Indie Pics: February 2020
This month, a book launch calls for period costumes; an author tells her story of surviving and thriving; panelists celebrate Filipino-American romantic fiction; and much more.Down Under
Author Colleen Eccles Penor celebrated the publication of her indie novel DAEIOS: 140 Feet Down at Wind City books in Casper, Wyoming. Penor's novel is a dystopian story about a young woman who faces the prospect of becoming "a breeder" in order to repopulate Earth. Here, Penor (center) is joined by family and book launch team members.
Dressing the Part
Author Alison L. McLennan and her mom, translator Paulette Boudrot, dressed in period costume at the launch party for McLennan's book, Ophelia’s War, Dangerous Mercy, sequel to Ophelia’s War: The Secret Story of a Mormon Turned Madam. Paulette’s debut translation, Boston, My Blissful Winter, Memories of the 1980s by French author Alain Briottet, is scheduled for release in March, 2020.
Author Teri Case signed copies of her debut novel, Tiger Drive, in her home town of Carson City, Nevada. Proceeds from the sale of the book fund the Tiger Drive Scholarship, which Case created for graduating seniors of Carson City High. Here, Case greets scholarship recipient Syjohnniqa Moore.
From Trauma to Triumph
Once upon a time, Amy Oestreicher had plans for college and dreams of Broadway. But all that changed one week before her senior prom. She was rushed to the hospital where her stomach exploded, literally, and after months in a coma, she learned she may never eat or drink again. Today, nearly 15 years and 27 surgeries later, Amy is grateful to share her incredible story in My Beautiful Detour: An Unthinkable Journey from Gutless to Grateful.
Ready to Rock
Artist Bonnie Blue (l.) recently joined picture book author Cathey Nickell for Houston-area elementary school visits to share her picture books, Arthur Zarr’s Amazing Art Car and Yazzy’s Amazing Yarn. Blue's imaginative art van is a mobile gallery covered on all sides by six large Styrofoam "rocks," individually hand-painted to honor women throughout various cultures. Shown here, Nickell and Blue visit children at Westwood Elementary School in Friendswood, Texas.
Isn't It Romantic?
Romance authors, fans, and reviewers recently gathered to celebrate Filipino-American romantic fiction at The Ripped Bodice bookstore in Culver City, California. Panelists Ezrah Tuble, Mia Hopkins, Sarah Smith, Tif Marcelo, and Maida Malby spoke about reading, writing, and promoting romantic novels from the Filipino-American community.
To Be or Not to Be
Illana Raia, author and founder of the organization Être Girls, a resource and mentorship platform for middle grade girls, recently published a motivational guidebook called Être: Girls, Who Do You Want to Be? The volume includes contributions from adult female leaders, as well as the voices of middle school girls from around the country. Here, Être Girls board members and contributors sign books at a launch held at Luminary women’s coworking space in New York City.