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Sat., Jan. 4 10:00-4:00pm • $105

 

 

Character is in the foreground of all fiction. This class shows how to create dynamic characters that will emotionally engage the reader. Writing exercises are designed to fold into a work in progress, whether it’s a novel, short story, or nonfiction work.

Nina Schuyler is the author of the novels The Translator and The Painting, and many short stories. She teaches creative writing in the graduate program at USF.

 

 

 

Start: 1:00 pm

The Absence of Mercy ($14.99) centers on the peaceful town of Wintersville, Ohio—a place where neighbors feel more like family, the Chief of Police knows the residents by name, and the sound of children’s laughter echoes along the neighborhood streets. That is, until the dead body of a fifteen-year-old boy is discovered in the woods near town, and a brutal attack on a sixteen-year-old girl follows soon after, scarring this once “safe” town forever.

As the town’s medical examiner, Dr. Ben Stevenson, becomes involved in the investigation and more clues emerge, he begins to fear for the safety of his wife and two sons—eight-year-old Joel and sixteen-year-old Thomas—and ultimately he is forced to confront a truth that will haunt him forever.

John Burley attended medical school in Chicago and completed his emergency medicine residency training at University of Maryland Medical Center/Shock Trauma in Baltimore. He currently serves as an emergency medicine physician in northern California, where he lives with his wife, daughter, Great Dane, and English Bulldog. This is his first novel.

 

 

Start: 1:00 pm

In this insightful and eclectic history, Adrian Miller delves into the influences, ingredients, and innovations that make up the soul food tradition. Focusing each chapter on the culinary and social history of one dish--such as fried chicken, chitlins, yams, greens, and "red drinks"--Miller uncovers how it got on the soul food plate and what it means for African American culture and identity in Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time ($30.00).

Miller argues that the story is more complex and surprising than commonly thought. Four centuries in the making, and fusing European, Native American, and West African cuisines, soul food--in all its fried, pork-infused, and sugary glory--is but one aspect of African American culinary heritage. Miller discusses how soul food has become incorporated into American culture and explores its connections to identity politics, bad health raps, and healthier alternatives. This refreshing look at one of America's most celebrated, mythologized, and maligned cuisines is enriched by spirited sidebars, photographs, and 22 recipes.

Adrian Miller is a writer, attorney, and certified barbecue judge who lives in Denver, CO. He served as a special assistant to President Bill Clinton, a senior policy analyst for Colorado Governor Bill Ritter Jr., and a Southern Foodways Alliance board member.

 



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