Join the Third Street Writers as they celebrate the release of the anthology “Beach Reads: Here Comes the Sun,” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 11, at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway.
The anthology of 30 short stories, poetry, and personal essays explores the sun as an agent of transformation. Pieces include an ill-fated sunset swim, a weekend rendezvous with a childhood idol, a cliff-side life-and-death struggle, and the quest for the perfect golden tan. The book was edited by Laguna Beach resident Rina Palumbo, Aliso Viejo resident Amy Dechary, and Huntington Beach resident Cecile Sarruf.
Local Poet Garners Award
Local poet Ellen Girardeau Kempler has won an honorable mention for her poem, “For a Catfish (after Fukushima)” in the fourth annual Tom Howard/Margaret Reid poetry contest sponsored by Winning Writers, a statement says.
The top 12 poems have been published online at WinningWriters.com. “Despite its surreal imagery and familiar storyteller’s voice, the poem is frighteningly realistic,” a judge said about Kempler’s submission.
A Window Into Myanmar’s Culture Wars
Set in pre-Myanmar Burma from the 1940s through the 1960s during the most violent and turbulent years of a civil war that has continued to the present day, Craig’s novel tells the story of a family’s journey, equal parts love story and socio-political novel inspired by the author’s relatives. Craig’s mother, from Burma’s Karen ethnic minority, became Burma’s first beauty queen and, later, a guerilla revolutionary for Karen independence.
The author is a faculty member in creative writing department at UC Riverside. A former film and television actor and a Burma activist, she studied literature at Harvard University and UC Irvine. Her first novel, “The Good Men,” was translated into six languages.