Read all about the Feb. 25 readings in Philadelphia!
It was a rainy, somewhat dreary night in Philadelphia, and for a few hours, it was pretty chaotic at the Heim Center of the Parkway Library in Philadelphia. But once we got all the parts doled out, and got an emergency call for one more actor answered, we had a tremendous time reading two of my plays, along with a monologue from a third play.
"Say He Was a Soldier" was first. It is a play of about an hour in length dealing with a young soldier who finds that his heroism in the Union Army during the Civil War does not translate into the post-war world, at least the world he wants to live in. While the play has some LGBT themes, it is more a narrative of heroism and how the world reacts to it.
"Mom, I Smoke!" was the second play. It is a series of vignettes in which we observe not only the rather tragic voyage of one man over the course of his live over about five decades, but also how society's views on cigarette smoking have changed.
In between, Lindsey Clutter performed a monologue from the play "Men of the Empire," which is set in and around the Battle of the Somme in World War I. Lindsey played a nurse who had seen too much carnage in her young life.
All in all, it was great, and thanks to the Library and Dramatists Guild for offering the opportunity. Special thanks to the Temple University Department of Theatre for providing as good a group of young actors as an author could hope for!
-- Bill Savage
From left, Marjorie Bicknell, Erin Bruni, Ray Hopkins, Bill Savage, Amber Murray, Lindsey Clutter, Fiona Stayton and Mark Knight.
Over the past few weeks, a dedicated team has been placing copies of "To the Mill and Back" in Little Free Libraries on the East Coast.
But now, we are on the West Coast as well!
We managed to get "To the Mill and Back" in four libraries in Southern California:
BONUS: The Granada Avenue library in San Diego (I think it was that one!) also has a copy of "Redemption by the Bay."
From what I've been told, people have been taking books out -- hopefully, to read them!
The books are in 5 states so far, with more to come. If you'd like to place one in a Little Free Library in your area (in the U.S. or worldwide), please let me know at the address on the right.
Here are some of the East Coast locations where the book has been placed. If it's not there, then somebody already took it, but you can always let me know and I can try to restock it.
I will add locations as more information becomes available and as more books are placed. If all goes well, this will expand both nationally and internationally -- especially with your help!
-- Bill Savage
Recently, while lugging a copy of "To the Mill and Back" around Philadelphia to use at an event I was attending, it dawned on me that it was, all things considered, a pretty thick book. I never intended it to rival "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" for bulk.
Also, I noticed that the original font wasn't so great. I'd also been told that on at least one occasion.
So after all that, I decided it was finally time to make a change. I knew I didn't have to cut any content to make the book smaller. It was a matter of reformatting. So all the words are still there. They just are in a little bit nicer format (Times New Roman, for those in the printing biz) and, more importantly, the wide margins are gone.
As a result, "To the Mill and Back" is about 200 pages shorter! But again, the story hasn't been cut at all! And, as a result of THAT, the price is down, too, on Amazon. So, you can take a look there and, I hope, give it a good review, even if you don't buy it!
Trina Kraus and Bill Savage welcome you to their world of writing, fiction and nonfiction, prose and dramatic writing. You'll meet characters, either real people or those based on real people, and you'll find in them parallels to people you have known in your own lives ... or maybe even to yourself!
Two writers from Pennsylvania have joined forces for an exciting opportunity for the reading public.
Trina Kraus, a longtime educator and writer from the Lehigh Valley, and Bill Savage, a veteran Pennsylvania journalist who has lived and worked throughout Eastern Pennsylvania and Maryland, are teaming up to offer book sellers, libraries, and other organizations the chance to meet the authors, and to look over copies of their latest works in non-fiction and fiction, respectively.
Trina and Bill would love to meet your customers, library visitors or anyone else who might be interested in these exciting new works. These books have been well-received by those who have read them, but Trina and Bill would like to bring them to new audiences and meet those who might be interested in reading them.
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