January is always a little sleepy for journalism, but I was delighted to write several features on wonderful artists, among them: the pianist Julian Gargiulo and his “Getting to Carnegie” competition and new documentary film for Scene 4 Magazine and a fascinating piece on a young Harpswell resident being mentored by Maine State Music Theatre. Check them out! The theatre season resumes now, and we are full steam ahead for a February 23rd launch of CAROUSEL. Meanwhile, I have been invited to present a workshop at the Ocean Park Chatauqua Conference on August 10, 2016. My topic tentatively will be “Shaping a Memory into fiction,” and I’ll post more details, as I know them. Finally, some exciting -though still in organizing stage -plans for Daniel Steven Crafts to record excerpts from his opera, Adonais, (my libretto) this spring with mezzo-soprano Debra Domanski and tenor Brian Cheney. Stay tuned!
Weiala Press has published to You Tube two excerpts of Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold’s reading from CAROUSEL and Other Stories. The first is from “Don Avalon,” an amusing memory about a middle school music teacher, while the second is from “Shards,” about the memories of anniversaries past contained in the work of a Wellfleet potter.
Weiala Press has successfully re-purchased the ISBN and distribution rights to Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold’s three previous works of fiction: Raising Rufus: A Maine Love Story, The Whaler’s Bride, and Bookends Stories of Love and Loss, which will now be available directly from Weiala Press and through Ingram Spark on amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and through Bowker Books in Print. The transition may take a few weeks, but we have listed the new ISBN numbers and ordering information on the Weiala page. In addition, Carousel and Other Stories will appear as our imprint in the same above-mentioned distribution through In gram Spark, available beginning February 23, 2016.
My fourth work of fiction, Carousel and Other Stories is being printed and will be released February 23, 2016. The distributor Weiala Press has used for over twenty years is getting out of that end of the business, so we are forced to repurchase all the ISBNs for previous works and go through the laborious process of re-listing/issuing the books ourselves through the industry channels. The second printings of all the fiction will carry the new ISBNs and once again be available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble and directly from Weiala, Just another sign of the way the publishing and print journalism industries continue to change with lightning speed!
In December Scene 4 Magazine published my piece In Search of John Keats, which chronicled am long love-affair I have had with the English poet that began in college and continued to today, when I wrote the libretto for a new opera by Daniel Steven Crafts, Adonais. Revisiting all the places associated with the poet for the article, I recalled a comment my late husband had made to me in Rome at the house where Keats died on February 23, 1821. Greg had suggested it was “such an operatic life” I should write about it. And here we are some twenty years later! Musing on this serendipity I noted, too that Greg left this world on February 23, 2010 – perhaps just another of life’s curious circles?