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.
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
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.
Gabe Meline of the Bohemian just reviewed The Ice Cream Vendor's Song :
Brevity is the soul of flash fiction, and to do it well, one must have a concept and execute it with no wasted words. Far too often, logorrhea remains hard to restrain for most authors. Conversely, 'The Ice Cream Vendor's Song' (Wordforest; $8.95) benefits from Sonoma County author Laura McHale Holland's compact vision. In stories as short as four sentences, she's able to convey a full picture, or at least enough of the full picture for readers to want desperately to fill in the details on their own. There's a subtle Raymond Carver streak running beneath Holland's stories, and a story like "Still There," in which a man is telling a woman he's had enough, appears to veer into "Little Things" territory from the start. Holland is smarter than that, though, and the twist that comes five paragraphs later is entirely unexpected. Those who enjoy short reads with plenty of imagery and context left the imagination will want to seek out this collection.—G.M.
I was among several Sonoma County authors videotaped at Gaia's Garden in Santa Rosa a January 14, 2013.
Here's a link to the YouTube video: Laura McHale Holland tells two stories from The Ice Cream Vendor's Song