Like peanut butter and chocolate… Better together

Publisher’s Note: When I was in the midst of our National Independent Bookstore Day programming at Book and Puppet, a woman approached me and very professionally and briefly introduced herself as a local editor with whom I had connected on Instagram. Now, before I tell you the rest of my story, let me allow herContinue reading “Like peanut butter and chocolate… Better together”

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”

And today’s adventure… Phillipsburg Comic Con with Echo City Capers

Today, Joe Swarctz and Ralph Greco Jr., our own dynamic duo of the Echo City Capers team, exhibited at Phillipsburg Comic Con. Now, as newspaper reporter, Phillipsburg was my home for many, many years. And the communities that feed the Phillipsburg area school district– Phillipsburg proper, Lopatcong Township, Pohatcong Township, Greenwich Township and its centerContinue reading “And today’s adventure… Phillipsburg Comic Con with Echo City Capers”

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”

More than Independent Bookstore Day: Celebrating the Creative Family

Today, National Independent Bookstore Day 2023, Parisian Phoenix Publishing connected with the Arts Community of Easton at Book and Puppet to celebrate fine art, the written word, and, of course, independent booksellers. National Independent Bookstore Day is set by professional booksellers’ trade organizations, and this year it happened to coincide with the Arts Community ofContinue reading “More than Independent Bookstore Day: Celebrating the Creative Family”

National Independent Bookstore Day & ACE Open Studio Tour

This blog post is a reminder to mark your calendars for April 29 and celebrate National Independent Bookstore Day with your local bookstore or if you are in driving distance, come see us at Easton’s Book and Puppet Company. And remember in addition to our events with Echo City Capers, Larry Sceurman, Thurston Gill, NancyContinue reading “National Independent Bookstore Day & ACE Open Studio Tour”

Mixing business with pleasure — Angel Ackerman

This post appeared on Angel Ackerman’s personal blog last week, but we thought, in honor of next week’s event for National Independent Book Store Day at Book and Puppet Company in downtown Easton, we would share it here. We want to remind everyone that building a community is important to us, and anyone who worksContinue reading “Mixing business with pleasure — Angel Ackerman”

Attitude, by Larry Sceurman

The other day, I was at a gathering of old friends. You might say folks of the same spirits. Most of the men and women there were older than sixty-five. I would say seventy plus was the majority. When I walked into the room, the first person I noticed was Old Kenny. I haven’t seenContinue reading “Attitude, by Larry Sceurman”

Darrell Parry to read from ‘Twists’ this Saturday in Parkland

This coming Saturday (April 22), Darrell Parry will present a poetry reading at 1 p.m. at Parkland Community Library. The event is free. For more information visit, the event page on the library website or email

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”