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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Coffee and Critique Writers Are Busy Elves on the Book Shelves


Santa's elves aren't the only ones who've been busy this Christmas season.

The writers in Coffee and Critique also have spread their holiday cheer with author events, book signings, radio interviews, contest wins, novel reviews, and publications.

Jack Zerr's latest novel, The Junior Officer Bunkroom, received a brilliant review in Kirkus. In The Junior Office Bunkroom, Zerr, a naval combat pilot himself, chronicles the day-to-day activities of naval pilots coping with life on an aircraft carrier in 1970 in the Tonkin Gulf during the Vietnam Conflict.



Sarah Angleton's moving flash fiction piece "The Greatest of Ease" won big in the WOW! Women on Writing Spring 2015 contest, judged by Literary Agent Eve Porinchak.

With Sarah's graceful writing and impressive win, she has reason to smile.


Pat Wahler, Marcia Gaye, and Donna Volkenannt, (shown at left) and Doyle Suit (below) participated in the local author event at the Spencer Road Branch of the St. Charles City-County Library.

More than 100 authors chatted with readers and sold books during the successful event.

Last week Pat Wahler was one of the featured authors on HuffPost Live's Deep Dive: Four-Legged Miracles.

During Pat's interview, she talked about a story of hers that was in included in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Hope and Miracles. Pat's remarkable story tells about how a stray dog helped her avoid a car accident. Click on the link above to watch Pat's interview.

The December issue of SASEE magazine (cover below) includes Donna Volkenannt's essay "Sweet Memories," about how the power of the sense of smell to restore joy to life.

Finally, during our last meeting for the year (attended by Les Thompson, Alice Muschany, Sarah Steffen, Jack Zerr, Pat Wahler, Jane Hamilton, Sarah Angleton, and Donna Volkenannt), writers showed their creativity by sharing their wonderful Christmas-themed stories.

Whew! How's that for staying busy during the holiday season?

Look out 2016 because the writers of Coffee and Critique are on the move!