June 8, 2013
T. E. Watson
Triple P's: Putting Your Passion Where Your Pen Is
ATTENTION all you cat lovers out there. Children’s Author T.E. Watson, winner of The Golden Quill Award for Best Children's Book of 2009 for his book The Man Who Spoke with Cats, will be our guest speaker at the 8 June meeting of NCPA.
However, instead of speaking about cats, he’s taking a more philosophical note, and will speak on:
Putting Your Passion Where Your Pen Is.
Actually, I happen to know one of his passions is his cat, and I know exactly what cats do when you don't pay 100% attention to them all the time; my cat is ALWAYS where my pen is (also the mouse and computer keys). T says his cat lets him know it's bed time by sitting on his mouse hand. So, maybe Passion is his word for Cat? If so, then will he actually be speaking philosophically about cats? COME AND FIND OUT!
Many, many years ago, T.E. was president of NCPA ... but when it was a different name. (Before my time, and I don't know what it was called then.) Since then, he's gone on to be the author of numerous books for children, and other fine things. Find out more about T.E. Watson and his other current books for children: I Wanna Iguana, Monster in the Mailbox, and Glen Robbie, A Scottish Fairy Tale. Also, visit his site http://www.tewatsononline.com/ to listen to a sample of his audio books: Glen Robbie and The Man Who Spoke with Cats.
Meetings are held at:
Merrill Gardens Retirement Community
7418 Stock Ranch Road (near Greenback & Sylvan)
Citrus Heights, CA 95621
Meetings are held in the "Sun Terrace" room on the third floor, NOT the first floor room we have been using for the past several years.
To get to the third floor room, take the elevator that is to the left of the front desk. The Sun Terrace room is across the hallway from the elevator. Look for signs or someone to greet you and point you in the right direction.
Here are some photos (provided by our Communications Director, Ken Umbach) to help orient you (click to enlarge).
Elevator to Sun Terrace
Sun Terrace - view 1
Sun Terrace - view 2
NCPA Publishes Anthology: Golden Prose and Poetry
May 20, 2013
Contact: Ted Witt
Twenty authors deliver a rush of emotion in new book:
Golden Prose & Poetry
SACRAMENTO -- Twenty writers have teamed up to create a Northern California anthology of fine writing that puts readers through a rush of emotion from laughter to tears and from smiles to regrets.
The book releases Tuesday, May 28, under the title Golden Prose & Poetry: a Collection of Short Stories, Essays & Verse from Writers in Northern California, published by Pretty Road Press in association with Northern California Publishers & Authors.
A public event to celebrate the book release is planned for Tuesday, May 28, 6 to 8:30 p.m., at the Purple Place Bar & Grill, 363 Green Valley Road, El Dorado Hills, Calif. More than 10 of the contributing authors will be present to sign autographs and answer questions from fans and readers.
The Folsom-based publisher describes the book as delivering “bold, imaginative short stories alongside true tales, travelogues and sentimental free verse from writers in the Golden State.” With 165 pages, the book highlights the work of several award-winning writers alongside new talent showcasing their work for the first time.
The content is diverse, but unified in delivering a rush of emotion, says the publisher. For example, Margo King Lenson of Vacaville explores the unfulfilled promise of a literary spell in her story “Sexing the Professor,” set at Dominican College in Marin County.
Then the book takes readers to Peru, where Kimberly A. Edwards of Sacramento tells about an awkward train ride in her story “Redeemed in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.”
“Awkward” would be a generous feeling for Jeff Parsons of Rocklin, who reveals what it is like to be nearly naked in a hotel lobby. Readers will learn to be wary of sleepwalkers by laughing through his account of a stay at a Pennsylvania Hilton hotel. He writes “Ain’t Nothing Gonna Break My Stride.”
Award-winning writer Frances Kakugawa of Sacramento, winner of the Hawaiian Publishers Award for Excellence, shares advice for authors in her essay “Junkyard for Writers,” which culminates with a poem that likens poetry to a fragile shopping bag.
Astrologer Joyce Mason of Rocklin uses her story “Cruel Embroidery” to expose the dangers of bigotry and to portray a life that has been derailed by self-image gone off track.
A husband takes the adept skills of his wife for granted in “The Challenge” by Norma Jean Thornton of Rio Linda.
April Edsberg of Citrus Heights shares her world travel experience in “Circumnavigating Fiji’s Mana Island” with beautiful descriptions and fleeting anxiety about sharks.
Sacramento writer Doreen Beyer debuts her work with “Sayonara Yorozu,” a heartfelt, sentimental verse about a Japanese store whose owner has died and whose glass doors have shut.
Catherine Byron takes readers to Montana where genealogical research and a hidden diary reveal a 100-year-old crime in “Rape Coulee.”
Writer Laurie Hoirup, a Sacramento resident who has lived her life with a significant disability, chronicles the difficult work required of a caregiver and pays tribute to her best friend in “My Husband, a Caregiver.”
Writer Tom Kando of Gold River describes disturbing psychological phenomena in his short story “Absolution,” exposing his sympathetic protagonist to love, loneliness, guilt, and paranoia.
In “Legacy,” long-time psychologist Linda Menicucci of Paradise explores the relationships of three sisters and finds love has no boundaries.
Matthias Mendezona of North Highlands turns his attention to poetry for this anthology, writing “Music Blends,” a surprising encounter with gypsy rhythms that echo Marvin Gaye.
Vicki Ward of Brentwood takes readers back to the San Francisco Bay Area where she recounts six-grade memories in “My New White Bucks,” a life-defining experience.
Tony Marcolongo of Sacramento offers a varsity tale in “The Halls of Radcliffe College,” explaining how an 11-year-old became legendary when his older pals fanned out for a panty raid.
Winner of the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, Kiyo Sato of Sacramento winds readers through her journey in a “white world,” her internment in a World War II camp, and her lessons learned in “Kodomo-No-Tameni, For the Sake of the Children.”
Denise Lee Branco of Lincoln, author of award-winning horse stories, goes back to the ranch to record the humor and devotion she witnessed in the eyes of an orphaned red heifer in “Princess of Purpose.”
Novelist Dennis Potter of Lincoln introduces his new character Jake Burns, a 10-year-old who is wise beyond his years and starts out hating his neighbors because they have displaced his “Best Friend.”
Editor and publisher Terry Burke Maxwell of Carmichael reflects on her San Francisco roots in “Values and Valuables.” Set in the rubble of the historic 1906 earthquake, the story exposes the character of grandparents she never knew.
Mocking modern celebrity culture, publisher Ted Witt of Folsom plays biographer for Dee Dee in the story, “World’s Most Famous Chicken.” A hen who follows a five-step formula is guaranteed more than her allotted 15-minutes of fame.
The book is priced at $11.97 and will be available in print and in ebook format on Tuesday, May 28, through Amazon.com. Print copies will also be available at the Purple Place book release celebration in El Dorado Hills, where the celebration will also include prizes and happy hour prices on food and beverages.
All contributing writers to Golden Prose and Poetry are members of Northern California Publishers & Authors, an independent alliance of authors and publishing professionals whose website is www.norcalpa.org.
May Meeting Minutes Available
The minutes from the May 11 meeting are now available to read or download as a pdf on our Meeting Minutes webpage.
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