See the great article on Gary Lawrence’s book, WNIJ interview and upcoming STEM presentation at GCC (AZ community college where Gary teaches composition and creative writing).
(and my buddy Dan Klefstad for making the NPR interview possible, and Janet Traylor/GCC feature author, and … and…and…)
Thanks NPR and Dan Klefstad for a great interview and article on WNIJ!
If you missed it “live” today, the interview and the reading of my title story “Baffled” are now posted at the Northern Public Radio website:
Or go to http://www.northernpublicradio.org
Click “Arts and Culture.” See the lead in to the article, “Rockford Native Mines His Past for First Book.” Click on “Read More” link to see the rest of the article and the “Listen” links to the MP3 recordings.
Be sure to return to this site every Friday in June to hear another interview by Dan and readings from another local Northern Illinois author.
To purchase a copy of Baffled, my self-published 200-page hard-copy short story collection, see my website:
The book and reviews are also available on Amazon, but more goes to the author (me!) if you buy through my website.
Regardless of whether you buy or not, enjoy the interviews and please, please support WNIJ. We live in Phoenix, which does have an NPR station (KBAQ) — but only 5 of every 100 listeners actually support the stations financially. Let WNIJ know what a great series you think Dan’s Summer Book Series is, and how much you like NPR supporting local authors and programs. A pledge would be great!
Gary Lawrence kicks off Summer Book Series 2014. Dan Klefstad wrote on Facebook: “This will be a great series. I’m looking forward to it’s start Friday morning June 6 and then every Friday in June. Listen at 6:34 & 8:34, then check WNIJ.org for more.”
Support the local crew and local writers, Northern Illinois!
Gary Lawrence kicks off Summer Book Series 2014. Dan Klefstad wrote on Facebook: “This will be a great series. I’m looking forward to it’s start Friday morning June 6 (and every Friday in June). Listen at 6:34 & 8:34, then check WNIJ.org for more.”
Support the local crew and local writers, Northern Illinois!
Check out Dan Klefstad’s 2014 summer book series, including Rockford’s own Gary Lawrence as one of four featured authors — Friday’s on WNIJ 89.5 (DeKalb IL) and/or at http://www.northernpublicradio.org. Dan is Manager of Content Strategy for Northern Public Radio, and has been doing the Book Series since 2012. This year’s Summer Series includes a short story collection, a poetry collection, a creative non-fiction book, and a fictional memoir/novel.
Here is a link to this year’s Book Series cover article:
Here are some fun promos:
Gary’s short reading and interview will be aired “live” June 6; the session and a longer reading will then be available at http://www.northernpublicradio.org. See the link to the article for exact times.
Be sure to let Gary and Dan/WNIJ know what you think of the series.
The Kindle version of my short story collection, Baffled, is now available EXCLUSIVELY HERE for the low introductory cost of only $4.99.
Order yours today — this price won’t last long.
You’ll get twelve fabulous short stories in a .mobi file to upload on any device you chose. Simply go to my website, go to the Baffled and Other Stories page, and click on the PayPal “buy now” button to order your Kindle version. Allow 3-4 days for order completion. Be sure to put your preferred email address on the order form for delivery.
Order your Kindle e-book, hard-cover print, and/or MP4 audio files today at http://www.garyswritestuff.wordpress.com.
Dan Klefstad, Manager of Content Strategy, read my book Baffled and wants to include a reading/interview in his “Summer Book Series” on WNIU/WNIJ — to air in June. I’ll be coming to Rockford April 25-28 for the recording session. I’ll let you know when I know the air time.
Support the locals — WNIJ streams live at northernpublicradio.org.
Connie Kuntz, editor of the Rockford Writer’s Guild’s The Rockford Review, recently published this review of my short story collection, Baffled, in the Winter-Spring 2014 issue, “How to…”:
“Gripping, nostalgic stories that capture harrowing, life-defining moments with wit and wisdom. Gary Lawrence’s writing is intelligent and sometimes sardonic. I thoroughly enjoyed all the stories and recommend Baffled for the man in your life who has pondered what kind of man he is supposed to be. ‘I’m supposed to take it like a man…but which kind of man am I supposed to take it like?’
Lawrence’s work is quotable and memorable. Most of all, it is deeply intelligent and insightful and I couldn’t put it down.”
Copyright 2014, Rockford Writer’s Guild. Used by permission. A limited number of signed, hard-cover copies of Baffled And Other Stories are available to Rockford Writer’s Guild members at meetings at a discount. Get more information on the Rockford Writer’s Guild at http://rockfordwritersguild.com.
Thanks Connie and the RWG!
PS Rockford just “happens” to be my home town; the Rockford Writer’s Guild just “happens” to be the organization that first published my work, way back when; and Rockford just “happens” to be the setting for most of the stories in Baffled.
FROM MY DEAR FRIEND REV. LILLIE MAE HENLEY ON BAFFLED:
Thank you for writing Baffled. I’m sure it was as cathartic in the writing as it was in the reading. It also had to be illuminating, like writing a journal is illuminating and filled with occasional epiphanies. The courage it takes to publish such an intimate and revealing book—I applaud. That’s what universal writing is, though, isn’t it, words from the heart and soul which strikes a cord in the reader’s heart and soul.
At times, it was difficult to read, and I know why Jan said it needed to be read one story at a time. There were a lot of fibers in Baffled that touched the fibers of my make-up and it was painful to read. Other times, I laughed at the actions and situations in which the characters found themselves or created for themselves.
Some might say it is too revealing, and at times, I thought so, but then the story/characters would redeem itself/themselves and I could go on without any sadness. There is a deep and abiding tone of resolve, if not hope, at times, and I caught on to that thread for dear life! For when one reads truth, one must believe in hope or one is doomed to wallow in the vulnerabilities and challenges of one’s own life.
Baffled inspires me to journal more, re-feel, and question my memories; it also challenges me to find new meaning in those memories.
Thank you, again, for writing Baffled. I hope you write more, and I hope more and more and more readers find you.
Love to you and Linda, and all yours,