Pronouns & the Power of Ze!

Join Book Bogglers for our upcoming event charting the slow exit of thee, thou, thy, thine and ye from everyday English and the new emergence of non-binary pronouns such as ze, zim and zir—along with “they” as a singular pronoun making a formal appearance in the Merriam Webster & a reading from the BOOK OF ZE, with fellow writers & actors: Monique Pappas, Se Hee Jo, Amira Appleblossom, Louis Herrera & others TBA.

Saturday 11/9 | 3-4:30 pm Jefferson Market Library 425 Avenue of the Americas

Pre-publication review copies will be available upon request at the event. For more info visit: www.Bookbogglers.com            www.emerwin.com

Thanks ASA College for the Warm Welcome!

Book Bogglers Amira Appleblossom, E Merwin and Se Hee jo at ASA College reading Septemeber 2019

For most of us, keeping it together, working multiple jobs and caring for family in these harsh times, is a daily creative effort. But to find time to come together to talk about our creative gifts and the source of all creativity, is a great pleasure.

Thank you to all the ASA College students and faculty who joined us for a reading from A LEGEND of NOW. We’ll be back on October 30 for a reading of HAUNTED TITANIC along w a raffle for free copies of this Bearport Publication. If you signed up for a free review copy of A Legend of NOW, the delivery has arrived, and we will by emailing you to pick up your book.

Yosemely Caravajal signing our guest list!
Students w. E. Merwin discussing our creative gifts!

Howl…

… if you love spooky stories! Join me at ASA College on Wed. 9/ 4 to launch 2 of my 2019 spooky titles for Bearport Publishing: Horror in Michigan and Horror in New York. As with all my Bearport titles, these stories are both weirdly verifiable–no, not the ghost, but all the stories have been reported by multiple witnesses, documented in books and newspapers, and are the result of not my imagination, but research! 

The real pleasure in writing these books for Bearport, including Haunted Titanic in 2018, certainly has been in tracking down the stories, and it is my hope that beyond the fun of a good scare, kids will research the people, cities and events where these haunted stories unfold.

I will also be joined by friends and faculty in reading the opening chapters of A Legend of Now and introducing the book’s twin, A Tale of Two– and offering review copies to all interested readers!

WED 9/4 at ASA College 105 West 33rd St. NYC 10001 Room 710 6-7 PM

Join us on 3/23 in the Village for our 1st scripted reading of A Legend of Now!

All is not well in the New Order of the World…

Join Indigo and Thistle– along with a talented cast of friends, for our first dramatic reading of A Legend of Now! We are fortunate to be presenting in the Jefferson Market Library at 425 Avenue of the Americas on Saturday March 23 from 3-4:30 pm.

Let’s celebrate Spring and the power of the creative process to trump tyranny and illuminate these dark times!

Join us in the Village for more ghostly tales!

A literary reading at Jefferson Market Library 425 Avenue of the Americas on Saturday 3/23/2019 from 3-4:30. Recommended for writers of any age.

Jefferson Market Library probably has a few ghosts of its own. This Victorian Gothic gem with its ponderous oak doors and vaulted windows was once a courthouse–where even a few literary types found themselves before the judge. Great American author, Stephen Crane appeared to defend a young woman hauled in as a prostitute. And before she became a Hollywood icon, Mae West, wrote and appeared in off-Broadway plays–one which landed her in the Jefferson Market jail overnight on obscenity charges when she couldn’t raise bail.

So the building itself–designed in partnership with Calvert Vaux, who with Frederick Law Olmtead bequeathed NYC two other jewels: Prospect and Central Park–deserves a visit.

Readings are frequent and varied, as booked by Frank Collerius, the literary impresario of the library. Last year I brought a group of international students to experience Macbeth in the the round–they barely understood a word, but were bewitched by the rhythm as well as the sexiness and violence of the robustly acted tale. Earlier this month, I attended Feminist Fables from France by author Emily Blake, and was struck by how, even when stripped of any semblance of theater, the drama of good writing resonates when read by a talented performer.

And so I am very appreciative to have this opportunity to share some of my own experiences as an author and my own literary encounters with ghosts ranging from banshees to the phantoms of the Titanic, sightings of Edgar Allen Poe in the Village, as well as the ghosts of John Lennon at the Dakota.

Castleton Free Library!

Special thanks to the 35,000 kids nationwide who selected their books for the 2018 Children’s Choices Reading List–with special thanks for choosing “Dark Underground” by Book Boggler author E. Merwin as one of their favorites!

Now imagine your dream library–from the point of view of your much younger self. There are bean bags to plop down in, shelves upon shelves of books yet to be discovered. A kindly, well informed librarian to steer you toward books for your report–who needs Google when she’s around. And the feeling of being hidden away on a mountain top or under the sea.

That’s Castleton Free Library. Indeed it’s underground, and Jan Jones is that warm and brilliant guide to all things literary. And I’m excited to report I will be sharing my Bearport books there on Oct 8 at 7 pm. Main Street Castleton, Vermont. If you happen to be in that lovely neck of the woods, please join us!

 

Join Us in Hoboken for a Haunted Titanic!

Press Release 03/30/2018
Explore a Haunted Titanic
On the 106th anniversary of its sinking, Titanic’s ghosts still haunt us
Saturday April 14, 4-5pm Symposia Bookstore
510 Washington St. Hoboken, NJ

Over a century after plunging into the icy waters of the
Atlantic, the Titanic still haunts our collective memory. In 2017 Bearport Publishing invited NJ author E. Merwin to research and write ghost stories for its best-selling series. Having always viewed ghosts as the stuff of fiction, she was puzzled—however, she took a plunge into the supernatural, penning eight spooky books for young readers. Join Eileen as she shares her experiences
writing for Bearport, as well as some verifiable ghost
stories from A Haunted Titanic.
Author of fantasy, fable and narrative non-fiction for kids, E. Merwin has won numerous awards, including the Next Generation New Indie Award in 2017 for regional fiction.

Seating is limited, so please RSVP below or bookbogglers@gmail.com

 

 

 

ASA Student Gallery

Here are some creative samples of our English Comp 1 students’ writing. Please take a moment to comment–all writers enjoy feedback!

The first is a poem by Yolanda Core. One Sunday, somewhat spontaneously, our 9 a.m. class trekked uptown to the MET where the assignment was to walk through the galleries until an artwork reached out, pulled you in– then simply to listen.

Given the poem’s unique structure, the reader can feel this woman’s isolation, perhaps hear the wind outside the cottage, and sense the hope of a guest arriving to share this meal.

 

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Haunted…for Real?

Thanks to all who attended our Book Bogglers presentation, Haunted for Real: In Search of the Verifiable Ghost Story.  It was a pleasure to share my dilemma as a writer to create narrative “nonfiction(!)” spooky books for my publisher Bearport’s series for young readers. Faced with the question of how to verify a ghost story, I soon figured out that the emphasis was not on ghost in ghost story, but on story–and that the great fun in writing Dark Underground Deserted Cities was discovering the history– so often weirder and more oddly coincidental than the sightings of spirits, attached to these events.

Special thanks to Prof. Brooke Stowe, Library Director at ASA College, for sharing his expertise not only in research, but also on Fala, the phantom dog said to haunt the long abandoned station below Grand Central Station, Track 61. (Google it!)

After presenting Haunted for Real, I was delighted by the many stranger-than-life stories many of you shared.

So delighted, that I’d like to start cooking up a kind of Paranormal Soup for the Soul series, recounting our own unexplainable events. If you’ve witnessed, survived or been told by a reliable source of a paranormal event, please click comment and tell your story!

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