The Works of Jayne Pupek

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Richmond, VA, United States
Jayne Pupek is the author of the novel "Tomato Girl" (Algonquin Books, 2008) and a book of poems titled "Forms of Intercession" (Mayapple Press, 2008). Her writing has appeared in numerous literary journals. In addition to her own writing, Jayne freelances as a ghostwriter, editor and mentor. A Virginia native, Jayne has spent most of her professional life working in the field of mental health.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Largehearted Boy

I had the great privilege to write an essay and music playlist for Largehearted Boy, a music blog featuring daily free and legal music downloads as well as news from the worlds of music, literature, and pop culture.

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that is in some way relevant to their recently published books. Read my essay here.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Defining Moment

Bundles of Letters Including A, V and Epsilon

I'm thrilled to receive my copy of this wonderful book by poets Arlene Ang and Valerie Fox. I've written a review which I will post a link to as soon as it is available.

Bundles of Letters Including A, V and Epsilon
poems by Arlene Ang and Valerie Fox

available from Texture Press

Cover art: Kindred Spirits by Pamela Hill

Valerie Fox and Arlene Ang are latter-day surrealists, playing wantonly with words, charming us out of and into the everyday. There's no predicting where they will take off (Lake Como, the Joyce Kilmer Rest Stop on the New Jersey Turnpike) or where they will land (a wishbone, a rainbow hanging from a noose). Their poems buzz like inspired flies. Emily Dickinson would take delight in them.
—Paula Cohen

ISBN-13: 978-0-9797573-1-0
ISBN-10: 0-9797573-1-2

105 pages
Excerpts (with mp3) at Adroitly Placed Word.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Interview at Lit*Chick

A recent interview is up at Lit*Chick. Mel, a devoted blogger and book lover I met at GoodReads, asked great questions. I hope you enjoy the interview! Mel previously reviewed Tomato Girl and hosted a book giveaway as well!

Powells Bookstore in Portland

Poet and friend, Bebe Cook, recently traveled to Portland. While there, Bebe (see photo 2) and Sharon Hurlbut(another poet friend who writes under the pen name Ann Walters. Photo 3) went to Powells Bookstore, where they saw Tomato Girl. Bebe sent me these photos. How neat!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Recorded Books and More Reviews

Tomato Girl is now available on CD and Casette through Recorded Books' Southern Voices Imprint.

Zinta Aistars wrote a wonderful review of Tomato Girl in the current issue of The Smoking Poet. Read Zinta's review here.

A review is also up at Bibliolatry, which is a blog I only recently discovered, but is quickly becoming a favorite.

Fleegan compares Tomato Girl to the classic To Kill a Mockingbird, but with a dysfucntional twist. I'd say that's about right. Read her review here.

Book blogger, Caribou's Mom, read Tomato Girl as part of a 24 hour Read-a-thon. She posted a lovely and thoughtful review of the book today at her blog.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Two New Reviews--

A new review is up at Educating Petunia

There is also a new review up at Rhonda's Corner of the World.

Tomato Girl Video

Palin's Wolf-Killing Program Results in 14 Wolf Pup Deaths

Appomattox Regional Library

I attended a reading and discussion group last night at the Appomattox Regional Library in Hopewell, Virginia. What a lovely library and even lovelier group of people. Everyone was lively and engaged. They asked great questions and showed so much enthusiasm for Tomato Girl. The folks at Appomattox Regional only confirmed what I've always believed: book lovers are some of the nicest and most interesting people around.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Review at Weave Magazine

Margaret Bashaar reviewed Forms of Intercession for Weave Magazine. Read the review here.

Interview at Eclectica

Elixabeth Glixman interviewed me for Eclectica Magazine. Read her review here.