East Side Story Bookstore to Publish New Anthology of City’s Writers, Songwriters, and Visual Artists to Benefit the Arts & Business Council
Monday, June 15, 2015 at Belmont University’s McAfee Concert Hall
NASHVILLE, TENN.—(May 6, 2015)—East Side Story, Nashville’s only all-local bookstore, will publish an anthology titled Based On: Words, Notes, and Art from Nashville to benefit the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville (ABC). This project is a rich collection of short stories, songs, and visual art prints inspired by one another and thoughtfully arranged in a single printed book that includes a CD of 12 songs. East Side Story and the ABC will celebrate the publication of Based On with a one-night ticketed show at Belmont University’s McAfee Concert Hall Monday, June 15, at 7:00 p.m. Click here to read the full press release.
Mystery Picture Book Encourages Problem-Solving and Fun, from Bestselling Author Marissa Moss’ New Children’s Press
Bestselling author Marissa Moss (the Amelia’s Notebook series, five million copies sold) and her new children’s press, Creston Books, are proud to announce the launch of a humorous mystery picture book for beginning readers which encourages problem-solving and logic skills, The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake. Click here to read the full press release and access additional book and author information.
A Visit with The Waltons….sort of….
I mentioned this fact the other day, sort of bragging, to a fellow writer at my corporate writing day job, and she looked at me with a blank expression and said, “Roy, I have no idea what you’re talking about; I’m only 25.” She had never heard of the show, and I was a bit stunned. Perhaps I was shocked because I realized I would be twice her age this summer: maybe.
In my youth, I watched many of those episodes when they first aired. I remembered them over the years, but they had slipped into the vault of memory. I was allowed to revisit them a couple years ago, thanks to my son Seth.
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2014 Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance’s Trade Show: Virtual Tour
Ever been to a publishing trade show? Now’s your time…thanks to Julie Schoerke, founder of JKSCommunications. Her staff attended the 2014 Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance’s trade show, and she's agreed to share some of her agency's images from the event! Her company specializes in developing winning book publicity campaigns integrating traditional and new media for authors and publishers. Enjoy, and if you like what you see, please share this web page with your friends, family, and coworkers! Click here to view images from the event.
New Book Weaves Bold, Humorous Tale of Family Misadventure From a Fresh, Stunning Voice in Contemporary Literary Fiction
Lorraine Devon Wilke is the author of the acclaimed debut novel After the Sucker Punch, a former rock-and-roller, and one of the boldest new voices in contemporary literary fiction. Now she unveils a whip-smart narrative of modern family misadventure and romantic entanglement, skillfully blending humor, and drama in her new book, Hysterical Love.
Click here to read the full press release, to learn more about the author and the book, and to discover an interview with the author.
New Illustrated Book Offers Fresh Perception of God as a Mother Figure, Encourages Spiritual Dialogue, Empathy, and Peace
As thousands abandon Religion (capital “R”) and seek God in new ways, Peter Wilkes says a fresh understanding of the Almighty may transform the world. Imagine a world with a motherly God: open, loving, and compassionate, instead of severe and judgmental. He illustrates this bold vision in a little book that asks big questions, A Woman Called God.
In this adorably playful, yet poignant and timely book, A Woman Called God asks all of us – women and men alike – to consider how the world would look if our universal perception of The Creator were not male but female: a mother-figure of unconditional love. Click here to read the rest of the press release, an interview with the author, and more!
Berlin Coffeeshop, by Gerlis Zillgens
Follow Sandra and her friends as they navigate life, love, life as late-20-somethings in Germany's hip Berlin. The best office in the world is in the Coffee Shop – a cozy café in Berlin. From here, Sandra plies her trade as a thing-finder. Her customers are people who have lost or want to find something which will make their life happier. But on her quest for other people's desires, Sandra suddenly finds herself in search of her own happiness – and of herself. And a dead goose further aggravates her emotional turmoil… Click here to learn more about the ebook series, enjoy a Q&A with the author, and more!
Southern Food Issue Cross Promotion!
Our Southern Food Issue launches this fall. As October and the issue approaches, we’ll spotlight some of the organizations and stories behind that issue. First up is the Southern Foodways Alliance (SFA), a member-supported non-profit, based at the University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture.
Nashville area writer Katie McDougall will explore the SFA’s efforts to document, study, and celebrate the diverse food cultures of the American South. The SFA does a great deal for our region and culture, and they deserve our support. Membership dues and donations from generous individuals, foundations, and companies fund their work. They accomplish such goals as stage symposia, produce documentary films, collect oral histories, sponsor scholarship, mentor students, and publish great writing. Click here to learn more about SFA!
Writing Wild and True Presents: From Spark to Story
Join writers and workshop leaders Terry Price and Charlotte Rains Dixon as they teach a nine-hour, two-day workshop in Nashville, Tennessee. The workshop will be held on Friday, May 1, from 6:30 to 9:30, and Saturday, May 2, 9:30 to 5:30 (with a long lunch break to give you time to write). The workshop will be held at the gorgeous Scarritt-Bennett center, which features delightful grounds and a central location near coffee shops and restaurants galore.
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New Legal Thriller Offers Gripping Perspective on Religious Extremism, Freedom of Speech, and Women’s Rights
Trial lawyer and author Hubert Crouch’s novel Cried For No One thrilled audiences nationwide — and now his winning protagonist Jace Forman is back and better than ever in The Word, a ripped-from-the-headlines legal thriller full of mystery, intrigue, and courtroom suspense. Lovers of John Grisham will rejoice in this gripping, timely page-turner from an experienced trial lawyer about religious fanaticism, freedom of speech, courtroom intrigue, and high-stakes mystery. Ezekiel Shaw and his fanatical followers preach a gospel of hate, picketing the funerals of fallen soldiers, and praising God for sending America’s soldiers back in body bags. But when they disrupt the funeral of Second Lieutenant Lauren Hanson, a West Point graduate killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, hard-charging Fort Worth trial attorney Jace Forman becomes determined to put an end to their crazed crusade. Click here for the full press release, more about the book, and an interview with the author.
Last Amelia’s Notebook Story Launches 20th Anniversary of Bestselling Series From Author Marissa Moss’ New Children’s Press
Marissa Moss, author of the 5 million-copy bestselling Amelia’s Notebook series, is announcing the final book in the smash-hit collection just in time for its 20th anniversary, Amelia’s Middle-School Graduation Yearbook. The final Amelia book launches from Moss’ new children’s press, Creston Books.
Long before there was Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Dork Diaries, or The Popularity Papers, there was Amelia’s Notebook, the original handwritten diary with a mix of words and pictures on every page, the forerunner of the graphic novel for kids.
Promotions for the 20th anniversary include outreach to the tens of thousands of Amelia fans, a writing contest, and a downloadable Amelia’s 20th Anniversary Birthday Party Event kit for stores to use. Written in Moss’ signature charming, relatable style with engaging illustrations, it’s the perfect graduation gift for middle-schoolers. Click here to read the full press release!
2nd & Church Fiction Issue Launches in June at East Side Story Books in Nashville
We’re thrilled to announce that our Fiction issue will launch Saturday, June 27 at East Side Story Books in Nashville. It will be from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. As with all of our issue launches, free copies of the issue will be available on site. Don’t be late! Our 50 issues vanish in less than five minutes! (Some of this issue’s content was released in Kentucky as our special Homecoming Issue for Spalding University’s MFA in Writing program last summer, but this will be the first time it has appeared in Nashville. This full fiction issue will contain additional feature stories, a bookstore review, and plenty of book reviews.)
Novelist Sena Jeter Naslund is the In Depth interview for the issue, and acclaimed novelist Michael Morris conducted our interview with Sena. A New York Times bestselling author, Sena Jeter Naslund's most recent novel is The Fountain of St. James Court; or, Portrait of the Artist as an Old Woman: A Novel. Click here to learn more about this issue.
WKU's English Dept. and 2nd & Church Launch New Editorial Position
All of us at 2nd & Church are thrilled to announce that starting with the Fall 2015 Western Kentucky University semester, the journal will add an editorial assistant, a student currently enrolled in WKU's English Department. Click here to learn all the details!
Our Southern Food Issue: Arrives in the Fall
Check out the official trailer for Chef Brock's new book, Heritage. Then, click here to read about our Southern Food issue, out this fall. Additional details on the issue to be posted soon!
Book publicity firm JKS Communications expands staff, launches new website and adds services for traditionally and indie published books, as well as publishers
JKS Communications celebrates 10 years of publicity for authors and their books with a staff expansion and new website launch.
“We are so proud that 2015 has started off with a bang. Andrew Maraniss’ STRONG INSIDE became a New York Times bestseller and Jeffery Stayton’s THIS SIDE OF THE RIVER was named book of the month by Southern Living,” said founder Julie Schoerke.
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