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Kelley Armstrong is well-known for her 33 fantasy novels, beginning with the marvellous Bitten. She has now written a thriller, City of the Lost (Minotaur Books), and we asked her why she changed tack. She explained, "With the Otherworld, I saw my style as a fantasy and thriller mash-up. In the Cainsville series, I increased the mystery and decreased the fantasy, and realized that was the direction I wanted to head.
Miami Book Fair (MBF) produced by Miami Dade College (MDC), in partnership with Imagineart Media Productions, will present Mr. Michel Joseph Martelly, former President of Haiti. Martelly will discuss his new book, Michel Martelly Autobiographie, at 8 p.m., Wednesday, May 18, at MDC’s Wolfson Campus.
As Mother’s Day approaches, it can be a difficult time for women who have lost their mothers to death. Author L.K. Alexander-Bedford wrote Straight from the Heart and Spirit of a Mother to bring comfort, strength and faith to all women in need but especially to those like her, the motherless. During this Mother’s Day weekend, she hopes to encourage young women who miss that very important bond.
Wednesday, May 4 - Saturday, May 7, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 4-Day Workshop.  This workshop will offer concrete strategies for writing when the only teacher available is a book. We will explore the ways “reading to write” can result in new poems. During the week we will look at how an assortment of poems “shadow,” imitate, and are in conversation with other poems and other forms (music, film, journalism). Most importantly, inventive imitations and transformations will be generated in response to the reading.
Wednesday, May 4 - Saturday, May 7, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 4-Day Workshop.  Are your characters falling flat? Has your plot soured and curdled? This workshop proposes the cure: conflict through character, or the bottom-up approach. While many writers start with an idea of a plot or even a theme, this workshop starts with the proposition that when we let our characters do what they will, we end up with conflicts that soar, plots that dazzle. We will visit with your old characters and your new ones: all you need to bring are their thoughts and voices, a pen and paper (or a laptop), and your creative willingness.
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