Monthly Archives: March 2014

Spoiler Alert! SLO NightReaders Book Discussion – The Other Woman/The Other Man

In March we challenged you to two books – Victoria Zackheim’s “The Other Woman” and Paul Alan Fahey’s “The Other Man”. Whether you read one or the other, or both of them, please let us know how you liked them. Below are some questions to get you started (if needed).

Do you have a question for Ms. Zackheim or Mr. Fahey? Fire away! Write your question below in the comment section and they will be happy to answer them.

1. Which story did you relate to the most? Was there one that mirrored your own experience?

2. Different authors have different writing styles. Which one did you enjoy the most?

3. These stories are personal, intimate and candid. If you were asked to participate with a story of your own, would you? Why? Why not?

4. No matter what age, gender, education, financial situation, geographical location – infidelity happens. What’s your take on monogamy? Would you (or have you) forgive infidelity?

5. Have any of the stories made you curious about the author’s life today? Would you like to read a follow up on his or her story?

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New Book Club Name and Contest Winner Announcement

Dear Book Clubbers,

drum roll please! Our book club has a name now – and we love it. It is…

…SLO NightReaders

Congratulations to Rebecca Waddell! As a winner of our first book club contest, she gets to pick a book by Anne R. Allen and receives lifelong bragging rights as She-Who-Created-The-Name.

A big thanks to all who sent their suggestions!

Don’t forget – we will be discussing “The Other Woman” by Victoria Zackheim and “The Other Man” by Paul Alan Fahey soon. Watch out for the discussion blog post on Monday, March 31 and have your questions for Victoria and Paul ready, as they have agreed to participate!

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Writing a compelling memior

Writing a compelling memoir is the topic for NightWriter’s April Meeting. Michelle Theall will be our guest speaker.  Currently the editor-in-chief of Alaska Magazine; her adventure travel, environment, health, editorial columns, and sports articles and essays have appeared in national magazines including, Health, UtneReader, Natural Solutions, Alternative Medicine5280, andWomen’s Adventure. She has also worked for Backpacker, ClimbingVeloNews, InsideTriathlon, Recording, Dandelion, and Women’s Sports+Fitness magazines.

Michelle’s lasted release; Teaching the Cat to Sit, her personal memoir about growing up gay and Catholic in the Texas Bible Belt inspires timely discussion about the modern issues of family, motherhood, bullying, and faith.

Join us Tuesday, April 8 at our new time 6:30pm. Unitarian Universalist Social Hall 2201 Lawton St. in SLO. For more information

Are You Reading?

Have you challenged yourself lately? We have decided to go big in March and offered not one, but two books to read – The Other Woman by Victoria Zackheim and The Other Man by Paul Alan Fahey. Each book offers 21 essays about relationships affected by “that other one”. Authors of these personal essays candidly share their experience with you. Some of the stories will break your heart, some of them will make you laugh, some of them will make you shake your head in disbelief. Chance are you have found yourself in a similar position at some point of your life.

Both Ms. Zackheim and Mr. Fahey have agreed to answer any questions you may have at the end of the month in our discussion on this blog!

Also – we are looking for a name that would fit our book club! From the suggestions we have received so far we really love “NightReaders”! Can you top that? Don’t forget, one lucky winner will be offered a book by Anne R. Allen!

Happy reading and creative thinking to you all!

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Online Book Club – CONTEST

Dear Book Clubbers,

Last week we encouraged you to share your work with our members. We asked that you donate your books to us and we will give them away as contest prizes. The response has been fantastic. Thank you for your generosity!

Now – we are thrilled to announce our first contest!

Suggest a name for our book club and you will have a chance to win a book by Anne R. Allen!

Writing and saying “SLO NightWriters Online Book Club” is exhausting. Help! Suggest a name in the comment section below, or on our Facebook page, or on Twitter (hashtag SLONWOBC) before the end of this week. All names will be then put up for a public vote. The winner will receive Anne R. Allen’s book of choice as well as bragging rights.

Ready, set, go!

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SLO NightWriters Online Book Club – March Pick(s)

It’s March and we have a challenge for you – read not one, but two books this month!

We are pleased to introduce The Other Woman by Victoria Zackheim and The Other Man by Paul Alan Fahey. Both Ms. Zackheim and Mr. Fahey have agreed to participate in our discussion at the end of the month!

The Other Woman

She’s been called the vixen, the Jezebel, the Lorelei, the bitch…and other choice names. In truth, she is someone’s daughter, mother, friend, confidante. She seduces husbands, breaks up marriages, and occasionally becomes a stepmother. Sometimes, she is even a victim. So who is this creature who arrives like a wrecking ball to destroy lives and families? She is the Other Woman – but she’s only half the story.

For every Other Woman, there is a wife or girlfriend whose relationship has been devastated or–surprisingly–blissfully liberated. Some women find themselves playing both roles during the course of a lifetime.

With twenty-one insightful essays from some of the country’s most respected and award-winning female authors, The Other Woman anthology explores the highly personal, sometimes anguished, sometimes hilarious, but always compelling experiences of women on both sides of these highly charged and emotional situations.

Victoria Zackheim is the editor of six anthologies of personal essays including The Other Woman, For Keeps, The Face in the Mirror, He Said What?, Exit Laughing, and Faith: Believers, Agnostics, and Atheists Confront the Big Questions (Simon & Schuster/Beyond Words 2015). Ms. Zackheim’s novel, The Bone Weaver was published by Elton-Wolf Publishing, and her last documentary, Where Birds Never Sang: The Ravensbruck and Sachsenhausen Concentration Camps aired nationwide on PBS. She will be presenting at the Central Coast Writers Conference in San Luis Obispo in September 2014.

The Other Man

Inspired by The Other Woman, Paul Alan Fahey edited the 2013 Rainbow Award winning anthology The Other Man. It is an artistic collaboration by and about gay men and their relationships. If you’ve ever been the other man, had him invade your life, or are just plain curious about this beguiling, unpredictable and dangerous creature, then this anthology of personal essays is for you. Twenty-one of our most acclaimed authors, many Lambda Award winners and finalists, write candidly about either being the other man, suffering the other man or having their relationships tested by infidelity. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this anthology will go to the It Gets Better Project.

A SLO NightWriters member, Paul Alan Fahey writes for JMS Books. He created and edited Mindprints, an international literary journal for writers and artists with disabilities, at Allan Hancock College, and it made Writers Digest’s “Top 30 Short Story Markets” list for two consecutive years. His writing has appeared in Byline, Palo Alto Review, Long Story Short, African American Review, The MacGuffin, Thema, Gertrude, Kaleidoscope, The Feathered Flounder, and in several other literary journals and anthologies.

Happy reading!

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