A wide-ranging interview
Charlene Jones of Soul Sciences interviewed Laura McHale Holland on her evolution as a memoirist and novelist.
Laura talks about the differences between recounting a child’s experience and that of a teenager, the joy of participating in a program that focused on each student’s creative process, the power of live storytelling, and more.
Here’s the link: https://soundcloud.com/cloudgirl-1/laura-mchale-holland-interview-soulscience?utm_source=soundcloud&utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=facebook
Good news! The two poems I submitted for publication in the Redwood Writers 2018 poetry anthology were just accepted. One of them, to go on, is posted on my personal blog. Click here if you want to read it right now. I wrote a first draft of the other one, my grandmother’s flat, during a presentation by Albert Flynn DeSilver at a Redwood Writer’s conference a couple of years ago. He lives in Marin County, and his presentation was on poetry for prose writers. I highly recommend him as an inspiring workshop leader.
I don’t know yet when the club’s 2018 poetry anthology will be published. The theme is alluring: Out of silence … and then … The editors are whipping the manuscript into shape right now, and that always takes time. This may inspire me to write more poems. Maybe I’ll prepare a chapbook to share with people at the Bay Area Book Festival coming up in April. When you go to book festivals, what types of books are you drawn to? Let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Author and publisher Suzanne Sherman asked me (Laura, the owner of Wordforest) to share a table with her at the Fourth Annual Bay Area Book Festival the week of April 28 and 29, 2018. It’s in Berkeley, Calif., and packed with events and exhibitors.
Here’s some of what’s on the festival’s About page:
“The Bay Area is teeming with readers, writers, creators, and thinkers. We have harnessed the power of this community to create one of the premier literary festivals in the world. The Festival is a two-day event complete with literary sessions presenting top authors from this region, the nation, and the world, along with an outdoor fair with hundreds of literary exhibitors. We also offer art installations, events for kids, and writing contests. We even have a mini film festival — a series of ten films on literature — with BAMPFA. We transform vibrant Downtown Berkeley into a literary utopia where readers of all ages and interests can find kindred spirits.
“The Festival kicked off in 2015 with the mission to create a free, inclusive, world-class literary event in the Bay Area. Since then, the Festival has welcomed more than 800 authors and is approaching 100,000 attendees.”
I haven’t exhibited at this event previously and I’m thinking about how to make the most of it. If you have ideas, please email me at laura [at] word forest [dot] com.
Note: The photo is of me with my sisters, who are central characters in my memoirs, Reversible Skirt and Resilient Ruin. From left to right, we are Laura, Kathy and Mary Ruth. (On the Reversible Skirt book cover, the order is Mary Ruth, Laura and Kathy.)
Come see author Laura McHale Holland read from her coming-of-age memoir, Resilient Ruin, at the following three events coming up this spring and summer. You can ask Laura questions about being an orphaned teen unhinged in the Sixties, as well as talk with several local writers and share insights:
Monday, May 8: Dine with Local Authors, 6 to 8 p.m., at Gaia’s Garden, 1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. I’ll be one of five local authors featured at this popular event where people get to have dinner with the featured author of their choice, listen to all authors read and then discuss the work with the authors. If you live in Sonoma County, come sit at my table and converse with me and others
Sunday, July 9: Redwood Writers 2017 Author Launch celebration, 2 to 4:30 p.m., at the Flamingo, 2777 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa. This is a chance to listen to authors who are members of Redwood Writers read excerpts from books published since last July. I’ll be reading from Resilient Ruin, my latest memoir, launched in November.
Tuesday, August 1: Hot Summer Nights, 7 to 8 p.m., at Copperfield’s, Montgomery Village, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. I’ll be one of four authors reading from their memoirs during this bookstore event jointly produced by Copperfield’s and Redwood Writers.
The events listed above are all admission free. Gaia’s does request that those who attend make a $5 minimum purchase. The venue offers a tempting selection of food and drink, so it’s money well spent.
Many thanks to Folio Books in San Francisco’s Noe Valley for hosting an event Thurs., Jan. 26, during which Laura McHale Holland read from Resilient Ruin, her latest memoir. The book was published by WordForest in November 2016. Bookstore staff members Susan Kroll and Andrew McIntyre welcomed all who attended with spirited grace.
Laura was also joined by two friends at the mic. Storyteller Susan Ford told of when she made inroads as a young woman working in a furniture manufacturer that had previously hired only men. Novelist and poet Olivia Boler read a poem about a friend with whom she formed a lasting sister bond in grammar school.
In addition, Folio is stocking all four books published by Wordforest: Reversible Skirt: A Memoir; Resilient Ruin: A memoir of hopes dashed and reclaimed; and the flash fiction collection The Ice Cream Vendor’s Song—all three penned by Laura McHale Holland—and the anthology, edited by Laura, Sisters Born, Sisters Found: A Diversity of Voices on Sisterhood. The anthology contains the work of 76 writers from across the globe. It won a gold medal in the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and was a finalist in the IndieFab Book Awards 2015.
It is incredibly supportive of Folio to carry these books. So if you live in the San Francisco Bay Area and want to purchase one or more of them, take a trip to Noe Valley and stop in at Folio, a true community resource. There are some terrific restaurants to check out on 24th Street, as well.
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I met many fine people and sold books, too, at the Rohnert Park Holiday Arts and Crafts Faire on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday this year.
Thanks to all the folks who stopped by the table, as well as to authors Dorothy Rice, Skye Blaine, S.C. Alban and Bob Winters who took shifts sharing the table with me.
If you’re an author, consider testing the arts and crafts faire waters. I plan to do more events like this next year.