Janis Bell Discusses Clean, Well-Lighted Sentences at BookShop West Portal

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A Dreamer's Guide to Cities and Streams

In her second full-length poetry collection, Joan Gelfand explores the poignancy of living in a world that is war-torn and environmentally damaged. With a nod to the humorous paradox of modern life, Gelfand writes from the vantage point of a mother, an artist, and a Zen meditator. A Dreamer's Guide to Cities and Streams looks beyond the surface of our lives at the connections that make life worth living, and the sensual details that color it.

This poetry collection is earthy and mystical, leaving readers longing for love, beauty and the natural world. Gelfand's use of sensual, evocative language opens readers to deep, startling feelings. Many works in "A Dreamer's Guide…" are simply about the language and the observation of small, intimate details of daily life while poems such as "Requiem for a Dying Planet," and "War Rant" open our souls to the urge to be a part of something bigger, and more humane. Joan's work has been compared with Langston Hughes, Sylvia Plath and Stephen Dunn.

"Joan Gelfand's poems vibrate, shudder or take flight, roaring and purring to safe and not so safe landings in the heart, in the gut. Readers, beware. This is powerful stuff."
         – Al Young, California State Poet Laureate


Janis Bell
Clean, Well-lighted Sentences:
A Guide to Avoiding the Most Common Errors in Grammar and Punctuation
Wednesday , November 19 at 7 PM

Long overdue: a clear, good-humored discussion targeting only the most common errors in American sentences—nothing more. This is a focused, respectful, entertaining guide to getting our sentences into good shape. After thirty-five years of teaching writing, Janis Bell knows which sentences those are and precisely what ails them. She describes grammar and usage problems in ways that make immediate sense. She explains precisely what our punctuation marks do and won't do. She also answers the very questions that readers are likely to have. Besides being extremely readable and relevant, each chapter offers a challenging quiz followed by answers that leave no doubt. This small, engaging book is for people who know what they want to write and who know English--all they need to hear is what Bell has to say about the gaffes that have crept into their sentences. Equally useful to a ninthgrader and a senior-level manager, Clean, Well-Lighted Sentences is a sweet and timely find.

"You will find reading Janis Bell a pleasure… This is a book that gives you an immense training ground without being dry or mechanically overloaded, as such books too often are."
         – Michael Krasny, host of KQED's Forum


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