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The Art of Talking the Talk With Ivan Coyote

Even though I have quite a bit of experience with public speaking and workshopping, I am always looking to improve the necessary skill – a skill that is an unexpected requirement for most authors and writers. That is why tonight I am looking forward to attending:

A LIVE PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP FOR WRITERS AND POETS at the Listel Hotel, 1300 Robson Street. Vancouver, BC

“Join Ivan Coyote for a three-hour workshop that will help you transform your nervous energy into a memorable reading. Ivan will offer tips on selecting material, preparing your work for performance, memorizing (or not), and making your body language work for you. She will also share some stage secrets about microphones, sound guys and selling your books.”

The Best thing? The workshop is only $50 and includes a one-year renewal of my Geist subscription!
Workshop fee: $50 (includes a one-year sub­scrip­tion to Geist for your­self or a friend, or to donate to a Canadian pub­lic library)

I have seen Ivan live many times and am always entertained and amazed at her stage presence. Gimme some of that! As an author, about to go on tour again, I know this can only benefit both me and my audience.

Will write about the workshop later on.

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The Forgotten Legion, by Ben Kane

Romulus and Fabiola are twins, born into slavery after their mother is raped by a drunken nobleman on his way home from a good night out. At 13 years old, they and their mother are sold: Romulus to gladiator school, Fabiola into prostitution, where she will catch the eye of one of the most powerful men in Rome, and their mother into obscurity and death in the salt mines.

Tarquinius is an Etruscan, a warrior and soothsayer, born enemy of Rome, but doomed to fight for the Republic in the Forgotten Legion. Brennus is a Gaul; the Romans killed his entire family. He rises to become one of the most famous and feared gladiators of his day – and mentor to the boy slave, Romulus, who dreams night and day of escape and of revenge.

The lives of these four characters are bound and interwoven in a marvellous story which begins in a Rome riven by corruption, violence and political enmities, but ends far away, where Romulus, Brennus and Tarquinius find themselves fighting against the Parthians and overwhelming odds.

Purchase The Forgotten Legion at Amazon.com or Amazon.UK

Look for Suite101.com’s Elizabeth Gregory’s review of Kane’s novel in the following weeks.

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