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Reading at The Storyteller’s Bookstore in Wake Forest

Friday, September 5th, 2008

Weather permitting, I will be reading from All on Account of You on Saturday, September 6th, at 3:00 p.m. at The Storyteller’s Bookstore in Wake Forest, as part of the store’s Grand Opening event. Please come by if you can! Here is the schedule:

Author Readings and Storyteller Events

Saturday, September 6, 2008

10-11am              Anita Stone, I Never Met a Flower I Didn’t Like
11am-12pm         Roz Grace, Trina’s Family Reunion
3:00pm-3:30pm  Elaine Klonicki, All on Account of You
6:00-7:00pm       Storytellers Ron Jones and Claire Ramsey

Sunday, September 7, 2008

3-3:30pm             Alice Osborn, Right Lane Ends
3:30-4:00pm       Sharon Wood, Writing From the Authentic Self

Drew Bridges, owner of the store and a semi-retired psychiatrist, opened the store in order to return to his English major roots. Drew Bridges describes himself as an “early career storyteller.” He is well known around the Wake Forest area, having performed at charity events and at local events including Herbfest.

Drew emphasizes his belief that, “Even in today’s world of iMax and iPods gee-whiz technology, there is still room for a more personal form of entertainment.”

The store is designed with open areas for activities and is furnished with a grand piano and a red leather antique barber chair, the “storyteller’s chair.” Paintings and photography from local artists adorn the walls and are for sale as well.

The Storyteller’s Book Store is located under the bridge, at 100 E. Roosevelt Ave, Wake Forest, NC.

For more information about the grand opening or other programs and activities at the store call 919-554-9146 or send an email inquiry to storystore@nc.rr.com.

Off the beaten path

Saturday, May 3rd, 2008

Yesterday I taught a class called “How to Write Your Family’s Story” at the Cary Senior Center. I did a book signing there in the fall and was invited back. It’s a beautiful facility and the people who run it are exceptionally friendly and helpful. They have such great classes that it almost makes me anxious to be a senior.


I had ten people in the class, and they were very interested in the topic. I like to do a show of hands when I teach to find out what the participants are looking for. To inject a little humor, I always ask things like, “How many of you have no idea what you’re doing?” It lightens the mood and helps me to relax. Like most of us, they admitted to having boxes and bins of family memorabilia, and almost no idea how to get started writing about their families.

I used a microphone so as not to strain my voice, since it was an hour-and-a-half class. I’ve done a fair amount of speaking over the years, but I don’t consider it my strong suit, and I rarely use a wireless microphone. Imagine my horror when I discovered that I had walked into the bathroom with it still clipped to me. I didn’t know how to work the volume on the clip-on part, and didn’t want to go back into the classroom and leave again, so I took it off and left it on the floor in the hallway just outside the bathroom. At least I figured it out in time.

I often mention how I get things I need by bartering, suggesting that the seniors might be able to offer some service in exchange for getting their manuscripts typed or edited. Afterwards an interesting gentleman came up to me and introduced himself. Donald said he was an artist, and offered me artwork, of any type or in any medium, in exchange for helping him through the self-publishing process. He said he and his wife were leaving to go up north for six months (they only live here half of the year), and he wanted me to see his work before they left next week. He called his wife and she said he could invite me over to see it. He suggested I follow him to their house, which was supposedly only two miles away.

I’m not even sure why I did it, except that I hadn’t eaten and wasn’t thinking straight. But when I got to his house and saw his wife, Wanda, I realized I had met her before, at the fall book signing. His artwork was amazing, and I imagined using it for a book cover in the future. Donald read one of the stories he had written about his early life, and it was good. He told me that he had been an art instructor, and that they had traveled the world.

By then I was starving, and Wanda fixed me a sandwich. Then their two adult daughters dropped by. Beautiful, personable professionals, they had stopped by on their lunch hour. They were very excited about the possibility of their dad writing his memoir and were happy that I was encouraging him. He was from Poland, and was one of 12 children. I’m one of eight, which I mentioned in my talk. They said they’d been asking him to write, and he’d done a little, but not much. I suggested that he record his stories on a cassette or digital recorder and have the girls type them for him.

The one daughter asked a lot about All on Account of You, so I got a copy from the car to show to her, and she bought it for her dad. They seemed like a wonderful family, and I felt happy to have inspired all of them to record their history, one way or the other. I left Donald with these words: “Put your bottom in the chair (and write).”

On the way home I had the fleeting thought that it was quite an expenditure of time and gas to sell one book. But I quickly realized that it was much more than a sale. I had made some new friends.

An interesting detour, indeed. Even more so when I told my hubby when he got home from work that I had gone to a strange man’s house to see his etchings.


Book signing at the Wake Forest Public Library

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

On Tuesday, April 22nd, at 6:30 p.m., I will be doing a slide show, reading, and book signing of All on Account of You: A True WWII Love Story at the Wake Forest Public Library. The library is located at 400 E. Holding Ave. in Wake Forest, NC. My presentation will actually be at the North Regional Center which is next door.

The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and will take place immediately after their annual meeting.

All on Account of You is a memoir based on my parents’ courtship in the 1940s. The slide show is set to Big Band piano music which was recorded by my father, Bill Luddy, before he passed away.

If you’re in the area, please stop by!


Veterans Day cont’d: remembering WWII vets

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

I’ve always had an interest in the 1940s, perhaps because of all the beautiful fashions that came out of that era, but my interest was heightened during the writing of All on Account of You: A True WWII Love Story (www.lulu.com/content/574604). My mother was a fashion designer in New York, and the book is the story of her life.

Of all the events she and I did this fall, the one that stands out in my mind is the book signing at the West Regional Library in Morrisville, NC. It was organized by Becky Woodhouse, a librarian with a special interest in WWII stories. She invited folks from several of the senior residences in the area. After my talk, two veterans opened up about their experiences during WWII. It turned out that the guys were both New Yorkers and actually live in the same complex near the library, but had never met! They were still talking in the parking lot as we were leaving, and I have a feeling that they’re probably best buddies by now. After hearing their stories and watching Ken Burns’ documentary The War on PBS in September, Veterans Day became much more personal for me this year. Although my dad served in the Navy, my oldest brother served in Korea, and the next in Vietnam, none of them had ever really talked to me about their service. My Veterans Day article “Remembering Our WWII Vets: Getting to Know Dad” (www.newsobserver.com/674/story/769469.html) was published in The News and Observer on Monday, November 12th. This piece must have hit a nerve, because I received quite a bit of feedback in response to it.


Veterans Day 2007: WWII programs and projects

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

In conjunction with the Ken Burns’ documentary The War, the NC Museum of History put on a one-day WWII program in September. The kids’ portion of the event was hands-on, with activities such as trying on military uniforms, making dogtags, and planting victory gardens. I was excited to attend because the museum had recently starting carrying All on Account of You: A True WWII Love Story in their gift shop.

Having older parents, I grew up listening to big band music, but was not prepared for the emotional impact of hearing a live big band in the lobby of the museum. Fifty or so people of all ages were out on the floor learning swing dancing. The temporary exhibit “Everybody’s War:North Carolina and World War II,” which includes artifacts, images, and stories chronicling the contributions of North Carolinians during wartime, is worth seeing.

While at the museum, I interviewed Dave Milidonis, Executive Director of the National Veterans Freedom Park in Cary, NC (www.nationalveteransfreedompark.com), for an article. The foundation created to build the park over a five year period has impressive goals such as: honoring and commemorating those who have served in America’s armed services, educating young people about the meaning of freedom, and fostering civic pride.

I learned that many Army and Air Force personnel lost their records in a disastrous 1973 fire at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, MO. Some of those vets are being denied military funerals because the government has no record of their service. An additional goal of the Veterans Freedom Park is to try to help vets and their families reconstruct those records.

Along those lines, PBS and Veterans History Project are collaborating to gather first-hand accounts of men and women who have served our nation during wartime. The nonprofit organization The National Combat History Archive is also collecting combat film, photographs, and personal memoirs in order to preserve our rich military heritage. I write about both initiatives in “Share Your Wartime Recollections,” an article which appears in the current (December 2007) issue of Military Officer Magazine.


About Elaine

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

Elaine Luddy Klonicki is a freelance writer who lives in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her column “Box of Chocolates” appeared in The News & Observer. Elaine has written three books: All on Account of You: A True WWII Love Story, Thinking About Therapy? What to Expect From “The Talking Cure” and Captured Words: A Sentimental Journey. She is one of the co-editors of A Taste of Taffy: Samplings From the Triangle Area Freelancers. Through her writing, she shares with others the skills she has learned for living a joyful, purposeful, and inspired life.