Piccolo Podcast & Indie Book Award!

Thanks to Jon Menaster of Read Live Learn for hosting his site to create a forum for writers and their readers. In episode 12 we spoke about Piccolo: an Artist’s Tale–as well as modern day slavery and the line between devotion and servitude.

http://www.readlearnlivepodcast.com/piccolo-an-artists-tale-ep-12-with-eileen-merwin/

Also, happy to announce that The Northman’s Daughter has won 1st Place in the 2017 Indie Book Award for Regional Fiction!

ASA College, English Comp 1 students: as we approach Final Exams keep our “Bring Literature to Life” series and be sure to report your literary activities: poetry slams, book signings, library lectures, or even a visit to the Poe Cottage in the Bronx have qualified in the past. But feel free to propose your own activity– including book reviews or on-line critiques of one of Jon’s author interviews–it’s up to you!

http://www.readlearnlivepodcast.com/

 

 

 

 

15 comments

  • Sevtap Batir

    Piccolo, The Artist’s Tale of little naive dog from Italy who is proud of his artist family and his his talent. Story gives us a taste of artist’s enthusiasm and passion. Characters in this story comes from the author’s pen with musical harmony and takes you to little Piccolo’s adventure and lets you face with sinner soul antagonist of the story. Especially this days it is very hard to find Fable that also interests adults. I loved it.I can’t wait to read volume 2.

    • emerwin77

      Piccolo thanks you sincerely–and you know how sincere he can be– for your time and attention in reading his tale. With only the ardor he can express to a female admirer– gladly he will supply you with Book 2 of his tale. (Outside of my family, you will be the first to read it.)

      All the best in your artistic/mystical/entrepreneurial journey, Sevtap!
      Eileen

  • Rodchiline Minault

    It was very fascinating to read one of her book in class piccolo an artist tale and to know the story behind it and the struggle, it was very amazing. It was the first time I ever read a book about an animal talking. Although she didn’t think the book was going to be successful she took a stand because not every one would publish a book about talking animals. No matter what she published it. I was amazed when she was telling us the story of her son and how her son encouraged her and also to know who did the illustrations in the book.

    • emerwin77

      Thank you, Rodchiline– I very much enjoyed sharing the story with you. I particularly was moved by the narrative essay you composed– and much admire your honesty as a writer and courage in life. I wish you ongoing success in your studies and career!

  • Tyrone McKenzie

    I found the reading of Piccolo Fortunato interesting and would like to read the series.

    • emerwin77

      Tyrone– thanks for taking the time to read about Piccolo’s journey in New York City. It’s been a pleasure working with you and the Saturday group, and I will be sure to keep you updated regarding Book 2!

  • Mingjiang Zheng

    It was very funny book! so cool!

  • Jingjing Li

    This is the first time i finished reading an English story book. Because English is not my first language, it’s hard to finish reading a book with many words I didn’t know. So many times i started reading an English story book, but after 2, 3 chapters, then i stopped because i can not understand everything. But this book Piccolo, it’s not too difficult. It’s about a young dog talking his story. Interesting and easy to understand. and you also can see true social problems through the story, I like this story!

    • emerwin77

      Jing Jing,

      Thank you kindly for taking the time to read my pup, Piccolo’s memoir. I’m sure he too will be delighted when I tell him– you know how much he craves the attention of females!

  • Mohammad Rakibul Karim

    It was an immense pleasure to get an opportunity to read such a of book like Piccolo! No doubt, this book has tremendously touched all sorts of readers mind because it has fascinating elements to catch the mind. A very innocent boy who came to a city called NY was a starting point of the theory, and later on he experiences lots of sequences that we all observed. The book was not only fruitful but also the reflection of that period too. Simply excellent !!!

    Last but not the least, last time I’ve attended a poetry session in ASA campus which is organized by Professor Ressler. Simply, grateful to her!

    It was great experience in my life ! I got the poetry in my heart. And next 27th May ,Session I very much would like to attend with the core of my heart.

  • Md. Rakibul Karim

    Piccolo Fortunato is a story of an Italian greyhound who comes from Venice to New York and starts his new voyage. It’s very well structured. Adventure is one of the main parts of this story which has a great depth. I would say, it’s a very classical book to read. Everybody should try.

    • Md. Shohaibur Rahman

      I’ve read a lot of books and Piccolo is one of the most rare books I’ve ever read. Initially, there was a bit of confusion but gradually I got into it and finished it up.

      The story is very well written with just the right amount of fantasy, joy, and uncertainty that kept me captivated with every single page.

      It was an impressive and very well written story!

      • emerwin77

        Hello Shohaibur,

        Thanks for taking the time to read Piccolo. I genuinely appreciate your recognition that there is a balance throughout the book between “joy” and
        “uncertainty.” I think this is generally true of life– but more so for a newcomer (like you and your family!) to this crazy city.

        I wish you and your wife and new baby much continued happiness!

        Eileen

  • Raf Tan

    Piccolo has such an endearing character. For me, this fable is a “modern classic”.
    Disney should take notice!

    • emerwin77

      From your mouth to Disney ears- although I might have to think twice before letting my pup go to Hollywood– or write Book 4!

      Thank you for your ongoing creative contributions to our class–you and Savtap held a key position holding up the back wall and (more importantly) sharing your creative insights! I much enjoyed your song/poem “Illluminations” at our last event, and do hope you can perform it again on 6/24 at Symposia.

      Really– my heartfelt thanks, and all the best in your ongoing success story!
      All the best,
      Eileen

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