Coming up next week, Edward Kelsey Moore will be at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield, IL. As an author selected for the ILLINOIS READS 2014 state-wide literacy program, E.K.M. was invited to the fair to sign autographs in the Lieutenant Governor's tent from 3pm to 5pm on Friday, August 8th, 2014. The Lt. Governor's tent is located near the International Ethnic Village (letter D, in the south-east area of the fairground map). If you would like a copy of The Supremes at Earl signed, please be aware that there will not be books for sale at the fairgrounds.
There is every kind of delicious international (and American) food, and plenty of fun at the fair. In past years the weather has been very hot, when you get too steamy there's ice cream and other cold treats, or plenty of beer to enjoy! Or step into one of the larger buildings to cool off and see some exhibits... like the life-sized cow sculpted entirely out of butter! Click here to see E.K.M.'s own photos from the Fair!
The Illinois State Fair runs from Aug 8th through Aug 17th and each day has a particular theme. August 8th is Opening Day, which is both County Fair and Horse Racing Day. More than 70 county fair queens and 105 local fairs and expositions from across the state are represented on opening day. It is also the first of six days of harness racing at the fair's one-mile dirt track, which is the fastest in the world! The fairgrounds are extremely large and every day there are livestock competitions, carnival rides and 16 different stages featuring a wide range of music, arts and crafts demos, and many other types of presentations... The state fair is a lot of old-fashioned fun! If you live in a city, suburb or a larger town there is something real nice about visiting the fair and experiencing a slice of farm and country life for a day. Adult admission is $7, children and seniors $3. Parking at the fairground is $7 per day. Carnival rides and a few exhibits and performances cost extra, discount packages are available. For more info click here!
With Bastille Day coming up next week (the French call it La Fête Nationale), many people will be thinking about France... and about celebrating Bastille Day with delicious French cuisine! Now is a good time to fill you in on exciting news about the French translation, Les Suprêmes, of Edward Kelsey Moore's debut novel, The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat. Since its publication in April, the translation has been gaining popularity throughout the French-speaking world! The publisher, Actes Sud, reports that the novel has already been reprinted not once, but twice, since it hit store shelves. This is very exciting! Les Suprêmes is available in both a beautiful paperback edition and also as an eBook. Here are some review excerpts from the French media:
"An energetic and cheerful cocktail, Les Suprêmes is carried from one end to the other by its trio of heroines. Strong and fragile women, bonded together to face difficulties... They were hard to leave." — Journal du Dimanche
"As soon as you are immersed in this novel, the reader has only one desire: to make these three her best, new girlfriends! Formidable!" — Le Pèlerin
"...brilliantly embraces all the inner feelings of the trio, which swirl, while recounting their eventful existence." — Le Figaro
"We applaud with both hands the elegance, humor and tenderness of this first novel. This novel is above all a celebration of female friendship. These three are tough, intelligent and lucid women, irresistible survivors one is not likely to forget." — Version Femina
"Struggling along, these three girls, nicknamed "The Supremes" in honor of the famous group of the 60s, engaged together in the whirlwind of life: marriage, children, love and betrayal, happiness and disappointment. The novel finds at each turn of their lives... suspense! It is as addictive as a television series, biting, but never mawkish... A master stroke." — Elle
"This chronicle of everyday life is full of bravura, reminiscent of the fantasy of John Irving. This trio entrances us with its "small music" of life. One finishes reading the novel out of breath... Then there is only one desire: to sit in a corner of the diner in Plainview, to await the arrival of the three Supremes, and be the first to discover more of their history." — Les Echos
The July/August 2014 issue of Poets & Writers includes a long article by Chicago journalist Kevin Nance entitled: How I Found My Agent, in which K.N. interviews ten authors on their experiences. Karen Russell, Christine Sneed, Darin Strauss, Colson Whitehead, and Edward Kelsey Moore are among the writers who describe their search. In his interview, E.K.M. explains (briefly) the events that led to finding his agent, Barney Karpfinger, and includes advice to writers on how a longer journey can lead to the right agent. How I Found My Agent is available in both the July/August print issue and online for Poets and Writers digital subscribers. Copies of the print edition are for sale at larger magazine shops and at many bookstores, or visit pw.org for subscription information.
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