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September 15 2013 Literary Fiction Newsletter

Hi there!

This week's literary fiction newsletter has some interesting information that I trust you'll find most useful. As usual, I'll first present to you the latest article from the literary fiction site: A list of more Canadian Classics from Mid-Late 20th Century.

Enjoying Canadian classics so far, have you? Want to read some more deep-themed fiction? This article lists more Canadian classics during the mid-to-late 20th century era. Here is the link:

Canadian Classics - Mid-Late 20th Century


>> dither [DIHTH-er] Verb

Meaning: a trembling; vibration; a state of flustered excitement or fear.
Synonym: agitation, excitement, outcry, disoriented
Antonym: calm, peace, sense


> {} Popular TV series Downton Abbey is featuring a new and interesting character this new season. Actress Christina Carty is set to play the role of a literary character who is well-known and much loved by literary lovers: Virginia Woolf. Carty's character will appear on the show's 4th season during a run-in with the Crawleys, possibly as part of Lady Edith's new adventures in journalism.

> {} Some of New Zealand's most celebrated authors will be heading to Marlborough as the town prepares for its fourth LitFest, which will be taking place from September 27 to 29. During this time, Marlborough is set to be packed with novelists, playwrights and poets, with events for adults and children. Fay Weldon, author, playwright and the LitFest's Golding Speaker for 2013, is set to open the festival where she will be discussing her latest novel - Long Live the King, the second in her Love and Inheritance trilogy.

> {} Here's a brief list of USA TODAY's picks for book lovers, which include Someone, the new novel by Alice McDermott, and Amanda Lindhout's A House in the Sky, a shockingly intense memoir of being held captive in Somalia. The rest in the list are as follows: Wilson, by A. Scott Berg; The Girl You Left Behind, by Jojo Moyes; The Returned, by Jason Mott.


September 12 - Michael Ondaatje
September 13 - Roald Dahl
September 14 - Geraldine Brooks
September 15 - Agatha Christie
September 15 - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
September 17 - Ken Kesey
September 19 - William Golding
September 20 - Upton Sinclair
September 21 - Stephen King


MaddAddam, by Margaret Atwood - September 3, 2013
Someone, by Alice McDermott - September 10, 2013
Songs of Willow Frost, by Jamie Ford - September 10, 2013
Five Days at Memorial, by Sheri Fink - September 10, 2013
Dissident Gardens, by Jonathan Lethem - September 10, 2013
Help for the Haunted, by John Searles - September 17, 2013
The Longest Ride, by Nicholas Sparks - September 17, 2013
Bleeding Edge, by Thomas Pynchon - September 17, 2013
Doctor Sleep, by Stephen King - September 24, 2013


Learn how to prepare a dish that you love but don't know how to prepare...something you'd be most excited to serve. Google up the recipe for it; perhaps get a book at your library for it, and find out the ingredients you'll need for them. Not everyone enjoys cooking, but if you do, then you know about that euphoric sensation that is felt when you get a certain recipe just right, and you can't wait to show off your dish and give those around you a taste! So, let's do this. This week.


Some people will test you, some will use you, and some will teach you; but most importantly, some will bring out the very best in you. Learn to see and accept the differences between these people, and carry on accordingly.
-- Unknown


In the last newsletter, I had made mention of a new series of contests which I'll be holding every 6 weeks, and I'd absolutely love for you to participate! I'd also given a brief run-through about what's generally to be expected in the contest in terms of style and quality. (If you need a refresher about what was discussed, here's the link to the last newsletter:

As I had mentioned before, one of the goals of this contest is to expand on our knowledge of literature and appreciate the beauty of its artistic stance. I do look forward to receiving your various responses and on expanding on my knowledge of literature!

CONTEST QUESTIONS - Pick one (1) only

1. THEME: Escape (escape from family pressures; escaping social constraints)
WHAT TO DO: Relate theme to any book you've read in your lifetime (300-400 words). It could be about a character in the book, or just the general idea of escape. It shouldn't matter what genre, as long as it's fiction. It doesn't matter if you write in 1st or 3rd person style.


WHAT TO DO: Try your hand on literary writing. Incorporate these 5 words in a 300/400-word fictional blurb that you have made up. This blurb could be a short prose/flash fiction or prose-poem. The five words must flow together with your story, must make sense, and should contain a literary element (read more on literary elements here

Contest will run from SEPTEMBER 16, 2013 TO OCTOBER 16, 2013. Please post/paste all blurbs to the comment box on my Bio page -, and include your name, email address and which question your blurb addresses. Please DO NOT reply to this email with your written attachments :)

A winner will be chosen after a few weeks of reviewing, and his/her work will be showcased on the literary fiction site. How exciting is this contest going to be!

I do hope you enjoyed the additions to the Literary Fiction newsletter; feel free to contact me with your comments, questions and/or concerns, I thrive greatly on your feedback! Simply reply to this newsletter, or type your message into the comment box on my Bio page (

Do pass on this email along to family and friends; we all love free knowledge. Happy writing and posting!

Warmest regards,

Ije Kanu, Literary Fiction Editor

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