Poems is that mind-space of falling in and out of love with your best friend, stranger, confidant, enemy, and lover as all-in-one, over and over again. With the additions and subtractions of life on Earth, of course, as it cruelly allows.” —Rain Graves

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

PHOTOS: Seton Hill Writing Popular Fiction MFA Residency January 2017

PHOTOS

Just a few photos from the January 2017 Seton Hill University Writing Popular Fiction MFA residency. It was a cold one this year, but fun and inspiring, as always.

Shiny new faculty name tags

Congratulations to this term's graduates!

Waiting for graduation with Jason Jack Miller



Friday, January 13, 2017

EVENT: Uniontown Public Library 2017 Author Series: Carrie Gessner

EVENTS

        
“Creating a Fantasy World”
Saturday, January 21, 2017
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM


Join us for an evening with Carrie Gessner, author of The Dying of the Golden Day. Carrie will discuss how a rich setting built on magic, culture, history, and more can enhance speculative fiction. A Q&A session with the author and book raffle will follow.


Free tickets available at the Main Desk!
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UNIONTOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY
2017 AUTHOR SERIES

Throughout 2017, the Uniontown Public Library will showcase the talent of novelists, short story writers, and poets. Each month, a writer will visit the Library to share their experiences as published authors. They will offer a short talk on a subject related to their genre, do a reading from their work, and participate in a question and answer session with the audience. A meet-and-greet and book signing will follow.

These events are free and open to the public — you do not have to be a member of the Uniontown Public Library to attend! Each event will be ticketed, with the free tickets becoming available at the Library’s main desk before each author’s visit. Seats are limited, so we encourage you to get your tickets early.



Wednesday, January 04, 2017

VIDEO: SMALL SPACE BIG LIFE: Year in Review 2016

VIDEOS

It was a wonderful travel year for us that started with Occoquan on New Year's Day, then saw us through DC, Louisville, San Francisco, Columbus, Walt Disney World, Pisa, Cinque Terre, Tuscany, Florence, Chianti, Sienna, San Gimignano, Paris, Cincinnati, Lewes Beach, and Broadkill Writers Resort. You can see it all condensed into 2 minutes with this SMALL SPACE BIG LIFE video below and on our Instagram feeds: @heidirubymiller @jasonjackmiller @smallspacebiglife.

HAPPY 2017!