Author: Tracee de Hahn

Reading for Black History Month

This weekend, happenstance led me to my dog eared copy of Chinua Achebe’s amazing book Things Fall Apart. It was an old friend, the story of Okonkwo’s exile from his tribe, and the shattering changes that come to him and his family with the arrival of European Imperialism. 

February is Black History month and after revisiting Okonkwo’s story I wanted more ‘local’ voices. 

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Food and memory

Proust immortalized the madeleine cookie in his seven volume In Search of Lost Time (A la recherché de temps perdu). Eating this simple French dessert he relived the memories of his childhood through his senses: tasting, smelling, touching and seeing this treat in both the past and the present.

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Tis the season… for books.

Tis the season and I’m looking for favorite holiday books to give and receive. Certainly the classics come to mind, including Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, a whole host of children’s books, such as Rudolph and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. And I must add Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot’s Christmas, a fantastic locked room mystery.

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Book launch.

TRACEE: Every Tuesday books launch, like little missiles, into book stores and onto electronic media. Could you share your feelings about book launch week and day? Any expectations for book birthdays? And, of course, we had one of our very own launching this week. Congratulations Connie!

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Words: the tools of a writer

Writers need words to make a sentence and then a paragraph and a page. Ask any writer what they do as part of a final polish when their manuscript is finished. Most will say, check for weak words. That might mean awkward phrasing or passive voice or oft-repeated favorites. 

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(Don’t) Judge a book by its cover.

Don’t judge a book by the cover. Wishful thinking, but nearly impossible. Covers are particularly important for new authors, those working their way onto the “Must have” list of readers. What will capture the eye of the beholder? What transmits the story in a snapshot? 

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Creativity and then some more.

TRACEE: As writers you tick the creativity box, but do you have a ‘just for fun’ creative side? I think that most creative people ‘live creatively’ – meaning it’s not a thing or an activity but a way of thinking or of being.  What are your thoughts? 

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