Youmans (pronounced like 'yeoman' with an 's' added) is the best-kept secret among contemporary American writers.--John Wilson, editor, Books and Culture.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

TO ROANOKE & BACK

With Alan Bobowski, Director of the Rockbridge
Regional Library in Lexington, Virginia.
Photo by Jamie Rexrode.
SPEAKING AT MALIA
Despite the final plane (many maintenance men, aborted takeoff, maintenance men redux, and bumpy ride home), I had a grand time in Roanoke talking to MALIA, The Mid Atlantic Library Independent Alliance at the lavish new South County Library on April 20th. It was lovely have lunch with and talk to librarians, particularly my contact, Alan Bobowski, head of the Rockbridge Library in Lexington. I did a talk called "The Library's Child," and read from three genres of my work--discussion and signing afterward. The only sad part was arriving in Albany late and missing the packed-out soprano recital of my friend, painter and singer Yolanda Sharpe, accompanied by Craig Morrow. 

In other book-related news: Read chapter one of A Death at the White Camellia Orphanage at ScribdBook page.  See the new facebook pageGoodreads giveway, April 15-May 15: 24 copies. Amazon hardcover and ebook reader reviews are starting to appear. In celebration of the new book and National Poetry Month, Mercer is offering The Throne of Psyche at 20% off plus free shipping.  Discount code: POETRY

Mary Boxley Bullington,
The Stowaways (Noah Series.)
47" x 26"
MARY BOXLEY BULLINGTON  One wonderful extra thing about being in Roanoke was spending two evenings with former medievalist and then-and-now painter, Mary Boxley Bullington. Mary came to my "The Library's Child" talk and reading, and brought along friend Beth Garst. Mary is about to have a show in Charleston, West Virginia at The Art Store Gallery, and she also organizes the Open Studios Roanoke, which takes place next weekend. I had the fun of poking around her bungalow and seeing all her in-progress and just-framed work for upcoming shows, as well as visiting her gallery in downtown Roanoke, where enjoyed talking with painter Ann Glover. If you're there or passing through, be sure and stop at The Market Gallery. Mary is wonderfully interesting, exuberant, and funny, a great companion. 

DOWN FROM THE HILLS: Paintings and works on paper by Ashley Norwood Cooper.
Red Fox. Casein on board. 30" x 30."  2012.
Today I had another art-filled day, as I walked over to my friend Ashley's house to see the new work she is taking to New York tomorrow for her one-woman show at First Street Gallery. It is always a great pleasure to know painters and see their work evolve over years, and to have a sense of the artist's sensibility behind those changes. If you live in New York City or are passing through, please visit Ashley Norwood Cooper at First Street. Her opening reception will take place on April 28th from 3-5 p.m. She will also be present for Frieze Art Fair (May 4-5) from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, and will participate in Chelsea Open Studios (May 11-13, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily.) 

3 comments:

  1. Marly, I am just glad that you made it back home safe, and sound. I am sure there will be other doors opening for me to sing when you are in town.

    YO

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  2. Hi Miss Yo-Yo--

    I certainly hope so!

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  3. Can't resist tossing in a comment off fb. Mary B. says: My definition of "exuberant": crazier'n' a sceech owl--

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Alas, I must once again remind large numbers of Chinese salesmen and other worldwide peddlers that if they fall into the Gulf of Spam, they will be eaten by roaming Balrogs. The rest of you, lovers of grace, poetry, and horses (nod to Yeats--you do not have to be fond of horses), feel free to leave fascinating missives and curious arguments.