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r f Get . 1|. !! at i [i We've heard your feedback! For just a year, YoU'll gain [I access to daily online content and our weekly E-Edition i| sign up online for our new Silver Package! [[ A standout junior and leader on the court, Jade Vrobel to lead Pats in 2019 B1 Wednesday, November 14, 2018 'Xochitl & Ximena' BIll Check out Robert Snyder's new homegrown comic strip ti ida' e e e GEORGIA C. DuBOSE peeial to the Spirit Patricia En- gel's visit to Four Sea- sons Books next week will be one of "at least 50" that she has made to promote her writing. The winner of the 2017 Dayton Literary Peace Prize and a profes- sor in the creative writing depart7 ment at Miami University, Engel Hill tall about the creative process when she visits Shepherdstown. i "I've for 10 been appearing years at independent book stores ,all ovCff the United States and I llovd them," Engel said recent- tly. "Auth0rs greatly benefit from 'ithe encouragement, and the con- ,tact w th the audmnce. Before I be- i ' icame a pubhshed writer, I went to : :; ] : !the bookstore appearances of oth- writers, and learned a lot from I still go sometimes to hear co and Canada. In Cgiombia, her parents coun- other people." try of origin, the Spanish language 13efore she had any books pub- translation of "Vida" won the 2016 fished, Engel began public read- Premio Biblioteca de Narrativa Co- Engel has done book tours for all three of her books. Her second is the romantic and gently heartbreak- ing "It's Not Love; It's Just Pads," and the third is a powerful novel about love, loss, culture and mi- gration, "The Veins of the Ocean," which won the 2017 Dayton Prize. In addition to book tours with the accompanying media interviews and bookstore appearances, Engel has appeared at literary festivals in the United States, Colombia, Mexi- ,ings and discussions of her work !in Miami, reading from her short itori . Eventually, some of those torie were collected into her first lombiana, making Engel the first woman to be awarded that prize. One standout bookstore appear- ance took place in Engel's home- book, "Vida," an episodic novel. town of Ridgewood, NJ. "I was She launched that book at Books land Books in Coral Gables, Fla. reading at a wonderful store called "It's such a wonderful store, and Bookends, and my Montessori pre- , [owne ])MitcheH Kaplan has been school teacher and my dentist came to hear me," she recalled. "It was ia great s pport t as I've continued really interesting to have an audi- ion," she said. Born to Colombian parents end raised in New Jersey, novelist Patricia Engel is known for sharing her beliefs al~ i Lately,:Some!of Engel's appear- ence of people who know me in the power of words and their ability to Inspire others. A graduate of New York University who earned her master's I~o lances atA ooksiores have included other capacities." fine arts at Florida International University, she's set to talk next week at Four Seasons Books In Shepherdstown. i ':, iconversations with another writer Asked if she has a favorite or a journalist, as well as the stan- among her books, Engel demurred: : " !: "They all have to be my favorites ,dard format of questions from the while I am writing them," she said. iaudience. "They all have to feel special to the "Sometimes that allows the , . writer. You have to be in love with ,members of the audience to feel imore comfortable about speaking the book, or you don't finish it." Engel loves teaching, too. She out and asking questions. But some has taught in the creative writing ilpeople prefer to wait until the read- department of the University of !ing and discussion are over, and Miami since 2012, working with i?ask me questions as I sign people's graduates in the master of fine books." arts program, and also with un- i Four Seasons employee Katie dergraduates. Quinnelly liked "Vida" it so much She also offers writing work- she made it an official "staff pick." shops and craft seminars at oth- "My friend Natalie Snyder saw er institutions of learning. She [Patricia Engel at a bookstore ap- enjoys the contact with students :pearance in Pittsburgh - she went and other writers, but agrees that to see her because she had read 'Vida,'" QuinneUy explains. "En- writing is a solitary pursuit that some find difficult. gel read from the book and signed "I enjoy the solitude of writ- a copy for Natalie. Natalie sent me a screenshot of a page that she re- ing, but it is not like most other jobs. You have to direct yourself ally liked, and the honesty in the the entire time, you have to be writing drew me in, just from that able to work without affirmation quote, immediately. "So did the character of Lucho in from others [until the writing is published] and you have to per- the first story. I like that the book severe. For me, writing is the fun i doesn't make anyone out to be a part - challenging but rewarding. -hero. They are just living out their It's you - no one else is holding lives and their struggles. Of course you accountable. I tell my stu- it didn't hurt that Junot Diaz was dents, 'You need to commit to quoted on the cover of 'Vida.' He is the process.'" one of my favorite writers."