Mixing up subject matter and part of the MJCCA Book Festival, two authors shared the stage on different sides of the coin on the single life: Devan Sipher in The Wedding Beat and Meredith Goldstein in The Singles.
Deven Sipher, who wrote for the New York Times and put together the features on couples’ nuptials, was always the writer about weddings and never the groom. His book delves into a fictional tale of a writer seeking love.
In putting a good portrait of a couple, Sipher acknowledges he would spend in excess of eighty hours for the sake of a good piece. Thousands applied for a chance to share their own story. He admits that every application is read and even hinted the best month to apply is February when there seems to be fewer weddings.
Sipher admitted this book was partly a “want ad” for his own pursuit of love.
Meredith Goldstein, in her book The Singles, takes a slightly different twist. She writes a column for the Boston Globe dispensing dating advice. In this book she takes all the archetypes of those involved in a wedding and builds on that. Her protagonist does the unthinkable: going to a wedding alone.
Goldstein, who admits to having a cotton candy addiction that lead her to buying a cotton candy machine, says her job is sometimes more glamorized than it is. She is not always doing interviews with fascinating people and answering life changing questions. She notes she has to walk a fine line in her answers. One letter from a guy asked her if it was shallow for him to cancel the wedding because his bride to be would not do one certain act. She could not refer to the name of said act, so she called it “grilled cheese.” This guy loved grilled cheese, but could not imagine his life without a grilled cheese (check here for the story).
In her book, she gets to write about wedding stereotypes: the “singles,” the creepy uncle, and that one person who says they know no one.
In the end “happiness is a choice, and you have to choose to be happy,” notes Goldstein.
Check out these fun whimsical look into the world of dating.
Devan Sipher: The Wedding Beat
Meredith Goldstein, The Singles
Be sure to capture part of the 21st Edition of the Book Festival of the MJCCA running through November 18th, which has 52 authors with 38 events in eighteen days.
A fun way to learn more about the literary scene, A Cappella books is on site selling books so you can get them signed; a perfect gift for this holiday season.
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An Evening with David Sedaris at Fox Theatre April 16
ATLANTA, GA (Feb. 24, 2015) – The Fox Theatre is pleased to present An Evening with David Sedaris, author of the previous bestsellers Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, and regular National Public Radio contributor who will be appearing for one night only at the Fox Theatre on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 7:30pm.
Celebrating the June 3, 2014 paperback release of his latest title, #1 New York Times Bestseller, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, author David Sedaris comes to Atlanta for an evening of engaging recollections and featuring all-new readings.
Dr. Mike’s “The Fallacy of the Calorie”
Dr. Mike (Michael S. Fenster, MD) has a sense of humor in dispersing his dietary and nutritional advice in The Fallacy of the Calorie, but what’s also funny is the fact that this cardiologist is dishing out all this information while criticizing supposed self-proclaimed food experts.
Take this passage, for example: “These days it seems as if everybody has an opinion about food and health. People watch Dr. Oz, tune in to the Food Network, or read some anecdotal diatribe on the Internet and all of a sudden they’re full of expert opinions and analysis.”
Dr. Mike mentions only Dr. Oz by name. He then goes on to allude to a bunch of straw men who give consumers lots of conflicting food guidance before launching into his own enterprising book of culinary realness. Dr. Mike is in your face and sounds like a go-getter, I guess. He says if I’m happy with the food I eat and my state of wellness, health, verdure, heartiness is a-okay, then this is not the book for me. PUT THIS BOOK DOWN. If only!
SPX 2014 Programming Schedule
SPX is fast approaching! Check out the release about this year’s panels and programming to plan your weekend. They all sound remarkable, highlighting diversity in the comics and cartooning industry that is often overlooked.
The Small Press Expo is pleased to announce the SPX 2014 Programming Schedule. SPX continuing the festival’s established tradition of rich, thought-provoking programming featuring leading comics artists and critics in conversation. As in previous years, the Programming Schedule will feature two simultaneous tracks on both Saturday and Sunday, September 13th and 14th.
SPX 2014 programming highlights include special Q&A sessions with headline guests Lynda Barry, Jules Feiffer, Charles Burns, Raina Telgemeier, Drew Friedman. Eleanor Davis, Mimi Pond and John Porcellino, many of whom will also join in other panel discussions.
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