Friday, April 04, 2014

Still time to grab a signed copy of FAREWELL, DOROTHY PARKER

"Meister skillfully translates the rapier-like wit of the Algonquin Round Table to modern-day New York ... [with] pathos, nuanced characters, plenty of rapid-fire one-liners, and a heart-rending denouement."—Publishers Weekly


Readers of this blog know that I spent several weeks signing the entire first printing of FAREWELL, DOROTHY PARKER in trade paperback. My publisher tells me there are still signed books left, but supplies are getting low. So if you'd like one, please order asap.

If you order it this month, I promise that you will receive one these signed, first printing collectibles with a gold sticker. (Your online order won't indicate that it's signed, but as long as you buy it in paperback, you're good.)

FAREWELL, DOROTHY PARKER is also in stores, so you can call your local bookstore to see if they have it in stock.

And if you want to read it right away on your e-reader, you can do that, too.


“I don't care what is written about me so long as it isn't true.” - Dorothy Parker

“Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.” - Groucho Marx

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 "Hooray for Ellen Meister! In a miracle of fine writing with Farewell, Dorothy Parker, a novel of infinite charm, she has brought the inimitable, witty and acerbic Dorothy Parker back to gin swilling life." —BookTrib

"Meister honors Dorothy Parker, her still-fresh political convictions, and her body of witty, insightful work in this very nice literary romp ... I loved it ... Meister has caught the nuance and language of what I imagine to be the consummate Dorothy Parker."BookReporter.com 

 "In this funny yet tender homage to Dorothy Parker, [Meister] resurrects the iconic wit of the literary legend." —Library Journal 

“[Meister] reveals the pathos behind the pith, and she instructs readers about the enduring legacy of a writer who produced not just ‘scathing reviews, clever jokes, quotable poetry, and insightful short stories’ but also championed social causes. Classic Parker zingers sprinkled throughout the novel add sparkle.” —Washington Post 

"Meister skillfully translates the rapier-like wit of the Algonquin Round Table to modern-day New York ... [with] pathos, nuanced characters, plenty of rapid-fire one-liners, and a heart-rending denouement."Publishers Weekly


Thursday, January 30, 2014

Something different for Valentine's Day ...


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"Park yourself in a comfy chair, suspend disbelief and get ready for some delicious entertainment delivered by Ellen Meister’s Farewell, Dorothy Parker." 
Cleveland Plain Dealer
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If your sweetheart is a reader, I hope you'll consider buying one of these signed, collectible edition copies of Farewell, Dorothy Parker. I personally autographed every single copy of the trade paperback edition first printing. So no matter where you purchase it from--your local bookstore or online--you are guaranteed to get a signed book with a gold sticker on the cover.

Note that when you order it online there won't be any indication that it's autographed. But I promise you, from the bottom of my cramped fingers, that it is. Here are links for ordering this trade paperback online:


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Farewell, Dorothy Parker
When it comes to movie reviews, critic Violet Epps is a powerhouse voice. But that’s only because she’s learned to channel her literary hero Dorothy Parker, the most celebrated and scathing wit of the twentieth century. If only Violet could summon that kind of strength in her personal life.

Violet visits the Algonquin Hotel in an attempt to find inspiration from the hallowed dining room, where Dorothy Parker and so many other famous writers of the 1920s traded barbs, but she gets more than she bargained for when Parker’s feisty spirit rematerializes. An irreverent ghost with problems of her own—including a refusal to cross over to the afterlife—Mrs. Parker helps Violet face her fears, becoming in turn mentor and tormentor…and ultimately, friend.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Snow day surprise

Paperback reprints of hardcover books don't often get newspaper reviews, so I was delighted to get a Google alert about this piece in the Cleveland Plain Dealer ...



You can read the rest here.

Note that signed paperbacks are still available:
Amazon • Barnes & Noble • Books-A-Million • IndieBound • Penguin 

You can also read it right away on any ereader:
Kindle • Nook • Kobo • iTunes • Sony Reader

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Signed copies of Farewell, Dorothy Parker are still available!


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"Meister skillfully translates the rapier-like wit of the Algonquin Round Table to modern-day New York ... [with] pathos, nuanced characters, plenty of rapid-fire one-liners, and a heart-rending denouement."Publishers Weekly
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Good news for anyone who wants a signed copy of Farewell, Dorothy Parker. I personally autographed every single copy of the trade paperback edition first printing. So no matter where you purchase it from--your local bookstore or online--you are guaranteed to get a signed book with a gold sticker on the cover.

Note that when you order it online there won't be any indication that it's autographed. But I promise you, from the bottom of my cramped fingers, that it is. Here are links for ordering this first edition trade paperback online:


Also note that you can start reading it right away on any ereader, though I haven't quite figured out how to sign those. Still, here are links for downloading: Kindle • Nook • Kobo • iTunes • Sony Reader

 "Meister honors Dorothy Parker, her still-fresh political convictions, and her body of witty, insightful work in this very nice literary romp ... I loved it ... Meister has caught the nuance and language of what I imagine to be the consummate Dorothy Parker."BookReporter.com 

 "In this funny yet tender homage to Dorothy Parker, [Meister] resurrects the iconic wit of the literary legend."Library Journal 

"Magical fun."Booklist 

 "The plot is tightly constructed and just when we are settling in for a predictable turn, it weaves left or right, giving the story yet one more twist .... The result is a charming book, especially for lovers of Ms. Parker, who get to spend some quality time with her." Neworld Review 

 "Meister captured Parker’s sarcasm, wit, and self deprecating voice extremely well. The book is well-written ... a fast-moving story."Westchester Guardian 

"A fun, spunky, tension-ridden but endearing tale ... absolutely delightful!"The Best Reviews

“[Meister] reveals the pathos behind the pith, and she instructs readers about the enduring legacy of a writer who produced not just ‘scathing reviews, clever jokes, quotable poetry, and insightful short stories’ but also championed social causes. Classic Parker zingers sprinkled throughout the novel add sparkle.”Washington Post


 "Hooray for Ellen Meister! In a miracle of fine writing with Farewell, Dorothy Parker, a novel of infinite charm, she has brought the inimitable, witty and acerbic Dorothy Parker back to gin swilling life."BookTrib



Friday, December 20, 2013

Long Island Writers: Let's Work Together!

I'm excited to tell you about two creative writing classes I'm teaching at Hofstra Continuing Ed in the coming semester. 

Writing Aloud is a brand new course, and I think it's going to be a lot of fun for anyone who wants the experience of reading their work to a live audience.
Description:The spoken story is as old as the campfire, but how many writers actually get to perform their written pieces before an audience? In this class, you'll learn to hone a short piece to work as a lively, gripping and entertaining 3-minute story for a live audience. You will workshop your stories in a supportive classroom setting, and after the final session you'll have the opportunity to take the microphone at GATHER ROUND, a Hofstra live performance attended by your peers. 
Sundays, 3/16 - 5/4, 10 am - noon Click to register 

(GATHER ROUND is on Friday, May 9, at 7 pm. Admission is free, and you can invite family and friends. Only writers who are enrolled in the class may read at the event.)
  

I'll also be teaching my Fiction Writers Workshop again. This is an intensive class for intermediate and advanced writers who want to make progress on a novel or short stories.
Description: Whether you're writing short stories for submission or working on that novel you've always wanted to finish, this hands-on workshop gives you the opportunity to get invaluable input. This confidence-building class offers solid advice on how to improve your structure, characterization, pacing, grammar, dramatic tension and voice. You'll get the chance to read your pages aloud and exchange gentle critiques with fellow writers.  
Sundays, 1/26 - 3/9, 10 am - noon Click here to register


Enrollment is limited for both classes, so if you're interested, please be sure to sign up as soon as possible.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

On Fine Blogs Everywhere

Hey, friends. In honor of the newly released paperback edition of Farewell, Dorothy Parker, I'm at fine blogs everywhere. Today you can find me over at the Huffington Post and the GBC blog ...