Category Archives: April Line

Book Review: The History of My Body

The thing that struck me most about Sharon Heath’s The History of My Body is the deep authenticity of the protagonist’s voice. The story is told in first person by Fleur Robins–daughter of an extravagantly wealthy fundamentalist nutjob politician father and alcoholic mother–who, at first, exhibits signs of being touched neurologically (never officially diagnosed, her disengaged …

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Writers Talk Podcast with Debra Brenegan

Debra Brenegan is the author of Shame the Devil.  Visit her online at http://www.debrabrenegan.com. Enjoy our talk about writing, teaching, books, and social media.  Debra teaches at Westminster College in Fulton, MO.

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Writers Talk Podcast with Sharon Heath

Sharon Heath is the author of The History of My Body.  Look for a review here early in April. Read her blog at http://www.SharonHeath.com. Enjoy her thoughts in our conversation about her dual lives as a Jungian Analyst and Writer, social media, and the future of publishing.  

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Review: My Memories of a Future Life by Roz Morris

My Memories of a Future Life is the first self-published book I’ve read cover-to-cover. It came out via Amazon’s Create Space in 2011. The premise is interesting, oozes potential.  A professional pianist, Carol, and her two-dimensionally homosexual flatmate, Jerry, stumble into using hypnosis as therapy.  Carol seeks to treat chronic pain that’s keeping her from …

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Blueprints for Building Better Girls by Elissa Schappell

I’m a little sad that my first book talk here at Blue Lit is not going to be the celebratory, hyperbolic praise fest I wanted it to be when I got this book for the holidays. I found out about Elissa Schappell when I was on Tin House’s website, looking at their writers’ retreat 2012 …

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One last request

These past few weeks have been a blur of exciting things for Billtown Blue Lit.  We’ve talked at Jane Friedman’s blog, been interviewed for Public Radio (it will air sometime next week.  Listen at 89.7 WVIA if you’re local.  It MAY stream at wvia.org), started a podcast, organized a pilot event, etc. Tonight, we’re hosting our pilot …

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We should really just quit calling it Literary Fiction.

When I got started on this crazy ride of starting a literature-centric nonprofit, all I really wanted was a Reading Series in my town, and to shine a light on literary–or any craft-concerned, smartly written–fiction. I also wanted to be able to get paid to read and talk to authors while providing an amazing thing …

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Free Short: What It Would Be Like to Have a Baby With a Turnip

This story first appeared in the Fall 2005 edition of Sou’Wester. By April Line             She is in her sixth month.  She has ten weeks to go.  Every ligament from her bellybutton to her knees aches and it is difficult to negotiate staircases.  Yet all she can think about is deep, velvet penetration.  She craves …

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The Reading Life: Bossypants

This blog was simultaneously published at http://www.AprilLineWriting.com. Here are some facts I learned from reading Bossypants that heightened my girl crush on Tina Fey. 1.  Tina Fey’s first child, Alice (also a cool, old name, like Child’s), is the same age as my child within weeks. 2.  Tina Fey was also an adult virgin. 3. …

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Another Bulletted Progress Report

Despite the madness of the holidays, Billtown Blue Lit is up to some good things!  We’ll be appearing at First Friday Williamsport at Otto Book Store, a book lover’s paradise, from 5-8 p.m.!  Stop by to meet me and Peter Damain Bellis, pick up a copy of his book, or donate to the project! Next …

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