|Two of my faves: C.a. MacConnell and Janis Jaquith during our presentation.|
A group of us met there for a reading and among those in the room were two of my favorite writers: C.a. MacConnell (yep, the "a" is lower case, but I call her "Christine" anyway, so I don't have to fool with it much) and Janis Jaquith. They are absolute opposites in their styles, Janis being the funniest writer in Virginia for my money; and Christine smothering in wonderfully-realized gloom. Christine's first novel Griffin Farm was recently published and outside Birdseed Cookies Janis remains mostly a sought-after essayist.
The book, From Here to There, was used as a fundraiser for the Virginia Museum of Transportation, on whose board I served at the time. It was a fun project (essays/stories had to have at least a reference transportation somewhere within them and the writers were pretty damn imaginative with that) and a good read, I thought.