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Enter to win a free signed copy from Goodreads of Looking For Ireland: An Irish-Appalachian Pilgrimage by clicking on this link: http://bit.ly/2tPMu51
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I am delighted to be a featured writer at "More Than Words" in Hurricane, West Virginia, at 6pm on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at Hidden Creek Mercantile. Come join us!
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Mountain State Press, Inc., announces their latest publication: Looking For Ireland: An Irish-Appalachian Pilgrimage by Laura Treacy Bentley. http://www.mountainstatepress.org/
Both a chapbook and a work of art, her book creates a seamless alchemy of elegant poems and stunning photographs. The 48-page collection “... reveal[s] fresh landscapes of thought and feeling. In our rushed and muddled world, Bentley's meditative poems are like breathing spaces—elegant, clarifying, assured.” --- Julia Keller, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Sorrow Road.
"You are holding in your hand a thing of beauty. Here, indeed, Laura Treacy Bentley makes 'words flicker like flame.' The imagery of the poems is married to stunning photographs forming a perfect balance. You will be taken seamlessly on a visual and poetic journey from Appalachia to Ireland, 'to the fuchsia that bleeds on Inish Mor' and 'Blackbirds seed the summer clouds' and back again. This is a work of art that achieves what the poet/photographer strives for, 'to capture wild beauty before it takes flight.'" ---Tony O'Dwyer, co-editor of Crannog magazine (Galway, Ireland)
The official release of Looking For Ireland: An Irish-Appalachian Pilgrimage is March 11, at River & Rail Bakery in Huntington, WV, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Looking For Ireland is now available on Amazon!
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I was recently interviewed on Geosi Reads. Take a look!
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Guess where I'll be on St. Patrick's Day?! Out to Lunch!!
If you're going to be in Huntington on March 17, come and join us! I'm kicking off this new venture with River and Rail Bakery and The Red Caboose, so watch for your favorite author in the coming months. The food is to LIVE for!
If you have already bought my novel, just enjoy the delicious lunch and conversation! This themed lunch will help support these wonderful independent businesses, and the work of local authors to boot.
"We're excited to announce a new venture with local authors that allow their readers to have a themed lunch, a reading by the author, and an autograped copy of the featured book. We kick off "Out To Lunch" on St. Patrick's Day, March 17th, at noon. For March, we welcome Laura Treacy Bentley and "The Silver Tattoo!" Lunch will include Guinness Beef Stew, Guinness Cheddar Soup, salad, iced tea, and dessert! Call 304-399-1247 to reserve your seat!"
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I was recently featured on "Author in the Spotlight" at the lovely Portobello Book Blog out of Edinburgh, Scotland: /http://portobellobookblog.com/2016/02/15/laura-treacy-bentley-author-in-the-spotlight/
Stop by and stay awhile
|Posted on December 9, 2015 at 10:20 AM||comments (0)|
I was invited to be a guest blogger on Vicki Goldman Gilbert's terrific blog Off-the-shelf book reviews in the UK! My post is titled "Drive, Imagine, Write." It's for all of you writers, like me, who have written or are writing a book and have traveled that long road to publication. http://bit.ly/1IEBA8z
|Posted on October 19, 2015 at 6:00 PM||comments (0)|
I read everything from literary, mysteries, fantasy, thrillers, poetry, non-fiction and more, but my secret pleasures are often children's books like Brian Selznick's Hugot Cabret, Wonderstruck, and The Marvels published by Scholastic Press. They are literally works of art! I am the proud owner of four of his books, and now I have his autograph. Be still my heart!
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I was interviewed by Eric Douglas on his radio show Writer's Block. I talk about The Silver Tattoo and my forthcoming short story prequel "Night Terrors." Take a listen!
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Dr. Linda Tate
StoryWeb: Storytime for Grownups
Recently, I launched a weekly blog and podcast – StoryWeb: Storytime for Grownups. Readers and listeners are abuzz with excitement about the new project, and many of them have asked how I got the idea to focus on stories.
Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison answers the question better than I can. She says:
"People crave narration. People want to hear a story. They love it! That’s the way they learn things. That’s the way human beings organize their human knowledge – fairy tales, myths. All narration."
I love Toni Morrison. To me, she is the great American writer alive today. And one of the primary reasons she’s a classic is that she understands the power of story. Storytelling – one person talking to another, spinning a yarn – is at the heart of all her fiction.
Human beings tell stories all the time, in so many ways. We tell each other the tale of what happened that day. Families pass down stories of treasured memories – the favorite in my family is the tale of my grandparents’ first date. Communities pass down lore, the history of the culture, spiritual lessons through oral storytelling. Writers convey stories through novels, short stories, memoir, poems. Dramatists write plays, and filmmakers tell stories through the world brought to life on the big screen. Songwriters encapsulate stories in short lyrics, little tale capsules. Even visual artists – painters, photographers, sculptors – tell stories.
It seems that we humans can’t stop telling stories – and as Toni Morrison says, we “crave” stories. We want to hear them. We want to read them. We want to experience them.
My weekly blog and podcast – StoryWeb: Storytime for Grownups – celebrates this human love of stories. Each week, I highlight yet another storyteller – a fiction writer, memoirist, poet, playwright, filmmaker, songwriter, visual artist, folklorist. To bring the stories to life, I feature an audio or video excerpt from the story of the week.
And when you’re inspired (and you know you will be!), you’ll find links to read the book, watch the movie, listen to the song.
A former Professor of English, Dr. Linda Tate loves stories of all kinds.
After 26 years of teaching literature and writing at universities around the country, Linda left higher education to focus on her writing. She’d had a great run – she’d even been named West Virginia Professor of the Year – but it was time to write!
Most recently, her memoir, Power in the Blood: A Family Narrative, won the Colorado Authors’ League Award for Creative Nonfiction and was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award. Currently, Linda is at work on Ferguson Girl: A Memoir of Family, Place, and Race. You can learn more about the research for this book at her website and blog, The Wellston Loop.
If you’re interested in learning how Linda brings her talents to the nonprofit world, check out her Tate Communications website.
Through StoryWeb: Storytime for Grownups, Linda brings her knowledge of stories to you. She hopes you’ll be inspired to read, watch, listen, learn.
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Prepare to be amazed! Seriously!! Explore this innovative and exciting Virtual Reality labyrinth of books for book lovers. Turn your speakers on, take a look around, and while you're there, enter the door with my name on it: http://inkflash.com/LauraTreacyBentley ;
|Posted on December 5, 2014 at 8:00 AM||comments (1)|
THE SILVER TATTOO is having its first Kindle Countdown Deal ONLY on Amazon UK from now until next Friday (Dec. 5-12) and is currently priced at 99p.
If you or your friends shop on Amazon UK, please help me spread the word. Thanks for your support!
|Posted on September 13, 2014 at 8:30 AM||comments (2)|
Join us for an Irish-themed evening: Ireland: Words & Music, sponsored by the Ohio River Festival of the Book. I'll be reading from The Silver Tattoo on Tuesday, Sept. 16 from 6:30-8:00pm at the West Huntington Library in Huntington, WV. I'll be joined by award-winning banjo player, Tim Bing! This event is free and everyone is welcome. Free refreshments, too. Hope to see you there!
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I will be reading from The Silver Tattoo at The Winding Stair Bookshop in Dublin, Ireland, on Sunday July 6, 2014 from 4:00-5:00pm! If you're in Dublin, stop by! www.winding-stair.com
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WORD & SONG CAFE 2014
Come to the Word & Song Café this Sunday June 22, 2014, from 1-3pm on the beautiful gazebo at 14th St. West in Huntington, West Virginia. It's part of Old Central City Days. Be sure and read about our authors and look at the photos from 2013's Word & Song on their website! www.oldcentralcity.com
For a donation of $3 or three cans of food, you will be serenaded by Jim Rumbaugh and The Harmonica Club, treated to pepperoni rolls, peach apricot iced tea, brownies, and cookies by Manchester House Tea, plus readings from some wonderful authors! Joining us this year to read and sign their books will be Cat Pleska, Robert Yoho, Christina St. Clair, Carter Taylor Seaton, Eliot Parker, and Lola Miller. I will be signing, too.
Come out for an afternoon of fun! All donations and canned goods will be given to the City Mission.
Please share this news and help me spread the word. Bring your family and friends!!! I'll see you Sunday at the Word & Song Café!