Author Archives: Laura Stanfill

About Laura Stanfill

Publisher, Forest Avenue Press

On the Tenth Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

My husband and I went on a several-month, across America road trip back in 2006, including stopping in New Orleans in June, ten months after Hurricane Katrina devastated the region. My former editor connected us with her sister and brother-in-law; … Continue reading

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Summer Reading: My Bingo List

I’m playing book bingo through my local indie bookseller, Annie Bloom’s Books, this summer, and have completed all 25 slots for the chance to win a $50 gift card. It’s been a great challenge to read outside my zone–literary fiction. … Continue reading

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It’s Nearly Midnight…

Our beloved Landfall launches tomorrow, Aug. 11, which isn’t that many minutes from now. Instead of going to sleep, I’m thinking about community, and how far the press has come since I started the Seven Questions Series right here. Here are a few … Continue reading

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Counting Down to Landfall

Ellen Urbani’s Landfall is being released to booksellers right this very moment! After a year of daily work on the editing, design, distribution, and marketing of this stunning mother-daughter novel set during Hurricane Katrina, we’re finally counting down to the Aug. 11 availability … Continue reading

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From the Publisher’s Desk : A Matter of Taste

I’ve disappeared into editorial tasks over the past weeks, working on galleys for our Spring 2016 release, doing a final edit on our next release, and reading submissions for Forest Avenue Press. We opened nationally, seeking novels, for the first … Continue reading

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Sometimes It’s Best to Ask for Help

I’ve been stuck on my knitting recently. Too busy with other things, not making it a priority, and not having enough time to go to knitting group all contributed to my dropping that favorite (only?) non-literary hobby. When I started … Continue reading

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Trends: WWII

I had the extreme reading pleasure of devouring Tony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See and The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah one after the other. They’re both epics about World War II. Nuanced, heartbreaking, gorgeous, suspenseful novels, both. Important, both. The books themselves feature … Continue reading

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Ellen Urbani in The New York Times

Ellen Urbani, whose novel Landfall is forthcoming from my press in August, has an essay being published in The New York Times on Sunday! Read A Flower Delivery That Brought More Pain Than Pleasure. Landfall is the one and only title Forest Avenue … Continue reading

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Notes from the Slush Pile

My press opened for its first national submission period on Jan. 1, and oh, how each fresh manuscript feels like a gift! Truly. Even the ones that don’t fit our mission or taste. It means so much when someone shares a … Continue reading

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The Gods of Second Chances

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By Dan Berne Family means everything to widowed Alaskan fisherman Ray Bancroft, raising his granddaughter while battling storms, invasive species, and lawsuit happy tourists. To navigate, and to catch enough crab to feed…

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