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August 2017 Meeting Info

How to Exact Revenge

By Connie Mukherjee

 

 The Ventura County Writer’s Club is pleased to host one of our own and an award winning author of historical fiction, Edward D. Webster, as our August 8th meeting’s featured speaker.  His talk is entitled:  How to Exact Revenge on History’s Villains.

 

Soul of Toledo, Ed’s third book, was released in 2016. The setting is Spain in the 1440s, when the diabolical nature of mankind stands out as madmen take over the City of Toledo and torture suspected Jews 30 years before the Spanish Inquisition. 

 

According to the Historical Fiction Guide to Genre, 2005, works of historical fiction are mainly novels, set before the middle of the last century, and ones in which the author is writing from research rather than personal experience.  By definition, the details must be historically accurate. Sir Walter Scott’s Waverly, published in 1814, is considered to be the first historical novel.

 

Ed relates the story of what inspired him to write Soul of Toledo

“Traveling to Toledo, Spain, the tourist information spoke of ‘the City of Three Cultures.’ Jews, Muslims and Christians had created the richest of cultures in literature, spiritual enlightenment, art—you name it. The architecture, with its Moorish influences whispered praises to that past glory. Still, I knew about the Spanish Inquisition and the expulsions of Jews and Muslims.

“Back home in California, I discovered the book, Origins of the Inquisition in Fifteenth Century Spain, by Benzion Netanyahu (the Israeli Prime Minister’s father). It told the story of a rogue inquisition, thirty years before the church-sponsored version. From there I arranged private lectures with professors in Toledo and Segovia to study politics and history, culture and landscape. Then I created an endangered hero and a lady for him to love…”

 

Soul of Toledo was a finalist in the Foreword Reviews best novel competition and a Merit Award winner in the CIPA Evvy contest.  Midwest Book Review states the book is “Extraordinary, compelling, and with an impressive attention to historical detail and character development, Soul of Toledo is an absorbing read from beginning to end…”

Ed’s acclaimed memoir, A Year of Sundays (Taking the Plunge and our Cat to Explore Europe) shares the happily eccentric tale of his yearlong adventure in Europe with his spirited blind wife and headstrong, deaf sixteen-year-old cat. Webster also likes to tinker with fictional characters, putting strange people together to see what they’ll do with/to each other. His 2014 novel, The Gentle Bomber’s Melody, is an example of the resultant irresistible insanity.  He’s also the author of a number of articles appearing in such diverse publications as the Boston Globe and Your Cat Magazine.

Webster lives in Southern California with his divine wife and two amazing cats.

www.edwardwebster.com

 

SCBWI Writers Day Early-Bird Registration

 

Early-bird registration for Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)’s Writers’ Day 2017 opens on August 1

 

Date/Time
October 14, 2017, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

 

Location
California Lutheran University, Preus-Brandt Forum
60 W. Olsen Road - Thousand Oaks, CA 91360


Mark your calendar, set a reminder on your phone, or tack a neon note to your fridge. It’s going to be another amazing CenCal event featuring industry professionals, local success stories, contest, critiques, and so much more. For more details visit https://cencal.scbwi.org/events/wd17/

Camarillo Library's Annual Author Fair

Camarillo Library is hosting its 2nd Annual Author’s Fair at the library on Sunday, November 12.

To register, go here: http://www.camarillolibrary.org/localauthorfair

 

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