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Let’s all identify ourselves by planet instead of nation, friend Isabelle David suggested during a conversation today. Hi, I’m Marianne from Earth; and you? Writing is like breathing for me–it keeps me alive. Reading and creating it. I pore over umpteen times what has poured from me, aiming to leave on the page the beauty, … Continue reading Free E-books

Back on the screen

I talk to myself often. Yesterday morning, when this popped into my Instagram feed, I said, “Well, now, look at you.” Sweet to be back in the acting saddle again, for a bit, after a while. And with 4th Street Productions in Long Beach, a great group with great spirit. I hope this makes you … Continue reading Back on the screen

Revision in the Desert

A soothing breeze. Stillness. Color. Space and time. On a Spanish-named street, Calle Corte de Moda (that could be translated as Fashionable Street), I look up from writing and see the camel tattoo on my foot. I am in the California desert on a Spanish-named street, finishing a story about leaving Spain. I find myself … Continue reading Revision in the Desert

Philosophical Research.

I came across this draft of a post today–near the end of the year–of a moment during the middle. July 9. This was after I was interviewed by Brooke MacBeth at The Philosophical Research Society in Los Angeles. It was one of the best nights of my life, and when Karen Seeberg (friend pictured here) … Continue reading Philosophical Research.

Lucy in Los Angeles!

Come to the Philosophical Research Society on Monday, July 8, at 7 p.m. and delve deeper into Lucy’s journey. This will be the first public discussion about the intimate genesis of and inspiration for the novel.

A Dream Come True at Prairie Lights –

From the days when I was an undergrad employee here, I dreamed of this moment. You can watch the reading. Thanks to Prairie Lights Bookstore and Carole Cassier , award-winning filmmaker extraordinaire. Don’t miss her Best European Documentary 2019 – The Quiet Rebel.

Inspirational Fiction

Lucy, go see. has been awarded a finalist position in the 2019 Indie Book Awards for Inspirational Fiction. Those two words next to each other are thought-provoking, n’est-ce pas?

It’s a wrap!

Today, award-winning French journalist, filmmaker, photographer, and sound artist Carole Cassier and I recorded the last words of Lucy, go see. Sound engineering lies ahead and then it will be ready for those who would like to listen to me tell the story. I like to imagine traveling with readers, hanging out on the beach … Continue reading It’s a wrap!

Lucy, go see. wins The 2019 Eric Hoffer Da Vinci Eye Award for Outstanding Cover Art.

From approximately 2,000 books, 72 were nominated as finalists, and 6 were named winners. When I moved to Chicago in 2017, after decades away, I hung out in the 3rd Coast Café, as I used to, and as Lucy Pilgrim does in the novel. I moved into an apartment in the building, did a reading … Continue reading Lucy, go see. wins The 2019 Eric Hoffer Da Vinci Eye Award for Outstanding Cover Art.

Where am I now?

Writing while listening to Erla Karlsdottir and her community choir rehearsing in Reykjavik. A new season is upon us. During spring, my favorite season, traveling and writing made me feel so happy and once again so deeply at home in the world. Iceland, France, and Spain. Writing everywhere. I finished the first draft of the … Continue reading Where am I now?

A Parisian Review: “If you wish to buy or offer a book that’s thought-provoking and absolutely ‘unputdownable’, Lucy, go see is what you’re looking for.”

If you wish to buy or offer a book that’s thought-provoking and absolutely ‘unputdownable’, Lucy, go see. is what you’re looking for. When we think of international models we can’t help bringing to mind the usual clichés. However, in Lucy, go see., we are confronted with a funny, philosophical, curious, beautiful woman who explodes most … Continue reading A Parisian Review: “If you wish to buy or offer a book that’s thought-provoking and absolutely ‘unputdownable’, Lucy, go see is what you’re looking for.”

Prochain arrêt; Next Stop: l’Alliance! Mardi/Tuesday, 12 juin/June 12, 6:30 p.m.

I am really looking forward to being at the Alliance Française in Chicago in live conversation with friend and ally Isabelle David, a wonderful poet, philosopher, and literature expert–a real Renaissance woman. She honored me when asking if she could be the first to interview me about the novel. I am thrilled and I guarantee … Continue reading Prochain arrêt; Next Stop: l’Alliance! Mardi/Tuesday, 12 juin/June 12, 6:30 p.m.

Come to the fabulous Third Coast Café for a great evening with Lucy, me, and wonderful Gold Coast neighbors and lovers. I’m back from a marvelous month in Iceland, France, and Spain and ready to tell more tales.

Bildungsroman at the Café? Meet the author and hear her read… Come join us, Wednesday, May 23rd at 6pm, as we celebrate Marianne’s first novel, Lucy, go see.  Your copy will be available for purchase; and Marianne will be pleased to sign it for you! As Fritz Chaleff states in his masterly review of the … Continue reading Come to the fabulous Third Coast Café for a great evening with Lucy, me, and wonderful Gold Coast neighbors and lovers. I’m back from a marvelous month in Iceland, France, and Spain and ready to tell more tales.

As we say goodbye

Just like in life right now, Mom’s picture is more vivid here, Dad is a bit blurry, not as well lit. I’ve introduced you to my mother, told you what she and her voice have meant to me. And I will keep telling you stories about her, I will bear her torch. I am my … Continue reading As we say goodbye

Guts, refined.

“You’ve got guts, babe,” my dad told me once, and I recall that moment often at times like these. I am thrilled to announce the availability of the hardcover print 1st edition of Lucy, go see.  You can order it through Chez Soi Press. For the time being, the novel will only be distributed through the … Continue reading Guts, refined.

My Mother’s Voice

I hear my mother’s voice less these days and feel like I am missing pieces of heart and gut, those parts from where I instinctively reach for her. I am a spinning top as my lifelong conversation with her trails off. “Speech will go next” one of her caretakers told my sisters and me last … Continue reading My Mother’s Voice

Constellations

Marianne Maili, Joseph Lariosa, Fateena Alghorra, at The Poetry Foundation, 61 West Superior, Chicago. Wednesday night at the IWP poetry event at The Poetry Foundation in Chicago, three beautiful souls bared themselves and brought more light to the world. Fatena Alghorra, Kristian Sendon Cordero, and Ali Cobby Eckerman moved and illuminated the audience. I was … Continue reading Constellations

Steppin’ Out

It was thrilling to be at Jane Fonda’s tribute in Chicago last night. Thank you #chifilmfest and thank you, Jane.

Juxtaposition

A couple of weeks ago I attended a great sketching event at the Art Institute. We sat in one of the Modern Art galleries (there were about 25 of us, I think, I became so absorbed in the sketching for the entire hour and a half). The artist leading us gave us the assignment of … Continue reading Juxtaposition

Body as Boundary, Vulnerable Home

  On Saturday, I Facebook posted Roxane Gay’s recent writing, “My body is a cage of my own making”: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/jul/01/roxane-gay-my-body-is-a-cage-of-my-own-making?CMP=fb_gu Comments posted, and most especially one in which Gay is referred to as a victim, triggered me to immediately defend her. Am I alone in thinking that in this society being called a victim can … Continue reading Body as Boundary, Vulnerable Home

Speech, itself

We are raised with stories about heroes, and sometimes sheroes, or heroines. Women, especially, are raised with stories about being saved, and men, about being saviors. Evolution calls for saving ourselves–a sort of self-saving, self-caring, that allows room for others to do that for themselves. We all need allies, and help, of course. Yet, what … Continue reading Speech, itself

Names

I love my name, Marianne, and I may use it alone as a pen name. Like Colette. My mother named me in honor of the Virgin Mary and her mother, St. Anne–Mom was praying to them, hoping for a girl after three boys in a row, and there I was. “You must have known I … Continue reading Names

Tenderness, Water, Swimming

Yesterday when my bare feet sunk into the sand, then the cool waters of Lake Michigan, tears rose as my heart and body remembered life on the Mediterranean. I love the word “tenderness”, and how it means kindness, gentleness, deep affection; and also sensitivity to pain, soreness; and succulence, too–the quality of being easy to … Continue reading Tenderness, Water, Swimming

Adventure

I write about adventure. And relationships. Which are similar. I write about relationships with oneself and others. Also similar. How we live with ourselves and how we live with others. Ditto. Adventure can be physical, emotional, spiritual. Relationships, too. One can travel far into oneself and far out into the world. These journeys are inseparable. … Continue reading Adventure

Wonder

I see a fountain sprinkling, as if onto the diners in the sunshine, at the restaurant across the street. A vision within a vision as I look through my window and theirs at waiters carrying wine glasses. It looks like Europe in there. In here I am looking at piles of writing, drawing, and photographs. … Continue reading Wonder

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