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Monday, August 31, 2015

goodreads giveaway

Just home from ferrying a child who is off to Paris... September in Paris sounds so very lovely.

And now I see that a goodreads member, Janan Cheskis, has won the signed copy of Maze of Blood. Congratulations, Janan...

And thank each and every one of the 698 people at goodreads who signed up for a chance at the book, and to the 275 who popped it onto their to-read list.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Hodgepodge, with medieval prayer-nut

The Annunciation Carved in a Medieval Prayer Nut

Here's one of the poems I wrote for Phoenicia Publishing's Annunciation anthology, forthcoming in the not-too-far-off future. Being the sort of person I am (you can call that mad, or you can call it in love with making things and words), I wrote seven, so that editor Elizabeth Adams could pick one from a group. So this poem is not going to be in the anthology, but it is HERE, and also in the print version of "Books and Culture," edited by the most widely-read reader I have encountered, John Wilson. (The poems in the anthology will be: "Mystic Journey," "The Annunciation Appears in a Painting by Andrew Wyeth," and "Iconography of an Imaginary Medieval Painting.")

I also have a couple of poems in the just-out current (print, though I expect that issue 13 will eventually be up at edition of Trinacria, edited ("by invitation") by the feisty, formal-poetry-defending Joseph Salemi. And those two are "Solitaire" and "In the Dream Behind My Eyes."

Photos: This is a sixteenth-century prayer-nut on display at the British Museum. Photo credit is unlisted at my source... though I'd be happy to credit more than the British Museum! If you want to see more prayer-nuts (they are fascinating) in a round-up of examples, go to My Modern Met.

"Macbeth" with gulls and Glimmerglass and Glimmer Globe Theater

Lovely evening at the new Hamilton amphitheater behind Fenimore Art Museum, starting with a champagne picnic with shrimp salad and duck enchiladas and baguette and meringue cookies, followed by "Macbeth" with newlyweds (well, a year out--still new!) Michael and Danielle Henrici as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Must say that a pregnant Lady Macbeth adds to the drama of many lines. So fine to see a great play with Glimmerglass lightly wrinkled in the background and gulls flashing white against the hills.

Photo from the Fenimore Art Museum album on Facebook.
Michael Henrici as Macbeth

Danielle Henrici, Lady Macbeth,
above Hamilton amphitheater at the Fenimore Art Museum.
Photograph by Macbeth, aka Michael Henrici!

Goodreads giveaway / jacket copy / pub date

"a haunting tale of dark obsessions and transcendent creative fire, 
rendered brilliantly in Youmans' richly poetic prose."  --Midori Snyder

Official pub date is rapidly approaching: September 1st.
I will soon be doing events in North Carolina and Virginia,
but if you have a special interest in my work, please spread the word,
as this is a book from a university press and could use a kiss
from the lovely Lady Word of Mouth.

Art by Clive Hicks-Jenkins.
Design by Mary-Frances Glover Burt.
Mercer University Press

If you are on Goodreads and haven't signed up for a chance at a signed copy of Maze of Blood, please do so! It's a short giveaway, with 330 people signed up so far. It helps spread the word, and some lucky person gets a free signed book and postcard.  

Jacket copy: Begin with what seems the end of things—how Conall Weaver lifts a gun to his head. And now dive backward into the labyrinthine worlds of home, where Conall is the center, into the maze of love, where Conall seeks and strives with his soul-mate, and into the maze of imagination, with its population of weapon-wielding heroes and local-color Texans…and then on, into the maze of childhood, where time seems illusion and all the threads and stories start. Red for the blood of frontiersmen and Indians, Conall thought, red for the blood of proven heroes and mother, the martyr of Cross Plains. Maze for the looping coils of a snake that ended in a rattle that shook out revolutionary warning: don’t tread on me! Maze for veins of blood. Maze for family. In Conall Weaver, the mundane world and the wonders of the imagination collide and shoot out sparks. Inspired by the life of pulp writer Robert E. Howard, MAZE OF BLOOD explores the roots of story and the compulsions and conflicts of the heart in a Southern landscape. “Marly Youmans is a great writer. Her prose is immaculate.” —Laird Barron “Marly Youmans is a novelist and poet out of sync with the times but in tune with the ages.” — First Things “I cannot recommend an author more than Marly Youmans, whose fantastic prose is absolutely gorgeous and haunting.” —Seb Doubinsky 

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One of the gorgeous division pages
with art by Clive Hicks-Jenkins.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

4 more days...

To enter, click on "giveaway details":

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Maze of Blood by Marly Youmans

Maze of Blood

by Marly Youmans

Giveaway ends August 30, 2015.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
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Sunday, August 23, 2015

The Never-ending Silk Road

Supposed portrait of Terence via Wikipedia
I'm very glad to see that there is now increased resistance against those who would assert their power by attacking artists of all sorts--visual artists, writers, composers and musicians, choreographers, and more--for what they term "cultural appropriation." This interesting little bit of jargon is, in fact, entirely alien to the world of art. Those eight syllables would destroy art if they only could.

Because the story of the world's culture is the story of peoples bumping into one another and learning from one another, of wonderful gifts being shared across all lines of nation and group and century. It is a form of enchanting, metaphysical trade, plied in all directions and in all times.

For if art does not transform, enliven, and generate new art, it is not successful. And one of the main ways art remains vital and new is through influence from other people, other places, other cultures. The art world is a great Silk Road, populated by wanderers, travelers with strange goods and magical new energies. These are the artists, those who love to make. Let them meet, let them trade, let them love the world by sharing their gifts.

Terence said this about the matter, a long time ago: "Homo sum, human nihil a me alienum putt." That is, "I am human, and nothing of that which is human is alien to me" (from Heautontimorumenos, or The Self-Tormentor.) Born a slave, Terence put what he knew of the human into six plays before he died at the age of 25. Hurrah for the African-Roman playwright, Publius Terentius Afer, who told us well before B. C. became A. D. what we still need to know.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Triangle Reads--at SIBA 2015

Moveable Feast
panel discussion
 final cocktail hour 
More as I know more...

Spend the day with two dozen authors!

Sunday, September 20, 2015 | Noon - 5 PM | the Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown
Raleigh, North Carolina 
Tickets: $99 (includes lunch and a $20 voucher for books!)
Seating is limited to 100 people.

Register here!

Joshilyn Jackson, Someone Else's Love Story
Amy Hill Hearth, Miss Dreamsville and the Lost Heiress of Collier County
Bland Simpson, Little Rivers and Waterway Tales
Sandra Gutierrez, Beans and Field Peas: A Savor the South Cookbook
Bridgette Lacy, Sunday Dinner: A Savor the South Cookbook
Damon Tweedy, Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine
Joan Holub, Mini Myths: Please Share, Aphrodite!, Mini Myths: Be Careful, Icarus!, and The Knights Before Christmas
Susan Verde, I Am Yoga
Margi Preus, The Bamboo Sword
Hester Young, The Gates of Evangeline
Holly Sullivan McClure, Conjuror
Marly Youmans, Maze of Blood
Diane Michael Cantor, The Poisoned Table
Shari Smith, I Am A Town
Karen Spears Zacharias, Burdy
Deanna Raybourn, A Curious Beginning
Billy Coffey, The Curse of Crow Hollow
Margaret Maron, Long Upon the Land
Johnathan Scott Barrett, Rise and Shine!
David Payne, Barefoot to Avalon
Kim Wright, The Canterbury Sisters
Elin Hilderbrand, The Rumor
Robert Beatty, Serafina and the Black Cloak
James Farmer, A Time to Celebrate: Let Us Keep the Feast

Beginning at 12:00 noon on Sunday, September 20th with a "Moveable Feast" -- a sit-down lunch where authors come to sit and talk with you right at your table, Triangle Reads features an afternoon of panels and book signings from some of your favorite -- and soon to be favorite! -- writers. You will also get to tour Trio -- the debut installation of art and music inspired by sixteen beloved works of Southern literature. Read more about the Trio concept on the facebook page.

Books will be for sale from area independent bookstores, and every ticket includes a $20 voucher for the book tables.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Goodreads giveaway--

The first giveaway for Maze of Blood is scheduled to open for entries at midnight on Friday, August 21. Entries will come to an end at midnight on Sunday, August 30. The official pub date for the book is September 1st.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Maze of Blood by Marly Youmans

Maze of Blood

by Marly Youmans

Giveaway ends August 30, 2015.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter Giveaway
Eligible? If you are a Goodreads member in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Denmark, Falkland Islands (Malvinas), Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Iceland, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, United States Minor Outlying Islands, or the Virgin Islands, you are eligible to enter. Why those countries? WHIM.

Again, the giveaway will be open for entries starting midnight on Friday, August 21 through midnight on Sunday, August 30. Click on "giveaway details" to go straight to the book listing.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Midori Snyder on "Maze of Blood"

A pre-pub review pilfered from novelist Midori Snyder's In the Labyrinth, a great place in general, and also a great place to find a review of "Maze of Blood," labyrinths and mazes being kindred... Though near the end of the pre-pub period (pub date is September 1), the book is already available.

February 24, 2015