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Saturday, August 21 2010
Featuring our Elizabeth Simpson Smith Contest Winners & A.J. Hartley, the best selling author who graciously judged the contest.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at 6:30 p.m.
Joseph-Beth Booksellers at Southpark
4345 Barclay Downs Drive, Charlotte, NC 28209
CWC is hosting a very special event for our Elizabeth Simpson Smith Contest winners. Join us as contest judge and best-selling author, Andrew "A.J." Hartley, announces the winners and enjoy a special reading as we celebrate the success of three amazing writers.

Stick around for refreshments and an opportunity to chat with your fellow writers, including Mr. Hartley!

A Distinguished Professor of Shakespeare at UNCC's Department of Theatre & Dance, he is a rare academic that writes popular fiction. Best sellers in fact. With several mystery/thriller books under his belt, Mr. Hartley has stepped into the world of fantasy fiction with the paperback release of Act of Will. He'll have several of his books on hand for signing after the ESS Contest readings.

Please RSVP via email to Kelly McKenzie.
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Saturday, August 14 2010
CWC-North and The Warehouse Performing Arts Center
present a reading with
Lisa Kline will be presenting her new book Take Me, and Gilda Morina Syverson will read from her 2010 Novello Literary Award Finalist memoir, Finding Bottom, an Italian American woman's journey to the old country. Reception to follow.
Sunday, August 22nd at 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
at The Warehouse
9216-A Westmoreland Road
Cornelius, NC 28031
For more information, visit
Take Me
Stories by Lisa Williams Kline

“Lisa Kline serves up a delicious smorgasbord of stories…everything from sky diving to cheerleading to alien abduction. The variety is amazing. The writing is superb. A real feast!” --Ellyn Bache
Laura yearns to be abducted by aliens. Teresa wishes she had gone skydiving when she had the chance. Darla cannot resist the spam emails on her cell phone. Calvin Quinn will do whatever it takes to become a disc jockey. These are some of the characters from Lisa Williams Kline’s story collection, Take Me, characters who attempt in both literal and metaphorical ways to escape the gravity of life.

Anthony S. Abbott writes of Take Me, “There is about Lisa Kline’s charming stories a quality of such naturalness that I feel as though I am witnessing the lives of her characters without anything between me and the text.”
Frye Gaillard writes, “This is a strong and entertaining collection – stories told with empathy and wit by a writer who knows how to spin a good tale.”
Lisa Williams Kline has published three novels and one nonfiction book for children. Take Me is her first book of stories for adults. Lisa was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, attended Duke University and has received an MA from UNC-Chapel Hill and an MFA from Queens University in Charlotte. She lives in Mooresville, North Carolina with her husband, Jeff, who is a veterinarian. Her daughters, Caitlin and Kelsey, visit frequently.
Finding Bottom
Memoir by Gilda Morina Syverson
2010 Novello Literary Award Finalist
In the early hours of the morning, a voice awakens our author at her home in North Carolina with a warning that there is something wrong with their rooms in Rome. Syverson is scheduled to leave the next day for Italy then Sicily with her Italian-born father, Italian-American mother and witty, tolerant and patient-American husband. The year is 2000 coinciding with the Catholic Church’s Jubilee, and the hotel, Syverson thought was only blocks from the Vatican, turns out to be miles away. How would she break the news to her overly-devout father that they would not be within walking distance of St. Peter’s Basilica? The journey is symbolized at times by a tense but touching relationship with a father still steeped in the patriarchy.
With love, joy, angst, humor and a quest to unearth a heritage, the reader moves through a triptych of three significant locations: the Vatican in Rome, her father’s small paese, village, of Gualtieri Sicaminò outside Messina, Sicily, and Linguaglossa in the region of Mount Etna, which leaves the writer with more questions than answers about the volcanic region of her matriarchal lineage.
Gilda Morina Syverson, a 2010 Novello Literary Award Finalist for Finding Bottom, has taught in the Creative Arts for over 35 years. She has an MFA in Fine Arts from Southern Illinois University. Her award-winning family stories and poems have appeared in literary journals, magazines and anthologies in the U.S. and Canada. Her commentaries have been aired on Charlotte, North Carolina’s NPR Station, WFAE. She is the author of a collection of poems, In this Dream Everything Remains Inside.
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Sunday, August 01 2010
Willie Elizabeth Towles, who writes under the name Elizabeth Towles, recently won second place in the Family Stories contest with her story, “A Ticket to the Past.” The contest was sponsored by, which is an online site for writers and readers based in Munich, Germany.
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