Interviews and List Love

I’ve had a big week or two!

Kate Gray’s new novel, Carry the Sky, which I’m publishing Sept. 1 (hint, it’s available online already), tops a recent list of 11 high school books on Bustle.

Read “11 High School Books That Will Take You Back to Your Days in the Schoolyard.”

The article’s author, Melissa Duclos, wrote:

Narrated in alternating chapters by veteran physics teacher Jack Song and first-year rowing coach Taylor Alta, Carry the Sky, which will be released next month by indie publisher Forest Avenue Press (hooray for indies!), offers a gut-wrenching look at life at a prestigious Delaware boarding school from the teachers’ perspectives. At the start of the school year, Song and Alta are both reeling from tragedy: Song’s sister Kim has died of a rare blood disease while Alta’s best friend and fellow rower has recently drowned in the Schuylkill River. But there are more tragedies for them to face from the students they care for, and subsequently let down. The beauty of the language as the novel grapples with layers of grief is one of the best parts of this book — not surprising from an award-winning author of three collections of poetry. Many books about high school deal with bullying, but few explore the ramifications as deeply as Carry the Sky.   

I was interviewed for a piece on the national website Drive the District, by local freelance writer Jon Bell.

Read “Small Shops Keeping Publishing Alive.” Here’s an excerpt:

“As much as Forest Avenue is about innovative publishing and distribution methods, it’s also got one foot planted firmly in the more traditional world of books: real paper books, author events in local bookstores, titles that steer clear of trendy vampires or the next passing craze. Stanfill said she sees the press growing over the next five years, releasing a few titles each year while continuing to support the authors and titles already in its library.”

Finally, I was interviewed by Trista Cornelius for the Writer’s Craft column in VoiceCatcher, a Portland-area women’s literary magazine, about grammar, and I had the chance to talk about whether an apostrophe could show a character’s misogyny. There are great quotes from many other women writers answering these questions from Trista:

When do grammar rules and “correctness” matter in the writing process? Should first drafts be wild and free, or should you craft one sentence at a time letting subject-verb combinations direct your story?




About Laura Stanfill

Publisher, Forest Avenue Press
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3 Responses to Interviews and List Love

  1. This just struck me. I just read an article in The Guardian about the Amazon/Hatchette business, and they mentioned that some of the big publishers are setting up their own online stores (while being careful to say that (Of Course!) they aren’t trying to compete with their old pal Amazon), but the big problem they’re facing is that nobody buys books that way. Nobody gets up in the morning and says, “You know, I feel like buying a Penguin book today.”

    I remember record stores (cripes, I’m dating myself — I do remember record stores) where they sorted the albums by record company. Easier for them, I suppose, in stocking the racks, but doomed to fail.

    But what you’re doing is pretty much that. I can see people saying, “Hey, I wonder when the next Forest Avenue Press book is coming out — because that last couple were pretty special.”

    How about that?

  2. jmmcdowell says:

    It’s wonderful to see the recognition coming your way! I’m old-fashioned, maybe, but I think consistent quality like the stories you’re publishing will strike a chord with readers.

    • Oh thanks, jm! I approach the business side in an old-fashioned way, myself, wanting to give out paper copies for advance publicity and doing the one-at-a-time approach, but so far so good!

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