The Mandala Writers Circle

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Stories expand our world, and exposure to good writing improves our craft. Find our book recommendations here.

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We are Carolyn Heilman and Leah Carey, friends and writing partners. In 2012, we founded the Mandala Writers Circle.

Recent Posts

Worth A Read: An Unnecessary Woman, by Rabih Alameddine

Worth A Read: An Unnecessary Woman, by Rabih Alameddine

Sep 29, 2014 | 4 Comments

The BUZZ: Just nominated for the 2014 National Book Award. This is the fifth novel for Alameddine and a glimpse into the history and culture of the Middle East. The GIST: A lonely elderly woman, Aaliya Saleh, narrates her tale from her decaying apartment in Beirut. She has seen very little of the world yet […]

Work Both Sides

Work Both Sides

Sep 26, 2014 | 2 Comments

I jump at any opportunity to hear a published writer speak, even if I’m not familiar with his or her work. Last week I was at a meeting where James Levine spoke about his novel, Bingo’s Run. Its topic, drug trafficking in the slums of Nairobi, broke my heart with its tragedies, so I had […]

Worth A Read: The Faraway Nearby, by Rebecca Solnit

Worth A Read: The Faraway Nearby, by Rebecca Solnit

Sep 22, 2014 | No Comments

The BUZZ: A collection of essays from the award-winning author of Men Explain Things To Me, and A Field Guide to Getting Lost The GIST: In these stories about stories, Solnit’s curious intellect contemplates people and their lives as narrative threads. The title derives from Georgia O’Keeffe’s closing in her letters to friends and loved […]