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!
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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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!
Thanks to all for your time, talent and insights as we read and discussed great works of literature–ranging from the legendary Aesop to August Wilson. Special thanks to Aminata, who confirmed that indeed the tales of Aesop, whose name translated in ancient Greek as the Ethiopian, are alive and well in Senegal where her own grandmother told her the tale of the lion and lamb–as the hyena and the gazelle. As we discovered, Aesop’s fables placed the African oral tradition as the cornerstone of western fiction. (And of course, to those of you who read Piccolo: an Artist’s Tale thanks on behalf of my pup, Piccolo.)
If you ordered review copies of any of our Book Bogglers’ titles, they’re on the way. And for those of you who visited the Poe cottage in the Bronx, attended a reading or participated in any other literary events around the city or online, please be sure to share your comments!
Thanks for all the good wishes for Book Bogglers’ 2nd Birthday!
For those who would like to attend, a group of us are meeting in the upstairs lobby (by the elevators) at ASA College, Manhattan campus at 5:30 to travel together to Symposia Bookshop in Hoboken. (Only a 20 minute ride via PATH train).
We’ll begin with an open mike, inviting writers to read a short work of fiction/non-fiction/poetry. Then Dr. Cynthia Stuart, co-founder of Book Bogglers, will be reading from 3 of our books– all of which we are very proud won awards in 2016. There will be refreshemnts, and a raffle if you’d like to win a copy of one of our Book Boggler titles.
For my English Comp 1 students– this counts for a Bring Literature to Life project– as does any participation in poetry slam, spoken word event, book signing, writers workshop– whatever you do out of the classroom to bring literature to life!
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.
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!
Special thanks to my English Comp students and their deep and insightful discussions based on our reading of the drama, Donovan’s Charge.
For those of you who signed the request sheet, we will gladly gift you a copy. (If you missed the opportunity, feel free to add your request as a comment to this post.) Thanks again, from both Glenn and myself, and continue to be courageous in these outrageous times. As in the play, let your spirit sound the charge! Also, be sure to sign up for our next Book Bogglers poetry reading at ASA College on April 7. Our theme–Illumination 2. (Let me know your availability so we can set up a date and time that works for all.)
Also– a bit last minute, but we are seeking students to read poems of your choice to honor Black History Month here at ASA College on 2/23, 3-5 pm. Please let me know if you plan to join us!