As spring barrels toward summer, Prospect Park’s authors are racing hither and thither in support of their wonderful books—so much so that we can barely keep up with them. Associate publisher Patty O’Sullivan tried her best to keep up in New York last week, where Michelle Brafman (Washing the Dead) and Michal Lemberger (After Abel & Other Stories) read at Book Culture for an event sponsored by Lilith Magazine. Meanwhile, farther downtown, Anne Flett-Giordano signed stacks of her about-to-be-released novel Marry, Kiss, Kill at the Mystery Writers of America booth at BookExpo America; Anne was also featured in Publishers Weekly‘s Show Daily that day. Also in New York was Plus One author Christopher Noxon, who was chosen to take part in the Jewish Book Council‘s “literary speed-dating” program, in which authors meet with representatives from synagogues, JCCs, and other Jewish organizations from around the country who are looking for authors to speak to their associations. Joining Christopher were the indomitable Michelle & Michal, who have been neck-deep in book-launch events.
We don’t know when Michelle Brafman fits in sleep, given her schedule of appearances all over Washington, DC and Maryland; coming up June 2 is an interview on the hugely popular Kojo Nnamdi radio show on DC’s NPR station, WAMU, followed by several more events in the greater DC area, including a reading and signing at Upshur Street Books on June 18th.
After several launch events in L.A., Michal is getting ready to read from After Abel & Other Stories at Book Soup on June 2, followed by a reading at LA’s ultra-cool Vermin on the Mount on June 9. Publisher Colleen Dunn Bates just attended a party to welcome beloved Berkeley publisher Heyday Books to Los Angeles—it has just opened a satellite office here—and she’s preparing to speak on a publishing panel at the Summer Writing Project in Orange.
Meanwhile, in the Midwest, Mark Dawidziak, editor of the brand-new Mark Twain’s Guide to Diet, Exercise, Beauty, Fashion, Investment, Romance, Health & Happiness, kicks off his tour on June 4th with a performance as Twain at the Cuyahoga County Public Library. He and his wife, actress Sara Showman, will then be taking their show on the road to such places as the Mark Twain House in Hartford, CT; the Thurber House in Columbus, OH; and the Center for Mark Twain Studies in Elmira, NY.
Back in California, Anne Flett-Giordano is gearing up to launch Marry, Kiss, Kill with a June 14th signing at Santa Barbara’s beloved Chaucer’s; after that will be events at Vroman’s in Pasadena, Diesel in Santa Monica, Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego, and Murder by the Book in Houston. Sunday, June 7th brings a PPB triple-header: Jennie Cook (Who Wants Seconds?), Suzanne Greenberg (Lesson Plans), and Barbara Thomason (100 Not So Famous Views of L.A.) will all be speaking and signing at the El Segundo Author Fair. And Das Cookbook author Hans Röckenwagner displays his culinary skills for the good folks at Google in Santa Monica on June 10th.
While a baker’s dozen of our authors and editors make public appearances, bestselling novelist Lian Dolan and her four sisters—aka The Satellite Sisters—have been entertaining tens of thousands on their twice-weekly podcast. They talk about everything from toast and Triscuits to Russian politics and the Men Crisis, and in the quiet hours between recording the shows, they’ve been writing a terrific book, You’re the Best: A Celebration of Friendship, which we’re thrilled to be publishing next fall. Stay tuned for more on that.
June 20th brings another PPB triple-header, when three members of the family—Mas Arai mystery author Naomi Hirahara, Famous Baby author Karen Rizzo, and publisher Colleen Bates—all read pieces at the memoir storytelling series run by Karen at SPACE Arts Center in South Pasadena.
And just when we start catching our breath, it’ll be time for the July launch of Crush and author Phoef Sutton‘s appearances at Vroman’s, Mysterious Galaxy, and beyond….
In August, we’ll all rest. Maybe.