Department of English

Rebecca Joines Schinksy

With blogger Rebecca Joines Schinksy and author Joseph Wallace
February 20, 4:30 p.m., Rose O'Neill Literary House

Rebecca Joines Schinksy, the self-described "pin-up girl with a reading fetish" who blogs at The Book Lady's Blog, is not your typical book lover. Her informal and conversational reviews are both fresh and creative�she invites the reader to share in her own reading experiences. Rebecca blogs reviews of literary fiction, narrative nonfiction and memoirs. She also shares her interviews with authors and guests' posts as well as creative content for books, authors, and publishing. Rebecca brings her interests and passion for literature to the world of social media through the use of Facebook, Twitter and tumblr�"sharing is sexy," she says. It's through these media outlets the "Book Lady" brings books and authors straight to her fans, who share her excitement for reading. She is a member of the National Book Critics Circle, a lover of independent bookstores, and the proud partner of Richmond, Virginia's Fountain Bookstore. She sits on the board of James River Writers, serves as the associate editor of the FridayReads, and is co-founder of Bookrageous. She lives in Richmond with her husband.

Joseph Wallace has been a professional writer for more than a quarter of a century, writing stories in a variety of genres such as natural history, science, technology, mysteries, thrillers, children's books, and more. He has worked to help young writers develop their craft through creative-writing workshops for elementary and middle schools and as a volunteer/mentor in high schools. His latest work, Diamond Rudy, is a novel based on the true story about New York female pitcher named Jackie Mitchell who struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in an exhibition game in 1931. Wallace is also active in the world of social media, using the idea of movie trailers to create a book trailer for Diamond Ruby, which can be found on his website and on YouTube. You can follow him through his tweets on his twitter account and be his friend on Facebook. "Joseph Wallace has found modern ways to talk about his writing and share his stories to all who want to listen and they can by a simple click of a button."

sponsored by: The Rose O'Neill Literary House