Weather Report, July 25

 

THIS WEEK’S FEATURED BOOKS, “CONJURING CASANOVA,” BY MELISSA REA, “THE RIVER’S MEMORY,” BY SANDRA GAIL LAMBERT AND “SHORT STORIES BY TEXAS AUTHORS,” CAN BE FOUND BY SCROLLING DOWN BELOW THIS POST.

This Thursday, Samuel Staley will be one of the main speakers at a forum in Tallahasee, FLA on campus sexual assault. His new book, “Unsafe on Any Campus,” will make its debut the same day, and we’ll be featuring it on Snowflakes in a Blizzard beginning tomorrow.

According to Sam: “This is a controversial issue, but I hope my contribution helps move the debate and public discussion forward. We will be holding a live Internet event via Facebook (taking questions from the world!) as well as a live forum in Tallahassee open to the general public. See and download the event flyer at www.campusninjaselfdefense.com or by clicking here. If you want to follow the event on Facebook, message me (Sam R Staley) or go to this Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1141521292601390. These experts in the field of sexual assault will be giving a presentation on college sexual assault rates, prevention, campus policy, and protecting friends and loved ones from becoming victims.

The event is being held at the Element3 Church in Tallahassee from 7:00pm-8:30pm. Sam, by the way, owns a black  belt in To Shin Do, which he says is linked to a ninja connection.

CHILDREN’S BOOKS: One of our featured books this week is a definite departure from our norm (if, in fact, we have a norm) — Scott Schafer’s “The Devious Mr. Mischievious.”

When Scott first reached out to me about this, I initially told him that Snowflakes didn’t include children’s books. Later, though, I thought about it and came to the conclusion: Why not?

The book is clever, and it’s gotten good reviews. Plus, at this point in the summer, those of you with young children might be looking for something new with which to amuse them.

Lest we be inundated by the successors to Dr. Seuss, however, I must point out that “The Mr. Devious Mr. Mischievious” is an exception to the rule, not a new direction. I love kids’ books, and I loved reading them to my children and grandchildren, but they tend to be focused more on the artwork more than the text, and don’t really lend themselves to a blog geared (I assume, anyway) to adults.

FOLLOWERS: I’m not entirely sure how this happened, but I managed to plug this blog into Twitter recently, which expanded our follower’s list from 155 to 1,621. That’s a little like moving from Mayberry to Chicago. I’m not sure where all of you have come from, but I welcome you wholeheartedly.

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UPCOMING ON SNOWFLAKES IN A BLIZZARD, JULY 26-AUGUST 1

“FAULKNER & FRIENDS,” BY VICKI SHALLOUM

This is one of two books featured this week (“The Collector of Tears” is the other) that were published by Underground Voices, a small Los Angeles press.

Annie Ajami’s book store, Faulkner & Friends, provides not just a book store but a salon and haven for writers, and a beacon of culture in a run-down neighborhood. But just when the fledgling store seems destined to become financially viable, offering a lifeline to a better future for the destitute characters who have become her adopted family, the shop is plunged into a world of violence and Annie’s dream for a literary life falls to ruin, like scattered pages from a broken bookbinding.

“THE COLLECTOR OF TEARS,” BY MICHAEL C. KEITH

Writes the very prolific Mr. Keith: “This was my eighth short story collection and, hopefully, a continued evolution of my imagination and writing style. This smallish volume contains 33 tales, taking under a year to write. On average, it takes me around six months to fill a collection. At the moment, I’ve just finished the draft of my 13th collection. It was much faster to put together, since it contains very short pieces––nanos/micros, if you will.”

 

“UNSAFE ON ANY CAMPUS? COLLEGE SEXUAL ASSAULT AND WHAT WE CAN DO ABUT IT.” BY SAMUEL STALEY.

“Unsafe on Any Campus? College Sexual Assault and What We Can Do About” takes an unflinching and unsparing look at modern campus culture and why it places so many young adults at risk for sexual assault and rape. The book starts with the story of how author Sam Staley become increasingly focused on this issue through his relationships with students (although not students he taught), hearing and then understanding their stories, and his work as a volunteer self-defense coach at Florida State University. The depth of the trauma from rape and sexual assault set it aside from other crimes such as assault and theft, and why the sexual assault trauma is so emotionally devastating became a central part of commitment to raise awareness about this issue and identify meaningful. After witnessing an unfolding, spontaneous dialogue between more than a dozen women on a bathroom stall door, he committed himself to writing Unsafe on Any Campus? as a clarion call and primer on this problem.

 

“THE DEVIOUS MR. MISCHIEVIOUS,” BY SCOTT SCHAFER.

Writes Scott:”Mr. Mischievious is the misunderstood and eccentric recluse of the neighborhood. No one is quite sure what he is all about. His dress definitely makes him mischievous, as he wears a long trench coat and over-sized hat, complete with a comical moustache. It doesn’t take long before Mr. Mischievous finally gets bored with his environment and one day, comes out of hiding unleashing his ‘artistic talents’ upon the unsuspecting neighborhood

This gets him into some trouble, and as everyone in the neighborhood retaliates, they find out what Mr. Mischievious really is all about, and why he spends all of his time inside his home.

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