Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Book Review: The Faraway Nearby by Rebecca Solnit

The Faraway Nearby by Rebecca Solnit

At the heart of it, Rebecca Solnit’s, The Faraway Nearby is not just about Solnit’s life. The Faraway Nearby is so much more than just a memoir; entwined with aspects of Solnit’s own life from her mother’s disintegrating memory to her own bout with illness, Solnit takes us into the lives of others both real and imaginary to help us better understand our own plights.
We are introduced to cast of characters from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to an arctic cannibal and a young Che Guevara. Along the way, Solnit teaches her readers about kindness, imagination, and empathy. Solnit travels to Iceland where she lives in the Library of Water – formerly a library of books which is located on a hill that overlooks a harbor where each night she slept under these glaciers of frozen water.
Readers are treated to Solnit’s famous lyrical prose full of beautiful passages on her reading, her own life, her family, and on story, art, and history. Solnit’s memoir is not a story about just herself, but rather a story which opens into other stories in a way that is both compelling as well as profound. It is through the weaving together of all these threads that Solnit shows how all of our stories are interconnected, and why we create art and literature.
I leave you with a quote from the opening pages of The Faraway Nearby:
“We think we tell stories, but stories often tell us, tell us how to love, or to hate, to see or to be blind. Often, too often, stories saddle us, ride us, whip us onward, tell us what to do, and we do it without questioning. The task of learning to be free requires learning to hear them, to question them, to pause and hear silence, to name them and then to become the storyteller.”
Lindsey Bartlett


ARC- Warren the 13th and the Whispering Woods: A Novel

Warren the 13th and the Whispering Woods: A Novel available March 21, 2017
by Tania del Rio (Author), Will Staehle (Illustrator)
Book 2 of 2 in the Warren the 13th series

What begins as a “Sleeping Beauty” tale transforms into an enchanting fantasy. Warren the 13th is not your average twelve year old; he is a caring, responsible, and honest orphan. As the naive groundskeeper, bellhop, and manager of the family hotel, he guides the staff as they tend the guests in his cruising hotel, “where every stay is a go!” Indeed, these traveling hotel guests encounter fanciful settings ranging from the Malwoods captivating forest to raging rivers.

Slippery Sid operates a Sundry Shoppe with magical potions, special oils, notions, and assorted products. This old-fashioned haberdashery is complete as a men’s outfitters and tailor; the shopkeeper also serves as a dentist. Read how the elusive Sid becomes Warren’s imposter and calls himself Warrin.

Ordinary animals with magnificent alterations mesmerize readers in grades four through ten. Those who appreciate Tim Burton’s artistic interpretations and stories will enjoy this book. More than a comic book, the literary elements engage the reader with alliteration, simile, metaphor, and onomatopoeia with clever sounding words and expressions. The descriptive scenes of formidable quicksand, sticky sap, venomous snakes, and supernatural forests leave the reader bewildered and astonished. Stylish fonts and imaginative shading enhance the unique drawings.

Learn how Warren faces the obstacles Warrin creates. After continued failed attempts to repair the hotel and redirect the course, can Warren transform the walking hotel into a cruise ship and save the guests and employees? Will Mr. Friggs’ experiences in reading and tutoring aid the passengers? Will the evil tattooed witches plague the course? Will Petula, the perfumier in training, portend the future? Will Warren’s fondness for and knowledge of Jacques Rustybooks piratology properly guide him?

Although the sinister characters in this fable may startle a young reader, the persistence of Warren provide hope that good will prevail over evil. The book is dark without causing nightmares and comical without being preposterous. Read Warren the 13th, solve the riddles, and appreciate the decorative, gothic illustrations. The book is a sequel; nonetheless, books in this series do not need to be read chronologically.  

Recommended Reading:
Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye: A Novel published November 24, 2015
by Tania del Rio (Author), Will Staehle  (Illustrator)
Book 1 of the Warren the 13th series

By Carmaine Ternes


Book Review: No Weeds, No Bugs, No Bunnies

No Weeds, No Bugs, No Bunnies by Jerilynn Henrikson (Author), Patty Kahn (Illustrator)

“Jerilynn Henrikson and Patty Kahn created a series of early readers featuring Joe and his adventures with gardening. Any gardener knows that planting a garden takes determination. It seems problems always come up like weeds... or bugs... or bunnies. Follow gardener Joe in his three book journey as he learns more and more about the joys of planting, growing, and harvesting, and young readers learn more and more about the joys of learning, growing and reading!”

If you want a creative and imaginative book, read No Weeds, No Bugs, No Bunnies! 
This children’s book engages and intrigues the reader. If you adore bunnies, you will be drawn to this book. If you are a gardening expert or you have never planted a garden, you will enjoy the experiences, animal and plant identification, and problem-solving skills in this amusing tale.
Alliteration, rhyme, repetition, and imagery enhance this adorable story. The text flows smoothly introducing words at a gradual pace; repetition is not overdone and empowers learning; and sentences are clear and flawless.

If you want “reap the rewards of your labor,” read No Weeds, No Bugs, No Bunnies! 
Readers will identify and appreciate the moral of this fable. Learning to face adversity and overcome obstacles demonstrate how determined the main character, Joe, remains throughout the story. Rather than pout, scream, hurt others, or quit, Joe’s willpower inspires him to face his gardening woes. Children will be intrigued by Joe’s steadfast desire to outsmart the weeds, the bugs, and the bunnies.

If you want a “recipe for success,” read No Weeds, No Bugs, No Bunnies! 
The word list guides novice and experienced readers. A tasty lettuce salad recipe provides simple, step by step instructions and a wholesome connection to family dining. Whether you live in wealth or poverty, you will gain from this gardening experience. If you are familiar with a garden, participate in a community garden, or have no prior knowledge of gardening, you will make real world connections. Advanced learning beyond enjoying a good book is an added bonus.

If you like pictures, read No Weeds, No Bugs, No Bunnies! 
Realistic illustrations creatively enlighten the pages with color and augment the story. The brilliant shades and artwork imaginatively highlight the setting and define Joe’s antagonists giving meaning to the tale. The number of pages and dimensions of the book invite readers of any tactile mobility to view with pleasure. This is a perfect lap-size reader.

If you like a page-turner, read No Weeds, No Bugs, No Bunnies again and again.

Sincerely,
Carmaine Ternes
Librarian, Researcher, Writer, Presenter
American Association of School Librarians

Book Review: Little Wizards by Antoine Bauza

Book Review: Little Wizards by Antoine Bauza
By: Tyler L. Felt

“Little Wizards” is a wonderfully interesting game created by French Comic and Game Designer Antoine Bauza. This seemingly simplified version of Dungeons and Dragons is both enticing and creative. It can be played as a family game that can be done in one sitting or several. Though it has a set story written out for anyone to just pick up and play, it allows for creativity and an open mind. The simplicity makes it so that younger children can play with little to no effort. This is much different from normal Dungeons and Dragons where you need to memorize different numbers and do at times some extensive math. I suggest that any parents that play table top, pencil and paper games pick up this book if they are interested in getting their children into the Table Top scene.
    The most wonderful thing about this game is that you the player create the story. Yes the game comes with pre-fabricated stories but it opens the door for more possibilities. The game itself takes place in a world called “Coinworld”. A small snip bit from the page 7: “It’s a game without winners and, more importantly, without losers”. This meaning that there is no right or wrong way to play the game. It is solely up to the players to both explore and build the story. I think my favorite part of the book is that is simplified so that kids (I’d say ages 8+) can pick up the game and understand it’s elements rather easily. It describes the roles each person takes in the game very clearly and gives you step by step instruction as to how to create a character and play the game.
    Another wonderful aspect of the game is that it doesn’t require a lot of items to play. Pencils, 6-sided die, and some copies of the character sheets in the book are all that is required. But of course the game takes time so an hour at a time works ok. Much more and I would be afraid the kids would lose interest. But if they are immersed in the story, playing longer may still be in the cards so to speak. But imagination is the key element of the game. The players need to be open to different ideas and elements of the game. Be creative with how they do things and how they go about playing the game.
    “Little Wizards” comes with everything you will need for the game (except pencils and 6-sided die). This includes a full map of Coinworld. There are two sides to Coinworld (head and tails) and depending on what side of this Coinworld your character comes from, decides what abilities you have! It is rather fascinating. Overall the book and game are wonderful and fun!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

EVENTS: Valentine's Day Poems

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EVENTS: Senior Day!

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First Drafts- A Literary Social: 31 January 2017

Ellen Plumb's prides itself in showcasing local writers and spreading literacy throughout our wonderful community. Each week we create prompts to engage the community in different forms of writing, allowing writers to practice their skills in a fun, encouraging environment. Here are our submissions for this week's potluck writing prompt. This week we received our first ever comic art submission!

Potluck Writing Prompt: Dream up a world in which NOT having a social media account is fiercely illegal. What happens to those who dare to "unplug"?


Quiet
by Frances Mihulec
Jenny had this strange knack for standing straighter than everyone else in our class. The rumor going around Facebook was that she had been raised somewhere beyond the reach of the Internet, and had been forced to register for social media accounts. It wasn’t unheard of, but most people didn’t wait until the recommended age of 13. I mean, why would they? My cousin Sky even tweeted me a YouTube video that was supposed to have been Jenny’s parents being detained by Homeland Security. I didn’t care about whether these rumors were true or not – she had been an interesting change to the peers I’d grown up with most of my life. She had hidden details to life that no one didn’t even know about. It was like having a friend who could revolutionize and change the narrative.

She would occasionally tell me about what life was like with her parents, before she had to move in with her uncles last year. “Everything was so much more quiet. Don’t you remember what it was like not to have a constant stream of memes and updates about what people are eating for lunch? I miss being able to read in silence in the library without having my location auto-checked in and people telling me what I need to read.” She paused, then grinned, “Well, I like the recommendations, just not constantly fighting to take over my attention span. There’s nowhere I can go to just be in nature anymore and enjoy the stillness. I can’t even sleep without hearing those chimes ringing in my head; worse than a death knell calling for the demise of my own sanity.”

She always made profound and poetic statements like that. I told her that she ought to put her own quotes on a meme generator once. She didn’t speak to me for three days. I mean, she messaged me, because I’m her only friend and how else would she make her minimum engagement requirement?

I suggested she start blogging. She might make a career of writing that way if she were interesting enough. She did like books a lot. I got a strange look followed by a shake of her head. “No, Star, I’m not interested in digital media. I’d rather be able to hold my books in my hands and smell the pages.”

Smell the pages – I mean, who talks like that anymore? Like I said, she’s interesting.

“Maybe you should blog anyway about how terrible it is that it’s hard to get published into print unless you’ve been dead for fifty years? Put a petition up to plant more trees to make more paper. Something.” We were all taught about the necessity of being a commodity in one or another for society. Everyone wanted to make content and be paid for it if they could. Even their teachers were required to offer content across social media about their pedagogical styles, their subject matters, their reading habits, and the like.

The times she liked the best, she admitted, were the nine hours of quiet time that underage citizens got each night to ensure they had plenty of rest. “It’s the only time I feel at peace, like the world is still somewhat at ease, so long as I don’t look at my phone or turn on the TV or the computer. That usually doesn’t fly too well with my uncles, though. They’re like you.”

I wasn’t entirely sure if she meant that as a compliment or an insult. Sometimes, I thought Jenny didn’t have much practice with making and keeping friends. Still, it wasn’t like I wasn’t awesome – I had ranking as #3 most liked student in my class and I had way more RTs than the class president. My tumblr was up-and-coming on the regional hub, even more so since I started blogging about Jenny. I kept hoping if I showed her how popular she was to the world at large, she’d start to adopt social media.

I listened as she talked to me about how her parents had managed to get past the mandates for so long. “My uncles tell me that they’ll be free one day, once they’ve been rehabilitated. They tell me to be careful and not to overuse quiet time. We’re not supposed to be quiet unless we’re sleeping or dead, apparently.” She rolled her eyes. “Honestly, I’m underage. What are they going to do to me? Lock me up because I hate social media? Kill me because I’ve bricked my phone to be less annoying with the constant notifications?”

I laughed, agreeing with her. No one really did much to kids who broke the law – that stuff was good media coverage. The worst she might get is community service and a mandatory blogging class to work on improving her content creation. Honestly, she’d probably have her career made after that point.

***

Jenny got dragged out of class last week by a police officer. I managed to take some video of the event. She’s not been back and she won’t respond to my texts. It never occurred to me that our conversations might be monitored through our phones or that the scant details I’d put on social media might be traced directly to her or me. At least, not until the police showed up at my house. But they let me take a selfie and chatted with me about my increased social media usage, so it was alright. I wasn’t even given a warning after my logs were checked and copied. That’s why I’m blogging about this now.

I keep wondering when I’ll see Jenny again. A week is a long time to miss school and she’s been completely silent on social media, which is unheard of these days. Maybe she finally got the quiet she wanted. I hope so.

Personally? I think the notification chimes are calming. They mean the world is still chugging along and everyone wants to share themselves with the rest of the world. That’s what it means to be free… Right?





"Netface"
by A.B. Brownlee















Tuesday, January 17, 2017

EVENT: Kansas Day Author Showcase 2017

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ELLEN PLUMB’S KANSAS DAY AUTHOR SHOWCASE 2017
January 29, 2017, 1-5 pm ~~ Ellen Plumb’s City Bookstore, Emporia, Kansas

1:30 Kevin Rabas
1:40 Ronda Miller
1:50 Cathy Callen
2:00 Beverley Buller
2:10 Carmaine Ternes
2:20 Bob Grover
2:30 Hazel Hart
2:40 Carol Russell
2:50 Tally Russell
3:00    Jim Hoy
3:10 Dennis Smirl
3:20 Kelly Mason
3:30 Gena Mantz
3:40 Bill Clamurro
3:50 Amy Sage Webb
4:00 Scott Irwin
4:10 Stan Finger
4:20 Steve Anderson

Steve Anderson. Before devoting time to authoring and publishing his recent non-fiction book, “The Alternate Compass”, Steve worked for Boeing in Wichita, KS (28 years) with primary responsibilities in Systems Engineering requirements and design. He has authored numerous technical publications, which reside in the Boeing Library, and designed a web application specific to Large Transport Military Commercial Derivative Aircraft modifications for the United States. Steve continues to consult on a limited basis, and recently obtained a Trademark from the U S Patent and Trademark Office to support his unique book logo. A seasoned motorcyclist, he enjoys spending time in the saddle on the road less-traveled with an understanding spouse of 30 years, seeing the unique geography and diversity found in different regions of the U.S.

Beverley Buller had a mother who read to her and a father who knew she'd someday write a book.  He was right! Late in her long career as a teacher and librarian, her first book was published--and she's been writing for kids ever since. Beverley’s books include From Emporia:  The Story of William Allen White (Kansas City STAR Books, 2007; 2008 Kansas Reading Circle Catalog; 2008 Kansas Notable Book; 2009-2010 William Allen White Awards Master List grades 6-8); A Prairie Peter Pan:  The Story of Mary White (Kansas City STAR Books, 2010; 2011 Kansas Reading Circle Catalog; 2011 Kansas Notable Book; 2012-2013 William Allen White Awards Master List grades 3-6); and Winfield: Postcard History Series, a book for all ages about Beverley's hometown with illustrations composed of her mother's antique postcards, released in March 2015 by Arcadia Books.

Cathy Callen is a retired educator living in Lawrence, Kansas. Her book, Words in Rows, Poetry and Prose, is a collection of poems and prose written from the time she got out of college and was serving as a VISTA volunteer in Goodnews Bay, Alaska, through the nearly 50 years that follow. Many of the pieces are accompanied by drawings created by five different artists. Cathy's poems and essays have appeared in "Inscape," a literary publication of Washburn University, and in Tallgrass Voices, a collection of poetry by members of the Kansas Authors Club. Cathy also wrote Running out of Footprints, a history of family migration from Switzerland in 1719 to Kansas City in the late nineteenth century. She has authored articles for “Connections,” a journal of the Indiana Historical Society, the “UU World,” a publication of the Unitarian Universalist Association, and for the journal of the Jackson County (Missouri) Historical Society.

William H. Clamurro is Professor of Spanish at Emporia State University. He is the author of “Cervantes’s Novelas ejemplares: Reading Their Lessons from His Time to Ours” (2015); “Beneath the Fiction: The Contrary Worlds of Cervantes’s Novelas Ejemplares” (1997); and “Language and Ideology in the Prose of Quevedo” (1991). Prof. Clamurro is active as a musician and has performed with orchestras in Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Ohio. In Emporia, he has performed with the ESU chamber orchestra, the Emporia Symphony Orchestra, and the Mid-America Woodwind Quintet. As an undergraduate at Amherst College (class of ‘67), Clamurro studied creative writing with Archibald McLeish. His poetry books include “Comfort & Lies” and “Songs of Love’s Disillusion And Despair”. His poetry has been published in the Flint Hills Review and other literary magazines.

Stan Finger grew up on a small farm in central Kansas dreaming of being a writer one day. He made that dream come true and is a veteran journalist for the Wichita Eagle newspaper in Kansas. A Pulitzer Prize nominee and award-winning writer, Finger is the author of Fallen Trees, a novel published in 2016, and the co-author of Into the Deep, a book about a flash flood on the Kansas Turnpike that killed six people in 2003. He makes his home in Wichita.

Robert J. Grover, PhD, formerly served as a university administrator and professor emeritus of library and information management at Emporia State University. Grover’s published works include a wide range of information services.  “Libraries Partnering With Self-Publishing: A Winning Combination” provides everything needed to help patrons create, produce, and market their own books utilizing library resources. Libraries can leverage opportunities in the popular DIY publishing movement by following this process.

Hazel Hart, a member of Kansas Authors Club, has won awards for her short fiction, including “Amanda Marie,” published in Kansas Voices, and "Confessions," published in Words out of the Flatlands. She has published three suspense novels and one young adult novel. Currently she is working on the third novel in her Pierce Family Saga historical series. Cordelia’s Journey, the first book in the series, is set in Kansas Territory in 1855. The second book, For Want of a Father, is set in 1859.

Jim Hoy, reared on a small Flint Hills ranch near Cassoday, taught literature and folklore for 45 years at Emporia State University, where he directs the Center for Great Plains Studies.  He has served as president of the Kansas State Historical Society and the American Association of Australian Literary Studies and as board chair of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.  All but one of his 17 books deals in one way or another with the folklife of ranching.

Scott Irwin, a native of Kansas, earned a doctorate from the University of Texas and retired after forty-seven years of K-12 and university science teaching. He keeps life in perspective by surrounding himself with people who know more, shoot better, and handle fishing rods better than he does. Scott’s book, “An Outdoor Sporting Life”, was published in 2015. He lives in Emporia, Kansas.

Gena Mantz is a freelance poet, author, belly dancer, and legal assistant from rural Kansas who likes to hang out with paranormal and artistic types in her spare time. Her mild Dyslexia and ADHD (Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder) foster her intriguing outlook on life and her tendency to stay busy, and make regular doses of coffee a real necessity. She has taken the self-published route with a novel and a novelette, as well as being published in several niche anthologies under her pen name Angel Edenbaum. She lives near the Little Apple, (Manhattan, Kansas) out in the middle of a big pasture with her fur and feathered “children”, most of them orphans or rescues. Horses, dogs, cats, and even chickens call her ranchette home.

Kelly Mason grew up in Emporia and received her PhD in English Literature at the University of Kansas. She has two children and lives in Overland Park, Kansas. Robin Dormer is looking for expanded career opportunities when she accepts a job as Assistant for Special Projects for Daniel Fenwick, the deputy director of the Camden State Hospital. Meanwhile, her sister Jennie, settled into marriage and motherhood, also begins to see herself and her family differently. Frequently Asked Questions blends Anne Tyler and Anthony Trollope, modern women and Victorian ladies, to offer an absorbing story about the choices we face as we navigate social life and relationships.

Ronda Miller  is district president of Kansas Authors Club, as well as state VP of the club. She is a Life Coach who works with clients who have lost someone to homicide. Miller enjoys wandering the high plateau region of NW Kansas where the Arikaree Breaks whisper into the sunset and scream into blizzards and t-storms. Her quote, “Poetry is our most natural connection among one another” best exemplifies her belief in poetry. She created poetic forms Loku and Ukol and co authored the documentary The 150 Reride of The Pony Express. Her books of poetry include Going Home: Poems from My Life and MoonStain (Meadowlark Books, May of 2015).

Kevin Rabas chairs the Department of English, Modern Languages, and Journalism at Emporia State University and leads the poetry and playwriting tracks. He has six books: Bird’s Horn; Lisa’s Flying Electric Piano, a Kansas Notable Book and Nelson Poetry Book Award winner; Spider Face: stories; Sonny Kenner’s Red Guitar, also a Nelson Poetry Book Award winner; Eliot’s Violin; and Green Bike, a group novel written with Mike Graves and Tracy Million Simmons. Six of his poems and stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and Rabas is the winner of the Langston Hughes Award for Poetry, the Victor Contoski Poetry Award, the Jerome Johanning Playwriting Award, and the Salina New Voice Award. A native Kansan, Rabas grew up in Shawnee and attended KU (PhD), Goddard (MFA), K-State (MA), and UMKC (BA).

Carol Russell is Professor of Elementary Education/Early Childhood/Special Education at ESU. She and her family came to ESU in 1996. Russell has a doctorate in Special Education; an M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies; and a B.A. in Art, minoring in Psychology. She has been in the field of Early Childhood Education for over 40 years. She is co-executive producer of I Can Move, an inclusive creative movement video series for children with differing abilities, produced in conjunction with South Dakota Public Television. She is currently Co-Director of ESU’s Children Inspire Glass Project. Russell has authored numerous articles and book chapters. Her book “Sandwiched! Tales, Tips, and Tools to Balance Life in the Sandwich Generation” shares her family’s journey as part of the Sandwich Generation.

Tally Russell holds a Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree from Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas. She has been creating stories since she was very young some before she could even write. Her first co-authored book, “I Like Rocks”, was published in 2011. Tally has also been an enthusiastic horse lover as long as she could remember. She started Therapeutic Horseback Riding at the age of 4, and has been hooked ever since. “Magnificent Midnight’s Marvelous Memories” combines two of her greatest joys, horses and creative writing. Along with her passion for horses and creative writing, Tally is currently in training to become a certified Sign Language Interpreter.
Dennis Smirl has been an Air Force officer, a salesman for a Fortune 500 company, a school psychologist, a computer science instructor at several colleges and universities, and a business owner. Married to his college sweetheart for more than half a century, he has spent time in Mexico, Japan, and South Vietnam, but prefers to take family vacations in the USA and Canada. A writer for as long as he can remember—he attempted a first novel at age ten—his first taste of national publication was a race report written and published in 1965. A science fiction fan for almost the same length of time, Mr. Smirl joined the Science Fiction Book Club when member numbers were much shorter. Beyond his interest in Science Fiction, he has had a lifetime interest in horseback riding, auto racing (as a driver), golf, photography, computers and information processing, and mystery novels. He has written thirteen novels, two collaborative novels, and more than seventy short stories and novellas.

Carmaine Ternes is a retired high school librarian and member of the Emporia State University planning committee for the Kansas Summer Institute for School Librarians. She also serves as an AASL Learning4Life state coordinator. She holds a master's degree in library science from Emporia State University. “Libraries Partnering With Self-Publishing: A Winning Combination” provides everything needed to help patrons create, produce, and market their own books utilizing library resources. Libraries can leverage opportunities in the popular DIY publishing movement by following this process.

Amy Sage Webb is Professor of English and Director of the Creative Writing Program at Emporia State University, where she was named Roe R. Cross Distinguished Professor. She has edited several literary journals and presses, and she directs the Donald Reichardt Center for Publishing and Literary Arts at ESU. A graduate of the Scripps School of Journalism, she was awarded the Medal of Merit by Ohio University in 2013. She is an active reviewer and a specialist in creative writing pedagogy. She has served as pedagogy specialist for Antioch University, Los Angeles since 2005. She is the author of Save  Your Own Life: Kansas Stories (Woodley Press, 2012). Her poetry and fiction appear in numerous literary journals, and she has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She lives in the Kansas Flint Hills.

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