Many thanks to Folio Books in San Francisco’s Noe Valley for hosting an event Thurs., Jan. 26, during which Laura McHale Holland read from Resilient Ruin, her latest memoir. The book was published by WordForest in November 2016. Bookstore staff members Susan Kroll and Andrew McIntyre welcomed all who attended with spirited grace.
Laura was also joined by two friends at the mic. Storyteller Susan Ford told of when she made inroads as a young woman working in a furniture manufacturer that had previously hired only men. Novelist and poet Olivia Boler read a poem about a friend with whom she formed a lasting sister bond in grammar school.
In addition, Folio is stocking all four books published by Wordforest: Reversible Skirt: A Memoir; Resilient Ruin: A memoir of hopes dashed and reclaimed; and the flash fiction collection The Ice Cream Vendor’s Song—all three penned by Laura McHale Holland—and the anthology, edited by Laura, Sisters Born, Sisters Found: A Diversity of Voices on Sisterhood. The anthology contains the work of 76 writers from across the globe. It won a gold medal in the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and was a finalist in the IndieFab Book Awards 2015.
It is incredibly supportive of Folio to carry these books. So if you live in the San Francisco Bay Area and want to purchase one or more of them, take a trip to Noe Valley and stop in at Folio, a true community resource. There are some terrific restaurants to check out on 24th Street, as well.
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I met many fine people and sold books, too, at the Rohnert Park Holiday Arts and Crafts Faire on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday this year.
Thanks to all the folks who stopped by the table, as well as to authors Dorothy Rice, Skye Blaine, S.C. Alban and Bob Winters who took shifts sharing the table with me.
If you’re an author, consider testing the arts and crafts faire waters. I plan to do more events like this next year.
Woot! Sisters Born, Sisters Found, which won a gold medal in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards earlier this year, was just named a finalist in the 2015 IndieFab Book of the Year Awards, women’s issues category. Winners will be celebrated in Orlando, Fla., in June. Here’s a little badge Foreward Revews sent along with the email announcement
The Santa Rosa Press Democrat just posted a feature article by Nick Walden on Laura McHale Holland and the Sisters Born, Sisters Found anthology.
It will also appear in the book section of the paper's Sunday print edition, Aug. 9, 2015.
Here's the link http://bit.ly/1IoOkwD.
Great News! Sisters Born, Sisters Found: A Diversity of Voices on Sisterhood, edited by Laura McHale Holland, was named the WINNER in the Women's Issues category of the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. That makes all of the 76 authors who contributed work to the anthology and the book designer winners, too.
A friend in the United States wants to give a copy of Sisters Born, Sisters Found to someone in the U.K. I was thinking the best thing to do would be to order the book from Amazon.co.uk, so I went to the site and found the book is listed there, which is a good thing. But it's listed as by Kathy McHale and Laura McHale Holland. While Kathy McHale, my beloved sister, is the book's designer, it is not correct to say it is by her. It is listed correctly on Amazon.com as by Multiple Authors and Laura McHale Holland.
In running a little publishing company little things like this are always cropping up, and it's difficult to stay on top of things, so if you notice something that doesn't seem quite right on any website featuring Wordforest books, let me know, and I'll do my best to straighten it out.