JANUARY 2016

American Tumbleweeds

Advance review copies of American Tumbleweeds, by Marta Elva, are already drawing testimony on this compelling and timely story:

Remember Maria from Sesame Street? Actress Sonia Manzano, who describes the role in her acclaimed memoir Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx, says: “The aptly named American Tumbleweeds depicts the balancing act some bi-cultural families must undertake to live in America. The characters indeed “tumble” back and forth over our southernmost border, forced to live in two worlds at once. This is an experience all Americans should know about.”

John Sayles, film maker, author, and MacArthur fellow, sent us word: “With American Tumbleweeds Marta Elva pulls us into the minds of a half-dozen members of a border family in crisis, dramatizing the state of living ni aqui, ni alla—neither here nor there geographically and emotionally.  A moving first novel.”

Would you like to help spread the word on American Tumbleweeds by reviewing it on Amazon, Goodreads, or other outlets? Contact me and I’ll add you to a special list to receive free e-galleys as we draw closer to the launch date.

We give thanks for advice on genre from Cary Meltzer Frostick, former Youth Services librarian in Fairfax, Virginia, and Utica, NY, and reviewer for School Library Journal, and from Deanna Evans, Youth Services associate at the Pine Island Public Library, Florida. Thanks also to A.B. Westrick, author of Brotherhood, who helped develop the book club discussion guide for American Tumbleweeds. Visit A.B. Westrick.

Visit American Tumbleweeds at Circling Rivers

With Walt Whitman: Himself

A print version of With Walt Whitman: Himself, by Jean Huets, is in the works! Lovers of Walt’s poetry and readers intrigued by the United States as it was in the 19th century will discover in With Walt Whitman: Himself a tumultuous life, a  nation whose growing pains nearly tore it apart, and a man who struggled over decades to frame it all in prose and poetry. Publication of the print version will be in late 2016. If you have an iPad or Mac, you can purchase the ebook now on iTunes.

Friends of Circling Rivers

Thanks to Eric Reynolds of Hadley Rille Books for sharing his insights on independent publishing.

Congratulations to Lenore Gay, whose novel Shelter of Leaves is forthcoming from She Writes Press later this year. Visit Lenore Gay.

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