SIDNEY — “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you” according to writer Maya Angelou.
That drive to produce a story is what Sidney native Carol Moore Gilardi says prompted her to join a writing group and, ultimately, to participate in the publication of “Undercurrents: A Rising Tide of Mystery, Magic & Mischief.” This new anthology contains short stories, essays, and memoir by 17 writers, one of whom is Gilardi. The anthology has been reviewed favorably by several well-known authors, including Peter Meinke, winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction; William Heffernan, three-time Pulitzer Prize nominee; and Heather Sellers, author of an Oprah book-of-the-month selection.
Sellers said of the collection, “This volume is full of lovely surprises, compelling narratives, and terrific new voices.”
Gilardi will read an excerpt from her short story, “The Visitor,” at the Amos Memorial Public Library, 230 E. North St., Oct. 27, at 6 p.m.
“Many people have an idea that they would like to share a story with others, but are unsure how to begin,” Gilardi said. A retired English teacher who also served as assistant editor for the anthology, Gilardi will give a short talk on the writing process, give tips on getting started writing short stories and share thoughts on interviewing relatives in order to pass stories down to grandchildren.
She will be available for book signing and questions after the talk. The book may be obtained at the event or on Amazon.com in paperback or ebook form.