Launching Soon: The Place of Peace and Crickets

tppc_front-cover-webLaunch Party

March 18, 7 pm
The Bookmark Neptune Beach
220 1st St, Neptune Beach, FL

We hope you will join us in Neptune Beach for the launch of The Place of Peace and Crickets: How adoption, heartache and love built a family, Tricia Booker’s absorbing memoir. This courageous, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful story is a must-read for anyone who has ever loved a child.

AuthorPhoto-TriciaBookerWhen journalist Tricia Booker and her husband had trouble conceiving, they followed the well-worn footsteps of couples exploring in-vitro fertilization. Two years and thousands of dollars later, they decided to have a long fulfilling life – without children.

Instead, they became immersed in the world of international adoption. Their first child, born in Vietnam, introduced them to a poor but loving orphanage where infants slept with their caretakers.

Then came Guatemala, a beautiful, impoverished country where Booker’s two younger children lived in tiny cribs with little human interaction.

In candid, raw prose, Booker tells the story of her family, including her son’s diagnosis of Anxious-Attachment Disorder, the service dog she trained to help him, and her and her husband’s chaotic attempts to simplify their lives in order to heal their son.

If you can’t attend the launch, you can get the book HERE

 

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

 

cvrNPTP-FrontCoverWTE_FrontCoverTuesday, October 18, 7:00 pm – Southern Gothic Comes to Newton, MA
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

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