Writing Events

2/26/17: This week’s top literary events, query critiques and cuddle cafes

MONDAY: Judd Winick introduces kids graphic novel, HILO. February 27, 2017 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. Books&Co, 4453 Walnut St, Beavercreek, OH 45440. Award-winning cartoonist JUDD WINICK, creator of HILO, a funny, action-packed full color new middle grade graphic novel series, will introduce its third book, HILO: The Great Big Boom. Hilo may look like an ordinary kid, but he’s definitely not! This series will appeal to Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Big Nate fans. It has lots of slapstick humor with an appealing dose of friendship, acceptance, and adventure. You don’t necessarily need to start with Book 1 to enjoy the series. More.

FRIDAY: Beatnik Cafe. March 3, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Books&Co, 4453 Walnut St, Beavercreek, OH 45440. Western Ohio Writers Association (WOWA) will present their BEATNIK CAFÉ, a presentation that pays homage to the hole-in-the wall poetry clubs of the 1960’s, but with a more modern style. The theme for this event is Beyond the Reach of Sleep. Performing original work, each writer will present poetry, short stories, or who knows what. Here is your chance to hear some talented regional writers as they showcase their work, in person, to entertain and enlighten. More.

SATURDAY: Jack Bennett Young Writers’ FestivalMarch 4, 2017 @ 9:30 am – 1:30 pm. Building 8, Sinclair Community College. Empowering the spoken & written word of Dayton’s young people (grades 6-12). For more information, call 937-512-3078 or email lisa.mahle-grisez@sinclair.edu. More.

Free feedback on your query letter?

If you want to get published by one of the Big Four, you’re going to need a query letter. It’s how you shop your book around to agents (who then try to sell it to a publishing house on your behalf). Ohio author Mindy McGinnis offers free public query critiques. So long as you’re a follower of her blog, you can send her your query letter, and she might review it on her site adding her thoughts and suggestions. Be warned, she doesn’t pull punches. She calls the service “The Saturday Slash” and says the experience should “be fun! Or incredibly painful!” Check out some of her past “slashes” here.

‘Sleep together shops’

If you’re ever lonely in Japan, you can stop by a club to sleep beside a stranger. No sex allowed. The so-called cuddle clubs are for busy guys who want some cuddling without the hassle of a relationship. A 20-minute nap starts at $38, and a 10-hour, full-night sleep will run you $640 (source). “Other add-ons include head petting, spooning, sleeping in the girl’s arms (and) staring at each other for 1 minute.”

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