Pearls Beneath the Rind
By Richard Seldin & Carole R. Seldin-Bolinsky
Book-signing & Conversation
Saturday, May 31st … 2-4 p.m.
Call Bookworks at (540) 887-0007, or visit the shop at 101 W. Beverley Street in historic downtown Staunton, with any questions.
Many siblings overcome estranged family relationships, but few decide to express this emotional advance by collaborating on a book of poems. Pearls Beneath the Rind invites the reader to enter the world of an older brother and younger sister of vastly different character and lifestyle. While it does not deal with Richard and Carole’s relationship or the relationships between siblings, it demonstrates the divergent ways in how two siblings have experienced themselves and the world. As important, their cooperative act in writing it affirms that even heavily conflicted sibling relationships can substantially improve.
Kirkus Reviews described the book as a “smart, unusual collection of poetry with honed, pleasant surprises,” and poet Michalea Carter wrote “In this duet the voices of brother and sister alternate to form a book as unique in its music as in its silences. Honest and mature, Pearls Beneath The Rind lifts and anchors, shimmies and sways. It’s a joy to read.”
About the Authors: Richard Seldin is a freelance writer who has published short fiction and nonfiction; for many years he worked as a lawyer for the U.S. government, focused on international relations & trade. Carole ‘CR’ Seldin-Bolinsky has published short mystery stories, flash fiction & poetry, and has won the Oregon State Poetry Association’s award for new poets. They discovered their shared love for writing poetry when unknowingly they both entered the same poetry contest more than a decade ago.