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Award-winning novelist and screenwriter, Gabrielle Burton's novel, Heartbreak Hotel, published by Charles Scribner's Sons, was awarded the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writer's Award, and the Maxwell Perkins Prize for exceptional writing. It was reprinted by the prestigious Dalkey Archive Press. She wrote the non-fiction book, I'm Running Away From Home But I'm Not Allowed to Cross the Street, a primer on the Women's Movement. Her articles, essays, and reviews appear in national publications including the Washington Post, Family Circle, Ms. Magazine, and The New York Times.

She received the Mary Pickford Prize from the American Film Institute (where she received an MFA in Screenwriting). She won the Austin Film Festival's top prize for screenwriting the same weekend she was selected as one of only eleven international writers to attend the Equinoxe Screenwriting Conference in Bordeaux, France. She was named a Nicholl Screenwriting Fellow by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She has been the recipient of Arts Council grants and was selected to participate in the Independent Feature Project (IFP) Screenwriting Lab. Her screenplay, Manna From Heaven, was chosen as a critics pick by the Washington Post and called "Capra-esque. Charming, charming, charming" by NPR. After national theatrical distribution, em>Manna From Heaven was released on DVD by MGM/Sony.

Her memoir Searching For Tamsen Donner , was published by University of Nebraska Press, 2009, and her novel Impatient With Desire, was published by Hyperion/Voice, 2010. She was a delegate for Shirley Chisholm's run for President and was an integral member of peace and equal rights groups, and continues to be politically passionate. She has worked as a public speaker, as well as judge for literary prizes. She has been a Member of the Ossabaw Island Project, a Yaddo fellow, a MacDowell Colony fellow, and the Bernard De Voto Fellow in Non Fiction at the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference. She is a member of The American Heritage Dictionary Usage Panel.

Entries by Gabrielle Burton

The Day Maya Angelou Was the Poem

(1) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 9:09 PM

In 1993, after listening to Maya Angelou deliver the inaugural poem at Bill Clinton's presidential swearing-in, I wrote an essay for the Buffalo News about what her words meant to me.

It was the first piece I had been able to write in several years, and it...

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Why George Clooney Picked Amal, Instead of Me or How to Build a Surefire Author's Platform

(1) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 3:42 PM

Just as I was settling into my golden years, I quit writing full-time to become a salesperson full-time.

I only have one product, but it's a great one: my current unpublished book, Don't Sit Down Yet.

A little background on my late-life career change: For some years, authors have had...

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Are Moms Rising or Just Groupon's Stock?

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 5:46 AM

Let's see, what Groupon suggestions for Mother's Day presents are flooding my inbox today?

Skydiving? Come on. My kids wouldn't get me skydiving lessons Would they? Might. One great year they got me black fingernail polish and a Betty Boop handbag. But I was only 50 then. Now I'm...

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The Mother's Day Image That Says It All

(1) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 1:32 PM

There are countless images celebrating motherhood from just about anything by Mary Cassatt to those adorable polar bear cubs snuggling with Momma Bear.

Here's my nomination for an image that says it all (or at least a lot of it): Leonardo Da Vinci's "The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne."...

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Ride That Elephant, Gloria Steinem

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 6:17 PM

Lordy Lordy, Gloria's 80!

Wasn't it just a year or so ago that Gloria Steinem was 40 and a reporter said kindly, "You don't look 40," and Gloria said, "This is what 40 looks like"? It was an off-the-cuff remark that started us all on the road to a...

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Would Betty Friedan Be Celebrating?

(6) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 3:09 PM

My husband and I weren't the only ones celebrating a golden anniversary last year.

2012 was the 50th anniversary of the Rolling Stones and of the first -- and greatest -- James Bond, Sean Connery. In August, '62, the month Roger and I got married, we practically had a double...

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A Christmas Feast Past and Present

(3) Comments | Posted December 20, 2011 | 3:23 PM


"The misery endured during those four months at Donner Lake in our little dark cabins under the snow would fill pages and make the coldest heart ache. Christmas was near, but to the starving, its memory gave no comfort."

So wrote Virginia Reed forty years after she...

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Angels I Have Heard on High

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2011 | 11:30 AM

Every so often I discover I'm still comfortably carrying a little backpack of my Catholic baggage. Right now, during the holiday season, just like every shopping mall, it's filled with angels.

That I find the multitude of angels around me -- on evergreens, in stores and...

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Top 10 People You Probably Won't See on a Top 10 List: Old Is the New Black

(1) Comments | Posted October 26, 2011 | 7:53 PM

Publishing my first novel at 47, I missed the chance to be one of America's Top Novelists Under 40. Now that I'm eligible for America's Top Novelists under 100, they don't have such a category -- nobody gets old in America. You know what they say: Old writers never die,...

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Proper Names or M is for Margie, Mary Ann...Mother?

(1) Comments | Posted May 7, 2011 | 2:40 AM

Several of my friends call their mothers by their first names, and it always pulls me up short. I understand the practice intellectually: My friends are trying to signal a shift in the mother/child relationship to standing eye to eye rather than eye to belly button. They want to get...

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The Email That Will Change Your Life

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2011 | 2:23 PM

The email I've been waiting for didn't come again. Darn. This is getting to be a big disappointment. I have checked both my email accounts every 10 minutes for the last two years and in all those thousands of times it hasn't come.

You might ask what the heck am...

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Tamsen Donner Reincarnated?

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2010 | 1:25 PM

These days I get two questions a lot.

The first: Do you think you're Tamsen Donner reincarnated?

The long and the short answer to that is Nope.

Why such a curious question? Well, after writing off and on for over thirty-five years about Tamsen Donner, I won the writer's lottery,...

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Donner Party: Did They or Didn't They?

(3) Comments | Posted April 17, 2010 | 1:21 PM

Human flesh on the menu for the Donner Party or not? That burning question is back in the news again.

Americans have a hard time remembering last week's crook or celebrity, but we seem to have lasting fascination with the ill-fated pioneer party from 164 years ago. Well, at...

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Report Card for Hanna Schmitz (Kate Winslet) Reading: I for Incomplete

(12) Comments | Posted February 9, 2009 | 1:23 PM

When a personal trainer at Gold's Gym in Venice told me that The Reader was the best movie he had ever seen, and a research psychologist in Colorado emailed me the same thing the next day, I raced to the theatre.

The Reader, nominated for five Academy Awards, is about...

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Inauguration Second Time Around--Sort of

(2) Comments | Posted January 24, 2009 | 10:44 AM

Our blood is thin from California living, and my husband, Roger, had a broken arm, but we braved the cold and the crowds and went to the Inauguration. We stood on the mall with two million other joyful people and were glad we didn't need a restroom quickly.
...

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I Booed Bush

(105) Comments | Posted January 23, 2009 | 3:56 PM

I booed Bush. I stood on the Mall on Inauguration Day in a crowd of two million people and, without a moment's hesitation, booed the forty third president of the United States. That was a first for me.

I was taught that booing was rude, or as Chris Matthews said,...

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