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Flash, Bang and Done! One Story in One Thousand Words (or less)

Over 4,000 outlets are publishing flash fiction, many post one every day. That means a lot of sites, magazines, and podcasts are hungry for your fiction.
What is flash fiction? It’s compressed stories told in a variety of styles, usually less than 2,000 words. Some stories are lists, email exchanges, and classifieds, but many use the traditional narrative form.
Every writer can benefit from learning about the genre, even if they never choose to write it. You’ll learn how to write tightly, quickly defining your characters, identifying your conflict and plot and selecting only the most salient details.
Each week we’ll work on one aspect of these elements. We’ll also discuss stories we’ve read and learn exercises to improve our writing. I’ll connect the dots between this genre and the novel and the memoir.  The four-week course will culminate in a draft of your flash fiction piece.
You’ll need writing instruments. Developed story ideas are welcome but not required. $5 photocopying fee.

Maxwell Book Club

There’s nothing like the sound of a Book Club in the morning…

Founded in 2013, The Maxwell Morning Book Club typically meets the last Thursday of each month at 10:00 AM at the Jeff Maxwell Library at 1927 Lumpkin Road, Augusta, GA 30906. February, they are meeting at the Augusta-Richmond Public Library.

They will alternate between reading fiction and non-fiction. They try to decide 4-6 months in advance in order to give people time to read.

February 22 (Non-Fiction) meet at Main Library!
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
by Stephen J. Dubner and Steven Levitt

March 29 (Fiction) meet at Main Library!
Confessions of Young Nero
by Margaret George

Apr 26 (Non-Fiction)
Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle
by Chris Hedges

May 31 (Fiction)
Shadow of the Wind
by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jun 28 (Non-Fiction)
Outliers
by Malcolm Gladwell

ATTENTION: Maxwell Library will be closed for renovations during the normal meeting day of the book club from July to at least January 2019. More information will be provided as available.

July’s meeting will be held on the 3rd Floor Meeting Room at the HQ Library on Telfair St. Meetings will probably be held at this location until January 2019. Please visit the Maxwell Book Club website for updates.

July 26 (Fiction) meet at Main Library!
The Immortalists
by Chloe Benjamin

Aug 30 (Non-Fiction) meet at Main Library!
The Mother Tongue: English and How it Got That Way
by Bill Bryson

Sep 27 (Fiction) meet at Main Library!
Tin Drum
by Günter Grass

Join the Maxwell Book Club every last Thursday of the month to delve into a fascinating new read.  Check our local library, or with The Book Tavern, downtown for the book club books.

Be aware that plans are in the works to renovate Maxwell Branch, so it may be a few more months than just those 2 months in 2018 that they will need to meet elsewhere.

Don’t worry, there will be plenty of prior notification posted on the blog and Facebook page.
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Friends of the Augusta Library Book Sale

The Main Library Lobby filled with Books for Sale!

Non-fiction and Fiction, Many Children’s, Young Adult books also – great source for home-schoolers. Hardcover books at $1, mass-market paperbacks at 50 cents each. Get a head start on your spring activities – read a book about them!

There will be a final hour $5/bag sale from 2-3p.

Our nearby Friends’ Book Shop will be open during the sale, many new arrivals over the Holiday Season are on the shelves! Hardcover books start at $2! More great deals await you there also! Local Authors, Local history, Rare Books, Art Books, Coffee-table Books, Friendly Friends to help you! Everything priced to sell, stop by and help us get a start on our ‘Spring Cleaning’. Ample parking nearby, handicap accessible, bags, boxes available for easy transport, helpful Friends service in every way! This is a ‘Rain or Shine’ event! Call 706-469-3356 (Friends’ Shop) or 706-821-2600 (Option 3 Circulation Desk) for more information.

Visit www.arclps.org to see what else is going on at YOUR Library, ‘The First Place for Unlimited Exploration…’

Maxwell Book Club:

Join the Maxwell Book Club every last Thursday of the month to delve into a fascinating new read.  Check our local library, or with The Book Tavern, downtown for the book club books.

September 28 (Fiction)
“A Man Called Ove”
by Fredrik Backman

4th Quarter

October 26 (Non-Fiction)
“The Long Loneliness: The Autobiography of Dorothy Day”
by Dorothy Day

November 30 (Fiction)
“A Separate Country”
by Robert Hicks

December 28 (Non-Fiction)
“The Science of Evil: Empathy and the Origins of Cruelty”
By Simon Baron-Cohen

We’ve been able to keep our last ‘Thursday of the Month” for November, avoiding Thanksgiving, and also in December, avoided being bumped by either Christmas or New Years Day.

We will still probably move to Friedman Branch or Downtown again for Feb and March 2018, those locations have worked out pretty well for us these last couple years.

Be aware that plans are in the works to renovate Maxwell Branch, so it may be a few more months than just those 2 months in 2018 that we will need to meet elsewhere.

Don’t worry, we will provide plenty of prior notification and post it on the blog and the Facebook page.

https://maxwellbookclub.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/MaxwellBookClub/

 

To Be or Not to Be Young Gifted and Black

Book Tavern and Poetry Matters Project have teamed up to host a monthly series in which poetry functions as back drop on discussions on race, The program takes poetic licenses from Shakespeare’s question, to be or not to be, the question being different each month.

The discussion this month revolves around the question What is it like to be considered young and gifted in America. Our panelist will be young talented professionals from the CSRA. For more information email info@poetrymattersproject.org.