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.
We 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.
I 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!
When 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.
We’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.
The 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.
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.
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On Monday, May 23, 2016, The New Verse News published THE DOG RUNS ON, a poem by Wordforest owner, Laura McHale Holland, about Alex Nieto, who was shot and killed by police in San Francisco in 2014. Here's the link to the poem: http://newversenews.blogspot.com/2016/05/the-dog-runs-on.html
University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, just ordered 27 copies of Reversible Skirt to use in an upcoming English class.
Laura McHale Holland, author of the award-winning memoir (and owner of Wordforest) and her granddaughter, Ava, are over the moon. Well, OK, Laura's a bit more taken with this development than Ava is, but give the tyke time. She might run her own publishing enterprise someday.
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 Ice Cream Vendor’s Song just won honorable mention, short story category, in the 2015 Readers Favorite Book Awards. The book is a colleciton of flash fiction, which is extremely short fiction. Many folks are unfamiliar with the form. The book was up against more traditional story collections, so I’m thrilled my little book held its own.
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.