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AWP 2018

The Association of Writers & Writing Programs Annual Conference starts next week. We’re looking forward to reconnecting with all of our writer friends. You can find us at Booth 440, plus a special event at Inkwood Books.

connie-may-fowler-author-photoOn Wednesday, March 7 at 7 pm, author Connie May Fowler will be at Inkwood Books for a reading and reception. Connie will be reading from her recent memoir, A Million Fragile Bones. Inkwood Books is located at 1809 N. Tampa Street.

Authors joining us at the booth to talk about their writing and sign their books include Tricia Booker (The Place of Peace and Crickets), James Carpenter (No Place to Pray), Connie May Fowler (A Million Fragile Bones), Pat Spears (It’s Not Like I Knew Her and Dream Chaser) and Nance Van Winckel (Ever Yrs).

 

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Also20170607_195951 AgnesFureyAuthorPhoto joining us at the booth this year will be author Agnes Furey. Agnes will be available to discuss Wildflowers in the Median, a book she co-wrote with the man who murdered her daughter and grandson. The book is a joint effort to promote restorative Justice – an alternative view of justice based on prevention and victim/offender dialog. . Please stop by to meet Agnes and hear her remarkable story.

 

 

 

A Global Affront Becomes Personal

By now, we’ve all seen the reports detailing disasters likely to come from the current administration’s environmental policy.

Opening more federal lands and waters to oil and gas drilling is a pillar of President Trump’s plan to make the United States energy independent,” [newly confirmed Interior Secretary Ryan] Zinke said.
 Air quality and water quality standards are being rolled back. The Dakota Access Pipeline has been greenlighted. The proposed border wall seems to be moving forward despite the fact that it would be “catastrophic” for wildlife in the region, according to CBS News and others.  For many of us though, environmental disaster seems far in the future or in another part of the world (Somalia and South Sudan come to mind); there are so many issues in front of us that demand our attention, and that we tend to think of as more pressing.

Unfortunately, environmental disaster is already a part of our here and now. For the Standing Rock Sioux, it’s not just present, it’s personal. For oystermen who used to make their living in the Gulf of Mexico, it’s personal. And for author Connie May Fowler, it’s personal.

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A fire aboard the mobile offshore oil drilling unit Deepwater Horizon, located in the Gulf of Mexico some 50 miles southeast of Venice, La. (UEPA/U.S. COAST GUARD)

In a review of Connie May Fowler’s new memoir, A Million Fragile Bones, the Barcelona Review says this:
“Quite by chance, the day after I finished A Million Fragile Bones, I saw [the movie] Deepwater Horizon on an airplane. Both deal with the tragic events of the 2010 BP oil spill. While the film focuses on the explosion itself, which even from that tiny screen conveyed the horror of it all as well as the negligence and greed that set it in motion, Connie May Fowler’s memoir takes in the appalling aftermath.  I recommend the film if you happen to get a chance; the memoir, however, is a must.”

amfb_front_smallA Million Fragile Bones, which details the author’s experience of Florida’s Gulf Coast before and after the Deepwater Horizon disaster, is both beautiful and chilling. It is, as she puts it, “my Book of Psalms, my Song of Solomon, my sacramental moment of bearing witness, my altar box of memories.”

This book is a must read for anyone who believes – or knows someone who believes – that a fight for our planet is something we can save for another day.

You can get it here:  Order