Author – FCA Cleveland http://fcacleveland.org/ Tue, 04 Oct 2022 23:26:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://fcacleveland.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-4-120x120.png Author – FCA Cleveland http://fcacleveland.org/ 32 32 Q&A: Christine Wells, author of “One Woman’s War” https://fcacleveland.org/qa-christine-wells-author-of-one-womans-war/ Tue, 04 Oct 2022 23:00:35 +0000 https://fcacleveland.org/qa-christine-wells-author-of-one-womans-war/ From the author of Resistance Sisters comes the story of Victoire Bennett, British WWII naval intelligence officer, the real-life inspiration for the James Bond character Miss Moneypenny, whose international covert operation is put in jeopardy when an unstable socialite and Austrian double agent threatens to expose the mission to the German high command. We chat […]]]>

From the author of Resistance Sisters comes the story of Victoire Bennett, British WWII naval intelligence officer, the real-life inspiration for the James Bond character Miss Moneypenny, whose international covert operation is put in jeopardy when an unstable socialite and Austrian double agent threatens to expose the mission to the German high command.

We chat with author Christine Wells about One Woman’s Warplus writing, book recommendations and more!

Hi Christine! Can you tell our readers a bit about yourself?

Good morning! Thank you for hosting me. I write historical fiction and live in Brisbane, Australia, a short plane flight north of Sydney.

When did you discover your love for writing?

As soon as I knew how to write, I loved making up stories, but I got very frustrated when my imagination exceeded my ability to print. The first creation I remember was a book I wrote and illustrated for my sixth grade teacher’s new baby. However, it wasn’t until I worked as a lawyer in my twenties that I challenged myself to write a full novel.

Quick Lightning Ride! Tell us about the first book you remember reading, the one that made you want to become an author and the one you can’t stop thinking about!

The first books I remember reading were Berenstain’s Bears. A book that made me want to become an author Anne of Green Gables. A book that I never managed to get out of my head is The kite runner by Khaled Hosseini. It had a profound effect on me.

your new novel, One Woman’s War, is out now! If you could only describe it in five words, what would they be?

Meet the real Miss Moneypenny. (Or if you want superlatives: captivating, intriguing, quirky, witty, glamorous.)

What can readers expect?

One Woman’s War is the story of the real woman who is generally considered the inspiration behind the James Bond character of Miss Moneypenny. During World War II in Britain, Victoire “Paddy” Bennett worked in the Directorate of Naval Intelligence for Ian Fleming before participating in one of the most eccentric and effective deceptions of war of all time: the Mincemeat operation.

Where does the inspiration come from? One Woman’s War comes from?

I’m a little obsessed with spies and had read biographies of Ian Fleming, author of the James Bond novels. Fleming himself worked for Britain’s Royal Navy intelligence service during World War II and it was there that he found inspiration for James Bond. Some of the less likely plots in these novels were based on real events, such as when Bond emerges from the Mediterranean in a scuba gear, strips down to reveal a dinner suit, and then goes to a Thunderball casino, which is actually happened during WWII! As I continued my research, I came across a newspaper article about the women in Fleming’s life – most of them strong, witty and intelligent – quite different from the stereotype of the “Bond girl” whose he talked.

A number of different women have been presented as inspiration for Miss Moneypenny and the truth is of course probably more than one woman inspired this character but because Fleming took so much knowledge of Bond from his time in Naval Intelligence, where Paddy worked for him, as a secretary, she seemed to fit the bill better. And Paddy was such a smart, outspoken, strong woman in her own right with such an interesting story, I couldn’t help but write about her.

Can you tell us a bit about the challenges you faced while writing and how you managed to overcome them?

History has largely ignored women like Paddy Bennett – she was not even mentioned in most Operation Mincemeat publications – so there was little information about her role at the Admiralty and the only statements about what she had done for Operation Mincemeat seemed to come from newspaper articles and obituaries.

Another challenge was designing an external conflict for Paddy. After the London team set up Operation Mincemeat on their end, all they could do was wait and see if it worked. All “opposition” to their plan occurs in Spain and Germany. So I introduced an antagonist who could be present in London when Operation Mincemeat was taking place and travel to Lisbon and Berlin to be there to see how the German high command reacted to the deception. I had to use my imagination for this story thread – enter Austrian double agent Friedl Gärtner throwing a spanner in the works. Friedl was a real person but I fictitious his involvement in Mincemeat.

Are there any favorite moments or characters that you really enjoyed writing or exploring?

I like Paddy’s straightforwardness and efficiency (perhaps because I lack those areas a bit myself). She’s really a “take charge” type and I enjoyed writing the scenes where she does just that. Friedl was a glamorous and fun-to-write socialite because she had such a temperamental personality. There is a scene where she comes home in a very daring party dress at night and is arrested by the police with the local prostitutes and spends the night in a jail cell. This has happened to him on more than one occasion!

Can you tell us a bit about your research process? Was there any interesting information you discovered?

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There were so many interesting bits of James Bond trivia that emerged from my research. The origins of the codename “M”, for example, and real-life Bond figure Duško Popov and his “Casino Royale” bet with MI-6 money. More poignantly, I learned of the tragic death of one of Ian Fleming’s girlfriends, which probably informed the scenes where he writes about the death of Tracy Draco, James Bond’s wife in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

I was able to read Friedl Gärtner’s MI-5 file, which is in the British National Archives. It was pure research gold. And a very special part of the research for this book took place when a fellow author and friend, AM Stuart, told me that his uncle, Pen Slade, had worked with Fleming at the Directorate of Naval Intelligence (Room 39 of Admiralty). She sent me a memoir full of excerpts from Pen’s letters at the time and his amusing cartoons and poems about Room 39.

What’s the best and worst writing advice you’ve ever received?

The worst wasn’t advice as such, but I belonged to a review group early in my life as a writer that got me so anxious about some writing ‘rules’ not to infringe that it hampered my creativity for a while. These days, I advise the writers I mentor to be very careful about choosing partners and review groups.

The best writing advice I’ve ever received is to focus on writing as your number one priority. Ultimately, editing is a fickle business and all that’s in your control are the words that go onto the page. And of course, only by writing can you improve your art.

What’s next for you?

My next book is about an orphan growing up in the luxurious Shepheard’s Hotel in Cairo. When she sets out to find her parents in England and Paris as an adult, she is told that she is the illegitimate daughter of Edward VIII (who later abdicated the British throne and became the Duke of Windsor) and an infamous French courtesan called Princess Marguerite Fahmy. .

Finally, what were your favorite books to read this year? Are there any upcoming releases you can’t wait to read in 2023?

I have so many favorites, but I’ll choose two: the first is Mick Herron’s latest book in the Slow Horses series, bad actors. I think he’s a terrific writer and his cast of MI-5 misfits is so dysfunctional and delightful. Another powerful book that I loved was by Kate Quinn The diamond eye about a Russian WWII sniper who befriends Eleanor Roosevelt.

In 2023 I look forward to Stephanie Marie Thornton’s His lost wordsabout feminist Mary Wollstonecraft and her daughter, Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein.

Will you pick up One Woman’s War? Tell us in the comments below!

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Business News | Best-selling author Shrinit Badiyani judges writing competition at NM Umang cultural festival 2022 https://fcacleveland.org/business-news-best-selling-author-shrinit-badiyani-judges-writing-competition-at-nm-umang-cultural-festival-2022/ Sat, 01 Oct 2022 11:12:28 +0000 https://fcacleveland.org/business-news-best-selling-author-shrinit-badiyani-judges-writing-competition-at-nm-umang-cultural-festival-2022/ Bombay (Maharashtra) [India]October 1 (ANI/PNN): Shrinit Badiyani, the author of two best-selling contemporary romance novels, was recently invited as a judge for the NW Umang 2022 writing contest, one of the biggest festivals Annual Intercollegiate Cultures of Asia. Shrinit, the author of spiritual fiction ‘That Unique Power’ and romance novels ‘The Pact of Love’ and […]]]>

Bombay (Maharashtra) [India]October 1 (ANI/PNN): Shrinit Badiyani, the author of two best-selling contemporary romance novels, was recently invited as a judge for the NW Umang 2022 writing contest, one of the biggest festivals Annual Intercollegiate Cultures of Asia.

Shrinit, the author of spiritual fiction ‘That Unique Power’ and romance novels ‘The Pact of Love’ and ‘Lovenesia’ was asked to judge ‘Conspirize Me!’ at NarseeMonjee College of Commerce & Economics in Mumbai on September 17, 2022.

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The competition was organized by the Literary Arts Department of NM Umang and saw the participation of students from over 15 top colleges in Mumbai.

“It was my privilege to be invited as a judge to the 2022 NM Umang Writing Contest. It was great to connect with the young talents, many of whom have a natural flair for writing and are lucky enough to “ready thinking skills. I was happy to share my experience as an author and writer with young audiences,” Shrinit says of her experience.

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The young author advised teams to keep it short and to the point to emphasize the importance of what’s known as the uplifting pitch in the writing world. “Less is more! This is the time when you need to grab the attention of the audience surfing Instagram Reels,” was his advice to budding young writers.

With a degree in screenwriting, Shrinit has a knack for writing movie reviews and also writes blogs on topics ranging from 90s nostalgia to women’s issues, which can be found on her site. Web, www.shrinitbadiyani.com.

He enjoys sharing his knowledge and experience with others, whether young aspiring writers looking for advice on how to succeed, students looking for career guidance, or professionals looking for motivation. He is currently writing his fourth novel, which will be a collection of five short stories based on today’s changing relationship dynamics with diverse but uniquely connected settings and characters.

“The Pact of Love” is thematically based on a second chance, “Lovenesia” is an interesting story with a dark moment that changes the lives of the two ex-lovers forever. “That Unique Power”, being spiritual fiction, gives answers to a distressed young mind using magical realism. All of his books are available on Amazon Kindle and other global distribution platforms.

This story was provided by PNN. ANI shall in no way be responsible for the content of this article. (ANI/PNN)

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Author on the joys of dusty old encyclopedias in the digital age https://fcacleveland.org/author-on-the-joys-of-dusty-old-encyclopedias-in-the-digital-age/ Mon, 26 Sep 2022 23:19:23 +0000 https://fcacleveland.org/author-on-the-joys-of-dusty-old-encyclopedias-in-the-digital-age/ Tomes sweet tomes: author on the joys of dusty old encyclopedias in the digital age Calendar An icon of a desktop calendar. to cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across it. Caret A right-pointing solid arrow icon. E-mail An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of Facebook’s “f” mark. […]]]>





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‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ contributing author to sign copies of new book in Carmel – Hamilton County Reporter https://fcacleveland.org/chicken-soup-for-the-soul-contributing-author-to-sign-copies-of-new-book-in-carmel-hamilton-county-reporter/ Sun, 25 Sep 2022 07:00:10 +0000 https://fcacleveland.org/chicken-soup-for-the-soul-contributing-author-to-sign-copies-of-new-book-in-carmel-hamilton-county-reporter/ Posted By: The Journalist September 25, 2022 clark Chicken Soup for the Soul contributor William Clark will sign copies of the brand new book Chicken Soup for the Soul, Miracles and the Unexplainable at the Rose & Lois cafe, 7249 E. 146e St., Carmel, from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday, October 7. The phenomenal […]]]>

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Chicken Soup for the Soul contributor William Clark will sign copies of the brand new book Chicken Soup for the Soul, Miracles and the Unexplainable at the Rose & Lois cafe, 7249 E. 146e St., Carmel, from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday, October 7.

The phenomenal story is about Norman of Shelbyville, Ind. He was a World War II veteran who fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Clark was his pastor and friend. “Only God knows why I had a special spiritual connection to Norman,” Clark said.

Clark’s fifth inspiring book was released in April: the action-packed novel, Smoky Mountain Rising: the day that changed everything. This holds special significance in this fall season, as the book’s timeline runs from October to December 2022. It’s about brave family and friends facing perilous times.

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Clark said his collection of entertaining short stories A walk on the sunny side is still popular. It includes six Indiana stories. He said his favorite story is from his second book, A light on the way. He says his best review was also given on his favorite story. A reader from Batesville, Ind. said, “I like it better than The shack.”

Clark is a Muncie native and a Ball State graduate. He and his wife live near the Smoky Mountains in Jefferson City, Tennessee.

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Remembrance of a former city historian, journalist and author | Community News https://fcacleveland.org/remembrance-of-a-former-city-historian-journalist-and-author-community-news/ Wed, 21 Sep 2022 15:30:00 +0000 https://fcacleveland.org/remembrance-of-a-former-city-historian-journalist-and-author-community-news/ The passing of Barbara Ann Hill on September 10, 2022 has stirred up many warm feelings and memories within the Summerville community. Former colleagues and others who worked with her have had lasting relationships with the multi-talented local over the years. Hill was well known as a journalist, historian, and author of several books. Born […]]]>

The passing of Barbara Ann Hill on September 10, 2022 has stirred up many warm feelings and memories within the Summerville community. Former colleagues and others who worked with her have had lasting relationships with the multi-talented local over the years.

Hill was well known as a journalist, historian, and author of several books. Born July 11, 1935, in Canton, Ohio, Hill lived to be 87, spending the last decades of her life in Summerville, where she became a resident expert on the city’s history.

Married to the late James “Tobin” Hill, retired from the USAF, Hill accompanied her husband on twenty-two trips around the world during his 25-year career in the United States Air Force, before moving to Summerville to stay there. A lifelong writer, she wrote for a newspaper wherever they were stationed.

In 1980, Hill was hired by the Summerville Journal Scene where she covered city news and wrote a column called “Inklings”. She then became the newspaper’s editor.

“She had a vast knowledge of Summerville and she shared it with our readers,” said Ellen Priest, former editor of Journal Scene, 2007-2013. Hill joined the newspaper staff when it belonged to Bill Collins who, upon retirement, would become mayor of Summerville.

Hill was also the first town historian of Summerville. In this capacity, she wrote a history of the town for the 150th anniversary titled: “Summerville: A Sesquicentennial Edition of The History Of The Flower Town In The Pines.” The book, published in 1998, covered the period 1847-1997.

Hill also wrote a book called “Berlin G. Myers: The Man and The Business.” Myers served as mayor of Summerville for 10 terms. Myers’ son, Berlin G. Myers, Jr. spoke fondly of Hill: “Barbara was a special friend. She and my father were very close. They worked together in the city and worked on the book together.

Myers, Jr. remembered Hill as having “a knack for getting people to talk about things. She got my dad talking about things he never wanted to talk about – his war stories. With her, he would. She was a special person and a great friend to so many people.

Local historian Dr. Ed West worked with Hill in the mid-1990s on research, particularly on the Civil War, Summerville hospitals, and the people who were here. “He was a very nice person and an assiduous researcher,” West commented.

Hill has played a key role in many arts organizations. She co-founded the Summerville Writers’ Guild, now in its 28th year. She even served as a guide for the Summerville Sweet Tea Trolley Tour, bringing local history to life for visitors.

“She was an assiduous historian who wanted to understand history well,” West recalled. “She was one of the kindest, sweetest souls you could ever meet – never a crossword about anyone,” Priest said.

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🌱 OC calls on Governor Newsom to sign noise bill + NY Times author chat https://fcacleveland.org/%f0%9f%8c%b1-oc-calls-on-governor-newsom-to-sign-noise-bill-ny-times-author-chat/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 20:18:23 +0000 https://fcacleveland.org/%f0%9f%8c%b1-oc-calls-on-governor-newsom-to-sign-noise-bill-ny-times-author-chat/ Hello everyone! I’m here this morning with everything you need to know about Orange County today. There are no fines! Residents of several OC communities are calling on the governor to sign a bill to help stop noise pollution from illegally modified cars and motorcycles. How much litter was collected from beaches and waterways on […]]]>

Hello everyone! I’m here this morning with everything you need to know about Orange County today.

  • There are no fines! Residents of several OC communities are calling on the governor to sign a bill to help stop noise pollution from illegally modified cars and motorcycles.
  • How much litter was collected from beaches and waterways on Saturday?
  • Auto Talk: Meet a British-American writer, journalist, adventurer and NY Times best-selling author.

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First, today’s weather forecast:

Quite sunny. High: 82 Low: 65.


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Here are the top stories from Orange County today:

  1. Supporters are trying to get Governor Gavin Newsom to sign a bill they say will give police the tools they need to stop illegal noise pollution. Congresswoman Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Irvine), who drafted the bill, said, “Every Californian deserves to live in a community free from noise pollution that negatively impacts health and quality of life. Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Chino Hills and Tustin support the bill (Orange County Register via Facebook)
  2. This remarkable story had such a positive impact on our community that I had to include an update. Thousands of enthusiastic volunteers picked up trash and plastics Saturday at more than 40 sites along Orange County beaches, canals and parks to keep them out of the ocean, where they would pollute the water and put endangered marine life. Guess how much trash was picked up in one day: over 11,000 pounds! And that was just in Orange County. Kudos to the thousands of OC volunteers! (NBC Southern California)
  3. Meet “prolific British-American writer, journalist and adventurer” Simon Winchester, online September 20. Join Winchester for an online authors’ walk on Wednesday at 11 a.m. He is the author of more than 30 books, including “The Professor and the Madman”, “Pacific”, “The Perfectionists” and, most recently, “Land: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World”. He will talk about the themes of his books, which cover “history, technology and geology as well as the author’s expeditions, including his journey to becoming the acclaimed bestselling author.” I couldn’t have said it better. (Anaheim Calendar)

Today in Orange County:

  • Think Goodness fundraiser to support businesses in Placentia. (All day)
  • Solar Power International 2022 – Anaheim Convention Center. (All day)

From my notebook:

  • Orange County German Shepherd Rescue: “We need your help to continue our mission to rescue, rehabilitate and reintegrate German Shepherd dogs who have nowhere to go. Help us create beautiful and happy endings for these deserving companions! ” (Orange County German Shepherd Rescue via Facebook)
  • Orange County Register: “Primavera Sound Los Angeles, the three-day festival taking over historic Los Angeles State Park this weekend, continued on Saturday with an eclectic array of performers from as far away as Chile, La Norway, England and Mexico.” (Orange County Registry via Facebook)

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Missouri author Sarah Kendzior seeks to salvage conspiracy theories https://fcacleveland.org/missouri-author-sarah-kendzior-seeks-to-salvage-conspiracy-theories/ Sun, 18 Sep 2022 10:32:22 +0000 https://fcacleveland.org/missouri-author-sarah-kendzior-seeks-to-salvage-conspiracy-theories/ An almost countless amount of traits separate Sarah Kendzior from “InfoWars” creator Alex Jones. Journalist and scholar based in St. Louis, Kendzior studies authoritarian behaviors of governments – abroad and at home – and covers both the brazen and invigorating elements of institutional decline. His work finds a wide audience; Kendzior has over 600,000 Twitter […]]]>

An almost countless amount of traits separate Sarah Kendzior from “InfoWars” creator Alex Jones.

Journalist and scholar based in St. Louis, Kendzior studies authoritarian behaviors of governments – abroad and at home – and covers both the brazen and invigorating elements of institutional decline.

His work finds a wide audience; Kendzior has over 600,000 Twitter followers (where she calls herself a “non-fiction horror writer”) and reaches listeners weekly via the Gaslit Nation podcast which she co-hosts with Andrea Chalupa.

Kendzior is genuinely interested in conspiracy theories, but is quick to differentiate between bona fide seekers and the likes of Jones. A class of conspiracy theorists built on evidence, trying to truly understand America and its history, she said. Those of Jones’s ilk make propaganda, calling their neighbors “political weapons.”

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Author-illustrator Hector Curriel to speak at Nobles County Library in Worthington – The Globe https://fcacleveland.org/author-illustrator-hector-curriel-to-speak-at-nobles-county-library-in-worthington-the-globe/ Fri, 16 Sep 2022 19:02:00 +0000 https://fcacleveland.org/author-illustrator-hector-curriel-to-speak-at-nobles-county-library-in-worthington-the-globe/ WORTHINGTON — Ace fighter pilot, Governor of South Dakota and TV host Joe Foss led an extraordinary life, and writer-illustrator Hector Curriel, who told his story in a graphic novel, will talk about Foss and his own work Monday at the Nobles County Library in Worthington. “Everyone should come. I hope to see a lot […]]]>

WORTHINGTON — Ace fighter pilot, Governor of South Dakota and TV host Joe Foss led an extraordinary life, and writer-illustrator Hector Curriel, who told his story in a graphic novel, will talk about Foss and his own work Monday at the Nobles County Library in Worthington.

“Everyone should come. I hope to see a lot of the friends I made when I was living in Worthington,” Curriel said. “I think if you have kids who are interested in art, bring them to class on graphic novels.”

He will give two talks at the library on Monday, one aimed at teens and focused on graphic novels from 4-4:45 p.m. and another for adults with more information about Foss from 6-7 p.m.

“American Ace: Joe Foss, Fighter Pilot” is Curriel’s first graphic novel, filled with 130 pages of dramatic black-and-white illustrations from Foss’ career as an unlikely fighter pilot during World War II.

Anyone who has left Sioux Falls Regional Airport has probably heard of Foss, as the facility is also known as Joe Foss Field, but its route to downing five enemy aircraft and earning its official “ace” status was unusual. .

At the start of the war, he joined the South Dakota National Guard and then the United States Marine Corps pilot training program. But when he was ready to become a fighter pilot, he was deemed too old for combat and was instead tasked with teaching young men how to fly. Time and time again he volunteered for special assignments, until he got a place in a combat unit and went to Guadalcanal. He shot down 26 enemy aircraft in less than a year, earning him the Congressional Medal of Honor. He went on to become governor of South Dakota and later hosted “The American Sportsman” and “The Outdoorsman: Joe Foss” on television. He also served as Football Commissioner for the NFL’s rival American Football League.

The cover of “American Ace: Joe Foss, Fighter Pilot”, by Hector Curriel.

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Curriel, a visual artist who has illustrated several books and also does comics and caricatures as well as fine art, responded to a call for artwork from the Sioux Falls Regional Airport. For his proposed project, he went to the Sioux Falls Library, and they provided Foss’s autobiography.

“I started reading the book and was very involved in its story because it did such remarkable things,” Curriel said.

After reading the book, he started asking people what they knew about Joe Foss and discovered that most people had never heard of him. In order to make the story appealing to young people, Curriel opted for a graphic novel format for the project.

“I had a good response from people, not only in the United States but also in other countries,” he said.

To create the book, Curriel needed images that would engage people and keep them interested enough to keep reading the story.

“You really have to think about the cinema somehow, think about the angles and the views and make the story flow smoothly,” he said, as if it was a storyboard for a film instead of a conventional illustration for a text.

While he uses watercolors and acrylics for fine art, Curriel normally uses digital tools like ProCreate to illustrate books, so he can work on his iPad and take it anywhere. In this case, however, he recalled the great graphic novels of the 1950s and 1960s, which were usually printed in black and white.

As such, Curriel worked in ink, crafting the art by hand, creating dramatic images of pure light and deep shadow. While it was efficient, it was also time-consuming, and while he was interested in creating another graphic novel, he said he’d probably come back to digital work next time.

Curriel, originally from Peru, currently lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

“When I came and stayed (in the United States), the first city I lived in was Worthington, so I have gratitude and appreciation for Worthington,” he said. declared. “I sometimes call it my hometown.”

Becoming an artist was his dream and passion from an early age, even though he actually has a background in architecture.

“There’s a career in that…be persistent and don’t be afraid to talk about yourself and what you do,” Curriel said, offering advice to potential artists. “It’s a question of training, every day. The more you practice, the better you will become as an artist.

He emphasized the importance of hard work and consistency over talent.

“Ninety percent try every day to work and learn from other artists, and find your own path,” he explained. “Be consistent and never give up.”

“American Ace: Joe Foss, Fighter Pilot” is available for purchase on Amazon, and for more information on Curriel, visit hectorcurriel-artwork.com.

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Censorship and the Author: Conversation with Benjamin Alire Sáenz https://fcacleveland.org/censorship-and-the-author-conversation-with-benjamin-alire-saenz/ Wed, 14 Sep 2022 22:43:00 +0000 https://fcacleveland.org/censorship-and-the-author-conversation-with-benjamin-alire-saenz/ NMSU press release NMSU Library will be hosting a free event with author Benjamin Alire Sáenz on Thursday, September 22 at 4:00 p.m. at the Branson Library (1305 Frenger Mall) to celebrate Banned Books Week. Sáenz will discuss the creation of his award-winning Aristotle and Dante book series, its critical reception, and recent efforts to […]]]>

NMSU press release

NMSU Library will be hosting a free event with author Benjamin Alire Sáenz on Thursday, September 22 at 4:00 p.m. at the Branson Library (1305 Frenger Mall) to celebrate Banned Books Week. Sáenz will discuss the creation of his award-winning Aristotle and Dante book series, its critical reception, and recent efforts to ban and censor these YA novels. Jessica Powers, editor and visiting professor at NMSU, will serve as moderator. A question and answer with the audience will follow the formal presentation. Copies of Sáenz’s works will be available for purchase and signing. This event is open to the public.
Published in 2012, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe received critical acclaim and made the New York Times bestseller list. Set in 1987 El Paso, the YA novel follows the friendship of two Mexican-American teenagers, Aristotle “Ari” Mendoza and Dante Quintan, as they navigate their racial, ethnic and sexual identities. The novel has won numerous awards, including a Stonewall Book Award, the Michael L. Printz Award, and the Pura Belpré Award. The sequel to the book was released last October, while a film adaptation will premiere this month at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival.
The recent wave of attempts to ban books in public schools has included challenges to Aristotle and Dante. In November 2021, the Indian River, Fla. chapter of Moms for Liberty called for 156 books that the group deemed to be “sexually explicit” or “based on critical race theory” to be removed from schools across the county. IndianRiver. After a district-wide review the following winter, school officials allowed copies of Sáenz’s work to remain on the shelves of the high school library. Similarly, in January 2022, the Granbury (Texas) Independent School District pulled 130 titles from school libraries, nearly three-quarters of which featured LGBTQ characters or themes. While Aristotle and Dante were eventually returned to the school library, the threat remains as some members of the community continue to push the school board to remove books deemed “self-explanatory and not age-appropriate”.
Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event that celebrates the freedom to read. Supported by the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, the event brings together librarians, booksellers, publishers, teachers, and readers of all types and ages who want to uphold the public’s right to seek and to express ideas, even those deemed unpopular. BBW will take place this year from September 18 to 24.
Ben Sáenz was born in Old Picacho, New Mexico, the fourth of seven children, and grew up on a small farm near Mesilla, New Mexico. He graduated from Las Cruces High School in 1972. He received a master’s degree from the University of Texas at El Paso, where he later taught, and a doctorate. from Stanford University. He is an award-winning American poet, novelist and children’s book author and resides in El Paso.
Event host JL (Jessica) Powers is the author and publisher of 9 award-winning books for children and young adults. She teaches in the MFA program at UTEP. A former editor and publicist at Cinco Puntos Press, she is founder and editor at Catalyst Press, an award-winning publishing house specializing in African literature.
This event is co-sponsored by DACC Library, NMSU LGBT+ Programs and La Sociedad para las Artes.

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Outlander’s Caitriona Balfe Pays Sweet Tribute to Author on ‘Living My Dream’ Anniversary | Television & Radio | Showbiz and television https://fcacleveland.org/outlanders-caitriona-balfe-pays-sweet-tribute-to-author-on-living-my-dream-anniversary-television-radio-showbiz-and-television/ Mon, 12 Sep 2022 23:01:00 +0000 https://fcacleveland.org/outlanders-caitriona-balfe-pays-sweet-tribute-to-author-on-living-my-dream-anniversary-television-radio-showbiz-and-television/ Caitriona Balfe captured the hearts of Outlander fans with her incredible performance as Claire Fraser, one of Canadian author Diana Gabaldon’s most beloved creations. The Irish actress recently took to Twitter to thank the show’s writer and producers for commemorating a very special anniversary for the hit Starz series. Outlander lead actress Caitriona celebrated her […]]]>

Caitriona Balfe captured the hearts of Outlander fans with her incredible performance as Claire Fraser, one of Canadian author Diana Gabaldon’s most beloved creations. The Irish actress recently took to Twitter to thank the show’s writer and producers for commemorating a very special anniversary for the hit Starz series.

Outlander lead actress Caitriona celebrated her ninth casting anniversary with a touching message to writer Diana.

The Irish star has portrayed the fan-favorite character for nearly a decade and has been embraced by fans of the books and series as the perfect live-action Claire.

On Sunday, the official Outlander Twitter page posted, “It’s been nine years since we found our Claire, and we’ve cherished her every day since.

“Happy casting birthday to the incomparable @caitrionambalfe!”

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Caitriona was clearly touched by the show’s message and took to social media to pay her own tribute to the producers and fans who supported her Outlander journey.

“Wow. Can’t believe it’s been nine years,” Caitriona tweeted.

“I guess time flies when you’re having fun, living your dream, and spending it with an amazing group of people.

“As always thank you [Diana Gabaldon] for having created this incomparable character who has given me so much.

The actress went on to thank producers Ronald D Moore, Maril Davies, Starz and Sony Pictures for their continued support over the years.

She wrote: “Thank you @TallShipProds, @RonDMoore, @Outlander_STARZ and @SPTV for taking a chance on this newbie all those years ago.

“What an amazing ride it has and continues to be…and of course…thank you to all the amazing fans who always want more so we can keep this ride going!!!”

Thousands of Caitriona’s followers showed their support by liking and retweeting her latest post, and many responded to comments to express their continued love for her performance.

Hailey Beaupre replied, “Your casting as Claire has led to such an amazing role model who not only inspires me immensely, but literally saved my life.

“I will be forever grateful to you and Claire for this incomparable journey.

“I am living my dream thanks to you. I am alive thanks to you.

Diana plans to end the Outlander series after ten books, so fans are hoping there will be at least three more seasons after the highly anticipated seventh outing next year.

Outlander Seasons 1-6 are available on Starz in the US and StarzPlay in the UK.

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