Summer with Shakespeare Sweepstakes

To celebrate the publication of Lian Dolan's new novel, Elizabeth the First Wife, we're having a boffo sweepstakes: Summer with Shakespeare. In the book, protagonist Elizabeth Lancaster, an English professor at Pasadena City College, gets an…

PPB at the Festival of Books

Headed to the LA Times Festival of Books this weekend? Prospect Park Books will be holding down the fort at booth 63 with our good friends from Harvard Common Press this Saturday and Sunday April 20-21. We are so excited to take part in…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

College Timeline for Neurotic Parents

Here is a private tweet that I received from a follower: Q: I have ordered your book, but frankly, with all the stress involved preparing my junior for applying for colleges, I doubt if I will have the time to read it. Is there any way you can provide a timeline of what I should do when? A: If your child is a junior in high school, you are a tad late to begin preparing. But just in case you want to agonize about all the missed opportunities, here is a brief summary of what to do when: ONE MONTH BEFORE BIRTH -- Travel to Dhaka, so your baby will qualify for Bangladeshi citizenship. BIRTH -- Send APGAR scores to the colleges you will be considering in 17 years.