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May's book is Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk (translated in 2019) -
Sunday, 4pm (for 2 hours) -- And we're meeting ONLINE!!!
Janina (just don't call her that) lives on the Borders of Poland and Czechia, of Sickness and Health, of Heaven and Hell. She teaches English, translates William Blake, and reads the Stars, looking for Answers. Who killed her Neighbor? Why does no one suspect the Animals? And where are her Little Girls? Olga Tokarczuk won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Literature, the year this book came out in English. Who decides your True Name, and who gets to have a Voice--is it the Hunters, or the Hunted?
We are Writers Who Read. We use Literary Forensics to dissect a recent novel (published within 18 months) with the goal of uncovering how the author has utilized their skills for 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
- Language, Tense, 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 entire book in advance of the meeting, and come bearing their discoveries of how the author has addressed each of the five points above.
What is Literary Forensics? Find out here: https://www.garyalanmcbride.com/literary-forensics/