Welcome to Day 20. Oh, you lucky, lucky winners. Julia Park Tracey, whose novel Tongues of Angels is being re-released next month, is really and truly one of the brightest, most skilled writers I know. So it makes perfect sense that it runs in the family. She’s recently begun publishing her great aunt Doris’s diaries. The first installment, which you’ll win hard copy of, is I’ve Got Some Lovin’ to Do: The Diaries of a Roaring Twenties Teen is out now. You’ll love The Doris Diaries!
Your Question of the Day: In what year was famed novelist Doris Lessing (NOT Julia’s aunt) awarded the Nobel Prize in literature, for what book?
A Legacy in Words
The Doris Diaries are a lifetime’s worth of diaries kept by Doris Louise Bailey (later Murphy), a Portland, Oregon, native (1910-2011). Doris began keeping a daily record of her life as a 15-year-old in Portland in 1925. She attends dances, parties and rides horses (1920s); in later diaries, she attends college (1930s), moves to San Francisco and works in the War effort (1938-45). Her meticulous and artistic depictions of everyday life as well as flights of fancy capture the imagination. Follow on Twitter, Facebook, and here, and look for I’ve Got Some Lovin’ to Do: The Diaries of a Roaring Twenties Teen (1925-1926), the first volume of The Doris Diaries in bookstores now!
About Julia Park Tracey
Julia Park Tracey is the grand-niece of Doris Bailey Murphy and conservatrix of The Doris Diaries.
Julia is an award-winning writer, editor, journalist and activist. Her novel, Tongues of Angels (Scarlet Letter Press), was published in 2002. Amaryllis: Collected Poems (Scarlet Letter Press) was published in 2009.
Her award-winning column and blog, Modern Muse, appears regularly online and is featured on various web sites (www.modernmuse.blogspot.com); she received the East Bay Press Club’s award for Best Independent Blogger (2007) and Best Multimedia project for her blog posts highlighting hunger and food justice in the community (2011). Modern Muse has also been awarded The Humane Award by other bloggers (2009).
Julia was the founding editor at The Alameda Sun community newspaper, and later became publisher, one of fewer than 85 female newspaper publishers in California. The Alameda Sun won numerous awards for reportage and community service in that time (2001-2009). She has also been associate editor at Alameda and Oakland magazines and coeditor at The East Bay Monthly. Her essays, articles and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, from The Sun literary magazine to the San Francisco Chronicle. She founded the East Bay literary fair, Alameda Literati, winning grants for its support, and was also editor of the litzine, Red Hills Review.
Julia’s academic publications include critical essays on Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West, Jane Austen, and the Harry Potter phenomenon. Her poetry and short fiction have appeared in numerous anthologies and literary journals in the United States and abroad. She is an alumna of Santa Rosa Junior College, San Francisco State University (BA Journalism) and California State University at Hayward/East Bay (MA English).
She splits her time between Alameda, Calif., and the Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, Calif.