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APRIL 2016 SUBMISSIONS

Our next gathering is Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 7 pm, in the Arts Library. Below are the works which have been submitted for discussion.

Submission 1

Author: Ryan Wiksell

 

Work: Magus of Judah (Novel)

 

Submission: Chapters 20-22

 

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Excerpt: 

 

After six more days on the highway they reached their first caravansary, at Ashtarot. As they approached, the travelers voiced loudly their relief at finally being able to replenish their supplies and foodstuffs. Melchior watched as many of them, atop their horses or camels, threw back their heads and shouted praises to the heavens. The languages were as myriad as the recipients of their prayers. Mithra, Zeus, Ra, Jupiter, Mazda, and HaShem were lauded in Aramaic, Greek, Arabic, Latin, Farsi and Hebrew. He marveled at this moving city of interfaith harmony. Was this possible anywhere else in the world? Shouldn’t these people hate each other?

 

Wrap-up Synopsis: 

 

As Part II picks up, Melchior and Rivka (two young Jews, ages 14 and 12) are traveling with a small band of refugees through the land of Samaria. It is the first century BCE, and Roman armies are in the process of invading and capturing every corner of Judea, Melchior and Rivka’s former home. They are in the company of Melchior’s mentor, the horse-trainer Levi, and his wife and three children.


Levi’s family has decided to relocate to the home of extended relatives in Gennesaret, in the north. Unfortunately, Melchior cannot be seen there because he has made enemies of the Essenes, who have a large presence in Gennesaret. Therefore, they must part ways, and Melchior has decided that he and Rivka should join up with a camel train headed east. With that decided, they face an uncertain future, and the prospect of leaving their homeland behind forever.

 

Bonus: All submissions up to this point

 

 

Submission 2

Author: Matthew Henderson

 

Work: Gifted (Novel)

 

Submission: Chapters 4, 6, 8

 

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Excerpt: 

 

I hold in my hand for a short moment will eventually be distributed throughout this woman’s body and become a part of her. Beep. Every molecule in her body is built of the food she has eaten and the liquids she has drank and the air she has breathed. Beep. The food we sell makes people who they are. Beep. It goes in their bodies and becomes a part of them. So, the next time I see these people, I’ll see the products I sold, walking around – talking and making decisions. That macaroni I just set down the conveyer belt will come back to me in a few days, pushing another cart to my stand – a cart with more macaroni. Thinking about this makes the job more meaningful.

 

Wrap-up Synopsis: 

 

Buddy is an exceptionally bright young man who was raised on an over-the-road truck, homeschooled by his parents.

 

Bonus: All submissions up to this point

 

 

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