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Have you ever wondered what
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go to school to learn how to write? There are many illustrious MFA (Master of Fine Arts) programs across the country, where aspiring writers go to learn their craft, but none is as famous or revered as the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. And with good reason: the place has produced an astonishing number of distinguished writers and poets since its establishment in 1936. Its alumni and faculty include twenty-eight Pulitzer Prize winners, six U.S. poet laureates, and numerous National Book Award winners. The program is famous for using the “workshop” method of classroom peer criticism.
The title of David O. Dowling’s fascinating history of the program, A Delicate Aggression: Savagery and Survival in the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, pretty much says it all. Meant to simulate the rigors of editorial and critical scrutiny in the publishing industry, the workshop environment creates competition and community, cooperation and rivalry. Focusing on some of the exceptional authors who have participated in the program — such as Flannery O’Connor, Dylan Thomas, Kurt Vonnegut, Jane Smiley, Sandra Cisneros, T. C. Boyle and Marilynne Robinson — David Dowling examines how the Iowa Writers’ Workshop has shaped professional authorship and the course of American literature. This is a fascinating insight into one of the most critical cogs in the publishing-industrial complex (OK, we possibly just made that thing up) and will be a highly informative and entertaining evening.
FOLIO is Rock Bridge High
FOLIO is Rock Bridge High School’s yearly literary magazine which showcases student art, poetry, music compositions, photography, manuscripts, and more. It’s a celebration of creativity and the fine arts community. Join us at Skylark as these talented students share and discuss their work!
Skylark Bookshop is pleased to
Skylark Bookshop is pleased to welcome international bestselling author Sherry Jones to discuss her wonderful novel, JOSEPHINE BAKER’S LAST DANCE.
Josephine Baker was a legendary performer, a trailblazing activist, and one of the most remarkable and powerful cultural icons in history. In this moving and insightful biographical novel, Sherry Jones lifts the curtain and pays homage to her fascinating life.
Josephine Baker was born an illegitimate child of poverty in St. Louis, Missouri but emerged as a black ingénue in Paris at the height of the flapper movement. Sherry Jones creates a fictionalized reimagining of Josephine Baker’s rise to international fame and success as a headlining performer on Paris’s grandest stage.
A celebrity in the midst of the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, World War II, and beyond, Josephine Baker also had a secret career as a pilot in the French Air Force and intelligence spy for the French Resistance. She took center stage as a dedicated Civil Rights activist, becoming the only woman invited to speak at the 1963 March on Washington, and her views on social justice and advocacy continue to influence American life today.
Symbolic of her life, JOSEPHINE BAKER’S LAST DANCE is structured around the program of Josephine Baker’s final triumphant performance. As the final curtain falls, Sherry Jones brings this remarkable and compelling public figure into focus for the first time in a joyous celebration of a life lived in technicolor, a powerful woman who continues to inspire today. Come and listen to Sherry Jones read from her book and share the stories behind this enchanting novel.
Come and help us celebrate
Come and help us celebrate the launch of the fourth book in the beloved Bea Garcia series, by acclaimed local children’s author Deborah Zemke! This book is especially precious as it is based upon a real-life story that happened some years ago at Grant Elementary School – just across the road from the Daniel Boone Regional Library. Deborah has worked with Grant students for many years as the founder and mentor of the Grant School Book Project, where she has helped more than 1,000 fourth graders write and illustrate hardcover books.
Bea Garcia and her classmates know they can save their school’s best tree from being cut down! The fourth chapter book in this quirky, beloved series focuses on teamwork in the classroom and care for the environment. There’s a very special 150-year-old oak tree outside the window of Bea’s classroom at Emily Dickinson Elementary School. When Bert, Bea’s nemesis, climbs the tree, he gets in a lot of trouble–and that leads to even more trouble for everyone. “Concerned” citizens proclaim the tree a hazard and call for cutting it down. But the class won’t let that happen, and using Bea’s artistic ability, they work out a great plan to save the tree named Emily.
Deborah Zemke has written and/or illustrated more than fifty books for young readers. These range from the popular Doodles drawing books to the acclaimed Bea Garcia chapter book series. Deborah is a frequent contributor to Ranger Rick magazine and the designer of the ITC Zemke Hand font. Deborah grew up drawing, dreaming, reading, and climbing trees near Detroit, Michigan and now, many years later, does exactly the same thing in Columbia, Missouri.
Columbia is full of wonderful
Columbia is full of wonderful writers, and we at Skylark celebrate them in a number of different ways, from hosting local author nights to readings — and, of course, to stocking and talking about and selling their books. Most fun of all is when we get to throw a party for a book launch — and that is what we’ll be doing to celebrate the publication of THE UGLY TRUTH, the third novel by one of our most beloved novelists, the brilliant Jill Orr.
THE UGLY TRUTH is the third installment in the Riley Ellison mystery series, and it’s rich with all the suspense, humor, small-town charm and captivating characters that made the first two books a hit with critics and fans alike.
There’s been a shocking double murder in Tuttle Corner, Virginia, involving high-profile players from Washington D.C. This brings national attention — and big-city competition for the story — to junior reporter Riley Ellison’s little corner of the world. Beloved cafe owner Rosalee is the prime suspect in the violent crimes, but she insists on her innocence. In exchange for protection, Rosalee gives Riley and her fellow reporter Holman exclusive information that incriminates a powerful person.
Meanwhile, Personal Romance Concierge(TM) Regina H. is back, offering once-again-single Riley not just online dating expertise but also a new subscription self-care service that promises such benefits as “the sensation of emotional bravery on a micromolecular level.”
Riley and Holman eventually begin to wonder if Rosalee is telling the truth. They head down separate investigative paths until one of them finds the truth… and one of them finds the killer.
Come and help us launch this book into the world! Jill will be there to talk about the book and sign your copy for you. There will be giveaways and snacks! And bubbly stuff.
Mark your calendars! We’re so
Mark your calendars! We’re so excited to have the honor of launching Laura McHugh’s brilliant third novel, THE WOLF WANTS IN, on the novel’s publication day, Tuesday, August 6! Come and help us celebrate our local superstar author’s most recent success!
With her previous novels The Weight of Blood and Arrowood, award-winning author Laura McHugh has already proved herself skilled at vividly weaving together small-town intrigue and the dark secrets passed through generations. In THE WOLF WANTS IN, she gives readers a window into a rural farming community lost to the opioid epidemic and the complicated family bonds that come into question when secrets unravel.
Sadie Keller is determined to find out how her brother died. Untimely deaths are all too common in rural Blackwater, Kansas, where crime and overdoses are on the rise, but she believes—even if the police don’t—that this was different. Soon police attentions shifts entirely when the skull of a missing ten-year-old girl is discovered in the woods outside of town. Sadie is on her own, delving into the dark corners of a life her brother kept hidden and unearthing more questions than answers…questions about how he may have been connected to the young girl’s tragic death.
Meanwhile, eighteen-year-old Henley Pettit knows more than she’d like to about the seedy side of Blackwater. She’s desperate to escape before she’s irreparably entangled in her family’s crimes, but shedding the past is never easy, and getting out of town will be far more dangerous than she ever imagined. Time is quickly running out and when more bones are found in the woods, both women are torn between family loyalties and the knowledge that while some secrets are hard to live with, others will get you killed.
Fans of dark, true-to-life thrillers and popular crime podcasts like S-Town and Hell and Gone will become absorbed in the family lies, chilling secrets, and the shocking truth that lands at the heart of this brilliant and haunting novel.