Poets & Writers Live in New York

On Saturday I attended a new event, hosted by Poets & Writers, called Poets & Writers Live, which brought writers, agents and editors together to talk about writing, much as you might find in their print magazine. The focus of the event I attended was Literary Agents, and along with hearing some luminary agents, like Molly Friedrich and Eric Simonoff, speak, two debut novelists talked about getting their books published. It was a packed, but enjoyable day. Poets & Writers will be hosting similar gatherings in other cities. The next one is in Washington, DC and will focus on Indie Publishing.

The two debut novelists who spoke have books out in July.

Panic in a Suitcase, by Yelena Akhtiorskaya revolves around a Ukrainian family, some of which live in Brighton Beach, while others are in Odessa, and is described as a social and domestic satire. Sounds like a timely launch for this book which is out at the end of July.

The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing, by Mira Jacob is set in India and New Mexico and is a family drama in which a daughter unravels family mysteries as her father is dying. It is described as both funny and deeply moving. And is out July 1st.

Both of these books sound like great summer reads and I love their titles!

Next week I will review, The Bicycle Diaries, by David Kroodsma – a memoir of his bicycle ride from California to Tierra del Fugeo.

Happy summer reading all….




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