Best of Critique Cafe Volumes

Best of Critique Cafe Volumes currently available

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If you are local to Fort Stockton you can stop by the Fort Stockton Public Library, B’s Family Dining, or The Garage Coffee, Music, & More to purchase any of these books.

























January Newsletter Writers/Readers Quick Snack: Hot Cocoa Mix

Hot Cocoa Mix
Submitted by Glenda Bonham

4 cups dry powdered milk
1 cup unsweetened dry cocoa
3 cups powdered sugar
1 cup dry coffee creamer
Mix all ingredients to blend. Store in an air-tight container. Use 1/3 cup powdered mix to 1 cup boiling water.

“Animal crackers and cocoa to drink. That is the finest of suppers, I think! When I’m grown up and can have what I please, I think I shall always insist upon these” . Christopher Morley


January Newsletter: Why Books are Better than Movies – Always

Why Books are Better than Movies – Always

By Vea Anna Hooker

I think there has been a debate about whether the book, or the movie adaptation of it, is better for as long as there have been movies adapted from books. So, let’s start with that. Books came first. First tends to be best, seconds are usually poor imitations of the original. I bet you can tell which side of this debate I am on.

Seriously, at least for me, books will always be better. A book is portable. Yes, I am aware that with modern technology, movies can be portable also. However, books can be read nearly anywhere, without distracting those around you. Even with the sound off, your flickering screen can be a distraction to others.

Books can go into far greater detail than movies. Yes, some of what is written in a book can be portrayed with scenery that doesn’t need to be described, just seen or activity that doesn’t need to be recounted, just shown. This applies to physical appearances, clothing, and facial nuances as well. What we get from books though, that cannot be gotten from movies, is the inner dialogue and emotions that our character experiences. These are things I always want to know. What caused them to act the way they do, why do they feel that emotion rather than another. I always long to know what is going on behind the scenes. Additionally, movies have to fit into a narrow time constraint, so there is much that has to be left out.

I also appreciate putting my imagination to work. When I read, I am in charge of what people look like, how the sur- roundings appear, and how the supporting cast manifests. This includes things like pets, cars, and even trees and flowers. So many times I have watched a movie adapted from a book, with great anticipation, only to come away let down because the director’s vision is so different from mine. I can’t be the only one disappointed when a movie changes the best parts of a book, or leaves them out entirely.

Fun Tidbits and Facts

January Newsletter Fun Tidbits and Facts

January 2019 Calendar of Events

January 7—Regular Meeting


Did You Know?

Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, lived next door to Mark Twain.


Members of Critique Café met at Sagebrush Café on Mon- day night, Dec. 17th to celebrate Christmas and a great year together. We missed all those that couldn’t make it. We had a long wait for our dinner, but enjoyed each other’s company . Glenda Bonham made the table look nice, and brought homemade hot cocoa for everyone. Frank Bain made chocolate goodie bags for all, which kept some of us from starving, lol. Vea Anna gave us all cute writerly gift bags. We are looking forward to what 2019 holds for our group. Not pictured: Glenda Bonham and Alexis Fountain. Photo by Glenda Bonham.