Last September, Edward Kelsey Moore was invited to participate in a wonderful weekend retreat called Booktopia, which occurs three times a year (with a roster of different authors) in different U.S. locations. The fantastic McLean & Eakin Booksellers in Petoskey, Michigan, hosted many of the weekend's events, including a Celebration of Authors on Saturday night. The truly delightful (and very informative) Michael Kindness and Ann Kingman, who created the Books On The Nightstand (BOTNS) podcast, are also the organizers of Booktopia and they were there, with podcasting equipment recording, throughout the Saturday night celebration. You can hear the BOTNS episode where Edward Kelsey Moore recounts to the lively audience how he was "nudged" to finish his first short story, if you click here! To enhance your listening pleasure with photos from the event, click here! Two of the other authors from that weekend, Peter Geye and Susan Gregg Gilmore, are featured in the same podcast and share insights about their writing. (The entire episode runs less than 30 minutes -- no registration or special equipment is needed to listen.) With your own ears you will experience how excited and entertained everyone was... It's nearly as good as being there yourself!
Note: It looks like all three of the Booktopia weekends for this year have already sold out -- but you can join a waiting list! Follow the registration links for the city where you would like to attend to find the waiting list. Or get yourself on their e-mail list to receive advance notice for next year's events! Click here for Booktopia.
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The online site for Mosaic Magazine is featuring a new interview with Edward Kelsey Moore discussing his debut novel, The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat. Some of the topics covered: Are any of your characters drawn from, or inspired by, women in your life? What was it like for you, a man, to get inside the mindset of women? How did you come to choose former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt to play a role in your book? Did you have a particular reader in mind when you were writing? For the answers to these and other questions, click here!
Launched in 1998, Mosaic explores the literary arts by writers of African descent, featuring a unique blend of artist profiles and book reviews, plus literature lesson plans for educators. Mosaic is produced by the Literary Freedom Project, a nonprofit arts organization that supports the literary arts through education, creative thinking, and new media.