Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Three brief updates.

1. Conference-in-Progress. This year’s Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL) conference was supposed to take place this week in Chicago. Instead, it’s happening online.

And it’s amazing.

Sure, there’s something (or many things) lost when a conference migrates online. But there are gains, too, especially when the conference is well-organized (as this one is) and offers excellent programming (as this one does). Check the #AJLConnect20 hashtag to get a sense of it.

And the conference isn’t over yet!

2. ICYMI: The July issue of The Practicing Writer went out to subscribers yesterday. It’s filled with info about 25+ fee-free, paying calls and competitions—plus subscriber success stories and re-upped Q&As from the newsletter’s archive. Please read/subscribe/share!

3. Q2, The Blue Card, and George Wolf. We’ve reached the end of 2020’s second quarter, which means that I’m about to make another contribution to The Blue Card. As you may recall, since the publication of Quiet Americans: Stories in 2011, I’ve been offering quarterly contributions to The Blue Card based on earnings from book sales.

On Monday, The Blue Card shared the sad news that George Wolf had died. I had the pleasure of meeting George—who was born in 1927 in Brno, Czechoslovakia—shortly before the book was published, and he represented The Blue Card at my book launch. Please take a few moments to read about his life.

At a launch party for QUIET AMERICANS on January 19, 2011, George Wolf, Director of Marketing for The Blue Card, describes the organization's history, mission, and current projects.
At a launch party for QUIET AMERICANS on January 19, 2011, George Wolf, then Director of Marketing for The Blue Card, describes the organization’s history, mission, and current projects.

May the memory of George Wolf be a blessing.

Photo: At a launch party for QUIET AMERICANS on January 19, 2011, George Wolf, then Director of Marketing for The Blue Card, describes the organization's history, mission, and current projects.

2 thoughts on “Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

  1. Lorraine Schein says:

    Thanks for reminding me about the Blue Card, Erika–I donated in memory of my mother, a Holocaust survivor.

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      How lovely. Thank you for sharing that.

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