Spring and summer brought many firsts to Philadelphia Stories: our first contest, the Rosemont Writer’ s Retreat, and the launch of PS Books, our new regional books division.
Helen Mallon won the First Person Essay Contest with her essay, My Charlie Manson, published in this issue. Judge and contest sponsor , author Kelly Simmons (Standing Still), had this to say about the winning essay, “[My CharlieManson] was a subtle, affecting essay that took a lot of courage to reveal.”We’d also like to congratulate Victoria Barnes on her runner-up essay, Anthony—A Love Story, which can be found on our website. Thanks to all who participated!
To properly launch PS Books’ first novel, Broad Street, a rocking roster of four female bands will perform at the Tritone nightclub in Philadelphia on Saturday, September 27, following an 8 pm reading by the book’ s author , Christine Weiser . Pre-order Broad Street on amazon.com or through the Philadelphia Stories website. Read a sneak peak, and catch an interview with Christine, also in this issue.
Also coming this fall, the return of last year’ s wildly popular , Push to Publish. This year’ s conference will be held at Rosemont College, on October 18 with easy access from public transportation, the Main Line and 76 (and plenty of FREE parking). Look for more details to come on the website.
And, on a sad note, we must close this letter in dedication to our dear friend, colleague, and essay editor, MargueriteMcGlinn, who passed away late this spring. We still feel her loss and know that her family does, too. We had the pleasure of publishing one of Marguerite’ s stories, The Sphinx. If you missed it, you can access it online.
All the best,
Carla Spataro and Christine Weiser
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