Thursday, December 28, 2017

READING from LOST IN THE BEEHIVE

I'm very excited to be reading from my forthcoming novel, LOST IN THE BEEHIVE, at VCU on Feb. 1st. Please come out! I'll be reading with three talented writers, all exceptional alumni of VCU's creative writing program. Details follow: 
MFA Alumni Spotlight Event
Roselyn Elliott
Nathan Long
Emilia Phillips
Michele Young-Stone 
February 1, 2018 – 7PM
VCU Cabell Library
Roselyn Elliott is the author of four poetry chapbooks: Ghost of the EyeAnimals Usher Us to GraceAt the Center, and The Separation of Kin). Her essays and poems have appeared in New Letters, DiodeStreetlight Magazine, The Florida Review, and many other publications. She is the poetry editor at Streetlight Magazine. Rose has taught at VCU, PVCC, Reynolds Community College, WriterHouse, and The Visual Art Center of Richmond.
Nathan Long lives in Philadelphia and teaches creative writing and literature at Stockton University. His fiction and essays appear in over a hundred publications, including Tin House, Glimmer Train, Story Quarterly, and Crab Orchard Review; his collection of flash fiction, The Origin of Doubt, will be released in March 2018 by Press 53. He is currently seeking publication for his new collection, Everything Merges with the Night.
Emilia Phillips is the author of three poetry collections from the University of Akron Press: SignaleticsGroundspeed, and the forthcoming Empty Clip. Her poems and lyric essays appear widely in literary publications including AgniBoston ReviewPloughsharesPoetry, and elsewhere. She’s an assistant professor in the MFA Writing Program and the Department of English at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Michele Young-Stone is the author of the novels Lost in the Beehive (forthcoming in April, 2018), Above Us Only Sky, and The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors, which The Boston Globe called “an exceptionally rich and sure-handed debut.” She lives in the Outer Banks of North Carolina with her husband and son.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

LOST IN THE BEEHIVE is available for preorder, comes out April 10th!

I am so pleased that my third novel, Lost in the Beehive is now available for preorder!

From the author of Above Us Only Sky and The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors, a touching new novel set in the 1960s about the power of friendship, love, and accepting your past in order to find a future.

For nearly her entire life, Gloria Ricci has been followed by bees.

They’re there when her mother loses twin children; when she first meets a neighborhood girl named Isabel, who brings out feelings in her that she knows she shouldn’t have; and when her parents, desperate to “help” her, bring her to the Belmont Institute, whose glossy brochures promise healing and peace. She tells no one, but their hum follows her as she struggles to survive against the Institute’s cold and damaging methods, as she meets an outspoken and unapologetic fellow patient named Sheffield Schoeffler, and as they run away, toward the freewheeling and accepting glow of 1960s Greenwich Village, where they create their own kind of family among the artists and wanderers who frequent the jazz bars and side streets.

As Gloria tries to outrun her past, experiencing profound love—and loss—and encountering a host of unlikely characters, including her Uncle Eddie, a hard-drinking former boyfriend of her mother’s, to Madame Zelda, a Coney Island fortune teller, and Jacob, the man she eventually marries but whose dark side threatens to bring disaster, the bees remain. It’s only when she needs them most that Gloria discovers why they’re there.

Moving from the suburbs of New Jersey to the streets of New York to the swamps of North Carolina and back again, Lost in the Beehiveis a poignant novel about the moments that teach us, the places that shape us, and the people who change us.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Freshmen Common Read: Above Us Only Sky at Virginia Wesleyan College

I am honored that my second novel Above Us Only Sky was chosen as the Freshmen Common Read for this fall 2017 at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Virginia. I can't wait to speak with
the incoming class of freshmen and faculty about my book, which explores many disciplines: literary, art, historical, political and magical.  

Monday, May 1, 2017

George Glass Loves Lily Snow

I wrote, THE END... 

This novel, George Glass Loves Lily Snow, came to me in the same way dreams and visions come to the protagonist George, without warning, spectacularly vivid. I had the idea for this book five years ago, started it, then set it aside, eventually losing the pages in one of my many computer-glitch catastrophes. Enter the beautiful novelist Lydia Netzer. She visited a bookclub at my house for her novel, How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky, and bam, synchronicity, right time, right place... as she was talking, the story in its entirety came like a gift from the muse.

I wrote it beginning in January, and just finished it last night. I am grateful to my muse.