May 23, 2022
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Ashland Creek Press publishers Midge Raymond and John Yunker chat with Sean Russell on the SoFlo Vegans podcast.
May 10, 2022
Ashland Creek Press publisher Midge Raymond and My Days of Dark Green Euphoria author A.E. Copenhaver talk about writing, editing, and publishing in this interview at the Climate Fiction Writers League.
May 5, 2022
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March 4, 2022
Ashland Creek Press is featured in this Publishers Weekly article, "Publishing in the Pacific Northwest."
March 3, 2022
Ashland Creek Press co-founders Midge Raymond and John Yunker talk with V-Land Magazine.
March 1, 2022
Midge Raymond talks about travel, writing, animals, veganism, and creativity with Brighde Reed on the World Vegan Travel podcast.
February 14, 2022
February 12, 2022
Poet and educator Gretchen Primack leads a discussion on animal poetry with Ashland Creek Press.
February 8, 2022
Earth Joy Writing author Cassie Premo Steele publishes "5 Reasons To Go Vegan For Valentine’s Day" in V-Land Magazine.
February 6, 2022
ACP co-founder Midge Raymond talks about writing, publishing, animals, and the vegan life in this interview on the Bloody Vegans Podcast.
February 4, 2022
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January 22, 2022
ACP co-founder and Writing for Animals editor John Yunker writes about the evolution of vegan literature in his article "The Greening of Literature: Perspectives of a Vegan Publisher" in V-Land Magazine.
January 18, 2022
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No Word for Wilderness is reviewed in Midwest Book Review: "No Word For Wilderness integrates art and science to bring the Abruzzo bears' story to a broad, attentive audience, generating the international pressure needed to bring the bears back from the brink."
July 25, 2020
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June 24, 2020
David G. Brooks's essay "The Grieving Kangaroo Photograph Revisited" appears in the first 2020 issue of Animal Studies Journal.
June 20, 2020
David G. Brooks talks with Mariann Sullivan about The Grass Library and more on the Our Hen House podcast.
June 8, 2020
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March 23, 2020
Katy Yocom's novel Three Ways to Disappear is on the Top 20 longlist for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, which honors an outstanding debut novel published in the preceding calendar year.
March 10, 2020
Ashland Creek Press co-founder John Yunker joins guest Joelle Teachey and hosts Amy Bowling and Holland Webb for an episode of The Afterword podcast, focused on environmental literature. Click here to listen.
Armand Chauvel's novel Le Vert et Le Rouge is one of three finalists for the 2020 French literary prize Prix Maya. Le Vert et Le Rouge was published in English by Ashland Creek Press in 2014 as The Green and the Red.
February 1, 2020
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Writing for Animals "is at once more vibrant and thoughtful than a simple guide to writing, yet more helpful and practical than a book on the theory," reads this review in the Journal for Critical Animal Studies.
April 16, 2019
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Jennifer Caloyeras's YA novel Strays is reviewed in the Children's Bookwatch section of Midwest Book Review: "This story teaches that healing can come from the last place you'd expect."
August 1, 2018
July 26, 2018
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June 27, 2018
John Yunker's essay Giving Animals a Voice: Letters from an Ashland Deer appears in the Spring 2018 issue of Minding Nature, a publication of the Center for Humans & Nature.
May 30, 2018
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The Washington Independent Review of Books writes, "The Crows of Beara is a love song to Ireland that combines dazzling views of wild, sweeping landscapes with a hard, honest look at the need for jobs in the country’s rural west…Johnson’s writing is assured and passionate.”
September 7, 2017
JoeAnn Hart goes to Germany for the International Literature Festival Berlin, to which she was invited for her environmental writing on behalf of the oceans, including her novel Float. Learn more in this article in The Gloucester Times.
August 28, 2017
June 7, 2017
The Green and the Red and Among Animals are on this list of 12 Incredible Books That Every Vegan Should Read This Summer.
The new issue of Barefoot Vegan Magazine features a Q&A with Dana Feagin and Kat von Cupcake.
"The colorful pages of this whimsical book are filled with painted portraits of rescued animals alongside short, snappy poems," writes VegNews Magazine. "We can’t get enough of the bonus animal bios featured in the back pages."
April 2, 2017
Thanks to Erica Settino and Creations Magazine for this review of Love Rhymes with Everything, "a beautiful and whimsical tribute to animals of all species."
February 28, 2017
Main Street Vegan features a Q&A with Dana Feagin and Kat von Cupcake, authors of Love Rhymes with Everything.
February 24, 2017
The Ashland Daily Tidings features Love Rhymes with Everything and its book launch and fundraising event.
February 14, 2017
Among Animals contributors C.S. Malerich, Catherine Evleshin, Anne Elliot, and Rachel King are interviewed for this article in The Penmen Review.
February 13, 2017
January 1, 2017
Ashland Creek Press co-founders Midge Raymond and John Yunker talk with Eco-Fiction's Mary Woodbury about environmental writing, small-press publishing, and more.
August 31, 2016
Ashland Creek Press co-founders Midge Raymond and John Yunker talk with Michael Dello-Iacovo, acting CEO at Effective Altruism Australia, about writing, publishing, animals, and more.
July 12, 2016
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May 31, 2016
"Dogland is "a page-turner," reads this review in Bark & Swagger. "Skole’s brave trek…takes the reader on a fascinating adventure, filled with colorful, passionate people, many of whom care deeply about animals and share frustrations about the system, the laws or lack of them and the struggle to make life better for companion animals. [An] enlightening, heartfelt book; well worth reading."
"Among Animals is a wonderfully varied collection…Each story gives insight into a different realm of human-animal interaction," reads this review in Society & Animals: Journal of Human-Animal Studies. "A rich collection of stories that constitute not only a good read, but also a substantial text for an Animal Studies course…the collection demands an acknowledgment of the vulnerability, fierceness, and beauty of its subjects."
February 14, 2016
"Armand Chauvel’s first novel is an entertaining tale of two people with strong career goals and stronger opinions on what to eat…the satire makes for a light and funny read, no matter where one falls on the dietary spectrum between herbivore and carnivore,” writes Jenna Gersie in this review in The Goose: A Journal of Arts, Environment, and Culture in Canada. "Beneath the satire, though, are real questions about food consumption."
February 13, 2016
"The book is designed to activate the reader into regular journaling using prompts that take her into memory, into outdoor places, into the body, using exercises that encourage not just writing, but drawing, collage, photography, music, movement, and even eating,” writes Anne Milne in this review in The Goose: A Journal of Arts, Environment, and Culture in Canada. "Practicing Earth Joy Writing has already taught me something, and I appreciate what I have gained."
February 1, 2016
"Skole uses her journalism background and her love of animals to shed light on a topic that hits home for just about anyone who has ever brought a dog into their lives,” reads this review in Glassworks Magazine. "Dogland is a truly compelling book that will have you driving to the nearest shelter to offer a hand or a paw in any way you can."
"Skole offers a fresh look at dog owner education, spay/neuter programs, and how some shelters achieve more successful adoptions through required training courses…Dogland is a book that needs to be read and discussed by concerned people involved in rescue,” reads this review in Flagstaff-Sedona Dog Magazine.
January 4, 2016
Congratulations to Jennifer Caloyeras, whose novel Strays was nominated for the DWAA Pat Santi Memorial Friends of Rescue Award, and to Jacki Skole, whose book Dogland was nominated in the Rescue/Adoption Book category.
December 29, 2015
Thanks to Angela Decker of the Ashland Daily Tidings for this article on 2015 Siskiyou Prize winner Jennifer Boyden.
December 4, 2015
October 20, 2015
Ashland Creek Press is thrilled to have acquired 2014 Siskiyou Prize finalist Julie Christine Johnson's novel THE CROWS OF BEARA, for publication in 2017. Learn more via the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, and join our mailing list to stay up-to-date.
October 13, 2015
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October 1, 2015
Thanks to Kentucky Monthly for a wonderful review of Love and Ordinary Creatures: "Rubio captures the strong bond between humans and other living creatures and provides provocative ideas on love and the meaning of life."
September 26, 2015
"Strays is a coming of age story that is as original as it is revealing, with a heroine who is highly relatable," reads this review from Literary Classics. "Author Jennifer Caloyeras' depiction of a young girl's struggles to find a way to move beyond her angst is a refreshingly honest tale which will appeal to readers of all ages...highly recommended."
September 21, 2015
Thanks to Bianca Schulze of The Children's Book Review for this interview with Strays author Jennifer Caloyeras.
September 9, 2015
Thanks to One Happy Table for this lovely review of The Green and the Red ... and for the pumpkin wonton soup recipe! "The Green and the Red seamlessly blends romance, suspense, politics, and foodieism into one rollicking novel that is both a leisurely read and a challenging treatise. It’s a novel for the critical thinker who also enjoys a good old-fashioned love story. A great introduction to (or review of) the fundamental issues facing vegans and omnivores in regards to the food we eat, The Green and the Red is a must-read for anyone with a heart, mind, or belly inclined towards compassion."
September 7, 2015
Tracy Slowiak of Readers’ Favorite writes, "[Dogland] is not only an incredibly well-written and engrossing read, but it is an important and thought-provoking work that challenges each of us to evaluate how companion animals are treated and traded in this country…Any reader who loves dogs, loves great investigative work, or loves memoirs should absolutely read this book. It is an A+, five-star read, and a book that will stay with you long after you finish the last page."
August 25, 2015
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Earth Joy Writing "will help readers become more creative writers and thinkers through the connections they develop or re-establish between themselves, their family, and nature," writes Serena Agusto-Cox on Savvy Verse & Wit.
July 13, 2015
Author John Colman Wood "draws from his own anthropological background to give credibility to this wonderfully imagined story and its characters that feel so familiar and tangible," writes Katelyn Leboff in this review in Kudzu House Quarterly.
July 12, 2015
Learn more about Strays, Jennifer's writing process, and the author's new projects at Writers & Other Animals.
July 1, 2015
"When journalist Skole adopted a 'quirky' mixed-breed puppy from a rescue shelter in New Jersey, she hadn’t counted on the journey she’d find herself taking in search of the pup’s origins…Those who have given their hearts and homes to shelter dogs will find much here to validate their love, but ultimately the book is meant as a call to action," reads this review of Dogland in Publishers Weekly.
June 17, 2015
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"This is powerful teaching," writes Camille-Yvette Welsch in Literary Mama.
May 18, 2015
"Strays by Jennifer Caloyeras embodies the spirit and power of second chances," reads this fabulous review from Novel Novice.
May 15, 2015
Thanks to Life with Dogs for hosting this giveaway and interview with Jennifer Caloyeras!
May 14, 2015
A wonderful, and very unique, review of Jennifer Caloyeras's novel Strays from Preston Speaks.
May 14, 2015
Thanks to Coffee with a Canine for this interview with Jennifer Caloyeras about dogs, Strays, and more.
May 13, 2015
April 30, 2015
Thanks to Susan Barton for her review on eBook Review Gal: "Strays is so much more than a story about a young, angry girl who learns to trust others and accept their help. It’s about grief, compassion, understanding and forgiveness.”
April 29, 2015
In Strays, writes Diane Rich of Canine Chat, “the reader can see the human-animal bond grow and enjoy Iris’s growth and turning points as well…a well-written story and a very enjoyable read."
April 21, 2015
Thanks to Piper Hoffman for this lovely, thoughtful review of The Last Mile for Our Hen House: "The Last Mile [is] a book worth devouring – whether or not you consider yourself a ‘young adult’ … It’s the kind of book that anyone who cares about the environment and all of its inhabitants – and also loves a good, fast-paced read – can get behind.”"
February 16, 2015
Thanks to Bethany W. Pope of Sabotage Reviews for this review of Among Animals, "expanding [the human-animal] connection from the realm of pets, through domesticated livestock, until it encompasses all of the things that we call ‘nature,’ revealing (in a way that is wholly free from the saccharine flavor of sentiment) that we are and always have been part of the web of the world."
February 10, 2015
Among Animals is "a poignant and moving compilation of stories that remind us at once of our own human limitations and at the same time of our animalistic possibilities…as provocative as it is urgent, and as accessible as it is emotional," writes Ashley E. Reis in The Goose: A Journal of Arts, Environment, and Culture in Canada.
December 19, 2014
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December 1, 2014
Bestselling author Gwyn Hyman Rubio chats about writing, book tours, and her new novel, Love and Ordinary Creatures, with Silas House on NPR station WUKY (the interview begins 35 minutes into the program).
November 21, 2014
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"[Blair] Richmond has created a lasting environmental and supernatural hybrid that opens readers' eyes to the wonders of nature and the ease with which we can live symbiotically with it, rather than cut it down in the name of progress," reads this review of The Last Mile in Savvy Verse & Wit.
November 6, 2014
November 3, 2014
Thanks to Publishers Weekly for including Ashland Creek Press's latest acquisition in its Book Deals, for journalist Jacki Skole's forthcoming book DOGLAND: A JOURNEY TO THE HEART OF AMERICA'S DOG PROBLEM.
October 30, 2014
October 29, 2014
Love and Ordinary Creatures is "a story that’s rich with insights about love, belonging, the power of nature, and the complex connections between humans and other species," writes Linda C. Brinson for the Greensboro News & Record.
October 29, 2014
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The Green and the Red is "a funny, honest and entertaining read that resonates beyond all dietary lines," writes the Urban Vegan. "This novel will challenge your notion of tolerance and stereotypes – about both humans and animals – regardless of how you choose to eat...a great read."
October 1, 2014
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Love and Ordinary Creatures "tells of the powerful and often surprising human-animal connections, transcending species, and explores the way we connect with our environment, its creatures, and one another," reads this Huffington Post Books review. "...a gripping tale of the human condition and the deeper meanings of love, life and sacrifice."
August 20, 2014
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Among Animals is "a touching and raw collection of beautifully crafted, moving short fiction stories, where human and animal lives intertwine in unexpected ways," reads this review from Global Animal.
April 29, 2014
"Profoundly insightful...[Armand] Chauvel does a remarkable job of demonstrating the complexities of the human psyche, as well as the consequences—both personal and global." Thanks to Karuna for Animals for this review of The Green and the Red.
March 22, 2014
"Everyday Book Marketing is an indispensable resource for aspiring authors, novice authors, self-published authors, and even authors from large mainstream houses with their own promotions departments," writes Karl Wolff for the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography.
March 6, 2014
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"It is a rare thing for an anthology of original work written by various contributors to be at once uniquely dynamic and consistently gripping and profound," writes Erica Settino of Karuna for Animals. "Yet Among Animals is just that. It is a collection of poignant and insightful investigation into the lives of animals, both human and non, and how each impacts the other."
February 28, 2014
Thanks to Vickie Aldous at the Ashland Daily Tidings for this article about our Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature. The 2014 prize offers $1,000 and book publication and is judged by bestselling author Karen Joy Fowler.
February 21, 2014
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"The beauty of [Among Animals] lies in the different voices of the veteran short story writers and the variety of animals who come alive in each story," writes Robin Lamont in this review for Our Hen House.
February 18, 2014
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Among Animals is reviewed in Booklist: "Whether whimsical, sorrowful, or simply satisfying, the tales [John] Yunker has brought together ask us to pay attention to not only our actions toward animals but also the emotions that motivate our behavior. Any animal lover or connoisseur of high-quality fiction will appreciate this collection and the artistry of its contributors."
December 6, 2013
"The intersection of flora, fauna, and humanity informs the stories in Survival Skills," reads this High Country News review of Jean Ryan's story collection. "Ryan’s prose particularly shines when she's describing animals—whether beagles, hummingbirds, or tattletale parrots—and their relationship to people."
November 26, 2013
Thanks to Andrew Keyser for this review of Everyday Book Marketing in Portland Book Review: "This book is exceptionally well written, and is broken into manageable sections that allow authors to easily glean ideas for better promotion. After each section the author gives tangible advice on what to do with 30 minutes of spare time, 15 minutes of spare time, or just a couple minutes each day. Whether you are a seasoned writer, or just beginning your first novel, this is an important book to own."
November 13, 2013
Thanks to Stephen Lucas at Our Hen House for this review: "Survival Skills: Stories affirms the intrinsic value of all living things. Paying closer attention to lives that are not ours is the first step toward changing the world for animals. Each of these stories is a lesson in how to take that step."
October 22, 2013
"In her debut novel, The Dragon Keeper, Mindy Mejia strikes just the right balance between interrogation of societal behavior and compelling entertainment," reads this review from Booklover Book Reviews. "I was impressed by the way Mejia structured this novel to aid character development, enhance suspense, and imbue gravitas…Mejia’s writing style is refreshingly down-to-earth and accessible while still conveying dignity and a sense of grandeur in passages…an entertaining story that will leave you with a broadened mind and a sense of hope."
October 19, 2013
Everyday Book Marketing "is an incredible resource for writers of all kinds," writes Norelle Done in her review on Seattle Wrote. "This is the kind of book that you'll want to buy and highlight throughout with things you'll want to come back to for reference."
October 13, 2013
"[JoeAnn Hart's] characters are observant and engaging, her prose layered with metaphor, her setting lush with realism, and her themes linked to the beauty and tragedy of the natural world." Thanks to Hothouse Magazine for this lovely review of Float and a Q&A with JoeAnn.
October 5, 2013
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Everyday Book Marketing: Promotion Ideas to Fit Your Regularly Scheduled Life "is a practical guide for authors on the verge of being published, already published, or still drafting their masterpieces," writes Vickie Aldous in Ashland Daily Tidings.
September 17, 2013
"The Tourist Trail by John Yunker is a an action-packed, poignant adventure of people involved in animal rights," reads this review from Global Animal. "Weaving between four main characters, the book is an exciting tale of intertwined fates."
August 28, 2013
Thanks to Global Animal for this review of Mindy Mejia's The Dragon Keeper: "Mejia beautifully tackles the subjects of animal captivity, endangered animals, human-animal connections, and even evolution. She manages to eloquently bring these subjects together in a realistic fashion while also unfolding a dramatic story…"
August 25, 2013
Thanks to the Maine Sunday Telegram, in which reviewer Nancy Grape writes that JoeAnn Hart's novel Float "presents in novel form serious environmental concerns now being discussed pretty much anywhere ocean brushes up against land and man and sea interact…Intersecting with all of these is the role of art in our world. In Float art is far more than decoration. It is the power of achievement and change. Out of it, we're encouraged to believe, may come the transformation of our world."
July 22, 2013
John Colman Wood's novel The Names of Things is "an exciting debut" by "an author with a distinctive experience and a lovely and powerful voice." Thanks to David Bernardy for this review on Terrain.org.
June 30, 2013
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"JoeAnn Hart's newest novel, Float, takes a darkly comedic look at [a] very serious topic," reads this review on the BookNAround blog. "There are weighty and important issues buried in the black humor: the human impact on the world's oceans; infertility, which might be caused by our careless disposal (and over-reliance on) plastics; and overfishing and the economic impact of this, to name a few…an enjoyable read which shines a light on the possible toll our continued inattentiveness to our environment could exact."
June 9, 2013
"The natural world looms large in Jean Ryan’s meditative short-story collection, Survival Skills," writes Sara Rauch in Lambda Literary. "Ryan has a knack for details, and her language is delicate, understated. Her stories have a lingering, quiet power."
May 19, 2013
"Raymond writes in a way that gives the reader real hope that a writing life is possible," writes Annie Peters in Portland Book Review. "Everyday Writing is a book worth owning and pocketing for those who struggle to make time for writing."
May 17, 2013
"Ryan’s prose is controlled, engaging, insightful, and optimistic in its portrayal of its characters' abilities to overcome hardships," writes Robert Keegan of Survival Skills in Four Ties Lit Review. "All of Ryan’s stories chart humans’ survival patterns in careful, controlled detail."
May 6, 2013
"With her debut collection Survival Skills, Jean Ryan brings to the short story what Mary Oliver does to poetry," writes The Los Angeles Review. "Both writers enrich their work extolling the wonders, as well as warning of the dangers, found in nature; and both intimately align women with the natural world."
May 1, 2013
Thanks to the Animal Legal Defense Fund for choosing The Tourist Trail as an Animal Book Club pick: "Throughout the book, the passions and sincerity of animal advocates are captured with immense respect…the story becomes unstoppable."
April 28, 2013
"Survival Skills by Jean Ryan is a life-affirming short story collection that role models understanding, acceptance, and celebration of differences in life, in all its forms," reads this review in Booklover Book Reviews.
April 25, 2013
"In these jewel-box stories, Nature often serves as a metaphor for the conflicts or questions bubbling between the human characters–and Nature also plays the foil," writes Rachelle Newbold in Newbold Ink of Jean Ryan's Survival Skills. "These stories examine core issues of life–love, loss, change, damage, togetherness–but in such a precise way that one doesn’t feel weighed down by the truths as they are revealed."
April 23, 2013
"Life's brutalities—amnesia, coma, and quirks of human nature—are extreme yet familiar in this captivating collection," writes Publishers Weekly of Jean Ryan's Survival Skills. "Ryan controls devastating psychological material with tight prose, quick scene changes, and a scientist's observant eye."
"[Jean] Ryan gently examines her characters and lays them out for the reader to love and protect," reads this review of Survival Skills in Luxury Reading. "Her stories invite introspection and an encouragement toward empathy…I loved each one."
Thanks to the Ashland Daily Tidings for this article on green reading and publishing.
"This collection touches on the insecurities that exist within all of us and manages to capture the moment when happiness intersects with longing," reads this review of Survival Skills in Book Chatter. "Ryan handles both with dignity and grace."
"Stunning," writes Serena Agusto-Cox of Survival Skills in Savvy Verse & Wit. "[Jean Ryan's] collection melds nature and human nature flawlessly as Ryan explores the parallels between the natural world and the human world."
Author Jean Ryan "is not only a gifted wordsmith but a skilled anthropologist, creating, analyzing, and pulling apart at the cross section of each character," writes Lindsay Denninger in The Summerset Review. "Ryan's writing is honest and hopeful, tinged with compassion and the sense that there is always tomorrow, no matter what today brings. This combination of reality and humility is few and far between in today's fiction, and it is impeccable in Survival Skills."
"In a literary alchemy, Gloucester author JoeAnn Hart has transformed the essence of the word 'float' and its multiple meanings into an environmental novel featuring Maine characters as complex as those who reside in this city, the nation’s oldest seaport," writes Gail McCarthy of Float in The Gloucester Times.
"Only a skilled writer could make readers care about a Komodo dragon. That's what Mindy Mejia does in her debut novel, The Dragon Keeper, a sort of ecological love story in which zookeeper Meg Yancy guards and protects Jata, the Komodo dragon that has been in her care at a Minnesota zoo since it arrived from Indonesia," writes Mary Ann Grossmann in Twin Cities Pioneer Press. "After a heartbreaking/terrifying scene (I dare you not to cry), we're given a perfect ending."
Out of Breath is "worth reading just to experience that feeling of being completely taken in by the story," reads this review on Carabosse's Library. "Kat, the protagonist, [i]s the kind of resilient heroine that we need to keep in most young adult books. She is a fully capable young woman who you immediately start cheering for."
The Dragon Keeper "is a skillfully, well-researched story that will keep your attention from the very first page. The book will entertain you, but more importantly make you question the ethics of keeping animals in captivity," writes Lee Khatchadourian-Reese in The Vegan Version. "A stunning first novel by Mindy Mejia, this is well worth the read and would make for some interesting book club discussion."
"The Dragon Keeper is a layered and complex story…In this wonderful debut novel, [Mindy] Mejia captivates her readers with a story in which the fates of an exotic Indonesian dragon and a Minnesotan zookeeper are intertwined. She addresses themes of freedom, independence, wildness versus captivity, and the (im)possibility of any living thing ever being tame…A highly ambitious and complicated debut novel," writes Inge Lamboo in Switchback literary magazine.
The story in Balance of Fragile Things "is developed through eloquent prose and original, vivid details that leave the reader with a clear portrait of each character’s internal and external design. Like the earth itself, the layers of the narrative may seem simple and insignificant at first, but the chapters coalesce into a complete novel that is greater than the sum of its parts," writes Kristen Leigh in The Los Angeles Review.
Blair Richmond's The Ghost Runner "mixes environmental concerns with themes of finding your ground amidst a turbulent sea and the ghosts of the past," reads this review in Savvy Verse & Wit. "It’s about dealing with your responsibilities as a part of nature and as a part of a wider society, and more than that it’s about changing your own actions and behaviors to make the changes in the wider society and world you seek."
Thanks to Cascada Travel for this review of The Tourist Trail: "[T]he multiple narratives romp along at an exhilarating pace whilst the classic trick of consistently switching viewpoints keeps you pressing on through the quieter passages…Ultimately, this is a story of a group of individuals each struggling in their own way to find a path through the conflict of what it means to be human. As animals of instinct we are drawn to consume the earth’s resources and to dominate the natural world for our own comfort and enjoyment. Yet our self-awareness and rationality have led us to question the morality of our interaction with nature, and to understand that our own success is often unsustainable."
"Maintaining the fast-paced, mysterious tone of the first book, [Out of Breath], Richmond has succeeded in developing Kat’s character and that of those closest to her. Never wavering from the unexpectedly blended themes of environmental awareness and the paranormal, the reader is reminded that things are often not as they seem, and that sometimes we have to look back in order to move forward," writes Erica Settino of The Ghost Runner in this new review.
The Ghost Runner is a "fast-paced trilogy…[Richmond] does a great job capturing the flavor, politics and issues of the town…The Ghost Runner perfectly captures its setting while adding in engaging characters and a dose of the supernatural," writes Vickie Aldous in Ashland Daily Tidings.
"Everyday Writing: Tips and Prompts to Fit Your Regularly Scheduled Life by Midge Raymond is a slim book, just what writers need — practical advice, but not lengthy practical advice that causes them to procrastinate about their projects. Raymond’s writing style as engaging as her advice, and the writing prompts can be used for any project," writes Serena Agusto-Cox in this review in Savvy Verse & Wit.
"Mindy Mejia’s debut novel, The Dragon Keeper, is a rare combination of suspense and eloquence," writes Erica Settino in this review of The Dragon Keeper. "Factually precise and educational—providing scientific theory and research—while also creatively drawing on the moral issues that surround said research, Mejia has managed to produce a story that will leave the reader questioning everything they thought they knew about the animals held captive in zoos, and even more about the individuals whose duty it is to care for them."
"[Olivia] Chadha's absorbing first novel depicts a family of first-generation immigrants in upstate New York encountering the difficulties of survival, assimilation and longing for home…It's a delightful intrigue, with strong characters who develop and grow throughout the book as they face frightening turns," writes Publishers Weekly of Balance of Fragile Things.
Float "is all of these things: joyful and troubling, hilarious and somber, evocative and introspective," writes Stefanie Freele in Necessary Fiction. Check out this Q&A with JoeAnn Hart, author of Float (coming in February 2013).
"The question of who will prevail in this battle of good against evil, of humility against greed, is the most pressing of several cliffhangers that will keep readers eagerly awaiting the third and final volume in Richmond’s compelling trilogy," writes Our Hen House of Blair Richmond's The Ghost Runner.
Mindy Mejia's The Dragon Keeper is "an excellent novel with real, imperfect characters," writes 5 Minutes for Books in this five-star review.
Blair Richmond's The Ghost Runner is "thoroughly entertaining," writes Kirkus Reviews.
John Colman Wood "knows the best way to write about the research anthropologists conduct, while at the same time maintaining the reader’s engagement in the story of his protagonist and his wife…A well-written and paced debut novel that will surprise readers with its journey into the customs that bind us together and how they are shaped by the people that create them," writes Serena Agusto-Cox in Savvy Verse & Wit.
"John Colman Wood’s novel, The Names of Things, a quiet story with a philosophical center, is [an] example of how a well-traveled theme becomes relevant and remarkable in its retelling. This isn’t just the transposition of a familiar story into an updated timeline; this is a story that takes all of its intensity from its contemporary context…In short, what could be just another grief story becomes absolutely unique, even exotic," writes Michelle Bailat-Jones in Necessary Fiction.
"Raymond has a gift for dispensing gentle, intelligent advice that even the most harried and overworked will find inspiring," writes Melissa Hart in the September 2012 issue of The Writer magazine. "Everyday Writing gives us permission to call ourselves writers, and found time to practice our craft."
The Dragon Keeper is a "layered, complicated, and challenging story…While painting a portrait of an imperfect but idealistic and dedicated woman, The Dragon Keeper also raises some difficult questions about the preservation of endangered species and our responsibilities for non-human animals," writes Our Hen House in this review.
"Author [Cher] Fischer explores an impressive number of environmental concerns, including little-known problems like the fatal consequences to sea life of desalination machinery. While entertaining, Falling Into Green is also an education," writes Piper Hoffman in this review from Our Hen House.
"With vivid detail and thoughtful prose, [John] Wood delivers a unique and heartbreaking story of love, loss, and the universal human experience of seeking acceptance," writes Dani Burlison of The Names of Things in The Los Angeles Review.
The Names of Things "is a beautifully written book permeated with a sense of sadness and regret, set against the backdrop of the desolate Kenyan landscape," writes Kim Kovacs in this review in BookBrowse.
Everyday Writing "offers good tips for busy writers," writes Vickie Aldous in Ashland Daily Tidings. "One of the most useful things about Raymond's book is the list of more than 150 writing prompts…Raymond's prompts are so intriguing."
John Colman Wood's The Names of Things is "beautiful and haunting. I highly recommend reading this book," writes David S. Atkinson in this review in The Lit Pub.
"From the first page, Fischer’s debut eco-mystery novel [Falling Into Green] pulls the reader into a mesmerizing whodunit adventure that weaves the motivation behind the victim’s murder with the self-destructive acts that human beings are committing against nature," writes the Palos Verdes Peninsula News. Read the PV News interview with author Cher Fischer here.
"Two of Ashland Creek Press' latest releases, The Names of Things by John Colman Wood and Falling Into Green by Cher Fischer, are among the best books I've read this year," writes Nina Sankovitch in The Huffington Post. "The writing in The Names of Things is beautiful, hypnotic, and exacting…[Falling Into Green] is an eco-mystery set at a fast pace, punched through with staccato sentences, twisting plot, shifting landscape, and a mighty heroine for the 21st century."
Cher Fischer's eco-mystery, Falling Into Green, is reviewed in Library Journal: "Fischer's debut mystery introduces a fascinating topic—ecopsychology…readers intrigued by a New Age topic, psychological work with troubled clients, and Los Angeles's cultural diversity may enjoy."
Midge talks about book trailers in this Ashland Daily Tidings article.
Neuroanthropology reviews John Colman Wood's The Names of Things: "The Names of Things explores fieldwork in the deepest sense of the word, the transformative effect of moving our lives to another place, often a strange place, for months or years at a time...The novel is also the story of a journey, a seeking of truth or at least revelation, and the inevitable gaps and betrayals and transcendence such journeys can bring."
Erica Settino at This Dish Is Veg writes of Falling Into Green: "Cher Fischer, an ecopsychologist who writes fiction and mystery as well as any veteran novelist I can name, has produced an exciting, educational, and thought-provoking story that is a must read for anyone interested in learning more about the interrelation of environmentalism and our mental health."
Thanks to Lee Khatchadourian-Reese at The Vegan Version blog for this wonderful review of Cher Fischer's eco-mystery Falling Into Green: "Both a love story and a murder mystery/thriller, Fischer skillfully makes you think about the linkage of the psyche to our surroundings and the world in which we live. This book will capture and keep your attention until the very last page."
Publishers Weekly reviews Cher Fischer's eco-mystery Falling Into Green: "Fischer’s appealing fiction debut introduces feisty Irish Latina eco-psychologist Esmeralda Green…the aptly named Dr. Green and her friends are fresh enough to recycle."
Out of Breath gets a wonderful recommendation from Booklist: "Combining mystery, romance, vampires, and strong vegan and environmental messages, this will have readers of light paranormal novels running to the next book in Richmond’s trilogy."
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Out of Breath is "a fast-paced, clever story with a protagonist who is both tough and sympathetic and with equal measures of the paranormal and the ecological," writes Literary Ashland.
Out of Breath is "a well-written novel ... an entertaining, fast-paced book that would make a good holiday present for that teen or young adult in your life," writes Ashland Daily Tidings.
The Snowdrop Dreams of Books blog writes that Out of Breath is "a great story based on trying to find out who you really are, who you want to be, and how to get there."
"Out of Breath is a fast-paced read…a haunting and inspired read…not just another vampire novel," writes Lost for Words.
Thanks to the Curling Up by the Fire blog for this review of Out of Breath: "Out of Breath is the first novel in a planned trilogy and features a host of intriguing characters who are mysterious, quirky, and interesting. I found myself fascinated by the added running culture that was intertwined throughout the novel and how it was woven so seamlessly into the plot and into the characters' lives...an enjoyable novel." Read the whole review here.
Another great review of Out of Breath: "You'll find this one a treat because it's much along the lines of a Twilight venue...Blair Richmond is a very strong author. Her style is not only agreeable but engaging, and it has a flow that makes one want to keep digging for answers. I was hooked from the beginning." Read the whole review at Bookish Dame Reviews.
Lovely review of Out of Breath from 1000+ Books to Read: "From the very first page you get hooked into this book...I couldn't put it down...This is a book to add to your collection. A unique paranormal twist added into a spectacular story of an odd town with good-hearted people."
Thanks to Literary R&R for this lovely review of Out of Breath: "This book is extremely well-written. I became engaged in this story from the first page...I would definitely recommend this book to readers of YA and mystery books."
"An eco-friendly, vampire-ridden mystery with a love triangle...a quick read with love of the environment, vampires, and a little mystery." Click here for the full review of Out of Breath on the Girls in the Stacks blog.
Mad as the Mist and Snow is "part of the library you need in the back seat when you wander Oregon," according to The Gresham Outlook.
Another fabulous review for Out of Breath, from Our Hen House: "In this young adult novel, author Blair Richmond weaves together the seemingly incompatible themes of vampirism (in other words, killing and consuming sentient beings) and veganism (not doing that) in a tale that explores the moral implications of what we eat and how we treat the environment along with the more traditional literary themes of romance, friendship, and the inescapability of one’s past. All this in a compulsively readable story..."
Wonderful new review from the Savvy Verse & Wit blog: "Out of Breath by Blair Richmond is a young adult novel that will have readers quickly turning the pages to find out what secrets Kat Jones is hiding and why the town of Lithia where she ends up seems so ethereal and mysterious...Readers will enjoy the mix of paranormal, young adult coming of age story, romance, and suspense mixed with a theme of environmental conservation and appreciation."
"This series opener blends genre tradition with West Coast environmentalism ... the pseudonymous author delivers plot twists with minimalist (for the genre) panache, producing a green parable infused with a rich sense of place: an organically grown confection." — Kirkus Reviews.
"Out of Breath far surpasses the industry standard for young adult literature, and introduces an exciting and rare form of thought-provoking subject matter into mainstream storytelling," according to this review.
Thanks to The Vegan Version for this wonderful review of The Tourist Trail: "The book is full of excitement and suspense and reads easily while adeptly addressing ethical issues of animal protection and animal rights..."
The Tourist Trail receives an excellent review from The Literary Lioness: "The Tourist Trail by John Yunker is an exciting, thoughtful, intelligent, and extremely well-written ecothriller...kept challenging me at every turn."
Ashland Creek Press is pleased to present Patti M. Marxsen's essay, Archaeologies, available in Kindle and PDF formats.
Ashland Creek Press is featured in the business section of the Mail Tribune.
The Tourist Trail is "an emotionally charged story of personal evolution, sacrifice, and redemption," writes Erica Settino in this lovely review.
John Yunker is interviewed by FARM about animals, writing, The Tourist Trail, and who our biggest heroes are today.
The Tourist Trail "is a reader’s pleasure" ... read more in this review by Phoebe Journal of Literature and Art.
John and Midge produced a book trailer, of sorts...