Category Archives: non-fiction

July Sale: Creative Nonfiction

Don’t miss out on our creative nonfiction sale–prices as low as $5!

Helen Marie Casey on Florence Hosmer

Helen Marie Casey, author of the exquisite Florence Hosmer biography My Dear Girl, recently visited Miss Hosmer’s studio in Sudbury, Mass., to speak with local Girl Scouts about Hosmer and her passion for art. Click here to buy a copy of this wonderful book.

You Should Read Joe Wilkins’ New Memoir

Joe Wilkins, author of the widely-acclaimed poetry collection Killing the Murnion Dogs, has a new memoir out from Counterpoint Press. If it’s half as good as Murnion, which is also inspired by Joe’s upbringing in Montana, we can guarantee it’s awesome. Buy it here.

Weekend Event: Helen Marie Casey in Cambridge, MA

Bostonians: Helen Marie Casey will be one of six authors of books published in 2011 to read at the National Writers Union (Boston Chapter) Book Party on Sunday, January 22nd, at the YMCA in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She will read from her biography, My Dear Girl: The Art of Florence Hosmer. The reading will be followed by member book sales and celebrations of the 30th anniversary of the National Writers Union, including an address by NWU President Larry Goldbetter. Don’t miss it! (And if you won’t be in town, click here to buy a copy of this lovely biography.)

Helen Marie Casey Brings Florence Hosmer’s Art to Life

Helen Marie Casey’s gorgeous biography of Florence Hosmer, My Dear Girl:  The Art of Florence Hosmer, gets a rave review in the Milford Daily News: “As if composing a poem, Helen Marie Casey has infused her biography of artist Florence Hosmer with a lyricism that evokes the Sudbury painter’s life and art for a new generation…As a writer, Casey paints Hosmer’s life much as she painted her portraits, subtle detail by quiet observation, transforming a patchwork of everyday moments into the flesh-and-blood life of [Hosmer].”

Casey recently read from her book at the Hosmer House in Sudbury, which is featured in the biography and is a lovely Massachusetts landmark. On view are many of Hosmer’s paintings (some of which are reproduced in full color in My Dear Girl). Click  here to buy a copy of this beautiful book.

Helen Marie Casey’s MY DEAR GIRL “is a gift to the memory of Florence Hosmer”

Grady Harp gives Helen Marie Casey’s new biography My Dear Girl: The Art of Florence Hosmer five stars; he writes “That Casey should proffer such generous research and gift of time to writing about an artist about whom few know even the name is a gift to not only the memory of Florence Hosmer, but to the memories of all artists who for some reason are ghosts of the past only…Casey’s writing style places her in the ranks of fine biographers.” We agree that this book is exceptional! Read the entire review here, and buy a copy My Dear Girl here.

Black Lawrence Press October Sale!

Kick off October by picking up a bestselling BLP title at a great discount! This month, we’re offering Yelizaveta Renfro’s short story collection A Catalogue of Everything in the World for $11, Sandra Kolankiewicz’s poetry chapbook Turning Inside Out for $6, and Louella Bryant’s compelling nonfiction title While in Darkness, There is Light for $11. Happy reading!

Deborah Clearman to Read in NYC on 2/26

Deborah Clearman, author of the novel Todos Santos, will read in New York City on February 26th at 7:00 PM. Join us for the event!

Address: Greenwich House, 47 Barrow (between 7th Ave. and Bedford St.)

Hudson Prize Winner Sarah Suzor to Read in NYC on 11/6

Sarah Suzor, who won this year’s Hudson Prize with her manuscript The Principle Agent, will read in New York City on November 11. She will read from Isle of Dogs, which was recently published by Toadlily Press. Sarah will be joined by Elizabeth Austen, Andrea Bates and Carol Stevens Kner.

Here are the details:

Tonight! Matthew Gavin Frank Poetry Reading

Frank Cover 3Tonight Black Lawrence Press author, Matthew Gavin Frank, will read from his book, Sagittarius Agitprop, with Dzanc author Michael Czyzniejewski (Elephants in Our Bedroom). This is part of The University of Illinois Carr Reading Series.

Where: Author’s Corner, Illini Union Bookstore, 809 S. Wright St, Champaign, IL.

When: (Tonight!) Wed. October 14, 2009 at 4:30pm

About the Authors:

Matthew Gavin Frank is the author of Barolo (forthcoming from The University of Nebraska Press), Sagittarius Agitprop (Black Lawrence Press), and the chapbooks Four Hours to Mpumalanga (Pudding House Publications), and Aardvark (West Town Press). Recent work appears in The New Republic, Field, Epoch, Crazyhorse, Indiana Review, North American Review, Pleiades, Prairie Schooner, The Best Food Writing 2006, The Best Travel Writing 2008, Creative Nonfiction, Gastronomica, and others. He was born and raised in Illinois, and teaches English and Creative Writing at Grand Valley State University.

Michael Czyzniejewski grew up in Chicago and its south suburbs. He received a BA from the University of Illinois and an MFA from Bowling Green State University, where he currently teaches and serves as Editor-in-Chief of Mid-American Review. His stories have appeared in nearly fifty publications, including StoryQuarterly, The Southern Review, and American Short Fiction, and have also been widely anthologized. His debut collection of stories Elephants in Our Bedroom was released by Dzanc Books in early 2009. During the summer, he splits his time between Ohio and Chicago, where he works at Wrigley Field as a beer vendor.

We hope to see you at the reading!