The UMaine New Writing Series lineup for this fall will look like this:
NEW WRITING SERIES • FALL 2008
18 SEPT DIANE WILLIAMS
02 OCT DAVIS SCHNEIDERMAN
08 OCT TOM PICKARD • 8PM • Minsky Recital Hall
16 OCT TOM RAWORTH • Hill Auditorium
23 OCT LYDIA MILLET • Neville 100
20 NOV GERALDINE MONK & ALAN HALSEY
04 DEC RICHARD DEMING & NANCY KUHL
READINGS AT 4:30PM IN SODERBERG CENTER AUDITORIUM
UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED • FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Good stuff. You shouldn't miss it. In other writing-related news, Greg Frost confronts the computer-generated death spiral that is the lot of an increasing number of writers. The store orders five copies of a book; they sell three. Next book, because you only sold three, maybe they order two. Then nobody can find the book, they don't sell any, and next time they don't order any. Unless, of course, your publisher pays for table space out front so you can be an Original Voice or a Discovery. I was working at a Borders store (the now-defunct Framingham #25) when the great influx of non-book crapity crap began, and it's only gotten worse.
On a more positive note, I got author copies of the Vertigopedia in the mail today. It's a good-looking book, and I can say that without immodesty because I had nothing to do with the design.