Friday, January 7, 2011

TGIF: Fun Stuff to Melt the Winter Blahs

For every person who feels a little blue now that the holidays are over, there are others of us who relish that delicious freedom from overfilled calendars and overstuffed social obligations. At last, some nice long stretches of time in which to write! Still, the transition from "making merry" to "bleak midwinter" can be jarring. If the January page of your fresh 2011 calendar is looking a little too bare, here are a few ideas to fill it up:

The Friends of the Library used book sale will be held tomorrow (January 8) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the East Bonner County Library. Along with a fine selection of fiction, nonfiction, travel, romance, videos, CDs, audiobooks, etc., there will also be a "Bag o' Books" sale--a special room where you can fill up a brown paper shopping bag for just 3 bucks! The library is located at Cedar and Division streets in Sandpoint.

Therese Marszalek of Deer Park, Washington, author of several books including the recent release From the Wilderness to the Miraculous, will be the featured speaker at the January 12 meeting of the Coeur d'Alene chapter of the Idaho Writers League, 9 a.m.-noon at the Jewett House, 1501 E. Lakeshore Drive, Coeur d'Alene.

On Saturday, January 15, the Sandpoint chapter of the Idaho Writers League will hold a "Story of the Year" contest at 9:00 a.m. at the East Bonner County Library (Cedar and Division in Sandpoint). Anyone can participate by reading their story, poem, essay, memoir, etc., aloud--or, just come and listen! The organizers say there are no real rules and the stories will be judged on entertainment value. For information check with the Sandpoint chapter of Idaho Writers League,

Another opportunity to read (or sing) your work aloud happens on Wednesday, January 19 at the Five Minutes of Fame open mic event, 6:30 p.m. at Cafe Bodega at Foster's Crossing, 504 Oak in Sandpoint. Show up, sign up, and perform to an appreciative audience! 208-263-5911.

Be sure to click on the "Events" tab to see more book signings, author appearances, and other events coming up in the area.


Norm de Ploom said...

Great ideas! It is nice to see others interested in listening to our writings.

Nancy Owens Barnes said...

Kudos to the Sandpoint chapter of IWL for organizing the "Story of the Year" contest. Sounds like fun for both readers and listeners.