Inside Look at Forest Ave Teamwork, and Other Thursday Updates

All of our authors have been so busy! Here are a few current and upcoming highlights. We’ll be running these posts weekly on Thursdays.

Liz Prato’s debut collection, Baby’s on Fire, is due out from Press 53 on May 3. She was interviewed by Nancy Christie yesterday about choosing manuscripts for Forest Avenue Press, especially the work she did as editor of The Night, and the Rain, and the River.

“We’re a small team at FAP, so no matter what our ‘official’ role is, we’re all part of a support system that can include anything from helping with publicity, to being a sounding board for decision making, to playing chauffeur for each other.”

If you want to learn more about behind-the-scenes decisions that are made at presses and literary journals, read the rest of Liz’s interview.

Kate Gray, author of Carry the Sky, is speaking tonight, April 2, at  Another Read Through, 3932 N. Mississippi Ave., Portland, OR, 7-9 p.m., literary fundraiser for Pride Foundation, a regional organization dedicated to supporting LGBTQ people throughout the Northwest. Authors Christopher Lord and Carter Sickels will be in attendance.

Check the GoLocalPDX listing for more information.


Ellen Urbani’s Landfall was highlighted in yesterday’s Peace Corps Worldwide announcement, “Summer Books from Two Fine RPCV Writers,” by John Coyne.

“Landfall is earning early buzz from bestselling authors, booksellers, librarians, and industry leaders, including Pat Conroy, who called it ‘a hell of a book’ and Mark Suchomel, president of client services for Perseus Books Group, who said ‘I absolutely loved it and rank it as one of the best books I have read in years.'”

To read the full article, click here.

The Gods of Second Chances by Dan Berne was recently reviewed by Sheila Deeth on her blog.

“Sue-happy modernity meets tradition, legalism meets faith and hope, and the ocean gives and takes as the gods might choose.”

Read the whole review here.

Finally, Stevan Allred’s appearance on Bookchat in Longview, Washington, hosted by Alan Rose, is now online.

“It was a delight to read your book, and what it most reminded me of was Spoon River Anthology, a collection of poems by Edgar Lee Masterson, where he takes the fictional town of Spoon River and captures all the different people in time through their epitaphs.”

Watch the whole interview here.

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