The Spiral Bookcase Announces Upcoming Virtual Event with Award-Winning Poet & Best-Selling Author Katerina Canyon

The Spiral Bookcase announced today they will be hosting a virtual event featuring Award-Winning Poet and Best-Selling Author Katerina Canyon on January 14th, 2022 at 4PM PST / 7PM EST. Katerina Canyon will be reading from her latest poetry collection Surviving Home. The event is free and open to the public.

Concisely arresting and challenging the beliefs of family and the fantasies of tradition, the poems in Surviving Home show that home is a place that you endure rather than a place where you are nurtured. With unyielding cadence and unparalleled sadness and warmth, Katerina Canyon contemplates the prejudice and limitations buried in a person’s African American heritage: parents that seem to care for you with one hand and slap you with the other, the secret desires to be released from the daily burdens of life, as well as the surprising ways a child chooses to amuse herself. Finding resilience in the unexpected, this collection tears down the delicate facades of family. 

Katerina Canyon’s poems offer intimate accounts of home as the locus of danger — and homeland as a state of oppression. They are at once urgent and mysterious, full of ocean depths and surging currents. Far from nostalgia, home inspires in this poet a vigilance, keeping watch on herself and others. Her very language is charged with the alert intelligence that offers a means of survival, and metaphors that transform pain into poetry. —Devin Johnston, author of Mosses and Lichens

Katerina Canyon’s poems dive into history unafraid to explore the complexity of home and family and acknowledge: the sea is filled with bones. This powerful, engaging collection where we see the billowing skirt of sunset asks again and again: How do get past our pasts? Smart, poignant, compassionate, Canyon’s poems remind us that strength happens despite one’s childhood and one’s country; they exclaim, We can choose whether we are stuck / In darkness or in light. —Kelli Russell Agodon, author of Dialogues with Rising Tides

In lush language and startling images, Katerina Canyon unveils a story in blood and bone of a speaker who survives domestic cycles of addiction and abuse, terrors handed down from the plantation through generations of her kin . . . Like the Phoenix, the speaker dares to draw near destruction to name our violent histories in order to claim a survivor’s eternal understanding of how to love, how to mother, and how to teach the world that We cannot be bound. We are free. We are infinite. —Katy Didden, author of The Glacier’s Wake

Katerina Canyon is a 2020 and 2019 Pushcart Prize Nominee. Her stories have been published in The New York TimesThe Huffington Post, and Folks.

Her first book Changing the Lines was released in August 2017. This work is a conversation between mother and daughter as they examine what it means to operate within the world as black women.

From 2000 to 2003, Katerina Canyon served as the Poet Laureate of Sunland-Tujunga. During that time, she started a poetry festival and ran several poetry readings.

She has a B.A. in English, International Studies and Creative Writing from Saint Louis University and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.

Her latest book Surviving Home was released on November 9, 2021, published by Kelsay Books.

To learn more about Katerina Canyon, go to https://www.poetickat.com/

The event at the Spiral Bookcase will be held virtually via Zoom. To learn more, go to https://spiralbookcase.com/pages/events

Meet Local Author & Award-Winning Poet Katerina Canyon at Oh Hello Again Bookstore in Seattle, WA

Katerina Canyon, an Award-Winning Poet, Best Selling Author, civil rights activist, and essayist, will be at Seattle’s newest bookstore Oh Hello Again on November 20th at 7:30PM for a poetry reading and book signing. The event is free and open to the public. Katerina will be discussing her latest poetry collection Surviving Home (published by Kelsay Books, November 9, 2021). Surviving Home is a reflection on African American heritage and up-bringing, racism, and abuse.

Concisely arresting and challenging the beliefs of family and the fantasies of tradition, the poems in Surviving Home show that home is a place that you endure rather than a place where you are nurtured. With unyielding cadence and unparalleled sadness and warmth, Katerina Canyon contemplates the prejudice and limitations buried in a person’s African American heritage: parents that seem to care for you with one hand and slap you with the other, the secret desires to be released from the daily burdens of life, as well as the surprising ways a child chooses to amuse herself. Finding resilience in the unexpected, this collection tears down the delicate facades of family.

“A harrowing collection by a Pushcart Prize–nominated poet…” – Kirkus Reviews

Oh Hello Again is located at 324 15th Ave E in Seattle, WA. You can learn more at ohhelloagain.com.

About the Author –

Katerina Canyon is a 2020 and 2019 Pushcart Prize Nominee. Her stories have been published in The New York TimesThe Huffington Post, and Folks. Her poetry has been published in CatheXis NorthwestThe Esthetic ApostleInto the Void, Black Napkin, and Waxing & Waning.

Her first book of poetry, Changing the Lines, was released in August 2017. This work is a conversation between mother and daughter as they examine what it means to operate within the world as black women

From 2000 to 2003, she served as the Poet Laureate of Sunland-Tujunga. During that time, she started a poetry festival and ran several poetry readings.

She has a B.A. in English, International Studies and Creative Writing from Saint Louis University and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.

Her latest book, Surviving Home, will be released on November 9, 2021, published by Kelsay Books. It is currently available for pre-sale: https://www.poetickat.com/product-page/surviving-home

Katerina Canyon lives in Seattle, WA. Readers can connect with her on Instagram, Twitter, Goodreads, and Facebook. To learn more, go to https://www.poetickat.com/  or https://bookpublicityservices.com/surviving-home-katerina-canyon/

 

B.S., Incorporated – Edina Book Signing

B.S., IncorporatedJennifer Rock and Michael Voss announced today they will be doing a reading and signing event at the Galleria Barnes & Noble in Edina on Thursday, June 1st at 6:00PM for their new novel B.S., Incorporated. Michael and Jennifer are particularly excited about this event because they have spent their entire careers living and working in the Twin Cities.
Throughout their 40+ years of combined corporate communications experience, Jennifer and Michael have consulted and advised some of Minnesota’s largest and most dynamic companies, including Best Buy and Cargill – experiences that helped shape many of the story lines and characters found in B.S., Incorporated. In 2014 they fled their corporate confines to complete the novel – called “a rich combination of comedy, ingenuity and sass” – and launch their own communications agency.
Funny, insightful, and heartfelt, B.S., Incorporated is a feel-good story about people finding themselves and coming into their own while simultaneously skewering every aspect of life in Corporate America. It’s a book that readers in the business world are getting a huge kick out of… After all, every job contains a certain amount of B.S.
“We like to think of our book events as part entertainment, part workplace support group,” says Jennifer. “We will read a little from our book, share some of the back stories that went into writing it, and encourage attendees to share their own hilarious and heartbreaking tales.”
Praise for B.S., Incorporated:
“One of the 10 Best Business Books of 2016 — B.S., Incorporated offers a colonoscopy of the contemporary corporate world.” – Wealth Management 
“Anyone who has sat through a mind-numbing business meeting (and haven’t we all?) will laugh out loud.” – St. Paul Pioneer Press
“B.S. Incorporated stands with some of the best business novels in its genre.” – Midwest Book Review
“One rollicking, irreverent, ‘I worked with these people’ kind of read.”  Business View North America Magazine
“Jennifer Rock and Michael Voss have written an incredibly engaging read that will have their readers laughing uproariously and turning the pages just as quickly as they can in order to find out what happens next.”  5 Stars, Readers’ Favorite
“Funny as hell, with sharp observations and cunning insights. It reads like the best happy-hour story you’ve ever heard.” – Matt Kramer, CEO, Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce
To learn more, go to RockAndVossBooks.com

B.S., Incorporated – St. Cloud Book Signing

B.S., IncorporatedJennifer Rock and Michael Voss announced today that they will be doing a reading and signing event at the Barnes & Noble in St. Cloud on Friday, April 28th at 6:00PM for their new novel B.S., Incorporated. Michael is particularly excited about this event because St. Cloud is his hometown.
Michael is a graduate of St. Cloud Tech High School and the St. Cloud Technical and Community College. He began his career working for local companies such as Viking Coca-Cola and Marco Business Products – experiences that helped shape the story lines and characters found in B.S., Incorporated. He went on to become senior director of worldwide internal communications for Best Buy Co., Inc., before partnering with Jennifer to launch their own communications agency and complete their debut novel.
Funny, insightful, and heartfelt, B.S., Incorporated is a feel-good story about people finding themselves and coming into their own while simultaneously skewering every aspect of life in Corporate America. It’s a book that anyone in the business world will get a huge kick out of… After all, every job contains a certain amount of B.S.
“We like to think of our book events as part entertainment, part workplace support group,” says Michael. “We will read a little from our book, share some of the back stories that went into writing it, and encourage attendees to share their own hilarious and heartbreaking tales.” 

 

Synopsis:
Business Solutions, Inc. is in a state of chaos. While the employees spend their time rendezvousing in the stairwells, the CEOs are running their business into the ground through the use of shady consultants.  Will Evans, warehouse-worker-turned-white-collar-employee, is put in charge of implementing the consultants’ plans. Here he finds himself thrust into a muddle of absurdity and responsibility that he never expected.
When the plans push BSI to the brink of bankruptcy, Will teams up with Anna Reed, a corporate mercenary with heels as high as her ambition.  He needs her cunning and courage to pull off his covert plan to save the company.  Can Anna, the consummate job jumper, find a reason to go all-in on BSI? Or is she better off bailing and letting the company go down in flames?

 

Praise:
“One of the 10 Best Business Books of 2016 — B.S., Incorporated offers a colonoscopy of the contemporary corporate world.” – Wealth Management 
“Anyone who has sat through a mind-numbing business meeting (and haven’t we all?) will laugh out loud.” – St. Paul Pioneer Press
“B.S. Incorporated stands with some of the best business novels in its genre.” – Midwest Book Review
“One rollicking, irreverent, ‘I worked with these people’ kind of read.” Business View North America Magazine
“Jennifer Rock and Michael Voss have written an incredibly engaging read that will have their readers laughing uproariously and turning the pages just as quickly as they can in order to find out what happens next.”  5 Stars, Readers’ Favorite
“Funny as hell, with sharp observations and cunning insights. It reads like the best happy-hour story you’ve ever heard.” – Matt Kramer, CEO, Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce

 

About the Authors:
Jennifer and Michael have a shared passion for storytelling that goes back – way back – to when Jennifer published haikus in her first-grade newsletter, and Mike entertained other kids on the school bus with his creative fiction.
Not surprisingly, their jones for crafting a tale fueled their individual career paths, where each held roles in journalism, advertising, public relations, marketing and corporate communications. Jennifer and Michael had the good fortune to work for and with companies that spanned industries and impact – from privately held start-ups to Fortune 50 powerhouses to, now, their own communications agency.
Both authors live near Minneapolis where they work as speakers and consultants. They share their best stories during happy hour. B.S., Incorporated is their debut novel.
To learn more, go to www.RockAndVossBooks.com

Authors Nikki DuBose and Shannon Kopp Announce Carlsbad Book Launch

Nikki DuBoseNikki DuBose and Shannon Kopp will be holding a joint book launch event on October 27, 2016 at the Montecatini Outpatient Office in Carlsbad. The event is from 6:00 – 8:00PM and is open to the public.
Nikki DuBose, a former model turned author, speaker, and mental health advocate, recently released her memoir, Washed Away: From Darkness to Light. In Washed Away, Nikki recounts her experiences navigating the dark side of the modeling industry, while battling abuse, addiction, and various mental health issues.
“By my early twenties, I was modeling professionally and appeared on the covers of and in editorials for magazines such as MaximGlamourVogueFHM, and Vanity Fair. But while my career was going well, my mental and emotional health were in shambles. I went from one extreme to the other to meet weight requirements for photo shoots, and quickly fell into anorexia nervosa. At times I struggled to survive, beginning to abuse diet pills as a way to achieve the figure that my agents were pushing me to have for fashion shoots,” says Nikki.
Nikki’s recovery from a nearly lifelong struggle with PTSD, psychosis, addictions and eating disorders has left her with a passionate longing to help others who are also suffering. Washed Away serves as a testimony to others to let them know that they are not alone in their fears, doubts, and frustrations, and that through recovery all things are possible.
Shannon Kopp has also struggled with eating disorders. For seven years, Shannon Kopp battled the silent, horrific, and all-too-common disease of bulimia. Then, at twenty-four, she got a job working at the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA, where in caring for shelter dogs, she found the inspiration to heal and the courage to forgive herself. With the help of some extraordinary, homeless animals, Shannon realized that her suffering was the birthplace of something beautiful – compassion. In her memoir, Pound for Pound, Shannon shares her poignant story of hope, resilience, and the spiritual healing animals bring to our lives. Pound for Pound vividly reminds us that animals are more than just friends and companions-they can teach us how to savor the present moment and reclaim our joy.
To learn more about the event, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nikki-dubose-shannon-kopp-book-signing-new-date-oct-27-tickets-26909526117
For media inquiries, please contact Kelsey Butts at Book Publicity Services at (805) 807-9027 or kelsey@bookpublicityservices.com.

 

Minneapolis Authors Jennifer Rock and Michael Voss Announce Several Upcoming Local Events

B.S., IncorporatedAuthors Jennifer Rock and Michael Voss announced today that they will be holding several upcoming signing and discussion events in the Minneapolis area for their new book, B.S., Incorporated.
B.S., Incorporated is a funny, insightful, and heartfelt story that captures the humor and humanity of the 9-to-5 grind. It has been compared to The Office, The Devil Wears Prada, and Office Space.
Although it is a work of fiction, B.S., Incorporated draws from the authors’ real-life experiences. Jennifer Rock and Michael Voss have had the good fortune to work for and with companies that spanned industries and impact – from privately held start-ups to Fortune 50 powerhouses. One day, after yet another mind-numbing, daylong meeting about a project, they fled to a bar patio in the shadow of their company’s office building.  There, they drank to excess and swapped hilarious and heartbreaking tales about life in corporate America. At that point they realized they had a story—actually, many stories—worth telling, and they pinky swore that after sobering up, they’d write a book about their experiences.  In 2013, the Minneapolis-area natives struck out on their own to form the communication agency ROCKdotVOSS and write their debut novel B.S., Incorporated.
“Funny as hell, with sharp observations and cunning insights. It reads like the best happy-hour story you’ve ever heard.” – Matt Kramer, CEO, Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce
Jennifer and Michael will be at Eat My Words Bookstore on July 14, 2016 at 7:00pm. At 7:00pm on July 20, 2016, they will be at SubText Books.  Finally, they will be hosting an interactive event at Magers & Quinn Booksellers on August 4, 2016 at 7:00pm.  For more information and the locations of each of these stores, please visit their websites.
“Stop by any or all of these events, especially if you’ve had a long day at the office! We will read a little from our book, share some of the back stories that went into writing it, and encourage attendees to share their own hilarious and heartbreaking tales,” said Michael Voss. “We like to think of our book events as part entertainment, part workplace support group.”
For media inquiries, please contact Kelsey McBride at Book Publicity Services at (805) 807-9027 or kelsey@bookpublicityservices.com.
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How to Get the Word Out About Your Book Signing

You’ve sent out your emails, contacted every book store and library in your area, and finally gotten a positive response. Congratulations! Now, how to let people know about it?  Town criers aren’t exactly in abundance nowadays.  And we don’t really suggest you attempt to hire one, either. The modern populace doesn’t generally respond well to a random person yelling at them in the street.  Instead, try one of these methods that we’ve found to be a little more useful in the digital age.
  1. Create a Facebook Event
This is the far and away the most important thing to do once you’ve gotten a signing scheduled. And make sure it’s a public event. You don’t want people missing out just because you don’t know them personally.  All of the important information is in one place and you can make it a fun experience, post fun eye-catching pictures, make a poll asking your followers what you should wear to the event, any questions they may have for you to address, have some fun with it! Create a Facebook ad to promote the event to an even broader audience! Your fans will appreciate what a cool author you are.
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Facebook advertising allows you to target people located in the city/county/state where your event is taking place. You really can make it as general or targeted as you want.  You can set the audience to focus on the people who are interested in the specific topics in your book.  We’ll go back to the grasshopper example. You just wrote a book about a grasshopper tea party and are having a signing in Somewhereawesome, USA. You can use Facebook advertising to make an ad targeting people from ages 0-60 (kids, parents, and grandparents) who like grasshoppers, tea parties, and live in a 25-mile radius from Somewhereawesome, USA. Nice, right?
  1. Invite Everyone You Know
Sure, this is an obvious one, but it’s also easy publicity.  If you can’t count on your friends and family to brag about you on Facebook, who can you count on, right?  And then all of their friends will see it and support their friend and so on. For once, it will actually benefit you when grandma gushes about you publicly.

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  1. Share the Event with Local Media
This is not as daunting a task as it may seem.  You know best which newspapers and TV stations circulate in your area. All you have to do now is look them up online and search for the person who would be the best fit as a promoter for your event.  This does not mean to email the host of your favorite TV show. They will not appreciate that.  Instead, try to find the producers of shows or the community news editors for newspapers.  If you have an event coming up and it’s their job to cover community interest pieces, you could be just the person they’re looking for.
While you’re on these sites looking for the appropriate people to contact, make sure to be on the lookout for a calendar of events.  Normally, you are able to submit your event to the calendar so that anyone looking for a hip and happening event that week will spot your signing right away.  You can also post the event on local listings such as Yelp or Eventbrite.
Best of luck, you modern crier, you!
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Authors John Lipscomb and Adrianne Lugo Announce Book Signing in St. Louis

The Painting and The Piano by John Lipscomb and Adrianne LugoApril 28, 2016 (St. Louis, MO) – Authors John Lipscomb and Adrianne Lugo announced today that they will be at Left Bank Books in St. Louis, MO on May 18, 2016 at 7:00PM to do a book signing for their memoir, The Painting and the Piano.
“We are especially excited to have a signing and meet with readers at Left Bank Books since more than half of our book takes place in St. Louis,” says John Lipscomb.
Growing up more than a thousand miles apart and worlds away from each other, Johnny and Adrianne seemed to have all that a child could ask for. However, the demons of their respective mothers would tear their young, fragile lives apart.
Told as a tandem narrative, Adrianne and Johnny pass their respective stories of childhood trauma and abuse, addiction, healing, and final triumph of love back and forth in alternating chapters. Their stories are unique, but share parallels that create a taut and emotionally compelling narrative.
Filled with hope, inspiration and humor, The Painting and the Piano is an unforgettable story of pain, loss and the undying human quest for happiness.
“A vivid, moving account of addiction, trauma, and hard-won triumph by two survivors.”Kirkus Reviews
Although it is a non-fiction memoir, the book reads much like a novel: intense and at points, almost unbelievable.”Red City Reviews
“Any reader who enjoys a great work of non-fiction, an autobiography, or a story of redemption and triumph in the face of great odds and a difficult history, should absolutely read The Painting and The Piano.” – Readers’ Favorite
Left Bank Books is located at 399 N Euclid Ave, St. Louis, MO 63108. Further information about the store can be found at http://www.left-bank.com
For more information, to request a review copy, or to set up an interview or appearance by John Lipscomb and Adrianne Lugo, please contact Kelsey McBride at Book Publicity Services at Kelsey@BookPublicityServices.com or 805.807.9027.
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