Month: June 2013

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Anyone who’s read Liza Klaussmann’s fantastic Tigers in Red Weather knows that cousins Nick and Helena looove their gin and tonics. Set on Martha’s Vineyard, the novel was just recently released in paperback. We’ll talk with Liza and give away copies of Tigers on the July 15 Literary New England Radio Show. To whet (or really wet!) your appetite, here’s Liza on how to make the perfect Vineyard gin and tonic. For those who’d love the chance to meet Liza face to face, she and Mary Simses, author of The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Café, will be atLadies Who Launch – Southwest Connecticut on July 18 in Darien, Connecticut.

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“On Saturday, he ate through one piece of chocolate cake, one ice-cream cone, one pickle, one slice of Swiss cheese, one slice of salami, one lollipop, one piece of cherry pie, one sausage, one cupcake, and one slice of watermelon. That night he had a stomach ache.”  ― Eric CarleThe Very Hungry Caterpillar …. Happy birthday, Eric! 84 years young today!!

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Book trailer for Massachusetts native Amor Towles’ new novella “Eve in Hollywood,” released today by Penguin. The story focuses on Evelyn Ross, one of the most  memorable characters in Amor’s best-selling novel “Rules of Civility.” Published as an ebook, “Eve in Hollywood”takes Eve (and readers!) into the heart of old Hollywoodto the elegant rooms of the Beverly Hills Hotel, the fabled tables of Antonio’s, the amusement parks on the Santa Monica piers, the afro-Cuban dance clubs off Central Avenue and, ultimately, to the set of Gone with the Wind. We had the pleasure of talking with Amor about Rules of Civility, which you can hear in the Literary New England Radio Show Archives.

Maine Aubade

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Hear and feel the beauty of this poem–perfect for summertime–written by the incredibly talented Jonas Zdanys of Connecticut. Pure Lit New England!

 

MAINE AUBADE

 

1.

 

The simple lyrics of waves

and sea flowers stutter

like feathery tufts of light

through darkness brittle

as charred paper.  Loose shapes

of birds clip the water,

trolling the banks

of the Kennebunk, and slip

without sound through reeds

pared by the stitch of night.

On this narrow furrow

of shore wedged between

the river and sea, you touch

your fingers to my wrist,

in one cupped hand holding

the pale shells you gathered

to catch the light.  The grasses

creak and the moon casts

small circles on the river,

spiking white slivers of water

that hum with the cold

flat voice of the wind.

 

2.

 

The tuned gathering of mist

and clouds above water

that cannot hold the tympanic moon

shrouds the horizon like gray gauze.

Waves in the distance break

in a noiseless slide, lines

smoothed to sheets of dark green

oiled by dapples of light

from shore that flash

off the contours of watery foam

ruffled by a wind far out at sea.

 

Quickened tangles of birches

and scrub pines press forward

in half-relief toward sand

leached to blue shadows

by the curl of the coming tide.

Head down, you stare into the fire

as it reddens the stacked

driftwood and lights your hair,

flames fingering the leaves

of the trees that frame you and moving

like brittle chimes in the wind.

 

3.

 

The landscape is suddenly still

as the cramped angle and thin

crack of sky shift blue

along the bend in the river

and flatten to a wedge of yellow

that threads with the current

among the knobbed rocks,

sliding back upon itself

and retreating into shadows

bent as sticks in clear water.

In this place preserved from the sea,

under the worn fingers of trees

thinning to clouds and fog

above the river, you trace

the outline of the dead bird

lit by the moon in the sand,

wing feathers gray as stone,

hissing like the wind hollowed

at dead center, like sagging leaves

fluttering against the scrape of water,

like unmoored things drifting

aimless and shimmering to silence.

 

4.

 

The veiled flanks of the river

are flecked with primrose and laurel,

flowers gone to the hard mercy

of wind that skims shoals

thick and black with mussels.  The bristle

of water in eddies and pools

thickens an octave to a soft lament

trembling among rocks sour

with the sea’s smell curling

in the measured breeze from the east

that brings the first taste of dawn

to birds unwound on the shifting waves.

You stretch strands of eelgrass

across the rocks, arrange pieces

of driftwood softened by water

like a cradle or trap around the tide

pool at your feet, foraging in water

streaked by first light for signs

of life, face pressed against knees

that muffle a voice rising slowly

from your hollows like a small cry

lost between the sea and wind.

 

5.

 

Water spreads luminous and thin

across the pale blue bruise

of morning as it shifts to white

in the pulse of reeds ringed

by the crouch of night.  The play

of light bursts among the twisted vines

where the sea and river turn to land

and the sting of water hardens

to circles of dark birds strumming

the trees, the shape of something

fragile and small scattered to flight,

trickling through crevices of fog

in the clustered shallows

that mark the end of the season.

Forgotten like a seed cast

on dry sand, your face softens

to a weightless blur mitered

in the scrim of morning by bird song

that floats like mist across the inlet

where water brushes the sky

and touches us, transfigured by light

to counterpoints of silence and wind.

Who’s going to be on the June 17 show?

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They use fiction to help understand today’s world, re-imagine yesterday’s world, and create a world that (as far as we know) has never existed. Join us tomorrow at 8 pm on the Literary New England Radio Show for insightful and inspiring conversations with:

  • Anthony Marra on A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
  • Amy Butler Greenfield on Chantress
  • Laura Andersen on The Boleyn King
  • Lionel Shriver on Big Brother

 Listeners will have the chance to win all four books!

 

Moby Lit: Short Stories with a Splash of New England Sea & Shore

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Emerging and established writers are encouraged to submit to Moby Lit: Short Stories with a Splash of New England Sea & Shore. This dynamic collection will be published by producers of the Literary New England Radio Show in the Spring of 2014 and released as both a print and e-book. Fiction and literary non-fiction of 1,000-7,500 words will be accepted. No poetry. Other submission guidelines:

  • Deadline is Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013
  • Stories must be original and previously unpublished
  • Some kind of New England connection must be present
  • Only one entry per person
  • Submissions must be snail mailed and postmarked no later than Dec. 5, 2013 to: Literary New England, PO Box 3624, Milford CT 06460. Enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope or postcard to confirm receipt.
  • Author’s name, mailing address, daytime phone, email and word count must be included on submission’s first page

 Authors whose stories are chosen to be included in “Moby Lit” will be notified by email no later than Jan. 31, 2014, receive 2 print copies of the book and be featured on the Literary New England Radio Show. For more information, please email info@litnewengland.com.

Scarlet Lit: Stories of Romance, Revenge & Redemption—New England Style

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Emerging and established writers are encouraged to submit to Scarlet Lit: Stories of Romance, Revenge and RedemptionNew England Style. The collection will be published by producers of the Literary New England Radio Show in February 2014just in time for Valentine’s Day!and released as both a print and e-book. Fiction and literary non-fiction of 1,000-7,500 words will be accepted. No poetry or erotica, please. Other submission guidelines:

  • Deadline is Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013
  • Stories must be original and previously unpublished
  • Some kind of New England connection must be present
  • Only one entry per person
  • Submissions must be snail mailed and postmarked no later than Sept. 19, 2013 to: Literary New England, PO Box 3624, Milford CT 06460. Enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope or postcard to confirm receipt.
  • Author’s name, mailing address, daytime phone, email and word count must be included on submission’s first page

 Authors whose stories are chosen to be included in “Scarlet Lit” will be notified by email no later than Oct. 31, 2013, receive 2 print copies of the book and be featured on the Literary New England Radio Show. For more information, please email info@litnewengland.com.