Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Journalist to Novelist—Cynthia Holz

About Benevolence:
“This new novel by Cynthia Holz offers that beautiful combination of tension and tenderness… Holz is deeply skilled at conveying her characters’ emotional chaos. This isn’t a thriller by any means, but she knows how to make a reader feel very anxious… There are moments when you feel like shouting, ’Don’t go there,’ as you might in a horror movie… But in the end, Holz says more about human growth and connection than she does about weakness.”
NOW Magazine, March 2011

Cynthia Holz is the author of four widely acclaimed novels and a collection of short stories. She was born and raised in New York City and is a Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the City University of New York. She came to Toronto in 1976 as the Canadian correspondent for Business Week magazine and eventually quit journalism for a career as a fiction writer, bookseller, and part-time writing instructor.

"Some of the greatest novelists in history, from Dickens to Twain to Hemingway, began their careers as reporters [...] have managed the transition to fiction writing quite successfully. [...] a former reporter who has written two books and is at work on his third, warns would-be authors that writing fiction involves nothing less than incredibly hard work and a complete transformation of the journalistic mindset." Continue (courtesy of

Join us on Sunday, May 29, (1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.) at the Wellington County Museum & Archives (Aboyne Hall). Maybe you'll get a chance to talk to Ms. Holz about the transition from journalist to novelist.

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