Thus far, YWM Salons have been hosted in homes which creates a warm, intimate environment for rich conversation. To maintain the intimacy, we will always have live music and art related to the author’s subject.
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Our pilot Salon featured author Barbara Walsh (Sammy in the Sky, illustrated by Jaime Wyeth, and August Gale).
Our 2014 Salons featured Helen Peppe (Pigs Can’t Swim), Suzanne Strempek Shea (This is Paradise), and Richard Hoffman (Love and Fury). Both Helen and Richard were finalists for the New England book prize.
Richard Hoffman was pleased with the book sales for his memoir, Love and Fury, at his YWM Salon, but shared this: “ ….I have to say that the main reason to come to the Salon as a writer is for the terrific audience and the engaging Q & A. Ours is, after all, a post-literate world. Without Salons like yours, I think I would just give up. The other day I was on a plane up near the front, first row behind first class. So I had to walk all the way to the back of the plane to use the rest room. On the way back, I always like to look and see what people are reading… they weren’t. Nobody was. They were all playing Candy Crush or some other game on their phones or on their iPads, or watching a movie. And there you have it. What a world.”
Our Spring 2015 Salon on May 3rd focused on an important subject that touches us all: Writing and Reading about Loss, featuring authors Sukey Forbes (The Angel in My Pocket) and Claire Willis (Lasting Words).
The Autumn Salon, on Sunday, October 18, 2015, will address writing across genres. The panel will be comprised of Susan Conley (The Foremost Good Fortune and Paris was the Place), Meredith Hall (Without a Map), and Bill Roorbach (The Remedy for Love and Life Among Giants).
Your Write Mind hopes to push back this post-literary tendency by engaging readers with writers. We hope you agree and will join us.