Words on Wednesday Night


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Selections from the Rock Hill Writers' Group, edited by Janis Bolster. ISBN: 978-0-9824848-0-7. Trade paperback, 168 pages. Published October 2009. Can be ordered from Reck House Press for $13.95: use the "Add to Cart" button below to be brought to a secure payment website. A Reader's Guide is available for this title.

From the Preface by Janis Bolster:

The Rock Hill Writers' Group of Bath, Maine, got its start in May 2003 with half a dozen members. Since then it has grown and shrunk and grown again, changed its meeting place more than once, lost and gained a coordinator, and along the way acquired a name. Almost the only thing that hasn't changed is our goal: to help every project become the best its writer can possibly make it.

These projects range widely. Members have shared novels, essays, children's writing, short stories, cultural history, memoirs, screenplays, mysteries, and much more. Meetings are vigorous, enthusiastic, boisterous, fun.

Putting pieces of our disparate works together into a collection has produced no neat patterns but instead a crazy quilt, with – we hope – the energy of the not-quite-random. In the selections included here, we offer you a sample of the way we spend our Wednesday evenings.

 

Included in Words on Wednesday Night are works by:

Milena Banks, Janis Bolster, Jeanette K. Cakouros, Rosemary Gerard, Deborah Gould, Judy Maloney, Lisa Schinhofen, Robin Lynn Scott, June Vail, Amy E. Waterman, Bonnie Wheeler.


Reader responses to Words on Wednesday Night:

I liked the mix a lot and at the end felt very satisfied with the sample. I enjoy books that give you a feel for a place. The details about rivers (I always think of Maine as ocean), ice blocks, stone walls, place names, fishing and lobstering, apple varieties, and old first names make the book a wonderful trip to Maine! I liked the 40s stories, and getting a feel for Hong Kong. The house with all the windows open and the missing dogs gave me a royal chill. I laughed at the loony dogs and know my daughter, hapless cograduate of dog school with the unrepentant Gizzie, will enjoy that piece, too. The cover is the exact complement to the mood of the title and the feel of the contents. I love the cat’s lonely impulse of delight, keeping her own counsel, looking out at the night. A very impressive job by the editor and the designer: a happy mix of talents. – S. T., Vermilion, OH

I must admit that you had me at the cover. The combination of the photo and title tantalizes with the prospect of a splendid journey and, I am happy to say, the content of the book more than meets that promise. From the poignancy of "Household" to the hilarity of "Iris and Chloe Go to School" (don't drink any liquids while reading this one!), there is something in this collection for everyone. Each of the writers delivers well-crafted, thoughtful pieces that evoke a wide range of emotions and reactions. I would highly recommend that everyone relax (preferably, with a cat on their lap) on a Wednesday evening and enjoy the words of these talented ladies. – P. H., Topsham, ME

Short pieces from a Maine writers' group. A great many of the works work very well on the level of atmosphere. One of the best is "Nicky 1963" by June Vail. [The] story [is] told simply and elegantly and manages the difficult trick of making the reader feel more like an observer. – M. C., Minneapolis, MN

As I read the stories, I was transported all over the world – Hong Kong, the Maine coast, Oklahoma, Paris. And through so much emotion! Laughter, fear, horror, sorrow, and more. The power of our pets over our poor selves can't help but make us laugh when we meet Kaiko in Jeanette Cakouros' "Keiko's Vacation." Lisa Schinhofen tells us the same thing in a different way in "Iris and Chloe Go to School." For creativity, I don't think you could top "Mosquito Wanted to Sing"; Robin Lynn Scott almost convinced me that I should feel empathy with a mosquito. I could walk every step of the way with Bonnie Wheeler's country woman in "Four Large Eggs," [but] the story that gripped me most, that really clutched at my inside and my heart, was the excerpt from "Household" by Deborah Gould. – R. F., Warwick, RI

What a nice collection! Missing jewels and menace ("The Lost Daughters"), evaluating your life ("A Pact, A Bond, Almost a Vow" and "Household"), remembering ("My Grandfather's Trunk," "Nicky 1963," and "A Thousand Harmonies"), working through relationships ("Four Star," and "Riding the Tiger") - a lot of first rate stuff here! – J. F., New York, NY

I enjoyed it and the stories that come to mind at the moment are "Lightning Strikes Twice" and "Please Sell Ezekiel." – M. E. H., Levant, ME

 

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