Sunday, June 1, 2008

Last Chance for Rockaway!

Stuart W. Mirsky sends this reminder about the Rockaway Literary Arts and Film Festival:

The 2008 Rockaway Literary Arts & Film Festival is nearly upon us and I'm inundated with preparations. For anyone interested in joining us on Sunday June 8th (or on the evenings of the 7th and the 8th for the films), here is a link to our official e-flyer (which contains a link to our official press release detailing the event further)

I know a lot of you are located far away from Rockaway, NY but those in town or in the area may want to come by. Last year's event hosted over 30 writers, including some who are self-published. This year, at last count, I noted we have 46 writers in the mix. We'll be offering panel discussions on suspense writing, literature and
characterization, literature and how it is driven by the authors' own lives, writing in the shadow of the Holocaust, writing about health, historical fiction, and promoting books (this one opens the festival at 10:30 AM and its with award winning iUniverse STAR program author Carol Hoenig). We'll also have live music with an appearance by disc jockey Pete Fornatale (also an author), a workshop on copyright law conducted by a Manhattan-based copyright attorney, and poetry readings, dramatic readings and, of course, more.

A local seafood restaurant, Rockaway Seafood, will be serving food all day and dinner and wine between 5 PM and 7 PM as the book side of the festival winds down and the film side kicks in (starts at 7 PM).

Many individual authors have requested tables to come and display and sell their books and we are accommodating them. So if you write and, especially, if you love books (as I do) this is a nice place to spend a Sunday.

Anyone interested can contact me or just show up (though if you want to display and sell books you need to let me know in advance).

Here are directions to the event:

By public transport:

Take the "A" train (to Rockaway Park) or the # 2 or # 5 heading toward Brooklyn, to Flatbush Avenue Junction. In either case, get off at last stop and take the bus from there to Ft. Tilden (just ask at the token booth for the bus stop and ask the bus driver to alert you when he/she arrives at the Ft. Tilden stop).

By car from Manhattan:

Take the Belt Parkway east to Flatbush Avenue, exit heading south, cross the Marine Parkway Bridge (over Jamaica Bay) and exit to the right, following sign that says Breezy Point/Ft. Tilden. Enter the fort after first light. (The fort will be on your left.)

By car from Long Island:

Take the Northern State, LIE or Southern State. Head south via the Cross Island or the Van Wyck to the Belt Parkway (if you're on the Southern State just stay on it as it turns into the Belt). Follow the Belt west to Flatbush Avenue and exit heading south. Cross Marine Parkway Bridge and follow same instructions as above.

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