Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Saint Louis Post-Dispatch (review)


Retired teacher shows passion in Hellenga's new novel

      How many of us, as students, had a teacher like Frances Godwin?
      The protagonist in Robert Hellenga’s novel “The Confessions of Frances Godwin” is one of the good ones. She engages her students — in Latin class, no less — dreams up innovative lesson plans and challenges them to reach greater heights.
      So when she winds up a retired widow, she thinks much of her life has wound down. Ah, the surprises that await. Because Godwin winds up having some long and very entertaining conversations with God, and there’s plenty to discuss.…
      Hellenga creates a teacher you will wish you had studied with, and a character to remember.

Read the entire review in the Saint Louis Post-Dispatch, July 20, 2014.

Monday, July 21, 2014

New York trip / Reading at Anderson's Bookshop


21 July 2014
            Back from a week in New York on Monday. Went to see my agent, editors at Bloomsbury and Soho, the Swann Galleries, Bob Mankoff (cartoon editor at The New Yorker), did an 80-second reading for Author’s Corner and gave a reading at a New York Knox Club event hosted by Marilyn Webb and John Sheedy. The reading included a mention of the very apartment in which I was reading. Virginia was with me at all times to make sure things went smoothly.

            On Wednesday (7/23) I’ll be reading from Confessions at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville. 7:00 pm. Anderson's Bookshop Naperville | 123 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville.

Bloomsbury, Nancy Miller

Bob, Bob Mankoff

View from Marilyn and John's

New York Knox Club event