I am very happy to announce the second reading for WRITING MATTERS. The author will be BETSY WOODMAN.  Her books are often compared to Alexander McCall Smith, but she's better, if you ask me. She is a gifted speaker, and she writes the most charming and enjoyable novels.  They always put you in a good mood! Her books take place in the sixties, in India, so we'll be serving Indian food at this event. I'm thrilled, because I love samosas.

Here's Betsy's website, so you can learn a little about her. (My favorite fact is that she didn't get books published until she was in her sixties! What hope for late bloomers!)

 and here are some "real people" (my favorite!) responses to Betsy's new book, EMERALDS INCLUDED:

Excerpts from Goodreads reviews for Emeralds Included

I don’t think any series makes me as happy as this one does. It’s not that the stories are all sweetness and light, there are struggles and heartaches, but the wonderful collection of quirky warmhearted characters and the colorful exotic small town setting make reading pure joy.


 Full of gentle humor…Among other incidents, we see Jana having her house refurbished for her son's visit, the half Hindu/half Christian wedding, reception, and the couple's leave taking. Everyone was so loveable I could have hugged each one to death. The author's childhood memories of growing up in India imparted an authenticity to the story no one who hadn't lived there could have done; I felt as though I was right there. This story reminded me of an Indian "Lake Wobegon". This novel was perfect to read when you want something light and heartwarming, with dollops of good sense. You learn a lot about Indian culture.


 This event will cost $10,  and any proceeds beyond paying for the cost of the space will be put into a fund dedicated to providing books to school libraries where the need is great. As with the last wonderfully successful event,  I want this one to be more than a usual reading, I'd like it to feel like an evening out, a night's entertainment. I want you to be pleased, surprised, edified, galvanized, and inspired. The reading space will be quiet and made beautiful. There will be wine and many good things to eat. Oak Park is a great town to do this in, because there are so many good stores and restaurants here, so ostensibly you can make a day of it: come early, do some shopping and have dinner before or after the reading. 

Saturday, September 13, 2014
Oak Park Arts Club (Hemingway Museum)
200 N. Oak Park Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60302

Cost of admission is $10.00
To reserve your seat, please send a check made out to Elizabeth Berg
c/o Midwest Media
7115 North Ave. #303
Oak Park, Il 60302

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