As we move into the Oscar Season — I am reviewing films from the fall. A PRIVATE WAR is a film that likely will not win an Oscar, despite an Oscar winning director, and an Oscar nominated actor who gives an Oscar worthy performance. This ought to be the period where male and female actors are held as equal not separate and compete against one another for awards — this past year gave so many stellar leading roles for women that the dramatic bar iis set somewhere in the moons orbit. There are women directors, and directors of color unlike any other — kind of reminds me of the midterm elections in terms of land-slide. I’ll be giving you a look several other films if you want to get a head start: The Hate You Give, If Beale Street Could Talk, The Kindergarten Teacher, Destroyer, Roma, Widows,
So — A Private War— Things are not wrapped up in a tidy fictional bow in the end. I really should have used one of the gorgeous shots of Rosamund Pike in the protagonist role — but that would be misleading. You may want to understand the history in more detail — given the story turns on a region of the world where the USA has troupes on the ground in several countries — at least for the moment. You will be mad as hell and guilty too. So I have posted a two part series on Bioethics Screen Reflections http://www.bioethicsscreenreflections.com — with some references.
It is a hard story to tell, about a woman with a compulsion to change just one thing — the capacity for anyone to say “But I didn’t know that atrocity was going on.” If you vote, anywhere in the world — if you believe science and technology should be used for beneficent purposes and war doesn’t meet that bill, and if you, I dare say —believe in love— this is a film you need to see.
In the spirit of full disclosure — many readers of my novel Chasing Mercury know that one of the protagonist, Forest, is a whistleblowing journalist. They are not easy types to live with— or without.
So I’m still thinking about why I like the Poppy Field Diary by Cary Richard so much. Then it struck me — if there is a genre for Romance-Political Suspense-Historical Fiction (but not so much) Novel —- this book, like Chasing Mercury, belongs in it. Have a look at the book trailer.
I won the Poppy Field Diary in a Goodreads Romance Audiobook Giveaway. Because the delivery of the prose by the narrator was so eloquent I bought the ebook and reread it without the bias of the audio voice -- Guess what? It stands up in print as well as in audio! A version of this review is also on Amazon.
When I was halfway through the book, I was stunned by the lushness and beauty. I was absorbing it as I would an old uncle reading the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam after lunch, and before nap, on a warm summer day by the sea--begging it not to end -- I sent a note to the Author, Carey Richard, saying so. For me it became a slow read -- because I did not want it to end. I didn't want to devour the meal but savor it. I listened to a chapter every few days usually while doing something outside.
Last year at this time it was my honor to mark the sad first anniversary in Chicago with a group of brilliant creative people — who refused to allow the gravity of the date 11/9 pass without notice. The Group was a collective of creative people brought together by the collectives founders and particularly artist Curator Asya Abdrahman — in a show of multimedia art and literature (https://www.post11nine.com/who/ )In keeping with that spirit Post11Nine has become a partner of the exhibit at Pro Arts Gallery in Oakland called “They Still Persist: The Protest Art of the 2017 Women’s Marches.” Opening this Friday in Oakland and running through November 30th — the Art show again mark the resistance shown particularly by the Women’s marches.
Grady Harp is one of the top reviewers on Amazon and he has written a review of The Elephant in the Room: Bioethical Concerns in Human Milk Banking which truly warms my heart. I know the whole thing with babies is that they are magic anyway you look at it. But I’m glad Grady caught all the bells and whistles I could hope for a reader to recognize. He is a top contributor of reviews in Children’s books and so it makes sense that he should care deeply about a subject that affects children and families so profoundly. Despite Reading thousands of books over his reading career — he managed to dig out less apparent jewels in the little monograph with the gigantic title. He got it. it is a story for the average person — and I dare say as he did— a story for “The MAN in the street.” Things that men may not think of made the read worth while for for Grady.
at the University of Chicago Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, Dorothy J. MacLean Fellows Conference | The MacLean Center for ... https://macleanethics.uchicago.edu/events/maclean_conference/
Each year for the past 28 years, the MacLean Center has hosted a conference that draws speakers, primarily former fellows of the MacLean Center, who discuss current understanding of Clinical Medical Ethics and other bioethical concerns. I have been present at 27 of the 28 confernce as they began the year I was a Lowell T. Coggeshall fellow at the Center at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. I’ll be there again for the 27th update on all things clinical ethics — things change at a glacial pace but they have changed when you look over the entire period from 1974 when the US Public Health Service Syphilis Study law suit against the USA government was fought and resulted in the Belmont Report etc.
For more information you can also check this website at http://www.septemberwilliams.com/chasingmercury/new-events/
I’ve been invited by my talented sister Asya Abdrahman (http://www.asyaabdrahman.com) To participate in And StillThey Persist — the opening of a a show of the Protest Art of the 2017 Women’s March. Join us at the opening reception - drop me a note here or at https://www.facebook.com/asya.abdrahman and let me know you are coming!YOU MAY EVEN GET A READING OF CHASING MERCURY out of it.
Pro Arts Gallery will be the exclusive San Francisco Bay Area venue for the touring exhibition STILL THEY PERSIST: Protest Art of the 2017 Women’s Marches, on view November 2, 2018, through November 30, 2018
Quick does anyone know the relationship between Chasing Mercury and The Elephant in the Room:Bioethical Concerns in Human Milk Banking?
By now you all know that a sports illustrated model breastfed her baby on a Runway during Fashion Week a couple of weeks ago right? ( The baby was wearing noise cancelling head phones.)
I’m happy to Share that The Elephant in the Room: Bioethical Concerns in Human Milk Banking is in the top 100 of three amazon ebook areas: And also the print book his holding her own as well. The book is a fundraiser with proceeds going to Mothers Milk Bank San Jose so …. You might want to read the Bridge the Gap
Mothers Milk Bank San Jose is my Fiscal Sharing Partner for this project — The Elephant… http://www.mothersmilk.org In Amazon ebook: The book is available in Ebook and Paper Back. It is currently on Amazon and will be in Ingram Partners distribution (independent books stores too) by the end of November. IT’s a short quick read as well as a bit of a primer on bioethics and narrative. It might be particularly useful for students not just of medicine but psychology, writing, film & TV, sociology
Lots of people ask me what I am going to be reviewing on Bioethics Screen Reflections from the Pre-Oscar Run Up Film Festivals. As it turns out, I picked the town where I have been living for the past 14 because it has one of the best International and local Film Festivals in the world. Every October — beginning on the Thursday closest to my birthday, a ten day screening event begins. Sixty Thousand people watch some of the best films of their time. Last year I was in Geneva at the Minamata Convention COP1 and through I was delighted to be there ( It took 60 years to get to the treaty), I admit I missed the being at the MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL. So— I will share with you over the next week the tiles I will be watch on the MVFF big screen
It is a great honor to have been offered an interview by CHERYL HOLLOWAY. SERVING AUTHORS AROUND THE WORLD she has interviewed writers from 95 COUNTRIES, CHERYL HOLLOWAY, considers that she PAYS-IT-FORWARD GLOBALLY by offering Guest Author Interviews and indeed she has had a rich and fruitful life.
Cheryl is an award-winning writer, talk show host, journalist and retired writer-editor for the Federal Government and military. She has been the Editor of numerous magazines and newsletters; and was an intern at the Smithsonian Institution Press. She has over 30 years of extensive experience in the journalistic and publishing arenas. She has earned the respect of her peers and the general public as an expert in media reporting in a number of states. She is also a literary educator and offers workshops about the art and the craft of writing. AND SHE Offered ME AN INTERVIEW! But, I should be interviewing her. She has clearly been a trail blazer and a consummate literary and journalistic pro. I admit I was impressed—when I first started looking at the romance and then suspense genres as a vehicle for the Chasing Mercury Toxic Trilogy—that she is the author of The Cougar Tales —which I love because they are fun.
It’s film festival season. In the Run Up to Cine-Mas The San Francisco Latino Film Festival and the Mill Valley Film Festival I’ve been doing a lot of screenings. This week I saw two films that were about the theft of creative property. One of the films was THE WIFE and the other THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER. Peculiarly, in each case the stealing is linked to a profound purgatorial love for another character. This is not the way one typically thinks of plagiarism. THE WIFE, stars
Well, this year has been a heck of a ride — On August 16, 2017 the World Minamata Convention on Mercury was ratified and thus transitioned from a convention to treaty to international with the strength of international law . That means the first year anniversary of the treaty has just passed.http://www.mercuryconvention.org.) I was able to be at the first convention of the parties signatory to the convention in Geneva this past September. Over this year my romance suspense novel Chasing Mercury seems to have opened up the dialog on environmental toxins to several thousands of people who otherwise might not have cared as much — and hopefully more will come. Here are some reviews from the past month— but what is clear to me is what readers are appreciating is not me — but the story of a group of people who came together to make change and who are still working at it. Hope people will continue to support Chasing Mercury and remember that a portion of the proceeds continue to go to greenaction.org and http://freegrassy.net/mercuryhome/
Tracking the process of application to the convention has been brought with joy and fear as I begin to understand how hard people worked to achieve the convention and how much work still has to be done —
Mercury is a natural element: it is found in the Earth’s crust and naturally released through volcanic activity and weathering of rocks. It exists in various forms, each with a varying degree of toxicity but all equally harmful, affecting the nervous system, the brain, the heart, the kidneys, the lungs and the immune system of all living beings. Because exposure to mercury – even small amounts – may cause serious health problems, including in utero, the World Health Organization considers it one of the top ten chemicals of major public health concern.
Earlier this month it was my profound pleasure to attend the UAW Women’s Conference held annually in Black Lake, MI at the UAW Family and Educational Conference Center. I was a delegate representing the National Writers Union. The center is named after Walter and Mae Reuther. I remember when the couple and the architect of the center were killed under suspicious circumstances— that is at the alternator had been tampered with. My grandfather, a union man, assured me they had been murdered. What an extraordinary vision to have a place where people who worked primarily in manufacturing can come and relax in nature as well as attend classes and strengthen their Union and resolve.I learned a lot about the There were daily secessions where the teaching ranged from Sexual Harassment and bystander response to Mindfulness.
What Stella Sees written by author Sarah Kornfeld is the sort of novel any publisher would want to to share, though few will have the opportunity to do so. Cove International Publishers finds itself with a remarkable author of literary fiction grounded at once in reality and fantasy. Sarah hits it to the horizon on the first swing. The project is accented by the extraordinary editor & book interior engineer, Eric P. Carlson. The cover is by designer Marta E. Johansen, working with the exquisite image of the consummate Danish artist and photographer Lone Morch.
What Stella Sees is equally lyrical as it is brassy in its exploration of love, family, and the environment. It is an inditement of medicine while extolling its processes. Stella awaits her readers, now on Amazon, and coming soon through Ingram Partners to booksellers near you. Here is a little bit more
So — last week on Friday I was able to introduce The Elephant in the Room:Bioethical issues in Human Breast Milk Banking— the new book by September Williams (me) with Mothers’ Milk Bank San Jose. Attached is a video shot by Joi Johnson during part of the talk. We also offered a giveaway for the new book and Chasing Mercury. It was so much fun!
Hi Folks back from the East Coast — more later. I’ve been working on The Elephant in the Room: Bioethical Concerns in Human Milk Banking. One of the cases I review in the book was the forced sterilization of Hispanic Women at LA County Women’s Pavillion during the 1960s and 1970s. It is covered in the film No Mas Bebe’s. Have a look at the review on http://www.bioethicsscreenreflections.com/2018/08/bioethics-and-no-mas-bebes.html
In the the throws of of helping the publication of Sarah Kornfeld’s “What Stella Sees” I saw the original certificate of copyright for that book. It was signed by the same person as who signed that of Chasing Mercury. I realized that it was just over a year ago when one of the finest public servants the nation has known resisted collaboration with —well— what we have in our government today— Are is the piece form last year. piece — the “Canary in the Tunnel.” I’ve republished it for you here today.
“I had a very strange experience today. I went to the drawer where I keep my copyright certificates for film and written works. I couldn’t remember the date I received the copyright for Chasing Mercury. I needed it for the front matter of the book as we prepare to publish. I opened the drawer, in the space which we laughingly refer to as my desk. The copyrights are there so my kids can find them when I die. I fished out and unfolded the certificate. Then I saw it—”
Every day I learn something new about the vagaries of book marketing. For instance - did you know that a part of the Ranking of a book is the Ranking of an author on Amazon? Who knew? I did but I forgot until I was explaining to someone yesterday. Since I’ve written Chasing Mercury - I have 2000 followers on face book. This means I should have been asking you all— a long time ago— to go to my Amazon author page and follow me.Why do I care — higher ranking gets your book above the horizontal middle fold on various places on Amazon where more people can see it when browsing — So please follow my Amazon Authors page at:
https://www.amazon.com/September-Williams/e/B073W74X34/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0 and follow me.
I’ll report back to you if it’s horse-hocky about affecting author rank or not.
I'm so Honored by Leigh Morgan's review of Chasing Mercury. Leigh is a Top Contributor: True Crime Books Please read her review and if it is helpful to you, indicate it either on Amazon/ Good Reads. Reviewers are the life’s blood of literature. Encourage those with a passion for reviewing books! There are also other books Leigh may have reviewed that you would like to read. In honor of Leigh’s review I’m posting the cover image for the second book in the Chasing Mercury Toxic Trilogy — Weighing Lead. Shoot me a note and let me know what you think of the image — in this romance, suspense and now vetted “True Crime.” Also, the image is a hint for those who have read Chasing Mercury as to where the book might begin — and the name of it’s first chapter… .