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On June 19, I talked with Joan Peceimer at the San Mateo County Fair. Joan has worked tirelessly for the Friends of the Belmont Library for many years, serving at one time as their president. During this time, she has recruited many to speak at authors’ nights at the Belmont Library (located at 1110 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont). They include such award-winners as Elizabeth George and Michael Chabon, and, in a special event held in Ralston Hall on the Notre Dame de Namur University campus, Joan arranged for the renowned Isabel Allende to speak to a large crowd. In the fall, Joan is planning to hold an event that will feature local Belmont authors.
On June 24, I was interviewed by Kim McMillon of The Writers Sanctuary Blog Talk Radio. Kim is a lively interviewer who asked many challenging questions about my book, Straight Down the Middle. You can check out this interview at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/onword/2010/06/24/writers-sanctuary-presents-hosted-by-kim-mcmillon.
The San Mateo County Fair closed yesterday after a 12-day run. There were a number of events for authors. Twice, I read my winning short story, The Accident. Other short story writers, memoirists and poets read their entries. There were some excellent entries. I particularly enjoyed the humorous poems of Ida Lewenstein—her poems are really fun and easy to follow.
On June 19, I was part of an authors’ panel on the topic of So You Want to Write a Novel. Other panelists were Jon Cory, Judith Marshall, and Teresa LeYung Ryan. Geri Spieler was the moderator. Our discussion focused on topics of interest to writers and would-be writers of fiction. (See my earlier post on advice for anyone who wants to write a novel.)
On Thursday, June 24, at 11:30 am, I will be interviewed by Kim McMillon at the Writers’ Sanctuary blog talk radio. Please tune in. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/onword/2010/06/24/writers-sanctuary-presents-hosted-by-kim-mcmillon This interview will be archived so it will also be accessible after this date.
On February 7, I held a book launch party for Straight Down the Middle. For me, it was a date picked at random; for the rest of the world it was Super Bowl Sunday. What a blooper! It was a lovely party, nevertheless. We met in a beautiful reception room at The Peninsula Regent in San Mateo (courtesy of Ruth Silnes). Family members helped me sell books and hand out cake.
Among the guests present were authors Luisa Adams (Woven of Water), Winifred McCaffrey (Gule Wamkulu—The Big Dance), Laurel Anne Hill (Heroes Arise), Joyce Robins (Aunt Lydia’s Trousseau), Teresa LeYung Ryan (Love Made of Heart), Geri Spieler (Taking Aim at the President).
Straight Down the Middle has received some wonderful reviews from readers. Many of the full reviews are posted on Amazon.Com. Some excerpts follow: “[It] is the kind of a story that stays with you—a page turner.” (Ruth Silnes); “Margaret Davis writes a compelling story…I recommend this fine gift to any reader who appreciates a good story, a complex situation, and a heroic approach to the resolution of what has heart and meaning in life. This book is a winner!” (Luisa Adams); “A sweet love story.” (Holly Millar); “Thoroughly enjoyable…humorous and heart-wrenchingly human, Straight Down the Middle is a wonderful way to spend a day.” (Winifred McCaffrey); “Thank you for such a wonderfully entertaining book!…the writing is superb…” (Sarah Marion); “…A compelling, complex narrative…The Davis prose is fluid and rhythmic… …Straight Down the Middle made this reader ask, ‘When will there be another story by the same author?’” (Gordon Seely)
Margaret Davis, Sociologist & Author of Straight Down the Middle.