We hope that many of our readers took advantage of the extra week between issues to dip into this year’s annual Summer Fiction issue. As always, the poems and short stories were eclectic and entertaining. And — we can assume based on past experience — the poets and authors are equally eclectic and sometimes equally entertaining. (Writers being writers some inevitably will shy away from the entertainment spotlight.)
Our chance to meet many of the contributors in person comes next Wednesday, August 16, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Tre Piani restaurant in Princeton Forrestal Village. That’s the time and place of our annual Summer Fiction reception. The free event begins with informal networking, accompanied by a cash bar and free hors d’oeuvres, with introductions of the poets and authors beginning at around 6 p.m.
We will also make note of what we believe is a unique event in Princeton-area journalism circles: The publication in our sister paper, the Princeton Echo, of a 17,000-word novella by Marvin Harold Cheiten. Readers of the Summer Fiction issue will recognize Cheiten as the contributor of many short stories and poems. He is also a playwright whose work has been produced at Princeton Summer Theater and at Off-Broadstreet Theater.
His piece in the Echo, “The Hidden Ally,” is a multi-generational saga that traces the life of a Princeton-based munitions manufacturer and his offspring from just after the Civil War until the beginning of World War II. Copies of the Echo will be available at the August 16 reception.
#b#To the Editor: Accordions in Tune#/b#
Thank you for publishing Ross Amico’s the excellent article on the accordion, the American Accordionists’ Association’s 2017 festival in Princeton, and the AAA workshop and concert series at the Tenri Institute in New York.
The article was beautifully written by Amico and hit all the main points in an interesting way that would hold the reader’s attention. Furthermore, the organizers of the event were very pleased. There were numerous follow-up phone calls about the festival due to the article, and AAA president Mary Tokarski informed us that no other local community had ever given such outstanding and sympathetic support through its media as your newspaper (and the one-hour interview of Bob by Ross Amico on his Thursday show a week earlier at WPRB, the Princeton University radio station).
In addition, quite a few of our friends from the Princeton Friends of Opera were there for Bob’s presentation on the accordion in opera as well as for the gala concert.
Anne and Bob McMahan
A professor of music at the College of New Jersey, Bob McMahan is secretary of the American Accordionists’ Association. His wife, Anne, is president of the Princeton Friends of Opera.