May 14

Hello, All.

Just got home from my Central Washington tour: 2 weeks, 4 different programs, 11 performances, 1,100 miles of driving; sublime, ever-changing topography, acres of blossoming apple trees, and enthusiastic hosts and audiences. I’m in awe of the Washington’s North Central Regional Library, which sponsored 10 of my appearances and wholeheartedly invests in bringing events to multiple far-flung branches, however small the venue and town (e.g., Soap Lake, pop. 1,500). My thanks to amazing Programming Librarian Kim Nehrer, who invited me to visit, flawlessly assembled the trip, and is a joy to work with.

NEXT:

“MY SUMMER VACATION” IN NYC and NJ:

NEW: For New Jerseyites, I’ve added a local booking of My Summer Vacation—stories by Sarah Orne Jewett and H. C. Bunner: Tuesday, June 26, at 6:00 p.m. This is my 13th appearance at Elmwood Park Public Library—I appreciate the compliment.

Here are details for venues in each state:

* TUEsday, June 26, 6:00 p.m.

My Summer Vacation:

          H. C. Bunner’s “The Nice People” . . . are not what they seem

          Sarah Orne Jewett’s “Miss Esther’s Guest” . . . is not what she asked for

ELMWOOD PARK PUBLIC LIBRARY

210 Lee Street, Elmwood Par, NJ 07407

RESERVATIONS/QUESTIONS: (201) 796-8888       http://elmwoodpark.bccls.org/

FREE 

* Thursday, June 28, 6:00 p.m.

My Summer Vacation:

          H. C. Bunner’s “The Nice People” . . . are not what they seem

          Sarah Orne Jewett’s “Miss Esther’s Guest” . . . is not what she asked for

CORNELIA STREET CAFE

29 Cornelia Street, NYC, NY 10014

RESERVATIONS/QUESTIONS: (212) 913-9819    http://www.corneliastreetcafe.com/underground/Performances.asp?sdate=6/28/2018&from_cal=0   

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

Henry Cuyler Bunner  (1855 – 1896) was for most of his professional life editor-in-chief of Puck, the earliest American comic weekly. While writing half of that magazine, he also contributed short stories regularly to Scribners, Harpers, and Century. Predating O. Henry’s, his were among the first short stories to take their themes from New York City’s melting pot metropolis.

Sarah Orne Jewett (1849 – 1909) South Berwick, Maine, where Jewett was born and died, served her well as a writer. Too frail to become a doctor, she began submitting children’s poems and stories to magazines. The adult journal Atlantic published her first Maine story. The Country of the Pointed Firs—her best-known and “finest” work—was published in 1896; that collection included “Miss Esther’s Guest.”

--My own summer vacation has me offstage for most of July and August. The exception:

* Sunday, July 8, 1:30 p.m.

Someone Must Wash the Dishes: An Anti-Suffrage Satire  (Marie Jenney Howe) + lecture
Sponsored by the Public Scholars Program, New Jersey Council for the Humanities

MONMOUTH COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY

Venue: Eatontown Community Center
72 Broad Street, Eatontown, NJ 07724

RESERVATIONS/QUESTIONS: Michèle LaRue (201) 863-6436

FREE

--Autumn takes me to Wisconsin, and back to Washington State, when not on the East Coast. Stand by for details. Meanwhile . . .

Enjoy your own summer breaks!! MLR

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