Earlier this month I received an email from a former Writing Salon teacher, Robin Romm, who left The Writing Salon when she moved to Taos, New Mexico to take a university teaching position. The note didn't surprise me, because I had always known that Robin was "going places" as a writer.
I remember when she first applied to teach at the Writing Salon; I began reading one of her short stories, and after only a few paragraphs, decided to hire her -- with great excitement. My only worry was that, because she was so good, she'd probably move on rather rapidly to a bigger, better job, which is exactly what happened.
Here's the email:
I'm thrilled to report that The Mercy Papers (my memoir about the intensity, sorrow, particularity, and fury of the three weeks before my mother's death) is the cover review (on the COVER!!!) of the New York Times Book Review this Sunday. ("A furious blaze of a book...") It also received a grade of "A" from Entertainment Weekly.
Here's a link to The review:
I'm ecstatic, floored--and so so so so so grateful.
I hope you'll read the book . . . and come to a reading. I would love to see you.
Happy new year! May 2009 wipe out 2008 in a flurry of joy.
Robin's book was also favorably reviewed in the San Francisco Chronicle, and The LA Times ("the memoir becomes an exercise in seeing things for what they are, in clearing the mind of wishful thoughts and romantic notions about this life").
Sooo....my news is that Robin is coming to San Francisco next week to do a reading. Actually, what she told me was: "It will be partly a reading and partly a discussion of the craft of memoir."
I'm going to do my best to attend, and I encourage others to go, too.
When: Wednesday, February 4th at 7 p.m.
Where: Books, Inc, Opera Plaza (in Opera Plaza off Van Ness), San Francisco
Again, her book is called The Mercy Papers, and you can read more reviews, as well as an excerpt from it (or buy it), here.