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Thursday, February 4th, 2021, 7:00-8:30pm
In the Key of New York City: A Virtual Event with Rebecca McClanahan and Gilda Morina Syverson 

Hosted by Main Street Books and Charlotte Writers’ Club North, this reading and conversation features the newest book by Rebecca McClanahan, In the Key of New York City: A Memoir in Essays. Memoirist Gilda Morina Syverson will interview Rebecca about the process of writing the book, in particular how she created a cohesive memoir-in-essays from individual essays.

Rebecca McClanahan, the author of eleven books, has received two Pushcart prizes, the Glasgow Award in Nonfiction, the Wood Prize from Poetry Magazine, and the Carter Prize for the Essay. Her work has appeared in Best American Essays, Best American Poetry, Georgia Review, Kenyon Review, Boulevard, The Sun, and in anthologies published by Simon & Schuster, Beacon, Norton, and Bedford/St. Martin, and numerous others. She lives in Charlotte with her husband, video producer Donald Devet, and teaches in the MFA programs of Rainier Writing Workshop and Queens University. 

Gilda Morina Syverson is the author of two poetry books and the memoir, My Father’s Daughter, From Rome to Sicily. Her memoir was a Novello Literary Award Finalist, a Nominee for the Ragan Old North State Award for Nonfiction, Runner-Up for Autobiography in the Great Southeast Book Festival, and Best Seller at Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies, and she has been interviewed on various podcasts and tv programs. Gilda has taught memoir writing for over 20 years, including 15 years at Queens University of Charlotte. 

Virtual Meeting: REGISTER HERE.


2020-2021 CWC North Upcoming Events

August-September - Beyond Poems and Paintings: An Ekphrastic Art Exhibit

October 17, 2020 - 11am-1pm - Chronicling Death, Celebrating a Life led by Ken Garfield

January 7th, 2020 - 7pm - Honoring Anthony “TONY” S. Abbott’s Life and His Last Book of Poem

February 4th, 2021 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm - In the Key of New York City: A Virtual Event with Rebecca McClanahan and Gilda Morina Syverson 

February 27th, 2021 - Playwright Workshop led by Elizabeth Searle

May 6th, 2021 - 7pmCeliac Mom by Ann Campanella: A Virtual Book Launch and Q&A


A Virtual Playwriting Presentation with Elizabeth Searle

A virtual playwriting presentation hosted by Charlotte Writers’ Club North will be held February 27, 2020.  Details about this event will be coming soon.

Elizabeth Searle is the author of five books of fiction, most recently her novel We Got Him, and the librettist of Tonya & Nancy:  The Rock Opera, which has drawn major media coverage and which has been produced around the country, including in Boston, Chicago, LA and in NYC.

Her previous books are: her novel Girl Held in Home, as well as Celebrities in Disgrace, a novella that the New York Times Book Review called ‘a miniature masterpiece’; A Four-Sided Bed, a novel nominated for an ALA Book Aware, and My Body to You, which won the Iowa Short Fiction Prize. 

Celebrities in Disgrace and A Four-Sided Bed are produced as short films screening at festivals, most recently in Cannes, 2019.  A Four-Sided Bed is in development as a feature film; the script has won multiple awards.  Elizabeth’s theater works have been featured on Good Morning America, CBS, CNN, NPR, the AP and more. 

Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera has a 2020 production starring Broadway’s Andrea McArdle and a CD out from Broadway records.  The show has been reviewed as ‘brilliant and touching’ and has generated worldwide media attention.

To register and pay for the workshop please click on Virtual Playwriting Workshop.

Member Cost: $30
Non-member Cost: $40


Thursday, May 6, 2021: 7 p.m. — Celiac Mom by Ann Campanella: A Virtual Book Launch and Q&A

What does it mean to go gluten-free?  Is it even possible?  Why would someone do it?

Ann Campanella and her husband were wedded to wheat until their daughter was diagnosed with celiac disease at the age of five.  A noncook, Ann became determined to keep Sydney safe from gluten, a substance that was literally poisoning her young daughter.  In her new memoir, Celiac Mom, Ann reveals the benefits and challenges of upending a wheat-filled life.

Ann will read short selections from her book and answer questions about her family’s transition to a gluten-free lifestyle.  She will share the health benefits they have seen and how Sydney has adapted to life without wheat.

This event is sponsored by Charlotte Writers’ Club North and Main Street Books.  It will be hosted on Zoom by Main Street Books. 

HOW TO REGISTER will be added when detail are available.

Ann Campanella is a former magazine and newspaper editor.  She is the author of the award-winning memoir, Motherhood: Lost and Found and four collections of poems.  Ann’s work has been published around the world, and she has discussed her writing on numerous podcasts. She was recognized by her hometown newspaper as one of the Most Influential Women in her community.  She lives on a small farm with her family and animals.

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