Little Feather Books at the 10th Annual Decatur Book Festival
If you're in the Atlanta area on Labor Day weekend, stop by the Booth 523 at the Decatur Book Festival. Authors Debra Bowling, Dana Lise Shavin, SK Kalsi, and Cynthia Ceilan will be on hand to sign copies of their books. All Little Feather Books titles, as well as other books and art by our authors will be on sale.
Debra Bowling wins 2015 Georgia Author of the Year prize
Author Debra Bowling has won the 2015 Georgia Author of the Year Award for her debut novel, The Memory of Flight. The organizers announced:
The 2015 Georgia Author of the Year Awards was held this past Saturday, June 27, at the Kennesaw State University Continuing Education Center. There were 116 nominees in 17 different fiction and nonfiction categories.
Over 100 authors and literary enthusiasts attended the banquet and ceremony, and we’d like to congratulate the GAYA winners, finalists, and honorable mentions for their outstanding literary achievements.
Midwest Book Review/California Bookwatch Praises The Stove-Junker
Senior Reviewer, Diane Donovan, of the Midwest Book Review and California Bookwatch heaps praise on SK Kalsi's beautiful new novel, The Stove-Junker.
To say that The Stove-Junker is a story of loss and redemption would be to simplify its focus and approach… Metaphorical—almost lyrical in its observational qualities, like a well-done Proust observational—and darkly compelling… a story highly recommended for any who love poetry, philosophy, and evocative stories of life changes and meaning.
ARES Magazine reviews Mike Maggio's The Wizard and the White House
Mike Maggio's humorous political satire, The Wizard and the White House, is reviewed in the April 2015 issue of ARES Magazine. In his review, Sam Sheikh has this to say about it:
The message Mr. Maggio imparts is one of fellowship and acceptance despite superficial differences. There is even empathy for the political class being driven by ambition as well as difficult circumstances and choices. Finally, Mr. Maggio also highlights the cyclical nature of life and politics as usual.
...I hope The Wizard and the White House is a harbinger of stories to come. Going into the second decade after September 11, 2001, perhaps other authors will begin to reflect and write about a time when it seemed we all lived under a long, strange spell.
Author and columnist Carol Lannon's interview of Dana Lise Shavin and a review of her book, The Body Tourist, appears in the April 2015 edition of The Mountain Mirror. Ms. Lannon describes this memoir as:
...a brilliant, insightful, often funny look into the mind of someone suffering from the disease that has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.
The Wizard and the White House Featured in Foreword Reviews' Sci-Fi/Fantasy Showcase
The Spring 2015 issue of Foreword Reviews casts the spotlight on eight new and noteworthy works of science fiction and fantasy, including The Wizard and the White House by Mike Maggio.
Reviewer Allyce Amidon writes:
At times, we all need to be reminded that books have special powers—the ability to take you out of your life, to transport you somewhere extraordinary. ...It’s the normal, everyday joes who are so entrancing, not the magic, not the supernatural...
Maggio pairs sharp barbs with slapstick humor to create a highly entertaining read.
Barbara Pierson offers Insights on her Book The Karma of a Woman in The Amazonian
The Spring edition of The Amazonian features a beautiful two-page article penned by author, Barbara Pierson. In this moving piece, Pierson offers insights and encouragement to other women who have shared the difficult experiences that inspired her to write The Karma of a Woman.
Tucker Times of Georgia Touts Debra Bowling's Debut Novel
Longtime Tucker/Stone Mountain resident, Debra Bowling, is the author of a new exciting novel about growing up in the South. The Memory of Flight debuts on December 1, 2014, and is about a young girl coming of age in the 1960s as well as the family/personal struggles of her mother.
Published by Little Feather Books, the novel follows the life of a child named Ginny who becomes estranged from her parents but finds love and support from her grandmother. Helping Ginny to deal with problems of abuse and isolation is a growing passion for photography which continues into her college years. Instead of an “escape,” however, her photographs lead her to expose details of a major crime while her mother fights demons of her own.
The Body Tourist Selected for the SheKnows Ultimate Holiday Book Gift Guide
SheKnows, an online community that inspires and empowers women to explore and pursue their passions, selects Dana Lise Shavin's The Body Tourist as one of its picks for its Ultimate Holiday Book Gift Guide.
Dana Lise Shavin shares her road to recovery from her battle against anorexia, mental illness and addiction in an insightful, heartfelt and comedic memoir. The journey to recovery is not a quick and easy process and this book chronicles her six-year pursuit to make her life whole again, including counseling jobs, her living situation and relationships — not only the personal ones, but the one with food as well. Shavin bares her soul across pages while being inspiring, brutally honest and absolutely hilarious.
San Francisco Book Review Recommends THE BODY TOURIST
In the December 2014 issue of the San Francisco Book Review, The Body Tourist by Dana Lise Shavin is listed as a recommended read, along with other outstanding books of 2014.
Here's what the editors had to say:
Explore Dana Lise Shavin's six-year journey after her purported recovery from anorexia in this moving and funny memoir. Anorexia is a life-long battle, and Shavin offers a candid and ultimately optimistic window into the mindset of a mental illness that has affected every aspect of her life, long after she was considered "cured."
Little Feather Books' Authors Shine on The Radio Hotline with Dennis Price
During the month of November 2014, host Dennis Price interviewed several Little Feather Books authors on his bi-weekly program, The Radio Hotline. Authors Mike Maggio, Dana Lise Shavin, and Debra Bowling offered insights on their respective books.
In its October 31, 2014 issue, Chatter magazine offers information and help for people struggling with eating disorders, and features an excerpt of Dana Lise Shavin's new book, The Body Tourist. Shavin writes:
To explain how multilayered and profound is the shame I felt, you have to think in terms of the politician who gets caught with his hands in the coffer, or worse, up the dress of a mistress. Anorexia is in fact a kind of mistress, a beloved other that you hide from the public eye in the belief that the world can’t understand your kind of love and will therefore mock it, try to show you how it isn't really real. And so in the interest of protecting what you know to be true, which is that your beloved is the thing that will ultimately save you, you engage secretly in your relationship...
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: An Interview with Dana Lise Shavin
Mark Kennedy of the Chattanooga Times Free Press sits down with author Dana Lise Shavin to discuss her new book, The Body Tourist. Of Shavin's memoir, Kennedy writes:
...the book is an honest assessment of Shavin's early-life battle with anorexia and her reflections on the childhood depression that she believes triggered her eating disorder. What makes the book so compelling is Shavin's elegant prose and her intensely personal writing style. The book is distinctive because it pulls off a rare triple play, blending Shavin's points of view as a writer, professional therapist and patient.
Kennedy also notes, "Like many of us who reach a new level of understanding about our formative years in middle age, Shavin has come to see her eating disorder as gift—a visible plea for help with her depression that might have otherwise gone untreated."
ForeWord Reviews, Summer 2014
MYTHS OF A MERCIFUL GOD showcased as one of "Five Debut Novels that Explore the Full Range of Life's Curveballs"
In the Summer 2014 edition of ForeWord Reviews magazine, a special editorial entitled "Down But Not Out" opens as follows:
These five debut fiction authors all tackle the difficult, often painful theme of loss. The loss varies from book to book--loss of faith, loss of innocence, of passion, of health, of someone loved--but all are populated by strikingly real characters, living, losing, and ultimately showing the indomitable human spirit to survive. Though all five authors have different styles and tell different stories, readers will come to discover that nothing is lost without something being gained.
In her review of Myths of a Merciful God, Allyce Amidon describes the book as, "Hauntingly beautiful... Ceilan's debut novel is a breathtaking look at loss, grief, and forgiveness."
Amidon notes also, "The book is propelled most by its beautiful language. From the portrayal of Sarah's grief... to the pitch-perfect metaphors... Scenes are so well painted they seem audible."
San Francisco Book Review gives MYTHS OF A MERCIFUL GOD 4.5 stars
In the June 2014 edition of the San Francisco Book Review, editor Claire Lejeune praises Cynthia Ceilan's novel, Myths of a Merciful God:
When you hit a dead end, the best—and only—solution is often to veer onto a whole new road. Cynthia Ceilán’s moving new novel, Myths of a Merciful God, opens on a grim, harrowing dead-end, full of dark corners and eerie shadows, as Sarah wakes up to a world her young daughter has been snatched from. Only one solution, indeed: hit the road... With Sarah, we discover the world seen from the hobo’s eyes: a spindrift universe of precarious stop-by diners and hotels, of encounters condemned to be short and futureless. This story is that of a woman who refuses to start a new story, and who instead chooses the road as her story... Between Ceilán’s modest and pure lines lie a few very important answers to a few very important questions.