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Susan Clare Anderson to give talk

APW member Susan Clare Anderson will be featured on the first episode of the Local Author Talk Series provided by the Scottsdale Public Library on Friday, January 22. She’ll be presenting her new book Everything, which will be available on the library’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram platforms. You can follow these social medias at the Scottsdale Library website- https://www.scottsdalelibrary.org . Also, be sure to tune in on Friday, January 15 at 6:30 pm the Local Author Book Talk on the Libraries YouTube channel. If you would like to show your support, you can even leave a “Like!”

The Local Authors Book Talk team has also created a separate trailer for the program each month.  The trailer for the program in January is available now on library social media – Facebook , (https://www.facebook.com/ScottsdalePublicLibrary/videos/156409235951926), Twitter, and Instagram.  You can also follow us on these social media at our website https://www.scottsdalelibrary.org/ by clicking the links are at the bottom of the home page.

Viewers can find a link to the actual program at the event page of the library website ( https://scottsdale.libnet.info/event/4681273  ). The link may not be available till the date and time of the program.

Wynne Brown on Sara Lemmon – January 14

APW member Wynne Brown has been invited to participate in the Pima Library Foundation’s Author Salon about her work on the Sara Lemmon Project. “On the Road to Mount Lemmon …” will take place via Zoom Thursday, January 14, at 4 p.m. “Seating” is limited, so be sure to register early. It’ll be a one-time opportunity as the Foundation will not be recording the event.

See the entire announcement here.  Use this link to register.

Congratulations, Wynne. This promises to be a fascinating interview!

Carol Osmond Brown Celebration of Life

Save the date – and need help

Carol Brown’s son, Bryan, has booked the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix on March 6, 2021 for Carol’s celebration of life ceremony. Bryan is in the process of putting it all together now. The space that is booked is a large outdoor space but with a 50-person limit due to Covid. (10 of those will be reserved for family.) The celebration will be live-streamed, which will allow more APW friends to participate.

Bryan is hoping to have some stories or testimonials from some of his mom’s friends. These can be prerecorded in advance. He will edit it together for the event.

Please send memories, stories, testimonials to Bryan Lee Brown bryanleebrown@gmail.com Photos are welcome. Also, let Bryan know if you’d like to attend, live or streaming. We will announce the time (probably 11 or 12) and make the Zoom or other link available closer to the date.

Please pass this on to other friends who might not see this. Thanks for your help!

2021 Arizona Professional Writers Annual Journalism Scholarship

Arizona Professional Writers Annual Journalism Scholarship

APW is an avid promoter of literacy. We offer a scholarship each year to a student who plans to pursue a career in journalism or writing.

2021 Scholarship

The Arizona Professional Writers (APW) is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a deserving undergraduate student who lives and studies in Arizona, and is currently pursuing a degree in the fields of English or Journalism.

APW, a non-profit organization (formerly Arizona Press Women, Inc.), has been a statewide support for writers and journalists since 1953. Please review the materials and pass the information along to your students. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2021.

Click on the link to download Writing/Journalism Scholarship Application Form

Contact: Dianna DiMaggio at diannadima086@gmail.com
or call 928-978-5139.

Dianna Di Maggio,
The Arizona Professional Writers Scholarship Committee

January 9 Central Chapter with Marie Fasano

Join APW Central Chapter’s virtual meeting on Saturday, January 9 at 10 a.m. Featured speaker is our own APW President, Marie Fasano who will talk about interviewing for article writing.

Guest speaker: Marie Fasano, APW President
Topic: Interviewing for Articles
Date: January 9, 2021
Time: 10:00 AM Arizona

Both members and guests are invited to attend the Zoom meeting. If you did not receive the Zoom link, contact Barbara at lacyarts@gmail.com

Marie A. Fasano has been writing articles for over 40 years. She says the best part of her work has been interviewing people who have completed extraordinary tasks in their lives. Her articles have been as diverse as stories about places pilots fly for getaways and doing the PR for Air Shows to focusing on individuals who have helped others overcome challenges. Marie has enjoyed highlighting authors for the Payson Book Festival as PR Coordinator for five years. Currently, she writes a column for the Payson Roundup Newspaper titled “Roaming the Rim.” Her column is about anything that strikes her fancy. Some of her previous columns have been about nurses, the homeless, drones, sex education in the schools, telemedicine, and RBG.

Come join Marie to discuss the task of interviewing.

President’s Page – November/December 2020

Happy Holidays to all members!

We are thankful for the treasures and friendships we have received this past year and we all look forward to 2021 with hope and promise. This has been a difficult year for many folks. Most of us have stayed close to home to be safe. Hopefully, this gave you an opportunity to write more novels, articles, newsletters and blogs.

I had some health issues in the last month and am now getting back to the real world. It hasn’t stopped me from taking part in several meetings of Central and Rim Country, hearing great guest speakers each time. It’s so easy to turn on the computer and be with wonderful, intelligent, articulate folks at these gatherings. Our members are terrific!

Our new APW Book Club, hosted by Karen Lateiner, is thriving with highlighting members books and having very lively and interesting discussions. Feel free to join us the last Saturday of every month. Contact me at mfasano.apw@gmail.com for the Zoom url.

Jaimie Bruzenak has kept us informed on our website and FB page. She can add you and your books to our new section called Holiday Bazaar to showcase our members’ books and websites. If you want to be included send your information to Jaimie at calamityjaimie@gmail.com.

We will be looking for some new officers for 2021. If you have any interest in taking a more active part in this thriving organization let me know. Our Bylaws are on the website under the members section. Here you can get an idea of what each position entails.

Here is another reminder to enter the NFPW Professional Contest under the At-large section. Several members have already entered their books, newsletters and articles. Go to NFPW.org for more information.

The APW Conference plans for April 2021 are going forward. We will look at the health of our community as we get closer. More information will be sent as our plans come together.

To close 2020, I wish each APW member the best of health and happiness.

Keep writing,

Marie A. Fasano
APW President

December 12 Central Chapter with Carolyn Neithammer

Are you a foodie?

Whether you love to eat or to write about food and cooking, join Central Chapter’s virtual meeting on Saturday, December 12 at 10 a.m. with author Carolyn Niethammer. She’ll talk about her latest book, A Desert Feast: Celebrating Tucson’s Culinary History, and her 50-year career of writing about Southwest food.

Date: December 12, 2020
Time: 10 a.m.
Zoom: Members and interested guests will be sent the Zoom link prior to the meeting. If you do not receive the link, email your request to Barbara Lacy at lacyarts@gmail.com

Carolyn Niethammer Bio:

Carolyn Niethammer learned to love and understand the West growing up in small-town Northern Arizona. She has spent her life writing about the foods and people of the Southwest in award-winning ethnobotanies, cookbooks and biographies. She began her career out of college as a newspaper reporter, then in the late Sixties spent a year going “back to the land” in Northern California where she learned about edible wild plants. For her first book, she traveled throughout Arizona and New Mexico interviewing Native American women on their use of wild plants. Other books followed on edible wild plants, Southwestern food, and Native American women. Her one novel is based on the life of a well-known Western cook.

Why She Knew the Story of how Tucson Became the first US UNESCO City of Gastronomy was Hers to Tell

Her latest book, her eleventh, is A Desert Feast: Celebrating Tucson’s Culinary History. In it she tells the 8,000 year story of how the residents of the Santa Cruz Valley subsisted on wild foods, learned to grow corn and eventually became expert farmers, and how today’s residents still grow and eat some of the same foods that nourished the local people so long ago. Carolyn has been writing about Southwest food for more than 50 years, so she had a good base of knowledge to tell the story of why Tucson received the UNESCO City of Gastronomy designation. But the most fun, was learning all the things she didn’t know.

December 5, 2020 APW Board meeting agenda

All members are invited to attend.

Date: Dec. 5, 2020
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Place: ZOOM (Contact Marie for the link)
Topic: APW Board of Directors Meeting

Agenda
Call meeting to order- President’s Report – Marie Fasano
Minutes from the May meeting- Secretary – Brenda Whiteside
Treasurer’s Report- Cheryl Kohout
Vice- President’s report- Bobbie Bennett
Membership Report- Connie Cockrell
Central Chapter report – Barbara Lacy
Rim Country Chapter report – Connie Cockrell
Southern Chapter report –
Webmaster report- Jaimie Bruzenak

Old Business:
Skirting Traditions Distribution of Book and new storage – Marie
Scholarship Committee

New Business
New APW Book Club- Barbara
Plans for April 2021 convention- Bobbie
Discussion of scheduling virtual meetings
Committee to select New Officers 2021-2022
Other Business

November 14 meeting with Betty Webb

Join Central Chapter’s virtual meeting on Saturday, November 14 at 10 a.m. with mystery author Betty Webb! Betty topic is “How To Keep A Series Going.”

Betty at La Rotonde Cafe in Paris, doing research for her third series.

Betty Webb is the author of the popular Lena Jones mystery series: Desert Redemption, Desert Vengeance, Desert Rage, Desert Wind, Desert Lost, Desert Cut, Desert Run, Desert Shadows, Desert Wives, and Desert Noir. Betty shows her softer (and more humorous) side in the Gunn Zoo mysteries, set a fictional California zoo. The first book in the Gunn Zoo series was The Anteater of Death, followed (in order) by The Koala of Death, The Llama of Death, The Puffin of Death, The Otter of Death, and The Panda of Death. Despite their titles, no animals are ever harmed in these books, but unpleasant humans die like flies. Betty’s work at the highly-regarded Phoenix Zoo was the inspiration for this series.

Before beginning to write mysteries full time, Betty was a journalist. Writing articles ranging from hard news to features, she has interviewed everyone from U.S. presidents to astronauts who walked on the moon, as well as Nobel Prize winners, the homeless, the hopeless, the dying, and polygamy runaways. Her Lena Jones mysteries are based on stories she covered as a reporter. She has been a syndicated book reviewer for 30 years, and taught writing at the university level. Betty is a member of National Federation of Press Women, The Authors Guild, Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime. She is starting a new mystery series, which involved a trip to Paris. The first book should be out next year.

You can learn more about Betty and her books at BettyWebb-Mystery.com and at BettyWebb-ZooMystery.com

APW members will be sent the Zoom link. Nonmembers are welcome to attend; request a link by sending an email to Central Chapter Chair, Barbara Lacy.

November 2020 meeting of the APW Book Club

Join the NEW APW Book Club for our second meeting November 28, 10:00 am on Zoom (url to be emailed a few days before the meeting), showcasing Marylee MacDonald’s new publication, Surrender.

APW members and nonmembers are welcome to download a 15-chapter sample of the book. If you’d like to join our group and discuss it, then Marylee will be happy to provide the FULL COPY of the book for free. Email Marylee for a copy. Maybe this will be an incentive for you to join! It’s so interesting to see the diverse perspectives everyone brings to a book discussion. We really enjoyed discussing Karen’s memoir, Timeless Dance.

Below is the Amazon book blurb for Surrender:

Her young life changed in an instant. Now she shares her story with the child she gave away.

Adopted at birth, Marylee’s parents told her she was a “chosen child.” She tried her hardest to make them proud, but her parents’ divorce sent her into the comforting arms of a handsome Catholic boy. Convinced that he was her Romeo and she a modern-day Juliet, she surrendered to passion. Unfortunately, it was 1961. Pregnant girls were sent away, and their babies given up for adoption.

Nature vs. nurture: Which plays a greater role in who we become? The family we were raised in, or the parents we never knew? In telling her adult son the story of his birth, can the narrator find compassion for her own wounded inner child?

If you like truthful accounts laced with the passion of youth and the wisdom of age, read Marylee MacDonald’s funny and poignant memoir about how we grow up, grow old, and learn to accept ourselves.

The ebook version of SURRENDER is available for preorder now on Amazon with a delivery date of November 19.

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