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An Evening With Elaine

The following is a press release from the organizers:

BEST OF BOOKS is pleased to announce AN AUDIENCE WITH ELAINE SPIRES to be held on 7th June at 7pm at Best of Books, St Mary’s Street, St John’s.

Elaine is a novelist, playwright and actress.  Her background in education and tourism perfected her eye for the quirky characteristics of people, captivating the humorous observations she now affectionately shares with her readers.  For nine years she continually brought groups of single tourists to Antigua, which became her ‘home-from-home’.

Spires reading at a her previous Best of Books event.

Spires reading at a her previous Best of Books event.

Elaine is the author of four novels, two of which, Singles’ Holiday and Sweet Lady, are set in Antigua and she will be reading from and taking questions about these two books, plus all aspects of her work during the evening.

Here in Antigua Elaine is also busy filming a pilot episode for TV of The Amazing Adventures of Maisie and Em, with Heather Doram, based on the two characters they introduced in When A Woman Moans, produced by Women of Antigua (2011 & 2012)

Elaine has recently completed two stints on the West End stage (London) in the Ladykillers and is in rehearsal for the world premier of Singles’ Holiday (the Stage-play), which opens at the Brentwood Theatre 13th October, in which she takes the role of Eve.

Elaine is working on her fifth novel; Single All the Way and a book of short stories.  She is a regular blogger: http://www.elainespires.co.uk/journal

…and here ends the press release.

WADADLI PEN SIDEBAR: Both Elaine and the Best of Books have been Wadadli Pen patrons in recent years, and Best of Books a behind-the-scenes partner…so, support.


UPDATE!!! UPDATE!!! You may remember that Elaine and Heather Doram

Elaine and Heather.

Elaine and Heather.

are the two actresses behind the hilarious Maisie and Em characters first showcased during Women of Antigua’s When a Woman Moans theatrical presentation. Heather and Elaine have been on a mission to bring the crowd favourites to the small screen, and looks like tthey’re making some head way.

Elaine, who divides her time between Antigua and Barbuda informs us that she’ll be filming the pilot June 8th at a church in Glanvilles, from midday. They’ll need extras. Can anybody say, hallelujah! Anyway, check back for more on that when we get it, and kudos, Elaine and Heather…finding funding for arts programming in Antigua and Barbuda isn’t easy so we know it took some doing to get to this point and look forward to seeing the final product.

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Oh Gad! Televised Book Chat

I’m teaming up with the Books Bookshelves and Bibliophiles facebook group, ABS TV, D’Cups (lower St. Mary’s Street in downtown St. John’s, Antigua), Brenda Lee Browne (Wadadli Pen judge and organizer of the upcoming Just Write Writers Retreat), and the Best of Books for my first ever televised book club/book chat surrounding 2012 Strebor/Atria/Simon & Schuster release Oh Gad!

It’s a chance for people to share what they think about the book, ask questions, and just hang out with other book lovers. There’ll be giveaways of Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, one of my previous books, courtesy of The Best of Books and opportunities to purchase the new book as well – or to bring your previously purchased copy and have it signed by the author (that’s me!)

I’m looking forward to it. I’ll be interviewed by Brenda Lee, will read a favourite section selected by one of the books fans, and try to answer alll of your questions as candidly as I can.

True bibliophiles know that part of the fun of reading a book is discussing it with others afterwords – what you liked, what you didn’t like, who’s your favourite character and why, which character did you wish would die a slow, horrible death. Come dish.

Do so while sipping your iced coffee at D’Cups as we record the entire thing for broadcast – because strategically this is about giving the book an extra push. I believe in this book and I want more people to know about it. Plus given what a solitary endeavour writing is, it’ll be kind of cool to engage with people who’ve read the book and hear what they genuinely think. I’m not asking you to come stroke my ego; I want a spirited discussion fuelled by your differing reactions to the book. So, come chat.

If you live in Antigua and you’re interested in being a part of this discussion for broadcast, reply to this message for details about the September 30th event/recording. If you don’t live in Antigua and know someone who does and who might be interested in participating, give them a heads up and have them RSVP me for details.






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