Folio Books in San Francisco stocks all four of Laura’s books

Resilient Ruin by Laura McHale HollandMany 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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River Friends of the Library Readers Theatre features Laura’s play

River Friends of the Library Readers Theatre features Laura’s play

Laura’s latest short play, You’ll Be Sorry, is part of the River Friends of the Library Readers Theatre’s 2017 season. The play will be featured, along with other short plays by local writers, Jan. 25 at 6:30 p.m. and Jan 28 at 1:30 p.m.

Performances will be at the Guerneville Library, 14107 Armstrong Woods Rd., in Guerneville. It’s a scenic town in a gorgeous part of the San Francisco Bay Area. Hope you can come!

Noe Valley’s Folio Books to feature Laura Jan. 26

Folio Books, a vibrant independent bookstore in San Francisco’s Noe Valley, invited Laura McHale Holland to read from her new memoir, Resilient Ruin: A memoir of hopes dashed and reclaimed, on Thurs., Jan. 26, 2017.

Laura, who used to live in the neighborhood and looks forward to seeing friends she made there, will read from her book and then answer questions.

The reading begins at 7 p.m., 3957 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94114.

Here’s a book description:

A teenage girl breaking free. A cunning classmate on the prowl. Can she recover after they collide?

Orphaned as a child, fourteen-year-old Laura finally rebels against her abusive guardian. Living on dreams, rock ’n’ roll, and kisses in moonlight, she believes whatever comes next can’t be worse than what she’s already endured. She has no idea how far she will fall before she can build a better life. Resilient Ruin is a poignant personal story that recounts a rocky, ultimately inspiring journey. If you like brave, unaffected heroines; striking scenes and characters; and pacing that keeps you turning page after page, you’ll relish this masterful memoir of survival and learning to forgive.

Join Laura for an inspiring time in a welcoming bookshop in a beautiful city.

 

Laura featured on Memoir Writer’s Journey

Resilient Ruin by Laura McHale HollandLaura’s guest post is now  up at Kathleen Pooler’s Memoir Writer’s Journey blog!

The title is “One Reason Not To Publish A Memoir.” Intrigued? Hop on over and check it out: http://wp.me/p1vAO5-3kn

Many thanks to Kathleen, who started the blog seven years ago and is the author of the excellent memoir, Ever Faithful to His Lead, which recounts her own journey out of an emotionally abusive relationship.

Success at the Rohnert Park Holiday Arts and Crafts Faire

15178270_1803026253316668_5877996048614554706_nI 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.

Thank you to those who came to the Redwood

fullsizerender-6We had fun at the Nov. 5, 2016 launch party for Resilient Ruin: A memoir of hopes dashed and reclaimed. Folks who came to celebrate enjoyed tasty food, camaraderie and storytelling by Ruth Stotter, Greg Begin and Laura McHale Holland (that’s me), as well as readings by Beth Ann Mathews and myself. Ruth Stotter likened the difference between telling and reading stories to the difference between walter colors and charcoal sketches. They’re both lovely but definitely different art forms.

fullsizerenderI feel so much gratitude to those who came to support me in my latest publishing endeavor. A lot of work is involved in preparing and sending  a book into the world. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed at times. Enthusiastic friends and family make all the difference.

I’ll be joining a host of other Sonoma County authors at the Sebatopol Grange Nov. 10, from 6 to 9 p.m. It’s at 6000 Sebastopol Ave. Come join us there!

Resilient Ruin launch day is almost here

Resilient Ruin by Laura McHale HollandWhen the Nov. 1 publcation date for Resilient Ruin: A memoir of hopes dashed and reclaimed was set, it seemed far into the future. Now, the big day is almost here.

The in-person launch party on Nov. 5, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the Redwood Cafe in Cotati is coming together well. Lively readings and tellings are planned. Michael, the co-owner of the cafe who loves to build community by supporting local artists, musicians and writers, has been highly supportive. Flyers are up at the cafe and at the register, and he’ll sell books before the event, too, as soon as I get some books to him. I’m expecting a shipment early this week.

I’m also working with Book Nymph on a virtual release party on Facebook from 5 to 6 p.m., Nov. 1. There will be a contests, prizes and a live Q&A with me, the author: https://www.facebook.com/events/1396418743719817/

On Nov. 10, from 6 to 9 p.m., WordForest will have a display at the first-ever West Sonoma County Book Faire at the Sebastopol Grange, 600 Sebastopol Ave. (Hwy. 12) in Sebastopol.

Come to our launch party Nov. 5

Resilient Ruin by Laura McHale HollandWe’re having a launch party for Resilient Ruin

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Redwood Cafe in downtown Cotati.

6 to 7:30 p.m.

8240 Old Redwood Highway

Laura will read from Resilient Ruin, answer questions, sign books, and welcome special guests: master storyteller Ruth Stotter and performance poet Claire Blotter.

Save the date. It’ll be an inviting, memorable evening.

Resilient Ruin now available for pre-order

Resilient Ruin by Laura McHale HollandThe Kindle version of Resilient Ruin: A memoir of hopes dashed and reclaimed by Laura McHale Holland is now available for pre-order on Amazon for $0.99.

This is a special price, good through the launch date, Nov. 1, 2016.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01KP5AMZ2

A teenage girl breaking free. A cunning classmate on the prowl. Can she recover after they collide?

Orphaned as a child, fourteen-year-old Laura finally rebels against her abusive guardian. No longer willing to tolerate the violent tirades and imprisoning restrictions at home, Laura lives on dreams, rock ’n’ roll, and kisses in moonlight. She believes whatever comes next can’t be worse than what she’s already endured.

Her hope for a normal life is ripped away when a predator reels her in. With her heart shattered and her confidence destroyed, Laura plunges into a downward spiral. Substance abuse and risky sexual behavior lead to depression and years of heartbreaking consequences. Laura’s dark path begins to threaten her survival. Yet survive she does, with little of what she longs for, but all that she needs to start building a better life.

Resilient Ruin: A memoir of hopes dashed and reclaimed is a deeply moving personal story. It pops with details of American life in the Sixties and Seventies and takes readers on a rocky but ultimately inspiring journey. If you like tales with brave, unaffected heroines; striking scenes and characters; and pacing that keeps you turning page after page, you’ll love Laura McHale Holland’s masterful memoir of survival and learning to forgive.

Order your next favorite book today! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01KP5AMZ2

 

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