Summer reading – and writing

Others, we know, prefer to travel lighter with their Kindles or a paperback. So for the first WAG Weekly of the season, we want to spotlight two titles by local authors that we’ve been remiss in bringing to your attention.

Former WAG editor Emily Liebert’s fourth novel, “Some Women” (New American Library) continues her exploration of female friendships tested and strengthened by adversity. As usual, the Westport resident has tied in the three heroines with distinctive cosmetics – here, three lip glosses from Gerard Cosmetics (gerardcosmetics.com). A portion of the proceeds from sales of the lip gloss bundle supports the Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clara Valley.

Meanwhile, food blogger Jessica Tom, who grew up in Pleasantville and graduated from Yale University, has seen her new “Food Whore:  A Novel of Dining & Deceit” (HarperCollins Publishers) optioned by DreamWorks. The “Kitchen Confidential”-meets-“The Devil Wears Prada” tale finds a foodie ghostwriting for a New York Times critic who’s lost his taste buds.

But why not pick up the pen yourselves? The Westchester Review, a literary journal of writers from the Hudson to the Sound, is running two writing contests through Aug. 31.  The first is a Flash Fiction Contest – seeking original stories of no more than 500 words – open to writers who live, work or study in Westchester County and the Lower Hudson Valley. The second is the fifth annual “Writers Under 30” contest for fiction and poetry. For details, visit westchesterreview.com.

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