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EVOCATIONS - Baffled by Beach Books?

EVOCATIONS
EVOCATIONS - Baffled by Beach Books?
By Elizabeth Sumner Wafler • Issue #9 • View online
A sand pail’s worth of confusion and snobbery surround what we call Beach Books. First, what defines a beach read? Macmillan defines the term as “a paperback you can take on holiday, which is good enough to keep you engaged but not so serious it will spoil your vacation. Authors bristle. My work is not breezy–just look at my beautiful metaphors!–while hoping theirs is the book everyone reads on vacay.
But the last thing anyone wants to do when they settle into a beach chair with their margarita-in-a-can (no pop-top to blow out your flip flop) is to tackle The Canterbury Tales or Moby Dick. Actually, Moby Dick would be location-appropriate if it weren’t for the distractions of flesh, frisbees, and fluffy shape-shifting clouds. Not to mention an endless and stunning body of crashing water. The salted wind teasing your hair. If a book is going to keep your attention with a constant assault on your senses, it had better be fun.
A beach read is a vacation in a book.
It’s fully immersive.
It’s escapist.
The overarching idea is that the book will complement the frame of mind you hope to be in. Both your body and brain need a break.

Love old postcards like these. Don't you?
Love old postcards like these. Don't you?
Pretending I'm not freezing at the Outer Banks last week while reading a fab Beach Book.
Pretending I'm not freezing at the Outer Banks last week while reading a fab Beach Book.
Writerly News!
  • I’m writing an article for Gabriella Pereira’s podcast/blog DIY MFA (https://diymfa.com/) on how I built my freelance side hustle, Four Eyes Editorial.
  • A piece I wrote for the Baylor School (Chattanooga) Alumni Magazine will be published this month. I describe what it was like coming-of-age on what was an all-boys campus in the 70s (as Georgie does), and how that supportive community of friends and neighbors made it a place like no other to grow up. I’m further honored that a signed copy of Georgie Girl has been shelved in Baylor’s new Hedges Library. When I was checking out YA titles like Paul Zindel’s The Pigman at age fourteen in the old library, I never dreamed a book I wrote would one day be keeping it company!
  • Copies of GG have also been placed in the middle/upper school library at Olivia’s alma mater, St. Mary’s Episcopal School for girls, in Memphis.
  • The space heater in my office has been replaced by the fan. As soon as the pollen’s out of here, the windows will be open!
I’d love for you to ask your favorite local independent bookstore to order a copy of Georgie Girl from Ingram. Shop Local! :-)
Mirabelle goldbricking in the office today. She turns twelve this weekend!
Mirabelle goldbricking in the office today. She turns twelve this weekend!
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Elizabeth Sumner Wafler

Writer. Quotidian reader. Editor. Christian. Podcaster. Past Director of Craft Education for the Women's Fiction Writers Association. Repped by the @KnightAgency.

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