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Susan Zurenda

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Voting Legislation Raises Concerns; Workplace Diversity; Local News' Future; Susan Zurenda

First Coast Connect With Melissa Ross

Proposed voting changes in Florida are raising some eyebrows with election experts.

52mins

18 Mar 2021

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Susan Zurenda’s “Bells of Eli” Transports Readers to Small-Town South Carolina in the 60s

Authors on the Air Global Radio Network

Susan Zurenda’s “Bells of Eli” Transports Readers to Small-Town South Carolina in the 60sIn today’s episode, we visit with Susan Zurenda, author of “Bells of Eli,” a compelling coming of age story where culture, family, friends, bullies, and lovers propel two young people to unite to guard each other in small-town Green Branch, SC where love, hope, and connectedness ultimately triumph.In 1959, three-year-old Eli Winfield has a horrible, preventable accident that leaves him permanently scarred and the victim of vicious bullying. His first cousin, Delia Green, becomes his fierce defender and advocate, and the pair develop an inseparable bond. As they reach adolescence, their relationship evolves into a deeper, more complex love. Bells for Eli is a lyrical and tender exploration of the relationship between cousins drawn together through tragedy in a love forbidden by social constraints and a family whose secrets must stay hidden. Jill McCorkle, author of “Life and Life” says says Susan Beckham Zurenda’s “finely detailed, debut novel, paints a vivid portrait of Adeline Green who is growing up in the seventies and maneuvering class differences, peer pressure, and first love. The sexual confines of her southern town as well as taboo family secrets from the past, bring her face to face with life changing decisions and losses in ways both moving and profound.”Engage with the show here: https://linktr.ee/CharlotteReadersPodcastDetailed show notes here: https://charlottereaderspodcast.comFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/charlottereaderspodcastInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/charlottereaderspodcast/Twitter: https://twitter.com/charlottereaderCharlotte Readers Podcast is a proud member of the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network and the Queen City Podcast Network. © Charlotte Readers Podcast and Authors on the Air Global Radio Network

40mins

8 Feb 2021

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Susan Zurenda’s Vibrant Debut Transports Readers to Small-Town South Carolina in the 60s-70s, Where the Bonds of Love Prevail in the Face of Tragedy

Charlotte Readers Podcast

In today’s episode 181, we visit with Susan Zurenda, author of “Bells of Eli,” a compelling coming of age story where culture, family, friends, bullies, and lovers propel two young people to unite to guard each other in small-town Green Branch, SC where love, hope, and connectedness ultimately triumph. In 1959, three-year-old Eli Winfield has a horrible, preventable accident that leaves him permanently scarred and the victim of vicious bullying. His first cousin, Delia Green, becomes his fierce defender and advocate, and the pair develop an inseparable bond. As they reach adolescence, their relationship evolves into a deeper, more complex love. Bells for Eli is a lyrical and tender exploration of the relationship between cousins drawn together through tragedy in a love forbidden by social constraints and a family whose secrets must stay hidden. Jill McCorkle, author of “Life and Life” says says Susan Beckham Zurenda’s “finely detailed, debut novel, paints a vivid portrait of Adeline Green who is growing up in the seventies and maneuvering class differences, peer pressure, and first love. The sexual confines of her southern town as well as taboo family secrets from the past, bring her face to face with life changing decisions and losses in ways both moving and profound.” Engage with the show here: https://linktr.ee/CharlotteReadersPodcast Detailed show notes here: https://charlottereaderspodcast.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/charlottereaderspodcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/charlottereaderspodcast/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/charlottereader Charlotte Readers Podcast is a proud member of the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network and the Queen City Podcast Network.

40mins

5 Feb 2021

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Sunday Bonus Episode: Susan Zurenda & Alison Hammer

Friends & Fiction

Join the Fab Five for this Soecial Sunday Bonus episode in which they continue their conversation about debut novels by welcoming two more first-time authors. Meet Susan Zurenda whose BELLS FOR ELI will hit shelves on March 5, 2021; and Alison Hammer whose first novel YOU AND ME AND US came out April 2020. Both women had full careers in other fields before getting a publishing deal and they discuss their journey to getting published. http://friendsandfiction.com

37mins

24 Jan 2021

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Virtual Book Club Chat with Susan Zurenda- author of Bells for Eli

Luxurious Journeys and Wellness

Join me with author Susan Zurenda and a surprise guest.

57mins

21 Sep 2020

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Southern fiction novelist Susan Zurenda IN CONVERSATION

Authors on the Air

After teaching literature, composition, and creative writing to thousands of high school and college students for 33 years, Susan turned her attention to putting a novel in her heart on paper, the genesis of which started with a short story that won a fiction prize some years ago. She is delighted to present her debut novel, Bells for Eli, to readers on March 2, 2020. During her years of teaching at Spartanburg Community College and then as an AP English teacher at Spartanburg High School, Susan published short stories and won numerous regional awards such as the South Carolina Fiction Prize (twice), the Porter Fleming Competition, The Southern Writers Symposium Emerging Writers Fiction Contest, The Hub City Hardegree Contest in Fiction, Alabama Conclave First Novel Chapter Contest, and The Jubilee Writing Competition (twice). Since 2018, she has published six stories in literary magazines. @copyrighted

31mins

29 Jun 2020

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Southern Novelist Susan Zurenda In Conversation

Authors on the Air Global Radio Network

After teaching literature, composition, and creative writing to thousands of high school and college students for 33 years, Susan turned her attention to putting a novel in her heart on paper, the genesis of which started with a short story that won a fiction prize some years ago. She is delighted to present her debut novel, Bells for Eli, to readers on March 2, 2020. During her years of teaching at Spartanburg Community College and then as an AP English teacher at Spartanburg High School, Susan published short stories and won numerous regional awards such as the South Carolina Fiction Prize (twice), the Porter Fleming Competition, The Southern Writers Symposium Emerging Writers Fiction Contest, The Hub City Hardegree Contest in Fiction, Alabama Conclave First Novel Chapter Contest, and The Jubilee Writing Competition (twice). Since 2018, she has published six stories in literary magazines. @copyrighted

31mins

29 Jun 2020

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Southern novelist Susan Zurenda IN CONVERSATION on Authors on the Air

Authors On The Air Radio

Authors on the Air welcomes Southern novelist Susa Zurenda to the studio to discuss BELLS FOR ELI.  Susan Beckham Zurenda taught English for thirty-three years and now works as a book publicist for Magic Time Literary Publicity. A recipient of several regional awards for her fiction, including The South Carolina Fiction Project, The Porter Fleming Literary Competition, and The Southern Writers Symposium, she has also published numerous stories and nonfiction pieces in literary journals. Writing and the love of literature have been central in her life since early childhood, perhaps beginning when her father read poetry to her and her brother at bedtime.First cousins Ellison (Eli) Winfield and Adeline (Delia) Green are meant to grow up happily and innocently across the street from one another amid the supposed wholesome values of small-town Green Branch, South Carolina, in the 1960s and 70s. But Eli’s tragic accident changes the trajectory of their lives and of those connected to them. Shunned and even tortured by his peers for his disfigurement and frailty, Eli struggles for acceptance in childhood as Delia passionately devotes herself to defending him. Delia’s vivid and compassionate narrative voice presents Eli as a confident young man in adolescence--the visible damage to his body gone--but underneath hides indelible wounds harboring pain and insecurity, scars that rule his impulses. And while Eli cherishes Delia more than anyone and attempts to protect her from her own troubles, he cares not for protecting himself. It is Delia who has that responsibility, growing more challenging each year. @copyrighted

32mins

19 Jun 2020

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Author2Author with Susan Zurenda

Author2Author

Bill welcomes debut novelist Susan Zurenda to the show. After teaching literature, composition, and creative writing to thousands of high school and college students for 33 years, Susan turned her attention to putting a novel in her heart on paper, the genesis of which started with a short story that won a fiction prize some years ago and Bells for Eli  was published on March 2! During her years of teaching at Spartanburg Community College and then as an AP English teacher at Spartanburg High School, Susan published short stories and won numerous regional awards such as the South Carolina Fiction Prize (twice), the Porter Fleming Competition, The Southern Writers Symposium Emerging Writers Fiction Contest, The Hub City Hardegree Contest in Fiction, Alabama Conclave First Novel Chapter Contest, and The Jubilee Writing Competition (twice).  Since 2018, she has published six stories in literary magazines.

32mins

17 Mar 2020