ALC reading from Made Up of Arias
La Mamma with ALC. Rumor has it she tried to
autograph a few books when my back was turned
under her pen name Seraphina Pentangeli.
and a real rock in the Morreale family (Mamma's side).
He exclaimed exuberantly after the reading,
"Hey, I didn't know you could write!"
Thanks kiddo, I don't think they heard you in the cheap seats.
The gorgeous uberhusband R at the launch.
Unfortunately R was very ill with bronchitis
but braved the long drive to lend moral support.
Lovely Penny Winspur, Blaurock Press Editor and my personal "best gal ever",
with Stan Johannesen, Blaurock Press Senior Editor,
at another recent event. Alas, I did not get a photo of her at my launch, much to my regret.
who, despite appearances, is truly awake.
They bought me a pen set to congratulate me at the launch. I put the pen to good use.
Charlie, my brother, being coy (and adorable as is his wont), and Tony, a good friend,
with ALC unable to keep her eyes open during photos.
There were six readers (I was the sixth) - three readers from Coach House, three from Blaurock Press. This is a bit nerve wracking (being last) but there is no way around these sorts of things. It is what it is ...
In the strange way that these things happen, I realized belatedly that one of the readers, Margaret Christakos, a writer and poet, had been the one who had selected the original story "Opera" (on which the novella Made Up of Arias is based) and featured it in the quarterly Fireweed. Fireweed submitted the story to the Journey Prize competition and it became one of the ten finalists and was included in the anthology that year.
The following year I expanded the story into this novella which sat in a drawer for many years until Stan accepted it at Blaurock Press. How odd, how strange and wonderful, that we shared a stage last night.
I didn't cry. I feared I would. I cried every day for a week after the book was published just from the excess of emotion I felt. I didn't mess up - I didn't shame myself or the family, I think. What a relief and a joy it was. Thank you everyone!