CALA AWARD WINNERS
Congratulations to Michelle Buckman and Regina Doman for winning the Catholic Arts and Letters Award (CALA), or Lily Awards, at last week’s CWG Live Conference. Buckman won for her adult fiction book, Rachel’s Contrition (Sophia Institute Press, 2010), and Doman for her Young Adult fiction novel, Alex O’Donnell and the 40 Cyberthieves (Chesterton Press, 2010).
The Lily Awards were presented at a special breakfast during Catholic Marketing Network’s (CMN) annual retail trade show, held in conjunction with the Catholic Writers Conference LIVE August 3-5, 2011 in Valley Forge, PA. The conference is cosponsored by the Catholic Writers Guild.
“It was truly amazing to receive the award,” said Regina Doman of her book Alex O’Donnell and the 40 Cyberthieves. “It’s the first time any of my books have been so honored. And I felt doubly honored that Rachel’s Contrition, a book I edited, also won.”
Alex O’Donnell and the 40 Cyber Thieves as well as Regina Doman’s other fairy-tale based novels are available at fairytalenovels.com, as well as retailers like Amazon and BarnesandNoble.com. Alex O’Donnell, first introduced in Doman’s novel Waking Rose, takes on 40 cyberthieves with his girlfriend Kateri Kovach.
Oriental fans, swords, security cats, computer hacking, family dynamics, and one hotel business. These factors, seemingly unrelated, come together in the lives of the O’Donnell family and Kateri Kovach…Alex O’Donnell [is] filled with suspense, laughter, romance, and humor.”
CWG Member Speaks at Annual Meeting
CWG member Antonella Garofalo spoke at the Philadelphia area Schools of Community annual meeting. Her speech, which can be read on her blog site On The Road To Jerusalem, details her faith journey from a young Italian girl who only “entered churches mostly as a tourist” to writing a spiritual meditation manuscript. Antonella now belongs to the Communion and Liberation movement founded in Italy by Monsignor Luigi Giussani.
NEW CWG BLOG FEATURE
A new all-genres blog event once a month: Writing Help Open Combox.
Starting Friday Evening at 5:00 p.m. EST, put your writing help questions in the comment box of the Writing Help post. (It will appear then.) Stick around to offer answers and encouragement to your fellow writers. This is a chance to ask for very specific advice in order to help you move to the next step in your writing life.
CWG open chat on Sunday night from 9-11 pm EST. Non-members are welcome. It’s a great chance to talk to other Catholics in the writing industry! Go to www.catholicwritersguild.com for the chat room.
Also don’t delay in registering for the Catholic Writers Retreat at the St. Francis Retreat Center on October 5-9, 2011. The deadline for registering is September 28. You can find more information at www.catholicwritersguild.com or to register go here.