March's book is Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman (2019)
Sunday, 4pm (for 2 hours), Arapahoe Room at Main Boulder Library.
They say that dead men tell no tales, but the corpse in the fountain is positively verbose. Raymond Chandler, meet Madeline Schwartz, nee Morgenstern, who follows a path quite different from that of an earlier Jewish literary protagonist, Herman Wouk's Marjorie Morningstar. Especially after Wally Wright shows up and Madeline leaves her husband and son to start a new life in downtown Baltimore. Especially after Chatty Kathy is found decomposing in that fountain. But be careful what you wish for, Marjorie, er, Madeline...
Each meeting we will pick apart a recent novel from various genres with the goal of uncovering how the author has utilized their skills to great effect. Storytelling is an art, but it's not a mystery. Every writer must address the following:
- Structure, Timeline, Pacing, Suspense, Omission
- Point of View, including Voice, Character, Place
- Tense, Argot, Imagery, Metaphor, Symbols
- Motivation: Making a story pop - generating a thrill
- Why this story? And why now? Industry considerations
We ask that all attendees read the novel in advance of the meeting, and come bearing their discoveries of how the author has addressed each of the five points above.
How does 'literary forensics' work? For more information and resources, please visit my Book Club informational site, here: http://www.garyalanmcbride.com/boulder-book-club-for-writers/