Friday, June 03, 2011

Friday Update 6/3/11

Just a few quickies today ...

• On Sunday, June12, I'll be appearing at BooksNJ in Paramus. (Yeah, a literary festival in New Jersey. You got a problem with that?) It's going to be a massive and wonderful event, and I hope you'll tell all your friends. Here's a link:

• Big thanks to the Long Island Writers Guild for inviting me, Debbi Honorof and Marshall Honorof to speak last night at the Levittown Library. What a great group!

• Lovely review from a blogger who calls herself Allison Writes. Here's the whole text:

The Other Life by Ellen Meister. This book grabbed me from the opening scene, where a pregnant woman is struggling between killing herself or giving birth to her baby. The writing is so clear and straight-forward that you are drawn in. I found myself thinking about the characters whenever I wasn't reading; I was certain they were real and wanted to know what they were up to. There is a supernatural element of the portals that take Quinn from her "real" life to her other life, but they are explained very well, and it was easy to picture the fissures and Quinn's travel without feeling like you'd been displaced into a sci-fi novel. The portals are logically discussed before the end of the book, and with the focus being more on people and relationships than the paranormal, I would say this book is literary fiction more so than being classified in any sub-genre.
Click here for more of Allison's reviews. 

• More summer events coming up:
  ♥ On Tuesday, July 5, I'll be kicking off the Summer Reading Club at the Jericho Library. It starts at 7 and I hope you'll us! Click here for more info.
  ♥ On Thursday, July 14, at 7:30, I'll be doing a book club discussion of THE OTHER LIFE at the Dolphin Bookshop in Port Washington. It's a wonderful indie and I hope you can join us.
  ♥ On Monday, July 18, I'll be reading at the Summer Gazebo Reading Series in Oceanside along with Carol Hoenig, Robert Savino Peter Dugan. But if you're looking for literary fun on ANY Monday night in the summer, stop by. More info here.
  ♥ On Monday, July 25, Hofstra University is hosting a Writers Open House from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Refreshments will be served, and it's a great place to  meet and greet the lecturers (like yours truly) who will be teaching writing courses in the fall.

Have a great weekend!


allison said...

Not sure how I stumbled onto this page, but thank you so much for featuring my review! I absolutely loved your book!

Ellen said...

Thank you so much, Allison!