March Newsletter

Call for Submissions

Indivisible We Stand – Women’s Voices Raised in Protest is an anthology of tales from the front lines of the ongoing battle for equal rights for all women around the world. Raise your voice and send us your story to inspire other women today and in the future to take up the fight. And most importantly, to keep the truth alive.


New Releases

February

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Dispatches from Lesbian America

(Bink Books) A collection of more than forty works of short fiction and memoir from contemporary writers, some newly emerging and some well-known. Unique in recent lesbian anthologies, these thoughtful stories address themes meaningful to us in the modern world.

March

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The Third Law by Jordan Falconer

(Mindancer Press) Newton’s Third Law – “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Another exciting tale from Jordan Falconer.

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Dog Church by Gail Gilmore

(GusGus Press) Does saving a life always mean preserving it, or does it sometimes mean letting go? When Gail Gilmore’s beloved dog Chispa is diagnosed with Canine Cognitive Dysfunction, her first instinct is to fight for Chispa’s life; to do everything possible to bring the symptoms of this neurologically debilitating condition under control.

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Where the Time Goes by Gale Walden

(GusGus Press) In Where The Time Goes Walden considers the yada, yada of romance, her mother’s beginning Alzheimers, the ghost of a dog digging up her bone. Things are ordinary until they aren’t–antique post office boxes are time travel machines, Jack-in-the-Box fast food machines talk back to people, and the end-of-the-world weather blows simulacrum through prairies and deserts. This poet takes you on a road trip under skies flirting with transgression.

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Good People by E.J. Runyon

(GusGus Press) Bernie is a battered wife, escaping her husband Carlos for the summer. Meg is a writer and pre-op transsexual, dealing with father issues, and sharing her place with Baby, another woman on the edge. Relations come in all kinds of configurations–what we accept from some, what we must refuse from others, and how we recognize those who earn the right to be called family.


Bedazzled Ink in the News

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Bedazzled Ink had been selected as one of the 10 Finalists for the KCBS Small Business Contest open to San Francisco Bay Area businesses and we got to spend an interesting and entertaining evening at the NASDAQ Entrepreneurial Center in San Francisco. Each finalist had to do a 90-second elevator pitch and then answer questions from the 3 judges for $10,000. No ten businesses could have been more different from each other and the judges had a difficult job deciding. In the end, another much deserving business won, but the whole experience was well worth it. We did not leave completely empty handed. All the finalists received a really nice all-in-one business quality Canon printer.

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Sparrow in the Wind by S. Rose received the Florida Book Award’s Silver Medal in General Fiction.

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Andrea Simon’s Esfir Is Alive has reviews in the February 2017 issue of Historical Novel Review, Esra Magazine, and The Tribune Star (Terre Haute, Indiana).

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Tina Sears, author of The River’s Edge was the Local Author Spotlight in the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star.

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The anthology Dispatches From Lesbian America got a shout out in Book Riot’s “7 Small Press Books to Read in February.”

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Meital Yaniv, author of Spectrum for an Untouchable, was interviewed by Haili Jones Graff at Bitch Media in the article “Full Spectrum: Artist Meital Yaniv on Carving a Path Out of Trauma.”


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Ruth Rouff did a signing and reading from Pagan Heaven (GusGus Press) at Coffee Works Too in Voorhees Township, New Jersey.

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Phyllis Carito read from Worn Masks (GusGus Press) at Chatham Bookstore in Chatham, New York.

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Andrea Simon had a great time reading from and talking about Esfir is Alive at the Scholastic Book Fair at the Leonia Middle School in Leonia, New Jersey. “I was so heartened that such young children are relating to Esfir’s story and asking questions about writing, the Holocaust, if it could happen in today’s world, about Esfir as a character, etc.,” Andrea said of the experience.

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The Frank Bette Center in Alameda, California was bursting at the seams for the book launch of the anthology Dispatches From Lesbian America. Twelve authors and two friends of authors read their stories to a very appreciative audience.

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cat mac author of under the influence (GusGus Press) did a reading and signing at the Barnes & Noble, Dana Park and Changing Hands Bookstore in Mesa, Arizona. The event at Changing Hands included a performance by “cat and the mac” (cat mac and Kat O’Malley) sing and Playing accordion, guitar, and cajon.

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March Events

Andrea Simon will be reading from Esfir Is Alive and giving a presentation at Scholastic Book Fair at the Leonia Middle School in Leonia, New Jersey on March 1st.

Join Tina Sears for a book signing! Buy a Book and a Beer and get a free chili dog, Sunday March 12th from 12-2 pm at the Red Dragon Brewery, 1419 Princess Anne St., Fredericksburg, VA. If you already have The River’s Edge, come for her award-winning Cincinnati Chili and pair it with great craft beer.

Nina Packebush, author of Girls Like Me (November 2017), will be reading from the anthology Rad Families: A Celebration (PM Press, 2016) at The Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle on Match 11th. Socializing begins in the Readings Room at 6:30 and the reading starts at 7:00.

Tina Sears will be signing copies of The River’s Edge at the Barnes & Noble in Springfield, Virginia (Loisdale Center, 6646 Loisdale Road) on March 25th from noon to 2:00.

Indivisible We Stand

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The January 30th issue of Publisher’s Weekly has an editorial entitled “Standing Up to President Trump.” PW’s editor, Jim Milliot wrote: “At a time when Trump and his highest aides seem all too willing to embrace ‘alternative facts’ and to undermine Americans’ confidence in our most fundamental institutions, book publishing’s mission—to provide Americans with credible, vital information, and to tell the stories that reflect the diversity that is the strength of our nation—is invaluable.”

We feel our mission, our dedication to literary fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books that celebrate the unique and under-represented voices of women, is more important than ever. As a publisher devoted to works by women, it is our duty to do what we can to ensure the voices of women are not only heard, but preserved for future generations. When we were watching millions of women marching in protest throughout the world, we saw millions of stories of sacrifice, courage, and conviction.

We saw the power that comes from women standing up for their rights. We were reminded of the fights waged in previous generations as Angela Davis and Gloria Steinem spoke, and we saw a new generation of women determined to fight for the rights they have and to keep fighting for equal rights. We knew we had to capture the stories of these women to inspire other women today and in the future to take up the fight. And most importantly, to keep the truth alive.

We are collecting stories for an anthology from women who have a personal tale of protest, of an act of resistance, or of something proactive to help the fight for woman rights. Or who have a great story about a known or unknown women’s rights hero. Or who are just plain angry right now and want their voice to be heard.

Indivisible We Stand – Women’s Voices Raised in Protest is an anthology of tales from the front lines of the ongoing battle for equal rights for all women around the world. Raise your voice and send us your story–you know, the one you often think about and tell; the story that turned you into a warrior for women’s rights.

And keep on marching!

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Our Uphill Battle

Dear Book Lover and Bink friends,

Bedazzled Ink is a medium-sized publishing company with a mission. Founded in 2004, we are dedicated to literary fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books that celebrate the unique and under-represented voices of women and books about women. We’re interested in fiction with female protagonists and nonfiction from a female perspective that appeals to all readers. In other words, we publish books that are equal in acceptance to books by male writers.

And we’re facing a tough uphill battle.

Some facts . . .

  • Women buy two thirds of books sold but reviews are centered on male authors and critics.
  • In the average publishing house, women account for about 30% of the writers.
  • An agent asked a woman author if she could turn her 50/50 male/female cast to 75% male.
  • While women read books regardless of the author’s gender, men tend to read books only by male authors.
  • Three-fourths of the reviews by major review publications are for books by men.
  • Amazon lumps all women authors in “women’s fiction” regardless of what kind of book it is.
  • Amazon’s marketing keeps female writers from finding their core audience “not to mention from entering the larger more influential playing field.” (New York Times)
  • A woman writer gets points if they include the “male” world in their work and lose points if they don’t. (New York Times)
  • No Pulitzer Prize winner from 2000-2014 was written wholly from the point of view of a female.
  • Only two National Book Award winners from 2000-2014 were written wholly from the point of view of a female.
  • Women authors use initials or male pseudonyms to gain credibility in the publishing industry.
  • Many female authors say the way their books are packaged encourages readers and reviewers to take them less seriously.

Woman authors who write outside acceptable “women’s” genres are forced into inappropriate boxes by their agents and publishers and are incorrectly marketed by booksellers. Women authors have a greater chance of being overlooked by reviewers.

We don’t think that the male writing style and voice is superior to the female style and voice or that women should emulate it. Each are equal in quality and validity of content. The only way we can fight this inequality of acceptance is to be in the industry’s face as much as possible. Or as Meg Wolizter wrote more eloquently in the New York Times:

“But some of the most acclaimed female novelists have written unapologetically and authoritatively about women. And the environment needs to be receptive to that authority, recognizing and celebrating it in order for it to catch. It seems no coincidence that some of the most esteemed women writing today—Toni Morrison, Joyce Carol Oates, Margaret Atwood, Doris Lessing, Marilynne Robinson—came to prominence at an unusual moment in time when the women’s movement could be felt everywhere.”

It’s time to step up and reassert that women’s voices are equal and have a right to be heard, now more than ever. Bedazzled Ink is in the unique position to give women their voice through the written word. Authors from all over the world are recognizing what our mission is about and are sending us amazing work that transcends the idea of “women’s fiction” and tells of the world through the female perspective in strong individual voices.

We are accepting these books, but we need to ensure that we’ll have the means to give them the full attention required to fight through the publishing industry’s biases to reach their largest possible audience. We’re starting this fight with the books we are publishing in 2017. Unfortunately, our mission to validate the voices and the stories of women takes funding beyond the modest means of an independent publisher.

We hate to think inside the box and tend to kick boxes and anything resembling boxes out of our way, so we created the Angels for Books Campaign. This campaign reaches out to those who would love to have the opportunity to support the voices of women authors and to help publishers create a literary battering ram against the walls of bias that currently exist in the publishing industry.

We hope you’ll spend some time and look at our Angels for Books Campaign and add your support to our mission to make women’s literary voices heard and respected.

We also have an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign if you just want to support us with a smaller donation.

Claudia Wilde
Publisher

January Newsletter

We are continuing our mission to celebrate the unique and under-represented voices of women with an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. We need to meet our goal of $2000 to keep the campaign going after the January 28th deadline. Let’s make 2017 a great year for literature by and about women!

New Releases

January

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Dispatches from Lesbian America

(Bink Books) A collection of more than forty works of short fiction and memoir from contemporary writers, some newly emerging and some well-known. Unique in recent lesbian anthologies, these thoughtful stories address themes meaningful to us in the modern world.

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The Third Law by Jordan Falconer

(Mindancer Press) Newton’s Third Law – “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Another exciting tale from Jordan Falconer.


Bedazzled Ink in the News

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Andrea Simon’s Esfir Is Alive has a review in the December issue of Hadassah Magazine and on Teenreads.com.

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S. Rose’s Sparrow in the Wind has a review on Koobugs.

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Tina’s Sears’ The River’s Edge has a new review on YABooksCentral.com.


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Katherine Hetzel, author of StarMark and the upcoming Kingstone, visited her old school, Limehurst Academy (Loughborough, UK) and talked about her experience as a writer and conducted a creative writing workshop.

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Tina Sears is enjoying her bookstore appearances.

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January Events

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Central Rappahannock Regional Library in Fredericksburg, Virginia will be hosting a book reading and signing of Tina’s Sears’ The River’s Edge from 1:00-3:00 on January 7th. On January 14th, Tina will be reading and signing the Salem Church Branch Library in Fredericksburg at 1:00 to 3:00 pm. To complete her January library crawl, Tina will be at Porter Branch Library in Stafford, Virginia on January 28th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.

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Phyllis Carito will be interviewed and reading from Worn Masks (GusGus Press) at the Chatham Bookstore, Chatham NY at 5:00 pm on January 14th.

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December Newsletter

New Releases

December

 

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Dispatches from Lesbian America

(Bink Books) A collection of more than forty works of short fiction and memoir from contemporary writers, some newly emerging and some well-known. Unique in recent lesbian anthologies, these thoughtful stories address themes meaningful to us in the modern world.

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Hindsight by Jody Klaire

(Bink Books) The lock is the key. General Ursula Frei goes missing and the Criminal Investigations Group is thrown into turmoil.

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The Third Law by Jordan Falconer

(Mindancer Press) Newton’s Third Law – “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Another exciting tale from Jordan Falconer.

Mandala Dreams by C.A. Casey

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(Rogue Books) Relax. Focus. Meditate. Color 38 calming mandalas and let the stress fall away. Includes 38 inspirational quotes.
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Bedazzled Ink in the News

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Two Bedazzled Ink books and one GusGus Press book received 2016 Rainbow Awards.

  • Winner – It Pours by C.D. Cain – Contemporary General Fiction
  • Winner – A Kiss Before Dawn by Laurie Salzler – Contemporary Romance
  • Honorable Mention – Women of the Year by Karen Richard – Anthology/Collection/General Contemporary Fiction

And It Pours and A Kiss Before Dawn made it in the top ten Best Lesbian Book (regardless of category) ranked by total points from the judges.

 

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Andrea Simon’s Esfir Is Alive has a review in the November/December 2016 issue of AJL (Association of Jewish Libraries) Reviews and in the December issue of Hadassah Magazine.

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Tina Sears The River’s Edge has a review in the December 2016 issue of VOYA Magazine.

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Chris Convissor’s The Urn Carrier has a review in the December 2016 issue of VOYA Magazine.
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Jody Klaire has created a series of short stories called The Whisterblower set in the world of Above and Beyond series.


Tina Sears found a copy of The River’s Edge in the Books-A-Million in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

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Elaine Burnes blogs about why she likes short stories and about A Perfect Life and Other Stories (GusGus Press) in her blog Thoughts on Writing and Life.  She encourages everyone to give short stories a try.

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Andrea Simon has a pair of articles posted to The ProsenPeople column on the Jewish Book Council website. In “Rewriting My Family Memoir as a Work of Fiction” Andrea Simon tells about how she incorporated the research for her book Bashert: A Granddaughter’s Holocaust Quest and her own family members into Esfir Is Alive, a novel about the life of Esfir Manevich, the only recorded survivor of the massacre of 50,000 Jews at the forest site of Brona Gora. In “If It Didn’t Exactly Happen, Can It Be True?” Andrea talks about how she learned to blur the lines between fiction and nonfiction in her writing. In “Writing About My Friends and Relatives,” her final post as Guest Scribe to The ProsenPeople column, Andrea relates the pitfalls of fictionalizing friends and family in her work.


Phyllis Carito did a reading from Worn Masks at Columbia-Greene Community College Library in Hudson, New York.

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Andrea Simon celebrates with bubbly at the book launch for Esfir Is Alive in New York City.

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Award-winning Rabbits of the Apocalypse by Benny Lawrence made it onto The Lesbian Review‘s Top 10 Lesbian Science Fiction Novels as a bonus title.


Tina Sears signs The River’s Edge at its book launch in Fredericksburg, Virgina.

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December Events

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The Books-a-Million in Fredericksburg, Virginia (Towne Centre, 137 Spotsylvania Mall Drive) will be hosting a book signing of Tina’s Sears’ The River’s Edge from 12:00-3:00 on December 3rd.

Tina Sears is dusting off her dancing shoes and teaching the Foxtrot and Waltz for the Harry Potter Ball at the Barnes and Noble, Central Park in Fredericksburg, Virgina on this Friday, Dec. 9th. She’s signing copies of The River’s Edge from 5 to 9 pm and then teaching you how to shake a tail feather from 6 to 7pm. The Ball starts at 7 pm but there will be early activities too.

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The Situation Room in Los Angeles 2313 Norwalk Ave) will be hosting a reading and signing of Meital Yaniv’s Spectrum for an Untouchable at 4:00-6:00 pm on December 10th.

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Chis Convissor will be signing copies of The Urn Carrier at the Red Door Cafe in Lake Ann, Michigan on December 10th from 11 am to 1 pm. She’s also giving away a free audio version of The Urn Carrier to a lucky attendee.

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November Newsletter

New Releases

November

 

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After a Time by Laurie Salzler
(Bink Books YA) In the late 1800’s, Mayme Watson boards a train bound for Eagle Rock, Idaho. What she finds there is the start of a new life.

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Esfir Is Alive by Andrea Simon

(Bink Books) Esfir Manevich is a young Jewish girl who lives in the Polish town of Kobrin in 1936. Facing anti-Semitism in public school, Esfir moves in with her charming aunt who runs a boardinghouse in the bustling city of Brest. Being younger than the other boarders, Esfir struggles to find a place in her new life, all the while worrying about her diminishing role in the family she left behind.

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Hindsight by Jody Klaire

(Bink Books) The lock is the key. General Ursula Frei goes missing and the Criminal Investigations Group is thrown into turmoil.

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The Mermaid Girl by Xequina

(Dragonfeather Books) A series of big storms flood the sea town where Camila lives and she finds a tiny, newborn mermaid in a puddle of water.

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Pagan Heaven by Ruth Rouff

(GusGus Press) In an unusual melding of narrative poetry and spot-on prose, Pagan Heaven offers a wry take on the absurdities of modern American life, all the while celebrating human uniqueness whenever, wherever, and however it’s found.

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Spectrum for an Untouchable by Meital Yaniv

(GusGus Press) Spectrum for an Untouchable is an experimental book that aspires to explain Israel, and what it means to be Israeli, from an autobiographical standpoint.

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December

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Dispatches from Lesbian America

(Bink Books) A collection of more than forty works of short fiction and memoir from contemporary writers, some newly emerging and some well-known. Unique in recent lesbian anthologies, these thoughtful stories address themes meaningful to us in the modern world.

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The Third Law by Jordan Falconer

(Mindancer Press) Newton’s Third Law – “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Another exciting tale from Jordan Falconer.


Bedazzled Ink in the News

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Andrea Simon’s Esfir Is Alive has a review School Library Journal, Kirkus ReviewsBooklist, and in the YA Spotlight in the Winter 2017 issue of Foreword Reviews.

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Bev Jafek’s The Sacred Beasts has a five star review in the Winter 2017 issue of Foreword Reviews.

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Tina Sear’s The River’s Edge has a review on YABooksCentral.com.


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The Book Club at Stamford High School (Stamford, Lincolnshire) enjoyed StarMark so much they designed their own coat of arms and sent Katherine Hetzel this picture of some bookmarks they made based on StarMark.

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Meital Yaniv called the launch party last weekend in Los Angeles for Spectrum for an Untouchable amazing. She had a great time and engaged in a very intriguing conversation with her audience.

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Chris Convissor signing The Urn Carrier at the Horizon Bookstore in Traverse City, Michigan.

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Jo Knowles, author of Read Between the Lines (Candlewick), sent a picture of her dog admiring The River’s Edge to Tina Sears.

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November Events

Four authors will be reading from Haunting Muses at Laurel Book Store in Oakland, California on November 12th at 7:00 p.m. The authors are Giovanna Capone, Xequina Berber, Jamie Sage Cotton, and Andrea Lambert.

Phyllis Carito will be reading from Worn Masks (GusGus Press) on November 29th, 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the Columbia-Greene Community College Library in Hudson, New York.

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