Bookable Space with Carolyn Korsmeyer
Love being read to? In this episode of Bookable Space, joined by host Yvonne Battle-Felton, Carolyn Korsmeyer reads Charlotte's Story.
About the author: A longtime admiration for Jane Austen led Carolyn Korsmeyer to write Charlotte’s Story. Her second novel, Little Follies, will be published in January, 2023. She is also the author of numerous philosophical works, including Things: In Touch with the Past, Savoring Disgust: The Foul and the Fair in Aesthetics, and Making Sense of Taste: Food and Philosophy.
About the book: Charlotte Lucas, a character first appearing in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, has made an unfortunate marriage to the loquacious William Collins, reckoning that his tedious conversation is a small price to pay for the prosperous home and family she desires. However, trouble brews within the first months of marriage, for they are not nearly as good a match as she had hoped.
To ease the strain of their relationship, Charlotte leaves her husband to visit the fashionable city of Bath with several women companions. The weeks there prove to be a time for self-discovery and freedom, and the marital frost begins to thaw. However, events in Bath result in an unfortunate, even calamitous, consequence.
Charlotte devises an audacious solution that combines bold connivance and compassionate duplicity, pursuing her hope of happiness with the wit and courage to seek it.
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20. Bookable Space with Gloria Galloway28:28In this episode of Bookable Space, we're joined by author Gloria Galloway. Gloria reads from and talks about her book Amber's Way. About the book:Young Adult/Amber's Way is the story of a young girl's struggle with childhood cancer. The narrative is about courage, inner strength, and a fighting spirit. Above all, it is about the powerful bond of love between a mother and daughter. About the author:Gloria Galloway has enjoyed storytelling since her dolls were the characters for her stories. She grew up in Sacramento, California, within driving distance of the Sierra Nevada mountains which provided inspiration for Summer’s End. Gloria loves spending time with family and friends, and you can often find her curled up with a book and her rescue cat, Summer, who is a happenstance of sheer serendipity. She is a member of the Authors Guild and the Sacramento chapter of the California Writer’s Club.A percentage of the proceeds from Amber's Way will be donated to the Children's Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation, Bloomingdale, Illinois https://www.cncfhope.org/
19. Bookable Space with Anton Skornyakov19:36In this episode of Bookable Space, Anton Skornyakov reads from The Art of Slicing Work: How to Navigate Unpredictable Projects.About the BookIgnoring the problem won’t make it go away.And yet, that’s exactly what most organizations do when unpredictability arises. Instead of fighting against it, why not work with unpredictability instead?In The Art of Slicing Work, Anton Skornyakov shows you how to navigate unpredictability and stay focused on delivering results that matter—allowing for steady and controllable progress, creating a sense of shared ownership and responsibility, and maximizing the value of the work produced.This isn’t another Scrum-based product development book for the tech crowd, nor is it a theoretical leadership framework. It’s a real-world, low-jargon guide filled with stories, explanations, and lessons developed and honed through years of organizational coaching.With this book, you will gain new insight into how to lead your teams through unpredictable projects, whether in commercial, non-profit, or public sector organizations.About the authorAnton Skornyakov was born in Moscow, Russia before relocating to Germany at the age of 12. Trained as a mathematician and physicist, Anton earned a degree equivalent to a master's in mathematics from Cambridge, a diploma in physics from Humboldt University Berlin, and an MBA from Collége des Ingènieurs in Paris. Anton's dedication to organizational collaboration and Agile principles in the public and nonprofit sectors led him to his current role as co-founder and managing director of Agile.Coach. In this capacity, he has coached nearly a hundred organizations and thousands of individuals in the art of slicing work. His upcoming book, The Art of Slicing Work, encapsulates the culmination of numerous stories, lessons, and principles gathered throughout his coaching journey. The Art of Slicing Work (March 2024) will be available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever books are sold.
18. Bookable Space with Madeline Bocaro21:45In this episode of Bookable Space, host Yvonne Battle-Felton is joined by Madeline Bocaro. Madeline reads from her book In Your Mind- The Infinite Universe of Yoko Ono. About the book: In Your Mind - The Infinite Universe of Yoko Ono The true story of the woman John Lennon loved. This is the ultimate biography and reference guide to Yoko Ono's life and work. It is the first complete exploration of her avant-garde art, activism, films and music in stunning detail. Includes deep insights about Ono’s life (thirty-three years before meeting Lennon, twelve years with him, and over forty years of creativity since his death). The book addresses the undeserved negativity that Yoko has received as a child of war in Japan, as an Asian woman and as the wife of one of the Beatles. We can all learn from Yoko's positivity and her effective healing methods.BIO: Author and journalist Madeline Bocaro is a passionate fan from New York, with deep knowledge about rock and roll. Her informative and insightful writing keeps its history and legacy alive. Madeline has written the acclaimed biography In Your Mind – The Infinite Universe of Yoko Ono. She has contributed to many books and documentaries about music.
17. Bookable Space with Tim Stretton20:33In this episode of Bookable Space, host Yvonne Battle-Felton is joined by Tim Stretton. Tim will be reading from Catfish Alley.From the book:I once had a girlfriend back in Scotland, Lorna, who was into astrology, karma, healing crystals and all that shite. She always said the universe had a way of knowing when you needed something and providing for you. In my experience, what it generally provides is a kick in the bollocks.Tommy Chisholm is in trouble.His dream life in Barcelona is unravelling. He’s broke, his writing career has stalled, and maybe it’s time to pack up and go home.But then he’s recruited by an organised crime gang to help them rob an art gallery. His financial worries will be over at a stroke, and all he needs to do is seduce someone he’s never met.Everything is going perfectly. Until he loses his head over the woman he is meant to be exploiting. About the Auhor: Tim Stretton has published six novels, and his seventh, Catfish Alley, was published by SpellBound Books in June. He writes fantasy and science fiction as Tim Stretton, and crime as T. M. Stretton.He has also been published by Macmillan New Writing and Tor. His fantasy novels include the Annals of Mondia trilogy (Dragonchaser, The Dog of the North and The Last Free City) and his most recent series is the steampunk Fractured Empire sequence, Bitter Sky and A Little Poison.More recently he has been working on crime fiction. In addition to Catfish Alley, he has recently completed two more novels in the ‘Barcelonoir’ crime trilogy, Casanova Street and Diamond Boulevard.Tim was born and raised on the Isle of Wight, and has lived in West Sussex for most of his adult life. He has a degree in English and American Literature from the University of Kent. He was also a senior editor at the international Vance Integral Edition project. Before concentrating on writing full-time, he was the deputy finance director of a local authority and also worked as a trainer and consultant. His non-fiction has appeared in publications as diverse as the Local Government Chronicle and Introvert, Dear.He is a member of the Crime Writers' Association, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers' Association, the Society of Authors and the Alliance of Independent Authors.You can find him online at timstretton.com and follow him on Twitter (@timstretton) and Instagram (@tim_stretton).
16. Bookable Space with Micki R. Pettit21:31In this episode of Bookable Space, host novelist Yvonne Battle-Felton is joined by Micki R. Pettit. Micki reads from A Kiss for Maggie Moore and talks about research, writing, and more.Born in Wyoming and raised in New Mexico, Micki R. Pettit has been a Texan for twenty-six years, living in Houston with her husband and now twenty-one-year-old, A&M sons. Micki is a former radio personality and voice talent with vocal experience spanning musical theater, opera, big band, rock, and country. She is currently lead female singer with the folk group Bandella and performs with the Bay Area Chorus of Greater Houston. A graduate of the University of New Mexico, she is an experienced copywriter whose personal writing has appeared in various Native American-themed publications. Upon moving to Houston, she was instrumental in the creation and execution of Contact, the Astronaut Spouses Group quarterly newsletter, and served as content coordinator before becoming its editor. A Kiss for Maggie Moore is Micki R. Pettit’s debut novel. She is currently working on String of Pearls, the story of two women at different stages of entanglement with the same man. One is divorcing him, the other is soon to be his bride.About the bookSmart-mouthed Maggie Moore is instantly smitten with the laid back, sometimes infuriating Bucky. Too bad he has eyes for her best friend Melinda. Their triangle of friendship and emerging romance is easily eclipsed by the free-spirited adventures of childhood, but when the turmoil of adolescence stirs unresolved feelings, and doing the right thing means betraying her own heart, Maggie must grapple with a moral dilemma that impacts them all. With a supporting cast of unforgettable characters, and set against the backdrop of rural Wyoming during the cultural upheaval of the 1960s, Micki R. Pettit gracefully weaves an endearing and humorous tale of first experiences that cuts to the heart of sacrificial love.
15. Bookable Space with Linda Jean Hall33:50In this episode of Bookable Space, host, novelist Yvonne Battle-Felton is joined by Linda Jean Hall. Linda Jean reads to us from Gifting Resilience: A Pandemic Study of my Black Female Resistance and talks about fear, writing, and hope.Linda Jean Hall is a teaching-researcher specializing in Science and Technology Studies at the University of California Riverside. Hall’s book, Gifting Resilience: A Pandemic Study of my Black Female Resistance is a self-analysis of her journey from Pennsylvania's juvenile justice system to the ivory towers of California's leading educational institutions. About the book:How does fear – deep, ongoing, systemic fear – impact on Black lives?Through reflections on her own life, anthropologist Dr Linda Jean Hall draws on traditions of African storytelling to explore the question of how systemic fear affects the twentieth- and twenty-first-century Afro American experience. By using the framing of pandemic waves – a concept all too familiar in the wake of COVID-19 – Hall employs a personal lens to parse out the implications of different “waves of fear" through impactful stages of her life, allowing readers to examine the shifting relationships that define Blackness and survival.Gifting resilience: A pandemic study of Black female resistance is ideal reading for students of Black studies, African American studies, and related courses, as well as for students of feminist and womanist studies, gender studies, cultural studies, history, sociology and anthropology. Unflinchingly honest, this book gives a human face to viewpoints and ideas that originate deep within the complex and diverse African Diasporic lived experience.-------
14. Bookable Space with Annie Dawid25:14In this episode of Bookable Space, host Yvonne Battle-Felton is joined by Annie Dawid. Annie reads from Paradise Undone: A Novel of Jonestown.About the book Paradise Undone, A Novel of Jonestown is a part real, part imagined retelling of the tragic events that led to the USA's biggest single loss of civilian life in the twentieth century.On November 18th 1978, nine hundred and nine people died in the Guyanese jungle. Published on the 45th anniversary, Annie Dawid’s compelling story of Jonestown explores the tragedy through the voices of four protagonists—Marceline Baldwin Jones and three other members of Peoples Temple. Drawing on extensive research and interviews, Annie Dawid blends fact and fiction, using real and composite characters to tell a story about the horrific mass murder/suicide that took place in the Guyanese jungle, all because of one man with a God complex.In the hostile racial environment of 1950s segregated America, Marceline Baldwin and Jim Jones promise to build a new Eden, based on ideals of fraternity and equality. But every Eden has its serpent.Having already made headlines as the first white couple in Indiana to adopt a black child, Marceline and Jim adopt five other non-white children and call themselves ‘the rainbow family’. Jones’ following grows: Peoples Temple gives hope to the poor, the miserable, alienated and disenfranchised. It soon outgrows Indiana and is uprooted to the jungle of Guyana. But when things start to fall apart, rampant egotist Jim Jones plans a mass-murder suicide mission. Where he goes, everyone must follow, even to the grave…About the AuthorAnnie Dawid has published five books, including fiction, non-fiction, poetry and essays. She teaches at the University of Denver, University College master’s program in creative writing online from her home in very rural Colorado. Her focus on the murder/suicides at Jonestown in 1978, when she was a first-year undergraduate, dates from March 2004. At the University of North Dakota Writers Conference, where she was a Master-Teacher in residence, she met a friend of survivors of Jonestown. Subsequently, she immersed herself in research and changed the subject of her next novel to the Jonestown massacre. Years of study and writing followed before finishing Paradise Undone in time for the 30-year anniversary in 2008. Eventually, she met those survivors, who run the Jonestown Institute Archives, and, with them and many others, hopes to illuminate the lives of the 900+ Peoples Temple members who died in the jungle, human beings not named Jim Jones.
13. Bookable Space with Gary Hermus32:53In this episode of Bookable Space, host Yvonne Battle-Felton is joined by Gary Hermus. Gary reads from and talks about his novel, The Port Edgerton Chronicles.About the Book:Leaving your childhood home to build a new life is a rite of passage. But what happens when you have to go back? Self-reliant artist Penelope “Nellie” Simpson, has made a place for herself in the New Mexico art scene, but when her father becomes ill she is forced to leave the life she’s built and return to her hometown of Port Edgerton, New York. Penelope finds herself torn between her New Mexico life and the one she has found for herself back home when she falls in love with her high school friend, Peter Vandegelder. Things become further complicated when startling revelations of the town’s history begin unfolding around them. And, as if things weren’t tangled enough, a stranger shows up in town, whose dreams and aspirations may change the very nature of Port Edgerton. About the Author:Brooklyn-born author, essayist, actor, performing songwriter, and three-time New Mexico Music Award winner, Gary Paul Hermus has spent a lifetime telling stories. He currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he continues to write songs, stories and essays.To hear Gary reading from the book, visit his website here
12. Bookable Space with Larry Zuckerman39:38In this special edition of Bookable Space, host Yvonne Battle-Felton is joined by Larry Zuckerman. Larry reads from Lonely Are the Brave.About the bookHistorical novelist Larry Zuckerman talks about Lonely Are the Brave, in which an American war hero returns to his small town in 1919, grieving his late wife, and decides to stay home to raise his infant daughter, only to hear a rumor the child isn’t his.About the authorLarry Zuckerman, named for a Shakespearean actor, has been blending drama with history since he took up writing at age fifteen. He has written about the potato’s social influence and Belgium during the First World War. Lonely Are the Brave, his debut novel, appeared in April with Cynren Press.