Film of 12/11/21 reading at Emporium

still image from Cameron Henderson's video of Rebecca Kuder reading fiction at the Emporium in Yellow Springs, Ohio
still image from Cameron Henderson’s video

On Dec. 11, 2021, Robert Freeman Wexler and I performed fiction at Emporium Wines/Underdog Cafe in Yellow Springs, Ohio. We were accompanied by interdisciplinary/sound artist Michael Casselli. (Thanks, Robert! Thanks, Michael!)

We had hoped to share the event live via Facebook, but technology did not save us.

Fortunately, we filmed the event, and it’s now available to watch.

The video was filmed & edited by Cameron Henderson. (Thanks, Cameron!)

Please enjoy!

February 2…Online Author Visit…

Photo courtesy of Lauren Shows/Yellow Springs News

On February 2, Robert Freeman Wexler and I will emerge from hibernation to read from our recent “genre-defying books.” Maybe we will see our shadows, maybe not.

We had hoped to read in person, but considering the state of things, the Yellow Springs branch of the Greene County Public Library has graciously moved the event online. This means you can attend from anywhere! Please join us.

Details & registration information below.

Yellow Springs Library Local Author Visit (ONLINE): Kuder and Wexler

Local authors Rebecca Kuder and Robert Wexler will visit (online) to read excerpts from their recently published, genre-defying fiction, including a brief Q&A.

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

6-8pm Eastern

Click here to register.

p.s. To (literally) check out our books from the Greene County library, go to:The Eight Mile Suspended Carnival and UNDISCOVERED TERRITORIES.

Kuder & Wexler in-person reading (Dec. 18, 7pm, Yellow Springs)

Robert Freeman Wexler and I will read (in person!) from our recently published books on Sat., Dec. 18, at 7pm Eastern at the Yellow Springs Senior Center—227 Xenia Avenue, Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387. This reading is hosted by the Epic Book Shop. I will read from The Eight Mile Suspended Carnival, and Robert will read from The Painting And The City.

If you are in the area, please join us! (Masks will required.)

Review of Wexler’s In Springdale Town (ebook)

Here’s a great little review of In Springdale Town,  by Robert Freeman Wexler (who is also my husband).   The ebook “opens with an ostensible introduction from the author, purporting to tell us the origins of the tale, but he immediately raises our doubts…”

What a lovely finish for the review: “This is a fantastically idiosyncratic narrative that will stick with you long after you put it down. A must must must-read.”

Trent Walters, J’agree!

(p.s. You can read an interview with Robert here.)

The logical vs. the expected

Someone very smart just articulated something I needed to hear.  In the context of writing fiction, specifically, world-building, there’s a need to embrace the logical, but move away from the expected.  For instance, if your novel is placed along a river, in a very dry climate, there would be trees there, or if not trees, an explanation of what happened to them.  Logical, both in nature, and in the context of the world being created.  But when a writer is deciding which of two characters named Anton (“Anton the Elder” and “Anton the Younger”) should quit a carnival due to fickle working conditions, the expected would be the younger leaving.  Youth has more energy and less patience, right?  But why can’t Anton the Elder leave?

So I decided he did leave.  In my world, age has more wisdom and less capacity for bullsh*t.

Lovely review of Wexler’s The Painting and The City

There’s a very nice review of my husband’s novel at OF Blog of the Fallen.  The reviewer, Larry, really seems to get at what I observed when I watched Robert work on the novel, when he says,

“Wexler’s novel felt as though it were a briskly-paced story that had been stripped of any extraneous fat, leaving the reader with a story that moves at a falsely languid pace until s/he realizes just how quickly things have developed and how engrossed s/he is with what has transpired.”

Gratifying!