While working toward the publication of his new novel -- arriving in just three weeks -- The Supremes Sing the Happy Heartache Blues (a sequel to the bestselling, The Supremes At Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat) author Edward Kelsey Moore has had some essay ideas in the back of his mind. Over the past two years Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) has commissioned several series of essays from E.K.M. To kick off a new 2017 series for MPR he has written one called “Fighting Weight.” In this essay E.K.M. shares lessons he's learned through his struggles with maintaining weight. “After seeing myself fat, thin, and everything in between, I've learned to be thankful for every version of the body that has carried me from adventure to adventure.” You can read the essay yourself or listen to the author read it to you! Either way, the new piece is available free at Minnesota Public Radio’s ClassicalMPR web site and their free music streaming site, YourClassical.org. Click a button below to go directly to the Fighting Weight essay.
One of the first stories Edward Kelsey Moore finished writing was this short piece, which won a competition in 2002. Grandma and the Elusive Fifth Crucifix is the story of a grandmother who has a connoisseur’s eye for funerals, and the grandson who adores her. While we wait these remaining weeks for the publication of E.K.M.’s new book, The Supremes Sing the Happy Heartache Blues (where we’ll discover more about the lives of feisty Odette and her friends, Clarice and Barbara Jean), here’s the tale of Grandma Goldine -- another resident of Plainview, Indiana -- who we hope will amuse and entertain you. The story is read to you by the author. Follow the link to find the free streaming audio file on this site.
Coming soon are the Large Print and Audiobook versions of Edward Kelsey Moore’s new Supremes novel, The Supremes Sing the Happy Heartache Blues. The hardcover Large Print is published by Thorndike Press. The Audiobook version comes from Macmillan Audio, read to you by Adenrele Ojo, an actress who also performed on the audiobook of the first Supremes novel, The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat. You can learn more about the Large Print and Audiobook for yourself, or as a gift, by clicking the button below.
Coming up next Friday, and the following Monday, are the final concerts for Chicago Sinfonietta’s season, with the title: Rightness in the Rhythm. Syncopate, bounce, and swing your way through a century of music that reveals the connections between jazz and classical…from ragtime to Rhapsody in Blue and beyond! Just as Sinfonietta’s season began with virtuosic piano performances, it comes full circle with a final flurry of incandescent playing courtesy of the Marcus Roberts Trio including the Trio’s own spin on Rhapsody in Blue that is injected with improvisation -- making it unique each time it is performed!
Edward Kelsey Moore will be among his Sinfonietta orchestra colleagues for these concerts.
Joplin Overture from Treemonisha
Abels Variations on Swing Low Sweet Chariot
Gershwin An American in Paris
Bernstein On the Town: Three Dance Episodes
Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue
(featuring The Marcus Roberts Trio)
Friday, May 12, 2017 ~ 8:00pm
Wentz Concert Hall
171 E. Chicago Ave ~ Naperville, IL
Monday, May 15, 2017 ~ 7:30pm
220 S Michigan Ave ~ Chicago, IL
A little more than a month from now the new Edward Kelsey Moore novel, with new adventures for the Plainview Supremes, will land on bookstore shelves. Mother’s Day arrives quite soon... is there a woman in your life who would love a great book? As you likely know, the first Supremes novel, The Supremes At Earl's All-You-Can-Eat, would make a great Mother’s Day gift for someone special in your life -- and reading it paves the way for even more enjoyment of its sequel, The Supremes Sing the Happy Heartache Blues, which can be preordered right now. Hundreds of book clubs across the U.S. (and beyond!) have included The Supremes At Earl’s in their discussions -- Lucy Sussex in her review for the Sydney Morning Herald summed it up this way: "Moore writes the interwoven stories of three Afro-American women from the 1960s to the present. They are small-town mothers and wives, outwardly conventional, but with secrets. It could be the stuff of earnest tragedy, but Moore goes for comedy with an absurdist twist. Warm and insightful." The paperback edition of The Supremes At Earl’s may still be available at Barnes & Noble stores in some areas -- and check your local independent book store! There’s also time to order online for Mother's Day -- using an expedited delivery option.
And you can preorder the new novel, The Supremes Sing the Happy Heartache Blues, as a gift, or for yourself -- click here.
The award-winning, bestselling novel, The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat, is the marvelous tale of Odette, Clarice, and Barbara Jean... Through marriage, children, happiness and the blues, these strong, funny women gather each Sunday at the same table at Earl’s diner for delicious food, juicy gossip, occasional tears and uproarious laughter. With wit, style, and sublime talent, Edward Kelsey Moore brings together four intertwined love stories, three devoted allies, and two sprightly earthbound spirits in a warmhearted novel that celebrates friendship -- and second chances!
In The Supremes Sing the Happy Heartache Blues El Walker, the great guitar bluesman, returns to town -- even though he’d sworn never to set foot in Plainview, Indiana, again. As they listen to El sing the blues the "Supremes" (Odette, Clarice and Barbara Jean) have no idea how profoundly his arrival will affect their lives and those of the people they love. Ed Moore’s lively cast of characters, each of whom has already surmounted trouble and come into love, must learn this time not how to survive but how, fully, to live. And they do, serenaded by the bittersweet and unforgettable blues song El Walker plays, born of his own great loss and love. A touching and entertaining new novel of passions, family, and forgiveness.
“This book is a joy to read.”
—Fannie Flagg, author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe