Category Archives: Twisted Road Writers

Upcoming Events

Susan Leicher: Acts of Assumption

Author Talk
Wednesday, October 16, 7 pm
Broadside Bookshop
247 Main St
Northampton, MA

 

Lisa Sturm: Echoed in My Bones

Launch #1
Thursday, September 12, 7 pm
The Woodland, Parlor (upstairs)
60 Woodland Road
Maplewood, NJ

Launch #2
Sunday, September 22, 4 pm
The Book House
281 Essex Street, Millburn, NJ

 

Elizabeth McCulloch: Dreaming the Marsh

Book Launch
Sunday, September 15, 3PM
Matheson History Museum
513 University Avenue Gainesville, Florida

Dreams of Payne’s Prairie, a Book Talk
Monday, October 28, 8PM
Kendall-on-Hudson
1010 Kendall Way
Sleepy Hollow, New York

Reading and Signing
Saturday, November 2, 2PM
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park 
County Road 325  Cross Creek FL

Writing “Timely” Fiction: Reflections from the Author

When I first set out to write Acts of Assumption, back in 2014, I had no intention of producing something “timely.”  I had no plan to provide what one Haitian friend called “a much-needed, eye-opening and affectionate introduction to three ‘outsider’ cultures—Jewish, Latina and gay—that are so often misjudged in this country.”

My idea was simply to write a short story about a fervently-Orthodox little boy who finds himself dealing with a very odd affliction.

As things turned out, however, that little boy needed an older sister who could narrate and translate his story to a readership who might not be familiar with “sitting shiva” or ritual circumcisions or mincha ma-ariv prayer services.  And no sooner than that sister began taking shape, she began whispering: “I don’t fit in with my family.  I’m different. I’m gay. Tell my story.”  And then, of course, that sister needed a partner—and that partner turned out to be Latina.  And then, WHOOSH, the novel began taking off in all sorts of new directions—inspired and fueled by my lucky and beloved ties to all three of those “outsider” worlds.

And now, four years later—tragically—we have a white nationalist who opens fire on a Jewish synagogue because Jewish organizations dare to support refugees who are fleeing war and famine.  We have a powerful segment of the country shouting for a wall against Latinos and increasing attacks on LGBTQI individuals—and against anyone else deemed to be “other” in a nation that is actually largely comprised of “other.”

So, it seems I have written a “timely” novel.

That being the case—I offer the book up with the prayer that it will somehow, in some small way, advance the idea that in every culture (as in every family) there exists both beauty and strengths and difficulties and dysfunctions.  And that—therefore—it is our duty to try to learn from one another and bear with one another and support one another and try to find our way together.   ~ S. W. Leicher

Acts of Assumption will be released on November 30th. It is available for pre-order

Pre-Order Here

Upcoming Events – Spring 2017

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  • Reading and launch party
    Saturday, March 18th at 7 p.m
    The BookMark, 220 1st St., Neptune Beach, FL
  • Reading and launch party
    Saturday, March 25th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    Genung’s Fish Camp, 291 Cubbedge Rd., St. Augustine, FL
  • AuthorPhoto-TriciaBookerReading and launch party
    Sunday, March 26th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    The Book Loft, 214 Centre St., Fernandina Beach, FL
  • Reading and launch party
    Thursday, March 30th at 7 p.m.
    JaxByJax Readings at CoRK Arts District, 2689 Rosselle St., Jacksonville.

The author will be on-hand for book signing and a question-and-answer sessions at all events. The events are free and open to the public.

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  • Bonnie Morris & Pat Spears present The Disappearing L: Erasure Of Lesbian Spaces & Culture and It’s Not Like I Knew Her
    Friday, April 14 – 7:00pm
    Malaprop’s Bookstore, 55 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC
  • PatSpears2014Book signing at Tallahassee Pridefest with My Favorite Books
    Saturday, April 22, 12 pm to 5:30 pm
    Kleman Plaza, 306 S. Duval St., Tallahassee FL