Sunday, December 29, 2013

Book Spotlight: Vignettes & Postcards by Erin Byrne

Vignettes & Postcards, Writings From the Evening Writing Workshop At Shakespeare and Company Bookstore, Paris 
by Erin Byrne

Paperback: 113 pages
Publisher: Something Other Press; 2nd edition (2012)

About the book:

Vignettes & Postcards is an exquisite collection of stories by writers from all over the world who gathered at Shakespeare and Company Bookstore in the fall of 2011. Since its doors opened in 1951, writers and artists have come to Shakespeare and Company from every corner of the globe for sanctuary, community, and inspiration. Anyone who has spent time there-from the thousands of tumbleweeds who have worked there in exchange for a place to stay to the many famous authors who have at one point called it home-knows that something other happens when writers gather there and begin to create. These stories shimmer with this quality.     Vignettes & Postcards: Writings from The Evening Writing Workshop at Shakespeare and Company Bookstore, Paris, Fall 2011 presents twenty-six stories in a variety of genres-short fiction, personal essay, interview, travel, and poetry. The book is an anthology from the workshop "Leaping Into the Void," taught by award-winning writer Erin Byrne. Taste rough grains of cinnamon that scratch the tip of your tongue; feel the weight of a pen in your hand during a moment of pure inspiration; hear the pealing of bells from high up on an Italian hillside; consider the secret rebellion of fashion; and find yourself inside the dragon dream of Sylvia Plath. Tumbleweed or not, every reader who opens its pages will savor Vignettes & Postcards.

About the author:

Erin Byrne writes essays, short stories, poems, and screenplays.  Her work has won numerous awards, including Travelers' Tales 2012 Silver and 2013 Bronze Grand Prize Solas Awards for Travel Story of the Year.  Erin's work appears in a variety of publications including World Hum, Best Travel Writing anthologies, and Vestoj.  She is occasional guest instructor at Shakespeare and Company Bookstore in Paris, and is co-editor of Vignettes & Postcards, an anthology of writings from her workshop there.  Erin is also writer of The Storykeeper, an award-winning film.


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