Reminder: “Like” my blog page on Facebook. I’m putting this up front so that I won’t forget. This blog is linked to my social media sites, so I’m asking all who read this to comment and/or “Like” it. I did get one “Like” last week. Thanks to you Facebook friend.
Annual Gival Press Poetry Award
Dr. Linwood Rumney – Union Institute & University won the 17th Annual Gival Press Poetry Award for his book Abandoned Earth. The Gival Press Poetry Award is given by Gival Press, a small, independent publisher of quality poetry, fiction, non fiction and essays in English French and Spanish, according the the write-up by netfind.com. Rumney’s favorite poetry book is Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman – important here because according to Dr. Rumney “The work provides a lot of very important messages about celebrating diversity and pluralism…”.
How Fathering a son with disabilities helped Microsoft’s CEO transform the company.
Jason Ward, CEO with Microsoft wrote the above article, which was published on Linkedin, Friday, September 22, 2017. In the article he stressed that fatherhood of his differently abled son made him a more “empathetic leader,” and taught him to lead by helping his employees to see failure as a learning experience, and taking chances as an opportunity to learn. The article is available on Windowscentralcom.
Storymoja Festival 2017
The Storymoja Festival 2017, was held Wednesday, September 27th thru Sunday, October 1 in Nairobi, Kenya at the Nairobi Kenya National Museum. The Festival 2017 theme was Black Peace. It was a five day international celebration of ideas, stories, writing and culture through books, live discussions, storytelling, skits, poetry, music demonstrations, workshops, open mikes, debates, exhibitions, live performance, and art competitons. Storymoja is a publishing business in Nairobi whose vision is “A Book in every Hand”. storymojafestival.com.Ke website for more information.
Showcasing: 18th Annual Iowa Author Awards Dinner
The 18th Annual Iowa Author Awards Dinner will be held on October 31, 2017 and will award its 2017 Author Award to John Irving, author of The World According to Garp and other notable books, some of which have been turned into films. The event will be held at the Iowa Event Center.
Gray’s Lake – Read a Book While You Enjoy YourWalk in October
The Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department with the Des Moines Public library have joined to hold the Bookwalk project. The project, being held this month at Gray’s Lake, is a read-a-long books you can see as you walk. The books are children’s books, Head, Shoulders, Knees,and Toes, Planting a Rainbow, and In the Tall, Tall Grass!
The 2017 Author Fair
The 2017 Author Fair will be held this Sunday, October 8th, at the central Des Moines Public Library, 1000 Grand, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Come pickup a copy of my children’s book, A Birthday Story.
Bye! Until next time.
The Chicago Tribune for Sunday, September 10, 2017 announced its 2017 Tribune Literary Awards. The theme for this year was Belief.
The awards were received by Marilynne Robinson Gilead for Lifetime Achievement.
Colson Whitehead Fiction Award, Heartland Prizes, The Underground Railroad.
Matthew Desmond, Heartland Prizes, Non-fiction, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.
The writers will receive their awards at the Chicago Humanities Festival.
The Fitness Book by Bryant Johnson
The spirit of the “notorious” Biggy Small’s was recently raised by the “notorious” RBG (Ruth Bader Ginsburg) in an article in the Chicago Tribune for September 13, 2017. The two have something in common, strength of spirit.
RBG or Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a Supreme Court Justice. Bryant Johnson, fitness trainer for the Justice has written a book entitled Fitness Book in which he discusses the 84 year old Justice’s fitness program. This is the second book written about Ginsburg. The first book was a bestseller.
Ruth Bader Gindsburg Talks Workout Equality and B.I.G. was the Tribune article written by Kim Janssen, Tracy Swarity and Phil Thompson.
Saturday Story & Stretch, Cowles Commons, 300 Locust Street will be free and open to the public each Saturday, 9:00a – 10:30a from now until October 28, 2017.
Des Moines Writer’s Workshop, will be presenting at the Artisan Gallery 218, @218 5th Street, West Des Moines Valley Junction on September 25, 2017. More info? call 515-255-0138.
Sunday, October 8, 2017, the DMPL Author Fair will be held at the central branch of the Des Moines Public Library, 1000 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA. from 1:00p to 3:00p. The theme is “Growing Local Talent”. Author books will be for sale.
A Birthday Story, is one/is my book that will be on sale. The book can still be purchased at Beaverdale Books and B&N where it can be bought, Print on Demand. Print on Demand – you order they print.
Showcasing: Mfon: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora by Laylah Amatulleh Barrayn – a Brooklyn based photographer – is an anthology of work by Black women photographers and features 100 female photographers of the African Diaspora, “including those based in the US, Africa, Europe, and the Caribbean.”
Mfon:…, the book, is named for Mmekutmfon Mfon’Essien, a young Nigerian-American photographer who died in 2001. Lily Kuo, writing in Africa Innovators/ Quartz Africa, September 15, 2017, published the article. Barrayn’s Mfon will be available later this week and will be published yearly.
qz.com is where Quartz Africa can be found.
Found – the two lost posts. Found – on my page site. Will post them if I can figure how to move them.
Habara Gani! The news is about an activist visiting professor at Iowa State University and DMACC (Des Moines Community College). Simone Estes received an award for his efforts fighting malaria. The award was from the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets. Mr. Estes, a 79 year old bass baritone opera singer, says a July 18, 2017 article by Kelly McGowan in the West Des Moines Register, was honored with a Lifetime Impact Award, and a Hall in his name at DMACC, for raising more than $500,000.00 for the UN Foundation.
Courtney Crowder, writing in the Tuesday, June 20, 2017 issue of the West Des Moines Register, show cased the graffiti students of Movement 515 Color Codes, the graffiti workshop. The students, Kenny “Sol” Tram and JJ “Zero” Emanuh, painted a mural “that featured images of labor leader Ceasar Chavez, author Maya Angelou and Civil Rights Activist Yuri Kochiyama.” Why do people do graffiti? I once asked. The workshop answer, it’s art.
One more article from a back issue of the West Des Moines Register. Phil Roeder a Des Moines Public School writer, wrote in a May 23, 2017 article that students at Moulton Elementary School are studying Brazilian martial arts, in an after school program. The Capoeira arts trace back to the 16th century and incorporates dance, acrobatics and music.
I submitted an application to review a children’s book for the “We Need Diversity Books” yesterday. I reviewed for them last year. Hope to be selected again this year. I’m working on a poetry submission for a book of poetry and I’m selling A Birthday Story.
A Birthday Story is available on B&N.com, amazon.com, xlibris.com and Beaverdale Books.com.