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  • B&N Marches with HSE Author in Columbus Day Parade B&N Marches with HSE Author in Columbus Day Parade

    B&N Marches with HSE Author in Columbus Day Parade

B&N Marches with HSE Author in Columbus Day Parade

Barnes & Noble Announces More Than 100 Italian-American Authors Marching Up Fifth Avenue in the Columbus Day Parade

Columbus Day Parade, Monday, October 9, 2017

New York, New York – September 21, 2017 – This year’s theme for the parade: “A Celebration of Italian-American Authors.” Author Joe Giordano is proud to say that he’ll join 100 authors marching with Len Riggio, Chairman of Barnes & Noble, up Fifth Avenue on Monday, October 9th.

Joe Giordano’s novels, Birds of Passage, an Italian Immigrant Coming of Age Story and Appointment with ISIL, an Anthony Provati Thriller are available on Amazon.

Chairman and Founder of Barnes & Noble, Leonard Riggio, was named Grand Marshal of the 73rd Columbus Day Parade and created the theme for this year. He invited Italian-American authors from across the country to participate in the parade and received an overwhelming response.

The full list of authors includes bestsellers like David Baldacci, Lorenzo Carcaterra, Nelson DeMille, Wally Lamb, Lisa Scottoline, Gay Talese, Adriana Trigiani, and more. Other well-known authors marching in the parade include Danny Aiello, Tony Danza and Susan Lucci, plus many other big names listed below. In addition, Barnes & Noble will hand out 50,000 copies of a beautifully bound edition of The Constitution of the United States of America with the Declaration of Independence for free at the parade.

“I have long held the belief that Italian-American writers have received little recognition for their contribution to America’s literary heritage, and that’s why I am so pleased to honor these 100 plus authors who will be marching with me in the parade,” said Mr. Riggio. “In addition, we decided to hand out 50,000 copies of The Constitution of the United States of America with the Declaration of Independence at this year’s parade, because at this time in our country’s history we recognize how important these documents are in bringing us together.”

Angelo Vivolo, President of the Columbus Citizens Foundation, had this to say; “The Columbus Citizens Foundation is so honored to have Leonard Riggio as this year’s Grand Marshal in our 73rd annual parade. His celebration of Italian-American authors and his creation of this year’s Parade theme are both clear indications of the Parade’s intention of celebrating Italian-American culture and achievement.”

Following is the full list of Italian-American authors participating in this year’s Columbus Day Parade:

Filomena Abys-Smith
Lauren Acampora
Marisa Acocella Marchetto
Kim Addonizio
Danny Aiello
J.J. Anselmo
Michael Ausiello
David Baldacci
Gina Barreca
Maria Bartiromo
Lisa Marie Basile
Raymond Bean
Sheryll Bellman
Elizabeth Bettina
Eugenia Bone
Louisa Calio
Alisyn Camerota
Philip Caputo
Lorenzo Carcaterra
Mary Carlomagno
Michael Carosone
Mary Ann Castronovo Fusco
Olivia Kate Cerrone
Jeff Cicletti
Gabriele Corcos
Wendy Corsi Staub
Andrew Cuomo
Tony Danza
Stefano De Angelis
Anthony DeCurtis
Robyn Stein DeLuca
Nelson DeMille
Rachel Guido deVries
Rocco DiSpirito
John Domini
Dianne Durante
Louisa Ermelino
Ed Falco
Helena Farrell
Rina Ferrarelli
Luigi Fontanella
Marisa Frasca
Jamie Freveletti
Marc Gallicchio
Fred Gardaphé
John Gennari
Catherine Gigante-Brown
Edward Giobbi
Joe Giordano
Daniela Gioseffi
William Giraldi
Mary Giuliani
Alex Guarnaschelli
Connie Guzzo-McParland
David Hajdu
Ann Harson
Bridget Kinsella
Jerry Krase
Wally Lamb
Annie Rachele Lanzillotto
Loretta LaRoche
Maria Laurino
Anna Lawton
Joseph LoGiudice
Susan Lucci
Lorraine Mangione, PhD
John Marchese
Angel Marinaccio
Donna Masini
Mike Massimino
Maria Mazziotti Gillan
Tom Mendicino
Roland Merullo
Mario Mignone
Paul Moses
Liz Mugavero
Caroline Nastro
Rosemary Novellino-Mearns
Paul Paolicelli
Enrico Pellegrini
Valerie Pepe
Peter Pezzelli
Felice Picano
John Positano
Dr. Rock Positano
Stanislao Pugliese
Rossella Rago
Marianna Randazzo
Michelle Reale
Karen Rinaldi
Nicholas Rinaldi
Richard Rinaldo
Gianni Riotta
Mark Rotella
Joseph Salvatore
Tom Santopietro
Jill Santopolo
Julie Scelfo
Sal Scognamillo
Lisa Scottoline
Francesa Serritella
J.R. Sharp
Jim Shephard
Steven Sorrentino
Jerry Spinelli
Helene Stapinski
Linda Stasi
Gay Talese
Karen Tintori
Joseph Tirella
Bill Tonelli
Adriana Trigiani
Joanna Valente
Richard Vetere
Dan Yaccarino
Robert Zweig

The annual parade, the largest celebration of Italian-American heritage and culture in the United States, will take place on Monday, October 9, 2017, beginning at 11:00 a.m. As Grand Marshal, Mr. Riggio will lead dozens of marching bands and floats and over 100 marching groups up the Fifth Avenue parade route, from 44th Street to 72nd Street. The Columbus Day Parade, organized by the Columbus Citizens Foundation, began in 1929 when New York City businessman and Italian immigrant Generoso Pope led a parade from East Harlem to Columbus Circle.

Also being celebrated during the Columbus Day Parade as 2017 Honorees are Dr. Laura Forese, COO of New York Presbyterian and Thomas Iovino, the founder of Judlau Contracting, Inc.

Event: Columbus Day Parade
Location: Fifth Ave. from 44th – 72nd Streets
Date: Monday, October 9, 2017
Hours: 11:00 AM – 3:00 p.m.
Broadcast: WABC-TV, 12 Noon – 3:00 p.m.

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Harvard Square Editions at The Guardian, UK

Insight from The Guardian, UK: “Are small publishers doing all the hard work for the big ones?” –The Guardian

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S.Li Receives His National Book Foundation Award

Debut author S.Li received his National Book Foundation ‘5 Under 35 Award’ at the Ace Hotel in Manhattan on November 14th–a wonderful night for S.Li and Harvard Square Editions.

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S.Li’s debut novel Transoceanic Lights, Harvard Square Editions, 2015, chronicles the hardships of a Chinese family after immigrating to the US. China-born author S.Li, graduated from Harvard College and took up creative writing as a hobby when he was in medical school. Now he has a dual career, as a neurologist and as an award-winning author.

“A tender and persuasive portrait of Chinese-American immigration in the post-Mao era.” —Pleiades Book Review

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Transoceanic Lights was selected by an author who won the award last year, Karen Bender (below, right, with Harriet Levin Millan, left, author of How Fast Can You Run, Harvard Square Editions, 2016). Next year, S.Li will select a ‘5 Under 35 Award’ winner.

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“For me it was especially wonderful because I got to meet other HSE authors!”says HSE author Harriet Levin Millan, pictured left. “What a treat to actually meet them.” With Harriet pictured below are New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature winner Kelvin Christopher James (People and Peppers, Harvard Square Editions, 2015), below left, and debut author Abda Khan (Stained, Harvard Square Editions, 2016), right.

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The HSE authors and the other ‘5 Uner 35’ winners will also attend the 67th annual National Book Awards, hosted by Larry Wilmore, live on FacebookTwitter, and at nationalbook.org, November 16th, 2016 at New York’s Cipriani.

 

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Diverse Books at HSE

 

Stained, by Abda Khan

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“The depiction of how a conservative community, emotional blackmail, and rape culture all lead to an intelligent young woman to not report her sexual assault is realistic and therefore upsetting. But what I enjoyed most about this novel was how ultimately, the story was about Selina’s strength and growth as a survivor.”     —Read Diverse Books

FullSizeRender(2)“A new voice from an under-represented group of writers as well as a multi-dimensional story that is either too often ignored or even worse, sensationalised. It is refreshing to see that issues such as in-laws and arranged marriage are all dealt with in a compassionate and positive way. —Raj K. Lal, Diversity in Publishing

 

Love’s Affliction, by Fidelis O. Mkparu
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Reviewers Choice Award winner; Indie Fab Book of the Year Finalist

“An exceptionally well crafted work, Love’s Affliction is an engaging and extraordinary multi-cultural novel that documents author Fidelis O. Mkparu as a talented, first class storyteller. Love’s Affliction is very highly recommended for personal reading lists and would prove to be a valued addition to community library Contemporary Fiction collection.”—Midwest Book Review

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“Love’s Affliction is a poignant and emotional story of young love as it transforms from friendship to forbidden love, despite the cultural and racial barriers dictated by society.”
—Laurie Bedigian, Detroit Daytime Talkshow Examiner

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Transoceanic Lights, by S. Li

“Ma’s childbirth scene is a killer. The full account . . . should be enough to make any of us swear off having sex, much less fabricating babies, forever and forever, amen.”

The Review of Arts, Literature, Philosophy and the Humanities

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“A tender and persuasive portrait of Chinese-American immigration in the post-Mao era.”

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Living Treasures9780989596053-PerfectLTcoverAwardSeal2.indd, by Yang Huang

A top 3 historical novel of 2014

Silver Medal: Nautilus Book Awards, Fiction
Gold Medal: Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Multicultural Fiction
Bronze Medal: Living Now Book Awards, Inspirational Fiction

Shortlist: The Rubery Book Award, Fiction
Finalist: INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award, Historical Fiction
Shortlist: Santa Fe Writers Project, Fiction
Finalist: Pen/Bellwether Prize

Authorphoto3“The personal and the political merge in Yang Huang’s debut novel about a college student in post-Cultural Revolution China. Gu Bao negotiates the shifting landscape of a country still struggling toward modernity, as China’s education system, family planning policies and the deaths of her fellow students in Tiananmen Square sometimes push her to desperate measures. The story moves from city life to the rural home of Bao’s grandparents, acquiring an epic feel in a compact length.” —San Jose Mercury News

“True to life . . . focuses refreshingly on the human spirit” —Library Journal

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“James (Fling with a Demon Lover) turns a love letter to Trinidad into this stylish literary novel filled with sensuous prose and colorful setting.” —Publishers Weekly

“James (Secrets; A Fling with a Demon Lover) introduces readers to the crazy quilt of ethnicities, cultures, and religions that make up the island of Trinidad. He writes in a Trinidadian lilt that is catchy, charming, and much like calypso. Following Vivion around New York is like trying to do the limbo. How low can he go without hitting the ground? And observing the group of smart capable women who keep Vivion on track is a salute to feminism at its most delightful. This is a romance with life well worth reading.” —Library Journal

Kelvin Christopher James

Praise for Kelvin’s Jumping Ship and Other Stories:

“A warm and gifted raconteur.” —New York Times

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CODA at Barnes and Noble

B&N Ft. Union, Midvalem UT

Join Harvard Square Editions author
Rajani Kanth at his book launch
for the title Coda April 16th from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Barnes & Noble – Fort Union:

7119 South 1300 East St
Midvale, UT 84047
801-565-0086

 

Author RAJANI KANTH is a visiting scholar at Harvard University. Coda chronicles the life, and afterlife, of the last human, in both flashback and future shock, after the apocalypse of the millennium, where timeless, misanthropic aggression, and blindness predictably destroy all life on Earth…more at Litvote.com

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  • LOVE’S AFFLICTION wins a Reader Views Award LOVE’S AFFLICTION wins a Reader Views Award

    LOVE’S AFFLICTION wins a Reader Views Award

LOVE’S AFFLICTION wins a Reader Views Award

Love’s Affliction by Harvard Square Editions author Fidelis O. Mkparu won a Reader Views Award. Congratulations, Fidelis!

“A must-read, Love’s Affliction is an exceptionally gripping and poignant story. While intense throughout, there is resolution – and not quite what one may expect!” —San Francisco Book Review

Fidelis O. Mkparu was born in Onitsha, Nigeria. He was a recipient of Reader’s Digest Scholarship. A Harvard-trained cardiologist, he has published peer-reviewed scientific papers and review articles in major journals, and written articles for lay people on medical issues. He was inducted into Paul Dudley White Honor Society by Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, where he was a ‘Spaulding fellow’. He lives in Canton, Ohio.

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  • JL Morin’s Nature’s Confession Blog Tour JL Morin’s Nature’s Confession Blog Tour

    JL Morin’s Nature’s Confession Blog Tour

JL Morin’s Nature’s Confession Blog Tour

HuffPo – Universities Make Cli-fi Dreams Come True

Offbeat YA – Science Fiction Grew a Conscience: “We Have Been Fighting the Wrong War”

Sustainable Cities Collective – The Sustainable Growth Oxymoron

Huffington Post – There’s More to the Oil Crash Than Meets The Eye

LitPick – Six Tips on Writing Reviews

Teenreads.com – The Veil
 
 
Included in the Guardian’s ‘What are the best eco books for children and teens?’:
 

 

Next stops:

June 15 – Working Mommy Journal – review / giveaway
June 15 – Book Stop Corner – review / author interview / giveaway
June 16 – Coffee, Books & Art – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
June 17 – Svetlana’s Read and Views – review
June 18 – fuonlyknew – review / giveaway
June 19 – The Autistic Gamer – review
June 22 – Nighttime Reading Center – review / author interview / giveaway
June 23 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – review / giveaway
June 24 – 3 Partners in Shopping – review / giveaway
June 25 – Library of Clean Reads – review / giveaway
June 26 – Deal Sharing Aunt – review / author interview / giveaway

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  • Get Yang Huang’s Book Club Kit Get Yang Huang’s Book Club Kit

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What do a law student and a panda have in common? When Gu Bao falls in love with a handsome, young soldier only to be hunted by one-child policy enforcers, she finds out what it feels like to be an endangered species.

Set in China during the tumultuous Tiananmen Square protest in 1989, Living Now Award Winner, and Bellwether Prize finalist Living Treasures portrays the crusade of Gu Bao, a girl who grows up under the Chinese government’s one-child policy. The Chinese government has enforced strict controls to keep the country from environmental destitution and poverty ever since Mao’s ban on family planning left China a legacy of 1.1 billion people, 20% of the population on earth. Bao searches for her inner strength while exploring the Sichuan mountain landscape. She befriends a panda mother caught in a poacher’s snare, and an expectant young mother hiding from villainous one-child policy enforcers bent on giving compulsory abortions. All struggle against society to preserve the treasure of their little ones. Bao devises a daring plan that changes the lives of everyone around her. Will Bao earn a second chance to save a family from destruction? What price will Bao pay to prevent a full-term abortion and save a panda cub?

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  • Midwest Book Review, LOVE’S AFFLICTION Midwest Book Review, LOVE’S AFFLICTION

    Midwest Book Review, LOVE’S AFFLICTION

Midwest Book Review, LOVE’S AFFLICTION

Love’s Affliction by Fidelis O. Mkparu is the story of love across racial and cultural boundaries, when a young Nigerian premed student, Joseph Fafa, falls for Wendy Crane. Coming to North Carolina at seventeen to attend college, Joseph is forced to fight racial prejudice daily while pursuing his dream of becoming a doctor. He meets Wendy Crane, whose wealthy father opposes their relationship. It is said that young love rarely reaches its full potential, but Joseph and Wendy are determined to prove everyone wrong. Love’s Affliction captures the weakness and heartbreak of forbidden love. Will their romance endure the scrutiny of a racially-charged small college town?

Critique: An exceptionally well crafted work, Love’s Affliction is an engaging and extraordinary multi-cultural novel that documents author Fidelis O. Mkparu as a talented, first class storyteller. Love’s Affliction is very highly recommended for personal reading lists and would prove to be a valued addition to community library Contemporary Fiction collections.

Midwest Book Review, Clint’s Shelf

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  • Slip and bawl Slip and bawl

    Slip and bawl

Slip and bawl

From Erika Raskin’s Blog

Yesterday started off as a seriously crap day. I’d just made my favorite bowl of instant oatmeal (slash sugary soup) and was walking over to the kitchen table (which I also use as my desk ) when I tripped on something (invisible) and dumped two cups of hot runny cinnamon spice mixture INTO my keyboard (slash computer). I tried to tell myself that with patience and denial I’d be able to deal. I got paper towels and Q-tips.

Then the caps locked. And the space bar didn’t.

And I called the Apple store and explained, in roughly the same tone of voice I might use for a bone protruding from my ankle, what had happened. They basically told me to call an ambulance.

I flew across town.

reduced to one blinking question mark. hm.

The techies were able to save the hard drive (whatever that means) and the three novels housed inside. But the rest of the machine was toast.

Suffice it to say that I may have won the prize for spending the most money ever on a packet of instant cereal. My new computer is beautiful (with letters still on the keys) and no old meals between them. But I definitely learned my lesson.

I am so over oatmeal.

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Erika Raskin is the author of CLOSE

 

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  • Booklist review: DARK LADY OF HOLLYWOOD Booklist review: DARK LADY OF HOLLYWOOD

    Booklist review: DARK LADY OF HOLLYWOOD

Booklist review: DARK LADY OF HOLLYWOOD

“Ken Harrison is a burned-out Hollywood executive who has been demoted from his job as vice president of comedy. Ken is also a very sick man, and his recent treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma has left his body wasted and his mind vulnerable. Ken’s saving grace is his love of Shakespeare, particularly the sonnets. So when he meets the beautiful Ophelia Lomond, a budding actress and personal assistant to the spoiled and demanding Jazzminn Jenks, host of a popular talk show, he just knows something Shakespearean has happened. Ophelia becomes his muse, his personal version of Shakespeare’s Dark Lady. Not only does Ken fall in love with Ophelia, he also agrees to her request that he murder Jazzminn. As the clock ticks toward the appointed day, the three find themselves trapped in their own modern-day Shakespearean drama. A finalist in the William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition, Haithman’s hilariously funny novel gives readers a bird’s-eye view of the Hollywood machine and its players. With witty, fast-paced dialogue and characters readers will cheer for, this debut is a deeply satisfying story of love, loss, and acceptance.”

–Carol Gladstein, Booklist

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  • All At Once by Alisa Clements
    Midwest Review: ALL AT ONCE Midwest Review: ALL AT ONCE

    Midwest Review: ALL AT ONCE

Midwest Review: ALL AT ONCE

“The boundaries of human imagination are explored in Alisa Clements’s intelligent fantasy novel All at Once. Clements presents two romantic triangles, centuries apart, whose participants all share psychic abilities beyond the norm. Much of this beautifully written novel centers on the story of Josephine, a scholar researching native religious practices in a more or less modern-day Brazil, and her encounters with a group of people, rebels against the government, who seem to have harnessed their psychic powers in a manner that promises great things for humanity but threatens the power structure. How Clements connects the dots between the two fraught relationships is just one of the rewards of this clever and entertaining book.”

—Midwest Review

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