#FridayReads: A Little F’D UP

  A Little F’D Up: Why Feminism Is Not a Dirty Word by Julie Zeilinger, Founder of TheFBomb.org.

Young women today have a bad reputation, and for good reason: They’re sexting their classmates, they spend more time on FaceBook than they do in class, and their appetite for material possessions and reality TV is matched only by their overwhelming apathy about important social and political issues. Right? Wrong. FBomb blog creator Julie Zeilinger debunks these (and other) myths about modern youth in A Little F’d Up, the first book about feminism for young women in their teens and twenties to actually be written by one of their peers.* In this accessible handbook, Zeilinger takes a critical, honest, and humorous look at where young feminists are as a generation, and where they’re going—and she does so from the perspective of someone who’s in the trenches right alongside her readers. Fun, funny, and engaging, A Little F’d Up is a must-read for the growing number of intelligent, informed young women out there who are ready to start finding their voice—and changing the world.

*Julie Zeilinger was teenager when she wrote A Little F’d Up. It came out in 2012, and Julie isn’t set to graduate from Barnard College until 2015.

More about The FBomb

The FBomb.org is a blog/community created by and for teen and college-aged women and men who care about their rights and want to be heard. Name In this case the “F Bomb” stands for “feminist.” However, it also pokes fun at the idea that the term “feminist” is so stigmatized — it is our way of proudly reclaiming the word. The fact that the “F Bomb” usually refers to a certain swear word in popular culture is also not coincidental. The FBomb.org is loud, proud, sarcastic and passionate…everything young feminists are today. From TheFBomb.org

#FridayReads (or listens) from around the web

I needed this TED Talk video today. I also needed her other TED Talk. I hope they’ll inspire you to keep creating and keep showing up for your part of the job.

This weekend is RavenCon, so I’m sure I’ll find more weekend reads by great authors. Meet me there and we’ll find books together. Happy weekend!

*#FridayReads is the brainchild of the fabulous Bethanne Patrick (@TheBookMaven on Twitter). It’s a Twitter conversation for every bibliophile to share loves and find new ones.

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Calling RVA writers: The Writing Show this week

 

“Write about what you don’t know about what you know,” instructed Eudora Welty. But how exactly do you dig deep into the familiar to create an extraordinary experience for your readers?

Veteran novelists and professors—and husband and wife—Carrie Brown and John Gregory Brown talk about mining your own geographical and personal history as writers, as well as tools and techniques for finding out more about what you already think you know about your place—or places—in the world.

Virginia Pye, author of River of Dust, will moderate the discussion about anchoring your writing through environment and experience. The second half of the panel welcomes questions from the audience.

Coloring Between the Lines: Using What You Know and Where You’re From in Fiction
Thursday, April 24, 2014
6:30-8:30 p.m., with complimentary hors d’oeuvres
The Broadberry (note the new location we’re trying out for April’s show!)
2729 W. Broad Street
Ample parking available in the Children’s Museum parking lot across the street, on street, and in the lot adjacent to the Broadberry

$10 in advance, $12 at the door, $5 students

 I’m looking forward to learning techniques I can use in my rewrites. Will you join me?  Register now.

Visit James River Writers for more information.

 

#FridayReads: Small Town Spin by LynDee Walker

 

Tuesday I picked up Small Town Spinthe third in LynDee Walker’s Headlines in High Heels series. I love LynDee as a person. I love her writing. I love how she conducts herself at events. (She’s a rock star writer, a la my Monday post.) I met her last year at James River Writers, right before her debut novel, Front Page Fatality, came out from Henery Press. It’s been a big year for LynDee and an even bigger year for her books: Front Page Fatality is nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel!

This week has been all about Small Town Spin, and I can’t wait to dig into it this weekend.

Kitten Heels and Killers

When a superstar athlete’s son turns up dead in a tiny town on the Virginia coast, crime reporter Nichelle Clarke gets the inside scoop. But she quickly spies a gaping hole her inner Lois Lane cannot ignore.

Determined to unravel the mystery, Nichelle fights off paparazzi cameras and an unexpected rival. She uncovers an illegal moonshine operation, a string of copycat suicides, and a slew of closets stacked with more skeletons than slingbacks. Chasing a killer who’s a breath from getting away with murder, Nichelle realizes too late the culprit has her number—and it might be up.

 

 

Murder by death launch day

 LynDee’s book launch at the Library of Virginia

You can start the series for a steal.

FPF sale graphic

 

A few other #Fridayreads from around the web

J.T. Glover adds to the motherf*^#king rockstars debate by brining in MFA vs NYC.

Lately I’ve noticed a surge among my fellow writing people in discussion of writerly behavior. Not the “have a sweet business card to impress important people” behavior, but the “go out and drink seven vodka sours before 4 p.m., shoot an elephant, and hump wildly before writing” writerly behavior. 

Debut author Lindsay Cummings does the DanaFuching rockstar thing right in her post about her first book signing.

And for the 45 minutes in sat in that chair, scribbling my name over and over in my own books, fragments of myself placed into pages, it was this moment where all the noise and the chaos disappeared, and it was my voice in my mind, saying over and over again, “this is real, Lindsay. You made it. You really, really made it.”

And if this is only the beginning…..it’s going to be a beautiful, wild ride. I’m so grateful. I’m so humbled and blessed and overwhelmed by the fact that this is my career. This is my life. God gave me a talent and a love for writing, and my agent noticed me, and she helped HarperCollins notice me, too.

To everyone involved in this journey….Thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I couldn’t be more grateful.

Today, I am the luckiest girl in the world.

University of Virginia students join hands in response to hate speech during Pride Week. Wa-Hoo-Wah!

Speaking of love, Paige Wheeler of Folio Literary Management shared “13 Kickass Literary Power Couples” from Huff Post Books.

Though [Zadie Smith] rocketed to literary fame in her 20s, early in their friendship they competed for the same writing prize and were a part of the same crowd of budding student authors, and Laird edited her breakout debut White Teeth. Now Laird may seem to struggle with being in Smith’s shadow, but he’s emerged as a talented novelist and prize-winning poet in his own right. And while being married to such a celebrity can’t always be easy, he and Smith have made it work splendidly, supporting and editing each other’s writing as well as occasionally collaborating.

I was intrigued to note that they talk about a man being in his wife’s shadow and the tensions it might cause, but praise novelist Tabitha King for being “unsung but invaluable” to husband Stephen. Hmmm. Your thoughts?

Have a great weekend. Happy reading!

*#FridayReads is the brain child of the fabulous Bethanne Patrick (@TheBookMaven on Twitter). It’s a Twitter conversation for every bibliophile to share loves and find new ones.

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Of rock stars and writers

Dana Fuchs & Kristi at Annapolis concert
Kristi & Dana Fuchs at Annapolis concert. Adam Austin photo.

“May I get a photo?” I ask, embarrassed by my own fangirling.

Dana Fuchs, goddess with a whisky voice, pushes back from the table. “Come here.” She pats her leg. “Sit down.”

I sit on the lap of an honest-to-god rock star and movie star. She kisses my cheek, wraps her arm around me, and presses her face to mine for the photo.

Dana Fuchs had just poured herself into her performance on stage, singing and dancing for almost two hours, yet she was tireless while meeting fans after the show.

Dana’s been on Oprah and headlined concerts across the US and Europe. She’s a blues musician, rocker, and movie star. She starred as Sadie in the Beatles musical Across the Universe. She was the lead in Love, Janis, an off-Broadway play about Janis Joplin.

Bono, Dana and director Julie Taymor watching Across the Universe playbacks. Dana Fuchs photo.

If we want to talk about reasons people could think they’re hot shit, the 6-foot-tall singer and songwriter has plenty. (Picture the love child of Janis Joplin and River Song.) Yet she’s the most approachable person I’ve ever met. During the night’s performance, she serenaded a fan with ‘Happy Birthday’ and gushed how honored she was he spent his birthday with her. After the show, she asked about me. She wants to read my book, she said. We both laughed at our propensity to cuss in public. When a lady offered vodka shots, Dana passed one to me. We three toasted and tilted back our glasses. (Dana sipped white wine instead.) She thanked me profusely, hugged and kissed me goodbye.

Dana Fuchs Band concert at BB King’s in NYC. Dana Fuchs photo.

What writers can learn

I’ve been fortunate to meet hundreds of writers. I’ve seen writers love and connect with readers, and I’ve shaken my head as aloof authors ignored the people who make their living. For instance, three young authors were touring. Instead of greeting readers as we arrived for their event, they clustered in the staff area of the bookstore, in sight but off limits. One reader confessed she’d traveled almost four hours one way and stayed overnight to see one of the authors. “Thanks,” the author said flatly. That was it. The reader left after the signing with no one-on-one time with the author. I didn’t hear the author ask about the reader. She didn’t shake the reader’s hand. There was definitely no lap sitting.

I’m an introvert. I’m shy. I can sympathize with all sorts of social awkwardness. But I’ve got no patience for writers who can’t show a little love. There’s no room for aloofness in a writer’s life. Get over it.

Chuck Wendig jokingly encouraged authors to get in snits and trash hotel rooms and generally act like motherf*^#king rockstars. I want authors to act like DanaFuching rock stars and show a little more love and gratitude.

If my day ever comes, you better believe I am.

Listen to Dana

See more and listen at Dana Fuchs Band website.

Don’t forget

Elle Blair is blogging her writing process today.