Poetry is Stupid; Change My Mind

Today, at the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group, Darrell Parry delivered a presentation at the organization’s morning meeting called, “Poetry is Stupid. Change My Mind.” He followed that with an afternoon workshop of what he described as 12 enthusiastic writers participating in various exercises relate to the crafting of poetry and how it benefits you,Continue reading “Poetry is Stupid; Change My Mind”

A chat with Olivia from Chronicles & Coffee

On Tuesday afternoon, I had the delightful opportunity to speak with Olivia Brooks, the host of the podcast “Chronicles and Coffee” and proprietor of a website of the same name. She’s young, still in college, and she started her podcast this year. She’s probably #1 on my people to watch list (in part because she’sContinue reading “A chat with Olivia from Chronicles & Coffee”

Our newest author: Julian Costa

This summer, Parisian Phoenix will begin work with Julian Costa on publishing a memoir of David Campbell, an educator born in Galion, Ohio, who wrote stories of his life in the 1940s and 1950s to pass on to his children. Julian previously wrote a nonfiction book about Campbell and his educational career and achievements, publishedContinue reading “Our newest author: Julian Costa”

The pluckiness of the modern author

If you’re a reader, God bless you. You are the butter to the writer’s bread, the sustaining force whom we drive to please. But if you’re an author, nothing I’m about to say will surprise you. And if you’re an eager, hopeful writer… well, none of us face this alone. Writing has always been hard.Continue reading “The pluckiness of the modern author”

Upcoming Non-fiction Books Announced

We are just about to update our production schedule for the upcoming season. Several new authors have joined our stable, as the publishing industry says, or the birdhouse as we tend to say. And it looks like our next few titles will focus on nonfiction.

Cover Reveal and Blurb for ‘Coffee in the Morning’

Gayle Hendricks has released a peak at the cover for Larry Sceurman’s second book, Coffee in the Morning. The official release date for Larry’s book has not been set, but we expect it to arrive in early May. From the back of the book: Larry Sceurman’s second book, Coffee in the Morning, presents a collectionContinue reading “Cover Reveal and Blurb for ‘Coffee in the Morning’”

Open Sesame with author Jon Gibbs and other weekend nonsense

Because most of us in the Parisian Phoenix birdhouse work day jobs, weekends tend to explode with creativity and commitments. I started this morning answering email, tracking income and expenses and doing the sort of nonsense that keeps the business doing business. In my personal life, my daughter and I have dedicated some time toContinue reading “Open Sesame with author Jon Gibbs and other weekend nonsense”

Books, book reviews and book news

I recently purchased Suzanne Mattaboni’s “eighties novel” Once in a Lifetime and kept it in my purse to keep me company in all the medical waiting rooms. As in my habit, I reviewed the book on Goodreads and tagged the author however I could on social media— and she quoted me to others saying, “IContinue reading “Books, book reviews and book news”

Hi-ho into April: an invitation to our Book & Puppet event April 29

It certainly has been here. March brought much excitement for the publishing company with Thurston’s release of The Phulasso Devotional, the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group Write Stuff Conference, collaboration with Echo City Capers, production of Larry Sceurman’s short story collection, Coffee in the Morning, and planning for a cornucopia of events for National BookstoreContinue reading “Hi-ho into April: an invitation to our Book & Puppet event April 29”