Colgate University recently included an excerpt from Laurie Loewenstein’s UNMENTIONABLES in the Colgate Scene, a publicationwhich recognized alumni who have gone on to write books featuring a strong sense of place. It shared selections from several alumni books along with an author discussion of how they were inspired by real places in their lives.
“To Midwesterners like myself, it is a place of great beauty; of distant horizons where the sky bleaches to white, where windbreaks of catalpas hem farm fields, where the courthouse is ornately fluted. But it is also a place of contradictions, where politeness and conformity glide above deep currents of emotion and sentiment. Where we are both insiders and outsiders — fertile ground in which to explore the true nature of community.”
Not even a month after receiving a review for the UNMENTIONABLES in Great War 100 Reads, a blog commemorating the best World War I literature, KJB author Laurie Loewenstein was interviewed by the very same publication. In the interview she discussed her use of authentic historical details, questions she wished readers asked her about the book, and how her original goal was to write a novel with an outspoken woman as the main character. Read the full interview here.
Laurie Loewenstein, author of KJB’s flagship publication UNMENTIONABLES, was featured in a Book Q&A column with blogger Deborah Kalb. UNMENTIONABLES is set in Midwestern America during the women’s suffrage movement, the Chautauqua Circuit, and World War I. During the Q&A, Loewenstein explains how she was deeply influenced by Midwestern writers, including William Maxwell, Marilynne Robinson, Ray Bradbury, Sherwood Anderson, and Sinclair Lewis. Read the full Book Q&A here.
Books by the Banks: The Cincinnati USA Book Festival has invited KJB’s Laurie Loewenstein, author of the UNMENTIONABLES, to appear and sign copies of her novel on Saturday, October 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free public festival is an annual celebration of books and readings in downtown Cincinnati, featuring authors and illustrators for signings, discussions, and family fun activities.
According to the Books by the Banks website, Loewenstein “counts four generations of her family as Cincinnati residents, going back to her great-great-great granadparents, Samuel and Nancy Weil. Her writing life began as a reporter for several daily newspapers. She is a graduate of Colgate, Syracuase and Wilkes universities. Unmentionables, a novel about insiders, outsiders and the true nature of commmunity, is set in the Midwest in 1917.”
The flagship publication of Kaylie Jones Books, UNMENTIONABLES by Laurie Loewenstein, was mentioned on a list of the Top 100 novels about World War I. The blog “Great War 100 Reads,” established to commemorate 100 years since the start of World War I, added UNMENTIONABLES alongside Virginia Woolf’s MRS. DALLOWAY and Edith Wharton’s A SON AT THE FRONT.
In UNMENTIONABLES, the main character Marian Elliot Adams, an outspoken advocate for sensible undergarments for women, travels to France’s Picardy region during the war to help destitute villagers.
Aviation journalist and author Colleen Mondor wrote a review of UNMENTIONABLES on her blog, “Chasing Ray.” Mondor enjoyed the novel and called it a “surprise,” explaining that:
I found a certain amount of “earthiness” to this novel–a perspective on life that reads very much about people most readers know and will recognize. I think I especially liked the history here though, how Lowenstein so effectively weaves bits about milk inspection and disease and racism and education into the overall story. This is how we live, after all, with so much big and small going on around us.
A picture of the Chautauqua Assembly in Clarinda, Indiana circa 1908, courtesy of the Library of Congress, was posted with her review.
Flagship author Laurie Loewenstein discussed her novel “Unmentionables” on Pennsylvania’s WVIA Public Media earlier this month. A guest of Erika Funke’s ArtScene on June 10, Loewenstein read an excerpt from her novel and described the extensive historical research required to recreate the climate of the Chautauqua circuit in the early 20th century. On June 13 she participated in a reading at Barnes & Noble in downtown Wilkes-Barre, hosted by the Wilkes University MA/MFA in Creative Writing Program.