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Colin W. Sargent?

Readings, Book Discussions,
Conferences, Confabs:
The Boston Castrato

Since so many have asked me where I’m going to be and when across the coming months, here’s the lowdown. After publication readings and events in the UK with Barbican Press surrounding the London release, look for readings in Rome and Naples, Italy; Washington, D.C.; England; and the U.S. If you’re in the area, drop by and say hello!

Upcoming Appearances:

Muse Writers Center, 2200 Colonial Ave. • Norfolk, VA, February 24, 2018, 10:00 a.m. Workshop: Before you leave this seminar, we’ll help you workshop a fireproof logline for your story that will make your brain dance. It’ll catch the attention of agents and editors. Some writers think, great—I’ll use it for my cover letter. Absolutely, but why not take your logline a step further and use it to check through your plot to make sure it the deep motions of story development are present the way through? The process of developing a logline is essential to understanding how others will see your story at a glance—not just you. It is a doorway for them to understand your story more deeply. It is a magic step that takes the private universe of your story and goes public with it. If there’s no opposition character in your logline, there may not be one in your story, either. Yikes. Your Geiger Counter rattles with a radioactive story emergency. Beautiful. Now you can easily see what’s missing and fix it! Everybody hates to come up with a logline when a logline is the best friend you’ve been ignoring all along. I guarantee this seminar will change how you diagnose and discover the real strengths of your work in a dramatic, exciting way. “I won’t even start a story unless I have a logline.” (Malia Politzer, investigative human-rights reporter).

The Muse Writers Center, 2200 Colonial Ave. • Norfolk, VA, April, 21, 2018, 1:00 p.m. Workshop: Did you know that anytime someone drops into a nightclub in a story, it’s a symbolic descent into the underworld? It’s not just the Zodiac Club in Bell, Book, and Candle. Why does Superman return to the Fortress of Solitude to recharge his batteries? Why are the Friends eternally hanging out at Central Perk? Unconscious cues of setting drive all plots. Otherwise, you’d have to imagine Sleepless in Seattle without the Empire State Building, Trainspotting without Edinburgh. Hemingway wrote about the Spanish sense of the term Querencia in Death in the Afternoon: Toward the end of a bull fight, the bull drags himself to the first magic spot where he entered the ring, where he felt invincible. Bullfighters know this and play for it. So it is with people, who whisper, “Unhook me from this hospital respirator and take me to the lodge on the lake where we spent our honeymoon.” Aristotle says action is character. So why not put your settings into action? We’ll look deeply at the settings in your story and consider how we can make them dynamic, so they can move your readers, too.

Suffolk University, Poetry Center, 73 Tremont Street • Boston, MA, June 7, 2018, 4:00 p.m. Reading, book discussion, and signing of The Boston Castrato.

2018 Hampton Roads Writers Conference, 5655 Greenwich Road • Virginia Beach, VA Thursday, September 13, 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, September 15, 10:45 to 11:45.

Previous Appearances:

United States

Portsmouth, VA YMCA Book Club, 4900 High Street West • Portsmouth, VA, November 7, 12:00 p.m. 

Crafting the Elevator Pitch, Muse Writer’s Center, 2200 Colonial Avenue No. 3 • Norfolk, VA. Saturday, October 28, 1-3:30 p.m.  Have you ever been dumbfounded when an innocent listener (or editor) asks, “Yes, but what’s it about?” This seminar will delve into the trends and success stories related to writing the perfect “elevator pitch.” An elevator pitch is necessary so that perfect and imperfect strangers can understand, in a single burst of clarity, what you and your work are up to. It can also help you understand your work on an essential level. In the seminar, we’ll hear twenty famous elevator pitches, understand the dynamics behind them, and then discuss ideas for your own. 1 meeting seminar Instructor: Colin Sargent. Open to: writers of all levels of experience. Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)

Fall for the Book Festival, George Mason University, 4400 University Dr. • Fairfax, VA, Sandy Spring Bank Tent, Johnson Center North Plaza. October 12, 1:30. Colin has been invited to present on The Boston Castrato. 

York Housing Authority Book Club, 4 Pine Grove Ln, York, ME, September 15, 1:00. Yarmouth Historical Society, 118 East Elm Street, Yarmouth, Maine.  August 17,  7 p.m. As part of the 2017 Lecture Series, Colin will read from and lead discussion on The Boston Castrato.

Historical Novel Society Panelist, 7th Annual North American Conference, June 24. Colin W. Sargent will discuss themes in The Boston Castrato as part of a six-author panel at the conference held in Grand Ballroom I of the Hilton Portland hotel, Portland, Oregon, that includes Daniel Ebershoff, author of The Danish Girl. The subject under discussion is “When They Were Still In The Closet.” Session description: “Times have changed since Victoria was Queen and Oscar Wilde paid dearly for his indiscretions. Western world gay and lesbian notables have had to tread carefully in their public personae, writing veiled correspondence with code words to indicate secret lives behind the veil of “normalcy.” This panel of authors has written about LGBT characters in historical settings — real people and fictional ones in the midst of historical events — and will share their writing insights, obstacles and dilemmas.” Portland, Oregon, 921 SW 6th Avenue, “in the heart of downtown Portland’s Arts and Entertainment District.”

Print, A Bookstore, 273 Congress Street, Portland, Maine. Reading & Signing of The Boston Castrato. “Print is located in one of the city’s burgeoning neighborhoods – Portland’s East End – taking over designer Angela Adams’s old storefront.” June 6, 7 p.m.  http://www.printbookstore.com/

Maine State Society, Cherrydale United Methodist Church, 3701 Lorcom Lane, Arlington, VA. Feature reader, annual Lobster Dinner celebration. Saturday, May 20, 6:30-8:30.The Writer’s Center, Sunday, 2 p.m., April 3, 2016. Novelist Colin Sargent, author of The Boston Castrato, and Maryhelen Snyder, who reads from her new collection of poems, Never the Loss of Wings. The reading will be followed by a reception and book signing.Portland Public Library, Monument Square, Portland, Maine. Brown Bag Luncheon with reading and Book Discussion, The Boston Castrato. August 10, noon. https://www.portlandlibrary.com/events/colin-w-sargent-speaks-about-his-new-book-the-boston-castrato-at-the-brown-bag-lecture-series/

The Muse Writers Center, The Muse Writers Center, 2200 Colonial Avenue No. 3, Norfolk, VA. You’re invited to a seminar by Muse Writers Center instructor Colin W. Sargent, author of The Boston Castrato and Museum of Human Beings.  The workshop title is “Tense: Moments and the Shades of Time”   “The tense of a story sets everything from style to thought. How does right now differ from right then? The present tense ignites Molly Bloom’s monologue in Ulysses. Try to imagine Proust, James, or Austen without the reflective advantages of the past tense. In this seminar we’ll consider character dimension through time. Kurt Vonnegut is an intertemporal genius. So is Milan Kundera, in Slowness. Best of all, there’s Mikhail Bakhtin, the literary theorist. Treating yourself to the way he differentiates between real time and great time will open doors to your reading and writing experience.” To sign up for this workshop, visit http://www.the-muse.org/workshops.html. Saturday, April 1, 1-3:30 p.m.

I AM BOOKS: An Italian Cultural Hub, 189 North Street, Boston, MA. Colin W. Sargent visits Boston’s North End for a reading and book signing at this remarkable bookstore that showcases the Italian-American experience in Boston. March 9th, 2017, 7 p.m.

New England Book Festival.  Prize presentation. The Boston Castrato has won First Runner-up honors in the General Fiction category at the New England Book Festival. Festival awards presentation is 7 p.m., 28 January 2017,  Fleming’s Boston restaurant, Park Plaza Hotel, 217 Stuart Street, Boston. Visit http://www.newenglandbookfestival.com.

Publication Party, Portland Magazine Headquarters, 165 State Street, Portland. November 17, 7 p.m. Location is near Longfellow Square. Refreshments, reading & signing of The Boston Castrato.

Gulf of Maine Books, 134 Maine Street, Brunswick. November 16, 7 p.m. Maine’s famous alternative independent bookstore. Reading, book discussion, and signing of The Boston Castrato.

The Firehouse Gallery, Hosted by BookSpeak, Bristol Road, DamariscottaNovember 15, 7 p.m. Reading, Book Discussion, and Signing of The Boston Castrato. 207-350-6823.

The Muse Writers Center, 2200 Colonial Avenue, Norfolk, Virginia. November 6, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Publication party for The Boston CastratoCome to the Book Launch party at The Muse! “Ten years ago, The Muse Writers Center began by borrowing classroom and reading space from other art centers. Today, The Muse is a thriving literary center ready to expand, and we’re excited to have moved back to where we began, The Ghent Market Shops. Our new, 2,700 square-foot facility houses five large classrooms, two semi-private rooms for writers who need a little more quiet to work, office space, a kitchen, two restrooms, as well as a library and an auditorium.” Light refreshments. http://www.the-muse.org

York Public Library, 15 Long Sands Road, York, Maine  03909.  (207) 363-2818. September 27, 7 p.m. Reading & Book Discussion of The Boston Castrato.

Harvard Coop, 1400 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts. September 22, 7 p.m.: Reading, Book Discussion, and Signing of The Boston Castrato.

Lobby Reading & Signing of The Boston Castrato in the world famous Parker House hotel, Boston, Massachusetts. September 22, 3-5 p.m.: Reading and Book Signing of The Boston Castrato in the reception lobby of the luminous, historic Omni Parker House, the hub of the Hub. The spirit of Raffi Peach will come alive front and center in America’s  literary hotel.

New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts. “Reading & Book Discussion of The Boston Castrato,” 6-7:30 p.m., September 21. Americanancestors.org.

Graves Memorial Library, Kennebunkport, Maine. Reading, book discussion, and signing at this historic library which features wall murals by Louis Norton and was a magnet for famous novelists including Booth Tarkington, Kenneth Roberts, and Margaret Deland. September 20, 6 p.m.

Boston Public Library, South End Branch, 685 Tremont Street, Boston. “Reading & Signing of The Boston Castrato,” noon to 1:30 p.m., September 17.  (617) 536-8241, http://www.bpl.org/branches/southend.php

Longfellow Books, Monument Square, Portland, Maine. U.S .Launch Publication Party with reading, The Boston Castrato. September 15, 7 p.m.

PechaKucha Kennebunkport, Atlantic Hall, Cape Porpoise, Maine. Twenty slides, twenty seconds each. A presentation of The Boston Castrato: “Ten Forms of Castration & the Devils Behind Them.” August 25. https://www.facebook.com/pkkennebunkport/

In England

Lutyens & Rubinstein Bookshop, 21 Kensington Park Road, London, Publication Reading & Book Signing, The Boston Castrato. March 5, 3 p.m., http://www.lutyensrubinstein.co.uk/bookshop-homepage.

Lancaster University, Reading & Book Discussion, The Boston Castrato, Department of Creative Writing, 11 a.m. to 12:15, March 8.

Huddersfield Literature Festival, West Yorkshire, England. Presenter, The Boston Castrato, PechaKucha Night, The Media Center, 7:30 p.m., March 8.

Coffee in York, with Helen Hills, Professor of Art History, University of York, founder of the conference “Exoticizing Vesuvius?” Bike Cafe, Micklegate, York, UK, 11 a.m., March 9.

Philip Larkin Centre for Poetry and Creative Writing, University of Hull. Publication reading, “A Novel of 1920s Boston: The Boston Castrato,” 6:30 p.m., March 10. A Philip Larkin Centre event.

Breakfast at the Berkeley, Berkeley Hotel, London. 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., March 20. Breakfast with the author, by invitation. Free, but an advance reservation is required. Please send request to portlandmagazine@hotmail.com with the subject line “Breakfast at the Berkeley.” Reading from The Boston Castrato, 9 a.m. The Berkeley Hotel is where Amy Lowell and Ada Russell stayed in London when she made contact with the Imagist poets. She booked an entire floor at the Berkeley Hotel, which likely increased her sense of marginalization. Along with her belongings, Amy shipped her maroon Pierce Arrow to London. Her chauffeur’s uniform matched the shade.

Sargentology: New Perspectives on the Works of John Singer Sargent, an interdisciplinary conference to be held at King’s Manor, University of York, UK. Conference finale: A reading from a chapter in The Boston Castrato showing John Singer Sargent in heightened contact with Isabella Stewart Gardner in Fenway Court, 1922. April 29, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.: “Closing Wine Reception, with a reading by author Colin W. Sargent, from his upcoming Sargent inspired-fiction novel The Boston Castrato.” www.sargentology.com

In Italy

Hotel Forum, Rome, Italy. Reading and book discussion, The Boston Castrato, 7 p.m., 14 March, Via Tor de’ Conti, 25-30, Roma, Italy. +39 06 679 2446

Almost Corner Bookshop, Rome Italy. Reading and book discussion, The Boston Castrato, 14 March, 3 p.m., Via del Moro, 45, 00153 Roma, Italy. +39 06 583 6942

Naples Library, U.S. Naval Station Naples, Italy. Reading and book discussion, The Boston Castrato. 16 March, 4-6 p.m..

In Ireland

Merrion Hotel, 1 p.m., April 25, Garden Terrace, steps from the home of Oscar Wilde. Reading and Book Discussion of The Boston Castrato in this historic hotel created from a string of four restored Georgian townhouses, the former dwelling of the Duke of Wellington. The garden terrace conjures images of Isabella Stewart Gardner’s atrium at Fenway Court in Boston, in scenes with John Singer Sargent. Merrion Street Upper, Dublin 2, Ireland.

In Scotland

The New Club, 86 Princes Street, Edinburgh. Reading & Book Discussion in the library of this club with views of Edinburgh Castle. Sponsored by HRH Prince Philip since 1952, The New Club has included members from Sir Isaac Newton to Thomas Carlyle, David Hume, John Buchan, and Sean Connery. May 2, 7 p.m.

In Canada

Goderich Library, 52 Montreal Street, Goderich, Ontario. Reading & Book Discussion in the Reading Room in a city dear to Scottish novelist John Galt, founder of The Canada Company. August 2, 3-4 p.m. goderichlibrary@huroncounty.ca. 519-524-9261