For anyone in the Central Ohio Area be sure to check out the latest Summer Literary Picnic event:
Who: Sharon Short
When: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 7:00 pm
Cost: $30 for Dinner and Reading; $15 for Reading Only
For more than ten years, Sharon Short wrote “Sanity Check,” a column in the Dayton Daily News, covering a variety of subjects like ‘The Dog Ate My Lipstick’ or ‘Love Is a Duct Tape Purse’ – all reflecting Short’s philosophy in life: we all goof up at one time or another, so let’s deal with it with humor. The result became Sanity Check, a warm and delightful collection of these columns. The director of the renowned Antioch Writers’ Workshop in Yellow Springs just had her first novel published, My One Square Inch of Alaska.
A pair of siblings escapes—along with a Siberian Husky—the strictures of their 1950s industrial Ohio town on the adventure of a lifetime.
Talented high-school senior Donna Lane yearns to leave her Midwestern home in pursuit of a career in design, but she feels obligated to stay and care for her helpless father and her younger brother, Will. In fragile health and obsessed with the television show Sergeant Striker and the Alaskan Wild, Will’s dearest companion is a mute Siberian Husky named Trusty. The arrival of two outsiders inspires Donna to consider her dreams anew. Then Will falls sick, and Donna packs up their yellow convertible—with Will, Trusty, and a road atlas—and sets off for the Alaskan Territory. A portrait of a singular American moment, My One Square Inch of Alaska is a moving tale of exploration and love—human and canine—that dares to believe the impossible.