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
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From World Radio Paris commentator Patricia Killeen : ‘Lucy, go see.’ – one of the best reads ever! And now the audio version, by the award winning author herself, is captivating – Maili is also an actress, which adds so much to the audio – Love how she interprets the voice of Bill, the sleazy … Continue reading Lucy, go see. featured in June Audiobook Month!
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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?
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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!
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.
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.”
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.
I am thinking of what it means to be divine, holy, sacred. When I stepped into St. Joe’s Key West last week to be quiet for a while before the first reading of my first novel I was struck by many things. The portrait of Mary in the vestibule first caught my eye-I had never … Continue reading Holy Women or Holy, Women.
When I stopped by the bookstore today, boxes filled with this beautiful novel were being opened, registered, and by now are on the shelves. Lucy is coming out as Mom is leaving. Get your copy at River Lights tomorrow morning. Doors open at 10 at 1098 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa. Lucy’s coming-out party will also … Continue reading On the shelves at River Lights Bookstore!
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
“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.
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
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
It was thrilling to be at Jane Fonda’s tribute in Chicago last night. Thank you #chifilmfest and thank you, Jane.
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
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
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
I rushed home from my walk through the park, after my bike ride along the lake, where I began wondering if “este” was east in Italian, as it is in Spanish, and found out that the Italian is, as the French, “est”. I have done some more fact-checking on the name. Translating machines tell me … Continue reading ¿Correction? Regarding Isabella
I learned to read, at 4, in my grandma’s bed. I do not remember the titles. I do remember the 11 x 14 size of one book, the softness and color of the pages, the thin spines, the magic of stringing letter sounds into words and then stories. It made me want to see other worlds … Continue reading Beds and Books and Journeys
“What myth is your novel like?” Jim McPherson asked years ago, as I rode with him to select a present for his daughter which I would deliver to her upon my return to Barcelona. I was a Visiting Scholar at the International Writing Program in Iowa City at that time, doing research for my dissertation … Continue reading “Sounds like Pilgrim’s Progress,” he said.
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
Do you ever draw? Today I was thinking about how drawing is a kind of writing and writing is a kind of drawing and both are ways of seeing and telling. Storytelling is one of the most life-giving things we humans do for each other. When I draw I see more deeply into things and … Continue reading drawing is a kind of writing
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
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