JULY 2015

WITH WALT WHITMAN: HIMSELF, a multi-touch book by Jean Huets, is available to pre-order at the iTunes store. You can also download a free (beta) sample. Kathryn Jones is now copyediting and testing the complete book. A double background as editor and graphic designer makes her ideal to help launch the book. Her other clients include Penguin Random House and Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site. WITH WALT WHITMAN: HIMSELF will be released on iTunes for iPad/Mac readers in September 2015.

The manuscript for AMERICAN TUMBLEWEEDS, by Marta Elva, is now in the editorial process. The challenge of editing AMERICAN TUMBLEWEEDS is that it is so easy to forget the red pen and get caught up in Marta’s story, people, and setting. She captures poignantly the struggle of an extended family trying to stay together as events internal and external threaten to rip it apart. Straddling the border at Ciudad Juarez and El Paso, each grandparent, aunt, uncle, mother, father, daughter, son bears a different cultural identity—Mexican, American, or an emerging blend—imbuing the family with both strength and stress. AMERICAN TUMBLEWEEDS will be available digitally and in print in 2016.

We are growing our list. Some possibilities fall through; others ripen. It’s hard to keep the lid on potential books, but once a deal is sealed, you’ll be among the first to know. Thank you for being with us!

Other News: Friends of Circling Rivers

Roberto Christiano’s collection of poetry, Port of Leaving (2015, Finishing Line Press), tells an American story with a Portuguese flavor. Anne Becker, Poet Laureate Emerita of City of Takoma Park, MD, says, “It is the drama of a Portuguese immigrant who barely escapes war-torn Europe and arrives in America with nothing, and a son whose artistic sensibility takes him down an entirely opposite path into the theatre.… In this small book, Roberto “James” Christiano tells a deep truth: love—like faith—fails and sustains, fails and sustains, over and over again.” Order at Finishing Line Press

Mark Havlik’s prose poem, “Tale of Cities,” appeared in Passing Through. Reading it made me ponder the various cities I know: what kind of soul do they possess? Read it here

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