Sunday, November 18 at 6PM
JACK W. LONDON
speaking & signing
French Letters: Children of a Good War
ABOUT FRENCH LETTERS
Eleanor Hasting knew from experience that some bombs lie buried for decades before blowing up to hurt someone. Now, forty years after World War II, a cache of faded wartime letters is discovered in a cellar, causing Eleanor’s husband, Frank, to understand that he really was a bastard and sending him on a quest to find out who he really is - and to uncover his family’s long-buried secrets.
ABOUT JACK W. LONDON
Jack studied the craft of fiction at the Academy of Fiction, St. Céré, France and at Oxford University. His French Letters series of novels are widely praised for their portrayal of Americans in the 1940s, both at home and in the Second World War. Virginia’s War was a Finalist for Best Novel of the South and the Dear Author ‘Novel with a Romantic Element’ contest. Engaged in War earned for Jack the Author of The Year Honors and the Indie Excellence Award and went on to earn the silver medal at the London Book Festival for General Fiction, among other honors.
Jack has presented craft writing courses on dialogue, bygonese, conflict, imagery, structure, and pacing of the novel, and has taught summer school at the University of Padua, Italy, and Herriott-Watt University, Edinburg. He is the author of a number of published articles on the craft of writing and on 20th Century history. He currently serves as Director of Writing Education for the Military Writers Society of America. He will represent MWSA at memorial service at the Meuse-Argonne American Military Cemetery in France on November 18, 2018, the one hundredth anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I.
Jack’s work in progress is Shades of the Deep Blue Sea, a mystery-adventure novel about two sailors and a girl on a Pacific island that, instead of a tropical paradise, turns out to be a land of prisoner of war camps, cannibals who believe that God is singing to them from a military field radio, and an inconvenient Komodo dragon. Jack lives in Austin, Texas.
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