Sunday, June 20, 2010

Lambert Wins Honorable Mention

Pen Women member Gail Lambert has won Honorable Mention in the 2010 Leapfrog Fiction Contest.

Her story, “Aesop: The Storyteller” is set in the ancient Greek world of slaves, sailors, merchants, wars and gods; all of which contribute to the slave boy Aesop’s eventual fame as the most celebrated storyteller in all of history.

Lambert holds a Graduate Degree in Children’s Literature from Hollins University as well as a BA and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies. She was a frequent reviewer for Best Sellers with a review included in Contemporary Literary Criticism, Vol. 30, as well asa Contributing Writer and Editor of Notable Women of Southwest Virginia, 1850 – 1950 published by the Historical Society of Western Virginia, 2007. She authored an essay for National Public Radio in 2009, teaches high school Latin, and is a regularly published freelance writer in Virginia.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

June 2010 Meeting

The Roanoke Valley Branch of the National League of American Pen Women met on Wednesday, June 2, at Mama Maria's in Salem.

The program was an update on member activities.

Becky Mushko, Vice President, chaired the meeting.

Elena DeRosa reported that she is nearing completion of her manuscript. Her memoir should be ready for submission in the next few months.

Mildred Sandridge, currently a student at Hollins University, said an independent study with Professor Jeanne Larsen was invaluable in assisting her with her book, which is a multi-generational work.

Ethel Born reported that her nonfiction book, From Horse 'n Buggy to Hi Tech, which is about the rural postal service in Virginia, will be presented to the postal society later this month.

Meg Hibbert, a guest, noted that she is writing steadily for an online magazine and is editor of The Salem Times-Register and The New Castle Record.

Becky Mushko reported that she has participated in numerous book readings and author events in order to promote her book, Ferradiddledumday.

Margaret DuBois has been working hard to create her arts of oil, pastel and enamels. Her work was for sale recently at the Roanoke Sidewalk Art Show.

The group will take a hiatus and will meet again in September.

Meeting Dates for Fall 2010

The Roanoke Valley Branch of the National League of American Pen Women will meet on the following dates this fall:

September 8

October 13

November 10

December 8

These meetings will be held at the Roanoke Coop in Grandin in Roanoke. Anyone interested in joining the group can contact President Peggy Shifflett at

Programs will be announced at a later date.

Mary Tousman Open House

Mary Tousman, a member of the Roanoke Valley Branch of the National League of American Pen Women, will hold an open house to showcase her art at WVTF radio station on Friday, June 19 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The show is called called Feeling Fired: Masks. Oils, and Watercolors.

The event will be catered by Center Stage Catering and The Blue Ridge String Quartet will perform. The art will be on display from June 1st to June 30