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Writings and Readings Blog

Madhu Bazaz Wangu

New Mindful Writers Group (South)

[caption id="attachment_41621" align="alignleft" width="415"] New Mindful Writers Group[/caption] I'm thrilled to announce the third Mindful Writers Group (South) led by our talented Stephanie Keyes! Come and join us for mindful meditation and writing, starting July 21st. Below is a message from Stephanie, the leader of the new group. See you there! MINDFUL WRITERS (South) begins July 21st. Recharge your writing life using Madhu B Wangu’s acclaimed meditation and freeform writing format. The group meets weekly at Upper St. Clair Library’s multi-purpose room from 10am-2pm. We'll meditate for fifteen minutes and write together for three to four hours. The camaraderie and the productivity are so fulfilling that, at times, it even surprises those practicing this method for years. Come and experience it yourself! Email Stephanie Keyes steph@stephaniekeyes.com to reserve your spot. Don’t wait! These groups fill up fast....

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National Indie Excellence Award Winner!

I'm thrilled to announce that The Immigrant Wife: Her Spiritual Journey has won the National Indie Excellence Award! A couple of weeks ego, it was named a Finalist in the Multicultural Fiction Category by a different committee, the 2017 Next Generation Book Awards!   "In The Immigrant Wife, Madhu B. Wangu brings to life a mysterious time and place. Wangu creates rich, dynamic images of India, comparable to her watercolors, evoking every sense. Wangu's style is gentle and quiet, like the protagonist, and deeply powerful. This tale of love and nurturing, loss and growth, and transformation will stay with readers long after they finish the novel." (Kathleen Shoop, Award Winning Author of The Last Letter and After the Fog) https://www.amazon.com/Immigrant-Wife-Her-Spiritual-Journey/dp/1523492953/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1470153445&sr=1-1&keywo...

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Chance Meetings, a ‘da Vinci Eye’ Award Winner

I'm thrilled to announce that the cover of my story collection, Chance Meetings (Designer: Jenny Toney Quinlan) was a finalist for the 2017 da Vinci Eye Award! Here's the description from the website: "Each year, the Eric Hoffer Award presents the da Vinci Eye to books with superior cover artwork. Cover art is judged on both content and style. The da Vinci Eye is given in honor of the historic artist, scientist, and inventor Leonardo da Vinci." [caption id="attachment_40990" align="alignleft" width="214"] da Vinci Eye Award Winner[/caption]...

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Pennwriters At Read Local, Cranberry

With Annette and Doris attending Read Local Expo at the Cranberry Public Library. Also in the photos are the organizers of the event, Jaci and Leslie. Thank you! [caption id="attachment_41530" align="alignright" width="375"] Read Local Cranberry Book Expo[/caption] ...

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Goddess of Healing and Protection by William Rock

Recently I discovered Maridon Museum in Butler, PA--a hidden gem of Chinese, Japanese and Korean art. Currently, they are showing my friend, William Rock's vision of the Tibetan goddess, Yeshe Walmo and his renderings of woman's body--walking, standing, leaping. Yeshe Walmo is the goddess of protection and healing someone we should be mindful of at this time of chaos, disorder and insecurity in the world. The exhibits are a visual feast. The show is open until June 3 at: The Maridon Museum 322 N McKean Street Butlar PA 16001 (724) 282-0123 Curator: Roxann Booser https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRJN8H2IgdA...

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Authors Panel & Book Signing

Some photos from Book and Author Fair at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Beechview Branch. With Kathryn Bashaar, Joshua David Bellin, James R. Ford, Audrey Iacone, Sheridan Jeane Edmondson, Gary Link, Leah Pileggi and Bob Regan. [caption id="attachment_41522" align="alignleft" width="415"] Authors Panel[/caption] [caption id="attachment_41523" align="alignleft" width="415"] Book Signing[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_41520" align="alignleft" width="415"] With Kathryn Bashaar[/caption] [caption id="attachment_41519" align="alignleft" width="415"] Writers Panel[/caption] [caption id="attachment_41516" align="alignleft" width="415"] Writers Panel[/caption] [caption id="attachment_41515" align="alignleft" width="415"] Writers Panel[/caption] [caption id="attachment_41514" align="alignleft" width="415"] Writers Panel[/caption]      ...

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BOOK AND AUTHOR FAIR: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Beechview

On Saturday, April 8, I’ll be with eight other local authors to discuss the process of writing and publishing. We will talk about how we develop our ideas, what inspires us and our individual paths to publishing. I’ll be delighted if you can attend. Venue: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh: Beechview 1910Broadway Avenue Pittsburgh 15216 (412) 563-2900 Panel Discussion: 11:00-12:30 Author Meet and Greet: 12:30-1:30 Please join us!...

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Why I Love Pittsburgh: Reason #4: The Museums

Transforming Ideas into Physical Designs Once a year, if not more, an outstanding exhibition at the Carnegie Museum of Arts or Andy Warhol Museum or Carnegie Science Museum affects me intellectually and emotionally, tugs at my heartstrings. Last Sunday such one show mesmerized me by its innovative, transformative and meticulous artworks. The 45 pieces were haute couture garments designed by Iris van Herpen, 32, who blurs the worlds of fashion design, art and science. She has transformed creative ideas into physical replicas using technology and collaborating with scientists and architects. The result is outrageously elegant garments some of which demonstrate beauty, energy and movement, not normally associated with clothing. For the residents of the Steel City, Refinery Smoke (2008) is of special interest. These three dresses billow and defy gravity. They are made with...

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