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Poet’s Tips from Faye Adams

Poet’s Tips Much of my writing ideas is done by inspiration. I read a lot. If you want to be inspired, read, read and read. Read what you write. I write poetry often because it is short and to the point. When I read poetry, it always inspires me to write. If I spend an…

National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month by Tif Sweeney Did you know that November is National Novel Writing Month (also known as NaNoWriMo)? People all over the world begin writing a novel on November 1 with the intent of getting 50,000 words on paper by midnight on November 30. Aspiring authors receive encouragement from both the online…

Spooky Reads….

It is that time of year for everything spooky.  You drive down the road and see witches, ghosts, spiders, skeletons, and graveyards galore littering yards and store fronts.  In honor of Halloween, I leave you with a few haunting recommendations from my personal shelves to your’s . . . If you are looking for a…

Sitting Down with Byron Kerman

Sitting Down with Byron Kerman, Flood Stage Poet by Jenny Beatrice When do you first remember getting a charge out of writing? I won a Mother’s Day poetry contest sponsored by Famous-Barr department stores when I was in third grade. My prize was literally being told I could stroll through the huge department store, and,…

Cruisin’ the Local Indies

Cruisin’ the Local Indies by Tif Sweeney On Saturday, October 22, I had the pleasure of participating in the second Independent Bookstore Cruise sponsored by the St. Louis Independent Bookstore Alliance (SLIBA).  Back in May, the first ever cruise took place, selling out in record time and beginning some bookish relationships beyond compare.  During the…

Meet the Contributors!

For the past few months, Walrus has been bringing you the latest and the greatest from the local literary scene on our Web site. It’s about time we introduce to you the members of the Walrus team that have been working hard to bring you the best of St. Louis’s events, authors and books each…

A Night With Women’s Fiction

A Night With Women’s Fiction by Tif Sweeney On Wednesday, October 19, a panel of local women’s fiction authors was featured at the Kirkwood Public Library, including Judy Merrill Larsen, Susan McBride, and Sharon Shinn.  To kick off the event, the library released a special pre-event interview with the authors, and despite the Cardinals playoff…

Alton Brown Signs New Cookbook

Alton Brown Signs New Cookbook Good Eats at the Ethical Society by Diana Davis It was standing room only at the Ethical Society on Sunday, October 9 for Food Network star Alton Brown’s cookbook and Q&A session for his latest book, Good Eats 3. The event, sponsored by Left Bank Books and Sauce Magazine, was…

Character Development

Character Development by Mary Troy & Diana Davis Part I: Pink Body Suit by Mary Troy When my first book came out, my sister-in-law was upset. She thought writers used their family and friends for their characters, but she did not see herself in any story. Sure, she admitted, she recognized her body type in…