“These Summer Months” has just been named a Finalist in the 2017 International Book Awards! Look for the list of winners and finalists here: http://www.internationalbookawards.com/2017awardannouncement.html
Just a quick heads up – pub date is April 14, 2017!
With the help of Empyre Media Productions, we produced a short film, featuring three of the contributing authors to These Summer Months, to give you all a glimpse of the wonderful variety of our work. A quick shout-out to Empyre Media Productions for their expertise. Look for it here!
Two 15-minute podcasts are up on Our Salon Radio. Featuring the editor and contributing author, Anne Born, the podcasts will be a chance to get better acquainted with The Late Orphan Project and both anthologies: These Winter Months and These Summer Months. Look for “Born in the Bronx” here.
Inspired Word NYC has developed a series of events to highlight the upcoming Queens Lit Fest in Long Island City, April 29 and 30, 2017. Look for editor Anne Born with Inspired Word NYC, reading from her new book of poems written on the NYC subway: Turnstiles.
Welcome to These Summer Months: Stories from The Late Orphan Project. The Backpack Press is proud to announce the writers whose work will be included in this second volume of stories. This volume will be available April 14, 2017 on Amazon, paperback and Kindle, and by special order at your favorite independent bookseller.
Mary Kay Fleming
Brian T. Silak
Margaret Van Every
If you would like more information on the Late Orphan Project, or the previous volume of stories, These Winter Months: The Late Orphan Project Anthology, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a must read blog – wonderful insight into living in southwest France.
Autumn has been warm and sunny here in the Barguelonne valley. The landscape in this part of southwest France, lower Quercy, embraces me in just the right way. Have you ever found yourself somewhere you have never been before, but felt at home, centered, or just right? It was love at first sight, and walking around this “paysage” has deepened my appreciation of this beautiful part of France.
The topography of the area features limestone ridges and plateaus that run parallel to each other, divided by fertile river valleys. Green cups of heavily cultivated fields are tucked into the folds, like thousands of greenhouses. These “serres” are unique growing regions, each with its particular sun exposure and soil characteristics. In viticulture that’s called terroir, which I discussed in my post about a local vineyard. The pastoral ambiance is everywhere, but with remarkable variation.
On Saturday a friend invited me out hunting. A native son…
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I started to write about two young girls
in a black and white photograph;
they are sitting together on a porch.
It is Easter and a baby sits between them,
a full woven basket on his lap,
long sleeves, long skirts, button shoes.
They are carefree and breezy,
and hopelessly demure.
And I think of my Easters, too.
Dressing up for spring,
taking photos of everyone
standing in front of new flowers.
But I am distracted and the photo fades
and I can only think of you now,
the way you knew how to make me laugh.
It’s a funny thing all these years later
that I can’t remember much more than this:
You made me feel safe enough to laugh.