Going Public…in Shorts – 6/14

Another double feature today! Diane Havens offers The Selfish Giant, by Oscar Wilde, and is featured over at author Michael Stephen Daigle’s blog , and Scott O’Neill offers The Nice People, by Henry Cuyler Bunner, and is meeting up with author J.T. Kalnay. Be sure to check them both out!

Listening & Downloading 
The Selfish Giant  is offered in full for online listening through June 20th. You can also purchase a download of this story via Downpour, with proceeds going to Reach Out and Read.



The Selfish Giant
Oscar Wilde writes fairy tales in their purest sense. It has a strong moral center aimed at adults more than children. “The Selfish Giant”  involves a giant who leaves his home for some years time to return to find his garden is being used as a playground by the village children. He shuts them out, and upon doing so, the seasons refuse to change on the giant’s property. Winter settles in to stay. The appearance of one mysterious child melts the giant’s heart and he sees the error of his ways. Strong Christian imagery at the story’s end might surprise some who aren’t familiar with Wilde’s social philosophy and religious beliefs. What we do learn is that in Wilde’s view, even fairy tales won’t have a traditionally happily-ever-after ending, not even for those characters transformed by redemption


Diane Havens headshot 1Diane Havens is actor, poet, playwright and educator. She’s spent some years onstage off-Broadway, highlighted by a two-year stint with the Light Opera Company of Manhattan, performing Gilbert and Sullivan in repertory. She’s also had the good fortune to have studied with and alongside Olympia Dukakis and Joan Allen. Diane has also taught drama, English and media studies in the NJ public schools, and has directed youth theater, as well as college productions. She now helps develop tools to assist teachers in bringing literature to life. Her collaboration with Canadian actor Robert Jadah on a literature podcast series, Acting It Out, won them a Voices.com Voicey Award. Active in social and civic causes, she’s recorded textbooks for the blind and co-founded the Hear the Bill project, coordinating voice actor volunteers to record free downloadable audio of the health care reform bills as they were being debated, as a public service. She’s narrated both fiction and nonfiction audiobooks, among which is a best selling version of the Book of Psalms, from the KJV Bible.



Listening & Downloading
The Nice People is offered in full for online listening through June 20th. You can also purchase a download of this story via Downpour, with proceeds going to Reach Out and Read.




The Nice People 
Suspicions abound surrounding a young couple’s perceived duplicity at an eastern seaboard summer boarding house in this classic turn of the century tale of good intention.


HeadshotA recent Audible Approved Producer recipient, Scott O’Neill has narrated 24 audio books in genres as wildly diverse as comic satire, young adult, romance & mystery/thriller to non-fiction titles incl.: Creating the Perfect Design Brief: How to Manage Design for Strategic Advantage and Since My Last Confession: A Gay Catholic Memoir. A native of the Pacific Northwest, Scott is a seasoned veteran of many regional stage productions including Seattle’s long running production of “Tony ‘N Tina’s Wedding”, and the one man show: “Apre`s Moi, le De`luge” at ACT theatre. Soon to be released on Audible is the atypical romance: The Topsail Accord, by J.T Kalnay, co-narrated with Dawn Harvey.

Today’s Blog Hosts:
michaelMichael Stephen Daigle
I have been writing most of my life.  I was a print journalist for many  years, starting at weekly newspapers in Massachusetts and Maine, and then dailies, in Maine and New Jersey. I am now an online journalist, practicing the craft for digital news web pages, and others. I learned how to write at  newspapers.  There is nothing focusing than writing 800 words on a 45-minute deadline, nor nothing as exciting as responding to breaking news, planning the coverage in an instant and seeing the plan come together as talented colleagues  perform their craft. More to the point, I learn how to think, talk to people, separate the liars from those telling the truth, learn to research and study and have the wonderful opportunity to speak with people about their lives. There is no other experience or occupation like it.  I am currently working on several fiction projects, including completing a political novel, “The Swamps of Jersey.”
kalnayJ.T. Kalnay
JT Kalnay is an attorney and an author. He has been an athlete, a soldier, a professor, a programmer, an Ironman, and mountain climber. JT now divides his time between being an attorney, being an author, and helping out with seven children. He was born and raised in Belleville, Ontario, Canada. Growing up literally steps from the Bay of Quinte, water, ice, fishing, swimming, boating, and drowning were very early influences and appear frequently in his work. Educated at the Royal Military College, the University of Ottawa, the University of Dayton and Case Western Reserve University, JT has spent countless hours studying a wide range of subjects including math, English, computer science, physics, and law. Many of his stories are set on college campuses. He is a rock climber and can often be found atop crags in West Virginia, California, Mexico, and Italy. Rock climbing appears frequently in his writing. JT has witnessed firsthand many traumatic events including the World Trade Center Bombing, the Long Island Railroad Shooting, a bear attack, a plane crash, and numerous fatalities, in the mountains and elsewhere. Disasters, loss, and confronting personal fear are common themes in his writing. While “boy meets girl” appears to be JT’s dominant genre, readers will experience a variety of styles and themes in his simple yet complex writing. He has been writing novels for 25 years and has only recently began to release his work under his own name. See if you can recognize his work!
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