Novel Transcript Reading: ZAPINETTE GOES TO THE NORTH POLE (CHAPTER 1 & 2), by Albert Russo

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chapters 1 & 2 – Humorous fiction (5000 words) – synopsis:

Zapinette lives with her mother, a staunch ‘felinist’who owns a beauty parlor in Paris, as well as with Firmin, the latter’s boyfriend. The girl however feels much closer to her ‘Unky Berky’, in spite of the fact that he is “such a weirdo at times and can get on her bloomin nerves”. Through Firmin, ‘the vermin’, she learns that her beloved uncle is a ‘homey setchual’. They will travel to four continents together and the trips promise to be quite bumpy. She is part American, part French, part Italian and finds out, along her journeys to Africa and the Holy Land, that she has other origins too.

“… Be warned, Zapinette’s gems of insouciant wit tend to become infectious. This wise-child’s deceptively worldly innocence takes the entire gamut of human endeavor in its compass. Hardly anyone or anything escapes unscathed. Michael Jackson,Vittorio de Sica, Freddy Mercury, Mao Zedong, Bill and Hill, the Pope, Fidel Castro, and even Jesus of Nazareth all come under Zapinette’s delightfully zany fire as she “zaps” from topic to topic in an irrepressible flux. As the century of the double zeros is with us – 2017 -, we have seen the future and the future is sham. As a healthy dose of counter-sham, Zapinette should be on every brain-functional person’s reading list.”

Performed by actor Peter-Mark Raphael

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

Chapter 2 Reading of Large is the Smallest We’ve Got by JED HAMILTON. Performed by Reetu Bambrah


Get to know writer Jed Hamilton:

1. What is your novel about?

An unlikely mix of people, thrown together by the LA Earthquake, 1994.
A story of love lost and found…
A story of greed and corruption. ….
A story about a phoney ghost-hunter show… and a dog that looks like a panda.

2. Why should this novel be read by people?

Some people who have read it tell me they go on thinking about it, and even re-read it. It is (ultimately) a very moving tale.
The opening comedy is deceptive

3. How would you describe this novel in two words?

Funny, moving

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?

A toss between ‘His Girl Friday’ or ‘The Producers’

5. How long have you been working on this novel?

2 Years

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Bleak House – no contest.

7. What motivated you to write this novel?

Living in LA for 10 years

8. What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Matt Stone or Trey Parker . If they don’t count as artists, David Hockney

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Playing the piano – and composing. I’ve scored a few movies.

10. What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?

Having parts of my book read by actors

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Write, write and write
Don’t re-write until you’ve finished the book, or you get bogged down.

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Watch Junction Part 2 – Novel Reading Written by Cody Schlegel

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JUNCTION PART 2 Novel Reading:

Novel written by Cody Schlegel

Novel performed by Val Cole

Summary written by the writer:

Junction chronicles the aftermath of the death of a small town drug dealer, named Joey Sheeks. Joey was found naked and frozen in a woods not far from his home in rural Iowa, and even though the local law enforcement attribute his death to his tripping on acid, not everyone in the sleepy town shares this opinion. When Joey’s high school friend Zack Harmen “inherits” the business, suspicion falls on him. Then a local priest dies under strange circumstances, and a deputy vanishes without a trace. There’s no obvious connection to these incidents, but a handful of residents—including main character, Nick Harmen (Zack’s cousin)—believe Junction’s in the midst of a killing spree. It’s a tense, thriller, uncomfortable at times. And it’s not afraid to casually discuss topics that most people tend to tiptoe around in casual conversations. Issues pertaining to government corruption, media manipulation, PTSD, race relations in the US, and non-traditional spirituality play an intricate part, but at the same time don’t distract from a meaty story driven by strong characters.

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Watch EDGE: EAST WIND IN PARADISE, Chapter 2 Reading by Carl Jackson

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August 2015 Reading

by Carl Jackson

Reading performed by actress Maya Woloszyn

Edge: East Wind in Paradise is about a Barbadian government operative named Shannon Edge who thwarts an attempt to smuggle arms into the country and is left with more questions than answers. As his investigation draws him closer to the truth, he becomes entangled in a deadly game of murder, money and power.