April Guild meeting notes.

On Friday, April 18 we read from our favorite authors.

Our May guest speaker, Alison Bailey, attended to get a feel for the group.

It was a lively gathering with people showing up early for social hour and to partake of the Matrix food.  We all exchanged a bit of personal history – it seemed appropriate since I quizzed Alison on hers.

Amy talked a little bit about the anthology that we are putting together.  Please get your submissions in!  A post from Amy with more details would be welcome here (hint hint).

On to the reading.  I didn’t take notes, but we did have a ‘sign up’ list and I’ll go from that.  Everyone talked a bit about what they read, or babbled in my case.

Doyle started us off by reading an unnamed chapter three.  He invited us to guess.  It started out describing a broken road (I think) and I flashed to Steinbeck, but as he read on about a turtle (tortoise) I lost that thought.  It did turn out to be Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath, and Doyle talked a little about why he liked the passage.  Too bad I wasn’t taking notes.

Gayle followed with a poem from William Wordsworth:  “The World is Too Much With Us.”

Amy read the prologue from “The Bucolic Plague” by Josh Kilmer-Purcell.  Humorous account of how two Manhattanites became gentlemen farmers.

Marci-a chose “The Skating Pond” by Deborah Corey.  (A depressing beginning).

Alison next read from “The Baron in the Trees” by Haio Calvino.  It tells the adventures of a boy who climbs up a tree to spend the rest of his life inhabiting an arboreal kingdom.

Next, Holly read a couple of pieces from Doris Lessing, chosen narrowly over Herman Hesse, but I didn’t note the origins of the pieces.

I, Pat, followed Holly by reading from my new favorite author, Patrick Rothfuss.  I chose to read the prologue and the epilogue from “The Name of the Wind.”

Larry read a short story from “The Golden Apples of the Sun” by Ray Bradbury, titled “The Fog Horn.”  Well read and quite the eerie story.

And to finish up, Dawn read a half chapter from her own work.  I’m sorry I don’t remember the title, but it stars Dorrie (sp?).

Conversation and discussion ensued.  And a good time was had by all.


We are discussing with Alison details of her talk for next month, you should all receive and e-mail with ideas soon.


About P.A.Thompson

Retired and doing new things: Setting up a business. Writing. Learning to play guitar.
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