138,101 Stories

I'm proud to be a contributor to Literary Pasadena: The Fiction Edition, a variety of stories seemingly from one place. But Pasadena is many places. One reason I read is to expand my view. This is also one reason I take photographs, and…

Literary Pasadena: Exquisite Corpse Edition

Our new anthology, Literary Pasadena: The Fiction Edition is just hitting the shelves at Vroman's and is available for pre-order. It's impossible to express how completely delighted I am about the book: it’s the culmination of a lot of hard…

Naomi Hirahara at the Japanese American National Museum

Continuing our monthlong strawberry obsession, author Naomi Hirahara will be at the Japanese American National Museum in downtown Los Angeles this Saturday, March 30,  to discuss Strawberry Yellow in the context of her Japanese American background.…

Notes From a Cookbook Photo Shoot & Beyond

Last Wednesday I was lucky enough to help out  at a photo shoot for our upcoming fall cookbook Who Wants Seconds? by caterer extraordinaire Jennie Cook. The book will be filled with Jennie’s whimsical illustrations as an avid visual journaler.…

Who Wants Seconds: The Blog

Attention cooks, food lovers, entertainers, and artists: We've just launched a new blog, WhoWantsSecondsCookbook.com, and we hope you'll check it out regularly. Over the next seven months, we'll be sharing stories, photos, recipes, and excerpts…

Apostrophes & Irish Blarney

Happy St. Patrick’s Day: What’s in a name? An apostrophe, that’s what. It isn’t unusual for Colleen and me to take a meeting and have a new acquaintance comment on the very - well - Irishness of our names and demeanors. And let’s…

This Old House

Describe a house that you have either lived in or fear living in. This is a writing prompt that I often use when leading memoir-writing workshops. It works because space and time is usually defined. There’s ample opportunity to use…

Naomi Hirahara at Vroman's

Enter the strawberry fields of Watsonville, California via Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena when author Naomi Hirahara discusses and signs her newly released novel Strawberry Yellow. The fifth in her beloved Mas Arai mystery series, Publishers…

Notes From a New York Trip

Thoughts on the flight home from a whirlwind trip to Connecticut and New York for publishing business, centered around attending Food52.com's Piglet party, at which Little Flower was honored as one of the best cookbooks of 2012: Manhattan's…

Looking Ahead to New Titles

One of the challenges—and perks—of being a publisher is the way you have to jump around between past, present, and future. So as we're editing and launching our current books, we're look for opportunities to showcase our backlist books and…