Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A launch to remember

Last night's book launch for A Community of Writers short story anthology was an incredible success. The Fredriksen library has the most wonderful supporters! So many people came out to hear the readings, attend the signing and most importantly, buy the anthology that will help keep this program running - for free. When I attended it years ago, that was such a fantastic benefit. Instructor Ann Elia Stewart is fun and engaging, not to mention an experienced and incredible writer herself. So to see that many attendees at the book launch was really heartwarming.

Even more heartwarming was the guest of honor - Mr. Craumer himself. Below is a photo of him talking about how he wanted to honor his wife, and decided to fund the writer workshops. His wife Natalie read a book a day for most of her life. Amazing!


Below are a few pics of the authors who gave readings last night. First up is Rayne Debski.


Here's Duffy Batzer, who read an excerpt from her humorous piece. "Oops, Said God."


Margaret DeAngelis, below, read part of her story, "Take Care"


Ann gave Mr. Craumer a copy of the anthology autographed by all the attending authors.



The party then moved downstairs, where Ann kicked it off with a champagne toast.



After that - pandemonium. I wanted to snap some more pics of the other authors, but so many people wanted their books signed, it was literally nonstop.

It was so great to see Ann again, and a few of the writers I attended the workshop with. If it hadn't been for Ann's workshop, I wouldn't have connected with my crit partners. We've kept our little group going ever since, and they have been my safety net as well as crit group. I love 'em!

If you're interested in getting a copy, I'd suggest buying directly from Sunbury Press to ensure that the money goes back to the Cleve Fredricksen library. I notice some resellers already have some new and "used" copies for sale on Amazon (doesn't that just kill you? It does me!), but please don't buy from them. Support this wonderful writing program and get yours right from Sunbury Press.

Thanks!

7 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Cate, that is awesome! Sounds like a very productive evening. A book a day? Wish I had that kind of time.

Cate Masters said...

Thanks Alex! I know, I would love to be able to read that many books. Then I could catch up on the 300 waiting in my Kindle. :)

Fairday Morrow said...

How exciting! I loved looking at the pictures and reading about the night. It sounds just wonderful. I love that his wife read a book a day. I would love to do that! I have days when I can read a couple books in a day- but then other days I only get in a few pages. :)

That kills me about the new/used copies already!
~Jess

Fairday Morrow said...

How exciting! I loved looking at the pictures and reading about the night. It sounds just wonderful. I love that his wife read a book a day. I would love to do that! I have days when I can read a couple books in a day- but then other days I only get in a few pages. :)

That kills me about the new/used copies already!
~Jess

Cate Masters said...

It's such a gorgeous library, with its vaulted beamed ceilings and huge windows. Wish I could live there!
I know, I wish I could read a book a day too. And yes, the predators are out already, siphoning profits from a fundraiser. Pitiful.

Ciara said...

A book a day? Wow, I wish I could. Looks like an amazing evening. Thanks for sharing the pictures!

Cate Masters said...

That is an impressive pace, isn't it, Ciara?