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Event: Seton Hill WPF Writing Retreat and Conference

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Events 9th Annual Seton Hill WPF Writer's Retreat and Conference WHEN: June 24 - 27, 2010 GUEST SPEAKERS: Jim McCarthy , Agent, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management Janet Reid , Agent, FinePrint Literary Management Annette Rogers , Acquisitions Editor, Poisoned Pen Press Tina Trevaskis , Director of Marketing & Sales, Samhain Publishing Co. This event is open to the public. Registration opens on March 1, 2010.

Poem: Starship Stowaways

Poetry My poem 'Starship Stowaways' will be published in the April 2010 issue of Beyond Centauri .

NEWS: Who Moved My Buy Button?

NEWS The following came in an email from The Authors Guild in response to the Amazon/Macmillan feud. The Authors Guild is pleased to announce the launch of WhoMovedMyBuyButton.com , which is now live in fully-functional beta form. Who Moved My Buy Button? allows authors to keep track of whether Amazon has removed the "buy buttons" from any of their books. Simply register the ISBNs of any books you'd like monitored, and our web tool will check daily to make sure your buy buttons are safe and sound. If there's a problem, we'll e-mail you an alert. Although we've launched WhoMovedMyBuyButton.com in response to Amazon's wholesale removal of buy buttons from Macmillan titles, we believe Amazon should be monitored for years to come. Amazon's developed quite a fondness for employing this draconian tactic (there's a chronology at the website); it's only grown bolder with its growing market clout. Vigilance is called for: sounding off i

Shows: The Drowsy Chaperone and The Opera Show

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Shows Last month we saw two wonderful shows as part of the West Virginia University Arts Series . The Drowsy Chaperone The Drowsy Chaperone reminded me of when I would watch Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire in movies like Shall We Dance and The Gay Divorcee . I loved the dancing in those old movies, especially since I had thirteen years of lessons, and I loved the costumes. As a child I assumed everyone lived like Fred and Ginger did way back in the 30s because you would never know there was a depression going on by the opulence of the characters' lives. But maybe that was why people liked them; they were an escape. Escape was the premise of The Drowsy Chaperone, with its winking satire and endearing narrator. The highest compliment to an artist, in my opinion, is knowing you provided someone a place to go and pretend for a little while. That's what I'd like people to say about my fiction one day. The Opera Show didn't bring as much nostalgia as opened my ey

BOOKS: Fallingwater Book Club Reads The Devil in the White City

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BOOKS This weekend the Fallingwater Book Club met to discuss Erik Larson's bestselling book The Devil in the White City . In this true story of the 1893 World's Fair held in Chicago, we find out about Daniel Burnham* who was Director of Works for the fair and who somehow brought this grandiose celebration to fruition, as well as Dr. H.H. Holmes , the serial murderer who used the fair as a venue to sate his grisly addiction. Of course, the descriptions of architecture were just as interesting to this Frank Lloyd Wright crowd as the darker details of the women murdered by Holmes. Some attendees read pertinent passages and some had done extra research about the fair and the participants. Many pointed out how this early feat would have impacted Mr. Wright, especially as he was working with Louis Sullivan on part of the fair. You can print a free reading group guide for the book at the website: http://www.randomhouse.com/crown/devilinthewhitecity/about.html . *