The Judson weekend was held at Incarnation Camp on Sept. 14 through 16. It’s a perfect time of year to be near Ivoryton, Conn. Fall is arriving. The leaves are a mix of green and yellow and the private lake is shimmering. Along with a gang of kind people, I helped a friend who is suffering from dementia. His wonderful daughter stayed with him and the rest of us spelled her occasionally. We had a talk about dementia and what it does to families. As my friend’s wife said, wisely and sadly, it’s not going to get better only worse. I felt vaguely saintly, helped by the Saturday night margaritas.
Monday evening I attended Sisters in Crime. The meeting was held at Jefferson Market Library. The evening with Matt Martz, Publisher, Crooked Lane Books was wonderful. Mister Martz answered thoroughly the Sisters in Crime secretary’s penetrating questions about editing, contracts, foreign rights, the market, submissions, etc.
Wednesday evening a friend and I went to the Morgan Library and Museum to hear an amusing and lively talk about Mary Shelley, Frankenstein and Art’s Gothic strain. On October 12 the Morgan is opening the exhibit, It’s Alive! Frankenstein at 200. The exhibit will include scholarly work, after all, it is the Morgan and lots of comic book illustrations, film posters and Elsa Lancaster in the 1935 Bridge of Frankenstein. Perfect for Halloween.
Graphic Lessons: What do a thirty-four-year old, a nine-year-old and an eighteen-year-old have in common? Murder. Millie Fitzgerald applies for a private school teaching job, faints on a dying man in the school kitchen, deals with a troubled nine-year-old, the only witness to the stabbing and with the eighteen-year-old niece of the murdered man.
Graphic Lessons: Nine-year-old Dana is the only witness who overhears a person fighting with George Lopez, the soon to be stabbed Windsor School kitchen worker. Who can she tell? Her mother who never listens or accuses her of lying? Her father who’s started a new family in Singapore? She tells Millie.
Graphic Lessons: NYPD Detective Steve Kulchek is assigned the murder case at the prestigious Windsor School. What’s bugging him? His partner being stabbed while Kulchek was buying cigarettes? Escaping an attempted car bombing? His hated boss, Captain Dick Holbrook, being a trustee of the Windsor School? Losing his girlfriend to Holbrook?