Imposter syndrome – What I think is important about the definition of imposter syndrome is that the individuals with the “syndrome” have accomplishments.
I saw the term “imposter syndrome” while reading a piece about writing. I looked it up, on wikipedia.org to make sure I understood its relevance to writing. (I am always reading about this craft and increasing my knowledge of how it works.) Wikipedia.org says – imposter syndrome is held by “individuals who are marked by an inability to internalize their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a fraud”. I don’t fit the definition. (smile) What I think is important about the definition is that the individuals with “imposter syndrome” have accomplishments.
Webinar “Simple, Direct, Doable, Hacks that Can Improve Your Sales on Amazon – Session 2.”
This webinar was held on 10-4-2017. It was taught by Amy Collins, President of New Shelves Books, book sales and marketing agency in the U.S. Collins is described as an expert, sales consultant for some of the largest books and library retailers and wholesalers in the publishing industry. Her website is newshelves.com. The webinar was an hour and a half long and worth my time.
Diversity of Libraries: State of Working American Data Library, the Chilton Library, and the Protest Banner Lending Library
Libraries are places of learning for all subject matter. These three are examples of the diversity of libraries and what libraries offer. They are not just holders of books but also catalogue other kinds of resources. I was reading a 9/11/16 EPI – Economic Policy Institute newsletter in which it discussed the launching of their State of Working American Data Library. The library provides researchers, media persons, and the public with easily accessible up-to-date and comprehensive historical data on the American labor force.
Picked up a newsletter at a local library and found information about the Chilton Library, a virtual library resource for auto repair and maintenance. The Des Moines Public Library describes Chilton as away to take simple auto repair into your own hands. Look for a similar library in your area, or country.
Protest Banner Lending Library
Aram Han Sifuentes is the founder of the Protest Banner Lending Library, a lending library for protest banners. In a Chicago Tribune article, Sifuentes was interviewed by cborrelli.
Aram Han Sifuentes’ library makes, lends and receives banners used by protesters. Sifuentes, is Korean by birth, who has becomea an American citizens. Aram Han has created a card catalogue that travels with the library. Big subjects are immigration, citizenship, race and craftsmanship. A co-author with artist Ishita Dharap of the book Taking Receipts’, the authors made the book to resemble a diary. The “diary was intended to be a log of aggression for people of color- for registering everyday racist behaviors and microaggressions.”
Is The Cat in the Hat, by Dr. Seuss, Racist?
Stephen Sawchuk wrote an article exploring this question, which was published by John Wilkens in edweek.org. Written in a racist and sexist culture says Sawchuk, The Cat In the Hat, is less explicitly racist, than some works.
The Cat… whose main character owes a debt to blackface vaudeville, was based on a black woman who worked as an elevator operator, said Phillip Nel, a professor of English at Kansas State University…
Flotus (First Lady of the United States), Melania Trump, reopened this discussion about the Dr. Seuss book when she sent a package of Dr. Seuss books to schools, and a school librarian in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Liz Phipps Soeira, rejected the books.
18th Iowa Author Awards Dinner
Join Iowans at the Iowa Event Center, on October 31, 2017 for the 18th Iowa Author Awards Dinner. The guest of honor, John Irving will be awarded the 2017 Iowa Author Award. Irving is a national book award winner for The World According to Garp.
Showcasing: Kazuo Ishiguro, Nobel Prize Winner
The Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to 62 year old Kazuo Ishiguro, a Japanese born British novelist, who wrote, The Remains of the Day, Never Let Me Go and other novels that, according to the Associated Press writer, “captured memories lasting pain and dangerous illusions in precise, elegant prose.” Ishiguro, a fiction writer, won $1.1 million dollars in prize money.
Look for blue Grover on the cover of A Birthday Story,
by Lana Jean Mitchell.
Reminder: “Like” my blog page on Facebook. I’m putting this up front so that I won’t forget. This blog is linked to my social media sites, so I’m asking all who read this to comment and/or “Like” it. I did get one “Like” last week. Thanks to you Facebook friend.
Annual Gival Press Poetry Award
Dr. Linwood Rumney – Union Institute & University won the 17th Annual Gival Press Poetry Award for his book Abandoned Earth. The Gival Press Poetry Award is given by Gival Press, a small, independent publisher of quality poetry, fiction, non fiction and essays in English French and Spanish, according the the write-up by netfind.com. Rumney’s favorite poetry book is Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman – important here because according to Dr. Rumney “The work provides a lot of very important messages about celebrating diversity and pluralism…”.
How Fathering a son with disabilities helped Microsoft’s CEO transform the company.
Jason Ward, CEO with Microsoft wrote the above article, which was published on Linkedin, Friday, September 22, 2017. In the article he stressed that fatherhood of his differently abled son made him a more “empathetic leader,” and taught him to lead by helping his employees to see failure as a learning experience, and taking chances as an opportunity to learn. The article is available on Windowscentralcom.
Storymoja Festival 2017
The Storymoja Festival 2017, was held Wednesday, September 27th thru Sunday, October 1 in Nairobi, Kenya at the Nairobi Kenya National Museum. The Festival 2017 theme was Black Peace. It was a five day international celebration of ideas, stories, writing and culture through books, live discussions, storytelling, skits, poetry, music demonstrations, workshops, open mikes, debates, exhibitions, live performance, and art competitons. Storymoja is a publishing business in Nairobi whose vision is “A Book in every Hand”. storymojafestival.com.Ke website for more information.
Showcasing: 18th Annual Iowa Author Awards Dinner
The 18th Annual Iowa Author Awards Dinner will be held on October 31, 2017 and will award its 2017 Author Award to John Irving, author of The World According to Garp and other notable books, some of which have been turned into films. The event will be held at the Iowa Event Center.
Gray’s Lake – Read a Book While You Enjoy YourWalk in October
The Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department with the Des Moines Public library have joined to hold the Bookwalk project. The project, being held this month at Gray’s Lake, is a read-a-long books you can see as you walk. The books are children’s books, Head, Shoulders, Knees,and Toes, Planting a Rainbow, and In the Tall, Tall Grass!
The 2017 Author Fair
The 2017 Author Fair will be held this Sunday, October 8th, at the central Des Moines Public Library, 1000 Grand, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Come pickup a copy of my children’s book, A Birthday Story.
Bye! Until next time.
The Chicago Tribune for Sunday, September 10, 2017 announced its 2017 Tribune Literary Awards. The theme for this year was Belief.
The awards were received by Marilynne Robinson Gilead for Lifetime Achievement.
Colson Whitehead Fiction Award, Heartland Prizes, The Underground Railroad.
Matthew Desmond, Heartland Prizes, Non-fiction, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.
The writers will receive their awards at the Chicago Humanities Festival.
The Fitness Book by Bryant Johnson
The spirit of the “notorious” Biggy Small’s was recently raised by the “notorious” RBG (Ruth Bader Ginsburg) in an article in the Chicago Tribune for September 13, 2017. The two have something in common, strength of spirit.
RBG or Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a Supreme Court Justice. Bryant Johnson, fitness trainer for the Justice has written a book entitled Fitness Book in which he discusses the 84 year old Justice’s fitness program. This is the second book written about Ginsburg. The first book was a bestseller.
Ruth Bader Gindsburg Talks Workout Equality and B.I.G. was the Tribune article written by Kim Janssen, Tracy Swarity and Phil Thompson.
Saturday Story & Stretch, Cowles Commons, 300 Locust Street will be free and open to the public each Saturday, 9:00a – 10:30a from now until October 28, 2017.
Des Moines Writer’s Workshop, will be presenting at the Artisan Gallery 218, @218 5th Street, West Des Moines Valley Junction on September 25, 2017. More info? call 515-255-0138.
Sunday, October 8, 2017, the DMPL Author Fair will be held at the central branch of the Des Moines Public Library, 1000 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA. from 1:00p to 3:00p. The theme is “Growing Local Talent”. Author books will be for sale.
A Birthday Story, is one/is my book that will be on sale. The book can still be purchased at Beaverdale Books and B&N where it can be bought, Print on Demand. Print on Demand – you order they print.
Showcasing: Mfon: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora by Laylah Amatulleh Barrayn – a Brooklyn based photographer – is an anthology of work by Black women photographers and features 100 female photographers of the African Diaspora, “including those based in the US, Africa, Europe, and the Caribbean.”
Mfon:…, the book, is named for Mmekutmfon Mfon’Essien, a young Nigerian-American photographer who died in 2001. Lily Kuo, writing in Africa Innovators/ Quartz Africa, September 15, 2017, published the article. Barrayn’s Mfon will be available later this week and will be published yearly.
qz.com is where Quartz Africa can be found.
Found – the two lost posts. Found – on my page site. Will post them if I can figure how to move them.