Upcoming Events

Join these fine writers as they share their stories

NPTP-FrontCoverThursday, September 22nd, 7:00 pm – Launch Party: No Place to Pray by James Carpenter
Adelphia Restaurant & Lounge
1750 Clements Bridge Road
Deptford, NY


INLIKH_small-promo_coverNPTP-FrontCoverWTE_FrontCoverSunday, September 25th, 2:00 pm – Southern Gothic Comes to Boston
Readings by Sally Bellerose, James Carpenter and Pat Spears
Poggenpohl Kitchen Design Studio
135 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116

WTE_FrontCoverSaturday, October 1st, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm – Authors in the Park –  featured authors David James Poissant and Linda Dunlap will be joined by Jane Edwards for Winter Park’s inaugural book festival. They will share their stories and sign copies of Walking the Edge: A Southern Gothic Anthology
Winter Park Public Library
460 E New England Avenue
Winter Park, FL


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Readings by Emily Franklin, Susan Rukeyser and James Carpenter
Newtonville Books
10 Langley Road
Newton, MA

INLIKH_small-promo_coverWednesday, November 2nd, 7:30 pm – Pat Spears reads from her novel, It’s Not Like I Knew Her
Charis Books and More
1189 Euclid Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA


Wednesday, May 17th, 7:30 pm – Connie May Fowler reads from her memoir, A Million Fragile Bones
Charis Books and More
1189 Euclid Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA

If you don’t see your favorite author at an event you can attend, please check back with us. We will be adding more events shortly.

Releasing July 1 – It’s Not Like I Knew Her by Pat Spears

“Jodie Taylor is an unforgettable character. Her at times gut-wrenching journey of self-discovery and truth is a tale for the ages. Pat Spears is a rare writer. She peers into the heart of darkness and finds redemption. Read this book”.—Connie May Fowler, author of How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly and Before Women had Wings

Jodie Taylor’s first lesson about the consequences of her attraction to the little girl next door is delivered by her mother. Jewel Taylor tells her ten-year-old daughter: “Lord, baby girl, it’s starting to look like you’re going to need to take up far less space in this world. Double up on them clever lies you’re so good at. That’s if you figure on staying alive.”  It is the late 1940’s, being gay is still illegal in all 50 states, and being “peculiar” is dangerous, even for a child.

Gays and lesbians were prosecuted for their sexuality, particularly in the south, until 2003, when the Supreme Court ruled that such laws were unconstitutional. The ruling INLIKH_small-promo_coverinvalidated laws that were still on the books in thirteen states.

In her wonderful second novel, It’s Not Like I Knew Her, Pat Spears looks at a time before the gay rights movement, when young gays and lesbians understood that admitting who they were could lead to prison, institutionalization, and unspeakable violence that was widely regarded as justifiable.

But this is no self-indulgent rant against injustice. Instead, it is a clear-eyed look at the way we were, and what it cost countless young Americans: the emotional and psychological damage of living in secrecy; the constant threat of violence; and the frequency with which they committed violence against themselves. Jodie Taylor experiences all of this and more, living her life behind a wall of lies and half-truths.

But Jodie is fierce and resilient, and her journey is ultimately a hopeful one. Along the way, we discover that we do know her, and that we’re the better for it.

Order the book here
Print and e-book also available on Amazon

Or read reviews here

Paradise Lost

 A Million Fragile Bones
A Memoir by Connie May Fowler

On April 20th, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon, a BP operated oil rig, exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. Eleven men died in the explosion. Before the well was capped, it spewed an estimated 4.9 million gallons of oil into the gulf. The spill directly impacted 68,000 miles of ocean, and oil washed ashore along the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida.
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Connie May Fowler began that day as she had begun most days for the previous sixteen years, immersed in the natural world that was her home on Alligator Point on Florida’s gulf coast, surrounded by dunes and water birds, watching dolphins play in the distance. Then began the nightmare from which she would not emerge for more than a year.

In her memoir, A Million Fragile Bones, she details the beauty and peace she found on Alligator Point after years of heartbreak and loss, and the devastation and upheaval that followed the oil spill. It is, at it’s heart, a love song to the natural world and a cry of anger and grief at its ruin for the sake of corporate profits.

It is also a cautionary tale – a clear-eyed look at the real cost of our seemingly insatiable appetite for fossil fuel. As the memoir points out, we will continue to abuse the natural world at our peril.

Twisted Road Publications is proud to announce that we will release A Million Fragile Bones by Connie May Fowler in April 2017.