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Coffeetown to Release The Devil Takes Half in August: Sudden Violence Rouses a Sleepy Greek Island
In Leta Serafim’s debut mystery/suspense novel, a police officer with domestic problems and no experience with homicide sets out to solve the mystery of the demise of a beautiful archeologist.

Four Coffeetown Press Titles Are Finalists in Foreword’s 2013 Book of the Year Contest
ForeWord Magazine selects Badges, Bear and Eagles, Gabriela and The Widow, The Spy’s Little Zonbi, and We in its search for the best indie books of 2013.

Coffeetown Press to Release So You Think You’re Crazy, Comfort for an Anxious World
Coming April 1, 2014: in his new book, psychologist Frank Machovec defines the true meaning of “crazy” and suggests methods of coping with anxiety in the 21st century.

Coffeetown Press To Reprint How to Survive Being Alive, a Classic Guide to Coping with Stress
Coming March 1, 2014. After the original 1977 publication of this book, many more doctors began to consider their patients’ mental states, rather than simply treating symptoms.

Michael Landweber, author of WE (Coffeetown Press), wins ForeWord Magazine’s Debut Novelist Award
5 Stars: “Mesmerizing…. a page-turner that will captivate even a jaded critic.” Michael Landweber has won ForeWord’s Debut Novelist Award, which includes a free Clarion Review, for his novel, WE.

Coffeetown Press Announces the January Release of Sirocco: Life in the Twilight of French Algeria
Sirocco: A French Girl Comes of Age in War-Torn Algeria is a memoir by Danielle A. Dahl about her adventures growing up under threat of terrorism.

Local Author Sets Book Launch Event
Lake Ariel author Cole Alpaugh will read from his latest novel during a book launch event at the Community Library of Lake and Salem Townships in Hamlin.

Coffeetown Press Releases a Kindle Single by Author Tom Holt: “Lucia and the Diplomatic Incident”
This story by British novelist Tom Holt is a fresh new adventure in the Lucia and Mapp series based on the novels of E.F. Benson. It was originally published in the Benson Society Magazine in 1997.

Novel Written by Author with Roots in Fairview Heights
“Baxter’s Friends” is the title of a novel written by Randle which was released recently and has been reviewed in numerous publications including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch this past weekend. Randle was born and raised in Fairview Heights and is an accomplished author whose other works have included a collection of 59 poems he put together over a period of 33 years titled “Running at Night – Collected Poems” which was released in April of this year.

Army of the Potomac a Finalist in the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards
Army of the Potomac, Prof. Emeritus Peter G. Beidler’s slice of history from the American Civil War as revealed in the letters of his great grandfather, is a finalist in the military category of the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

Coffeetown Releases Being Fruitful without Multiplying: Stories and Essays from around the World
Being Fruitful without Multiplying is an anthology of true stories by many women and a few men revolving around the elements of nature and nurture that led to their decisions not to procreate.

Coffeetown Press Releases One Gay American: a Coming-of-Age Memoir by Dennis Milam Bensie
One Gay American is a memoir by theatrical wigmaker Dennis Milam Bensie about growing up gay in small-town America.

Tom Holt’s Lucia in Wartime is Back in Print
Coffeetown Press has reprinted Lucia in Wartime. First published in 1985, this satirical novel is one of novelist Tom Holt’s two official sequels to E.F. Benson’s ever popular Lucia series.

Fans and Friends Hold Memorial for Poet Dorothea Grossman
A memorial for poet Dottie Grossman, whose collection The Fun of Speaking English was recently published by Coffeetown Press, will take place on July 29, 2012 in Glendale, CA. She died May 6.

Coffeetown Announces the Release of Jack Remick’s Coming-of-Age Novel, Valley Boy
Coffeetown Press’s latest release, the novel Valley Boy, covers a year in the life of a third-generation Okie teenager who is struggling with the stigma of his heritage.

Coffeetown Press Announces the Release of A Kosher Dating Odyssey, by Van Wallach
Van Wallach’s A Kosher Dating Odyssey is a humorous memoir about the special challenges of dating when you’re an ex-Baptist Jewish intellectual single guy.

Author Aida Kouyoumjian to speak about how her mother survived the Armenian Genocide
April 21 and 24, 2012, 7 p.m.: Aida Kouyoumjian will speak about her book, Between the Two Rivers: a Story of the Armenian Genocide (Coffeetown), an account of her mother’s triumph over adversity.

Matthew Freeman to Hold Author Event for New Poetry Collection from Coffeetown Press
On January 23, 2012, at 7 p.m., poet Matthew Freeman will be reading and signing copies of his new collection, The Boulevard of Broken Discourse. The event will take place at Duff’s Restaurant in St Louis.

Books 5-7 of Hazel Holt’s Mrs. Malory Mysteries Will Soon Be Back in Print
Coffeetown Press has reprinted Murder on Campus, book 5 of Hazel Holt’s Mrs. Malory mystery series. Books 6 and 7 will be available early in 2012. Books 1-4 have new covers starring JoJo the Cat.

Coffeetown Announces the Release of Jack Remick’s The Deification: An Homage to the Beat Poets
Coffeetown Press is proud to announce the release of The Deification, a picaresque novel by Seattle author Jack Remick that pays homage to the legendary San Francisco beat poets.

Coffeetown Announces the Release of Risk Teaching: a Popular Professor Shares his Insights
Risk Teaching: Reflections from Inside and Outside the Classroom, by Peter G. Beidler, is a retrospective of an award-winning professor’s career offering valuable insights for students and teachers.

Shorn: Toys to Men by Dennis Milam Bensie Recommended as one of Best Overlooked Books in the Advocate
Molested and bullied, Bensie found the salve for his mental wounds first by shearing off the hair of stolen Barbie dolls, then paying hundreds of rent boys to shave their heads. Later he turned those skills into a career as a theatrical wig designer.

Coffeetown Releases New Poetry Collection by Matthew Freeman
Coffeetown Press is proud to announce the release The Boulevard of Broken Discourse, a book of poems by St. Louis poet Matthew Freeman. Coffeetown published Darkness Never Far in 2010.

Coffeetown Releases Gas Drilling and the Fracking of a Marriage by Stephanie Hamel
Gas Drilling and the Fracking of a Marriage, by Stephanie C. Hamel, is a memoir about an environmental scientist who is tempted to betray her ideals by the promise of extravagant royalties.

 TORN featured on ChannelMom Show

Coffeetown Releases 2nd Edition of Aida Kouyoumjian’s Between the Two Rivers
Told by Mannig’s daughter, Between the Two Rivers is a candid and moving account of a mother’s triumph over adversity. This revised second edition includes a map and photographs.

Coffeetown Press Releases Destination Tent City, AZ, a Memoir About the Aftermath of a DUI
Destination Tent City, AZ (ISBN: 978-1-60381-109-5, $11.95, 168 pp), is an account of one woman’s harrowing experiences after she is arrested for drinking and driving, “as told to” Mark Feuerer.

Coffeetown Press Announces the Release of The Nineteenth Century Horse Doctor, by Heindel and Rapp
In The Nineteenth Century Horse Doctor, Drs. Heindel and Rapp translate and analyze over 100 veterinary recipes in early 19th century Pferdartz from the Moravian and Pennsylvania Dutch traditions.

“The Top Ten Momoirs: Our list of the best memoirs about motherhood,” The Momoir Project: Writing for Moms
No. 9 on the List: TORNtouches on universal themes of identity and struggle and gives voice to the hopes and fears of professional women who are in the throes of motherhood. The reader may take comfort in the knowledge that each essay reveals the real challenge facing women today is not juggling their many roles, but re-evaluating their expectations of what is possible and accepting that we can’t do it all.

“Choosing Career Over Kids: Are Women Doing it on Purpose?” by Samantha Parent Walravens, Huff Post Parents: 8/4/2011
We’ve heard a lot in the media about Generation X women–those who, like me, were born between 1965 and 1978—“opting out,” or choosing motherhood over career. What about those who choose career over motherhood?

The Mom’s Choice Awards Names TORN (Coffeetown Press) Among Best In Family-Friendly Products
The Mom’s Choice Awards has named TORN: True Stories of Kids, Career & the Conflict of Modern Motherhood, by Samantha Parent Walravens, among the best in family-friendly media, products and services.

Forbes.com: “The Right to Choose: Work and Motherhood,” by Sabrina Parsons
News flash:  Happy women seem to make good moms. Seems like a pretty obvious statement to me, and it really does not address the guilt that most working moms still feel, regardless of whether they are working because they absolutely need the money, or because they value their careers.

The New York Times Parenting Blog–Motherload: Adventures in Parenting. Introducing the Motherload Book Club
And what will we be reading first? Something new and in paperback. TORN: True Stories of Kids, Career and the Conflict of Modern Motherhood is an anthology of essays by 47 women exploring how they navigate “the need to nurture and the need for work,” edited by Samantha Parent Walravens (yes, her “maiden” name is really Parent). I chose it as the first Motherlode Book because it is a subject that resonates with me both personally and professionally.

LiteraryMama.com: “When Having it All Becomes Too Much: A Review of Papa, PhD and Torn
If the contributors to Papa, Ph.D. come across as busy, engaged, thoughtful, they are not visibly stretched to the breaking point like so many of the contributors to Torn. All of which evokes yet another truism: It’s always different for women. Where Papa, Ph.D. is earnest, sincere and a bit self-congratulatory, Torn presents a smart, funny, and occasionally harrowing compendium of essays that gives voice to the joys but also the frustrations of motherhood – to uglier moments when women feel literally and figuratively torn between conflicting demands of home and work, between motherhood and career.

Interview on King TV’s New Day Northwest (Seattle, WA) with Kezia Willingham

Coffeetown Releases A Reader’s Companion to J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye, 2nd Edition
Coffeetown Press announces the release of the 2nd edition of A Reader’s Companion to J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye, by Peter G. Beidler, a valuable resource for students and Salinger fans.

Coffeetown’s TORN, by Samantha Parent Walravens, is a hit with Moms Everywhere
From TV and radio appearances by editor Walravens and her 47 contributors to print interviews and book-signing events, TORN is creating quite a stir, and the momentum shows no sign of letting up.

MotherhoodLater.com. “Cyma Chats with editor of TORN.”
The inspiration for TORN was a moment 10 years ago that I like to refer to as the “Box of Cheerios Incident.” I was working long hours at Silicon Valley SW company, with a two-year old at home and another baby on the way. My husband traveled quite a bit for his job and my family lived across the country, so I felt very alone and unsupported as a mother. Got home one night at 8 p.m. after a 12-hour day to find my husband and two-year old at the kitchen table, asking me what we were having for dinner. It was at that moment that my “inner Superwoman”—who thought she could DO IT ALL—snapped. I grabbed box of Cheerios, slammed on table, and told them to make their own dinner.

Urban Baby Buzz
If there is one discussion that might be the most common on our UrbanBaby message boards, it could be women struggling to achieve a balance between their work and family life. Mothers are feeling truly torn between their need to nurture and their need to work.Samantha Parent Walraven adds a valuable resource to the conversation with her new book Torn: True Stories of Kids, Career & the Conflict of Modern Motherhood. In the compliation of essays, 47 women share their genuine and varied perspectives on the competing responsibilities of work and family life.

San Francisco Book Review: Interview with Author Samantha Parent Walravens
As every mother can concur there is a divine balance, albeit imaginary or not, and every woman is in search of it. Samantha Parent Walravens has birthed an anthology that should be required reading for every woman who has been, will be or dreams of being a mother. Torn: True Stories of Kids, Career & the Conflict of Modern Motherhood is a collection of real voices from the trenches, mothers struggling to maintain an identity apart from their brood, mothers deciding between an outside career and one inside the home, a mother fighting a war both for our country and within herself, and every situation in between. This is a fresh approach to the question we all cry out at least once a day: Is it possible to do it all and still be who I am?

Essay by Local Authors Explore Parenting: NewarkAdvocate.com

USB and Big-City Moms Celebrate New Book on Work-Life Balance
NEW YORK, June 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — UBS AG and Big City Moms, the premiere social event group for working mothers in New York City, today announced their joint sponsorship of a June 14, 2011, event to launch the widely acclaimed new book, TORN: True Stories of Kids, Career & the Conflict of Modern Motherhood, published by Coffeetown Press.

Coffeetown Press Releases Peter G. Beidler’s A Student Guide to Chaucer’s Middle English
Coffeetown Press has published an invaluable reference booklet for students and fans of Chaucer, written by renowned Chaucerian scholar Peter G. Beidler and refined over forty years of teaching.

“Balance schmalance.” Princeton Alumni Weekly (PAW) Review of TORN
When her first child was 2 and she was pregnant with her ­second, Samantha Parent Walravens ’90 was working long hours at an Internet startup in Silicon Valley. One evening, after a two-hour commute in heavy traffic, she returned home to face her son and husband, who were waiting for her to produce dinner. Exhausted, she threw a box of Cheerios on the table and told them to get their own meal. “I snapped,” she says.

Review of TORN on TheFertileSource.com
I can’t tell you how grateful I was to pick up Torn: True Stories of Kids, Career, and the Conflict of Modern Motherhood. I devoured the essays in this collection hungrily, seeking comfort from other women who all seem to feel remarkably just as I do, whether they are full-time mommies, juggling a career (part or full time) and motherhood, or (much more rarely) trying to work from home while being a full-time mother as well.

“New Anthology: Moms Feel They Can’t Have It All”   HUFFPOST BOOKS
I’m proud to be one of 47 authors in Torn: True Stories of Kids, Career and the Conflict of Modern Motherhood (Coffeetown Press, 2011), which exposes the difficult choices women face about work once becoming a mom. I say once, and not when, because a big theme for many of the women in this book is their shock that choice, which they thought they had so much of when younger, is not one single choice—to work or stay home with their kids—but rather a series of choices that they need to make over and over.

Interview with TORN Contributor Heather Cabot on Better TV.

“Tiburon author’s anthology looks at mom’s conflicted feelings,” by Vicki Larson, Marin Independent Journal.
IT’S DAYS AWAY from Mother’s Day and while some dads and kids may be secretly poring over breakfast-in-bed recipes or gluing glitter on handmade cards, some mothers may be thinking if they have to pick up another Cheerio from the floor, they’ll blow their brains out. At least that’s what Samantha Parent Walravens, the 43-year-old mom of four kids, aged 3 to 12, has thought.

“Work and Motherhood: Can You Really Not Do it All?”  LA TIMES
May 3, 2011. Are you sick of books on the stress and inadequacy most women feel around the work/mothering issue? If the answer is yes, you are probably not a mom. For those of us who live in a constant state of anxiety about how we’ve compromised our careers for our kids or the other way around, books about the work/life balance and how other women have dealt with it remain perennially interesting. Torn: True Stories of Kids, Career & the Conflict of Modern Motherhood is a welcome addition to this body of work. The book’s editor, Samantha Parent Walravens, assembled 47 essays by women of different ages, income brackets and in various stages of their careers. What binds the writers together is that they are all mothers, and (almost) all of them struggle with the choices they’ve made ….

Moms On The Joys And Oys Of Motherhood, by Rochelle Eisenberg, Baltimore Jewish Times
Baltimore author Bracha Goetz is one of 47 women whose essays appear in “Torn” (Coffeetown Press), a new book edited by journalist Samantha Parent Walravens. Just in time for Mother’s Day, “Torn” features reflections by mothers whom Walravens says are “caught in the crossfire of kids, career and family life.” Goetz’s essay for “Torn” is titled “From Harvard To Homemaking.”

Ex-high school dropout has a better title: Mom. Albany native’s essay part of book on motherhood. Corvallis Gazette Times
Kezia Willingham lives in Seattle with her husband and their three children. In “Torn,” her essay paints a picture of how, as the breadwinner, she leads the struggle to stay afloat in spite of seemingly insurmountable odds.

“Mothers Can Give Themselves the Best Gift This Mother’s Day: A Permanent Break,” By Carrie Lukas
TownHall.Com: A just-released collection of essays, Torn: True Stories of Kids, Career & the Conflict of Modern Motherhood, edited by Samantha Parent Walravens, provides a window into the struggles that today’s moms face. Some stories are humorous, others poignant, but they share a common theme: Today’s moms strain under the pressure and worry they aren’t doing enough for their kids.

Ten Tips for Achieving a Healthier Work/Life Balance, by Samantha Parent Walravens
Healthy Women Magazine: WomenTALK Blog

“Overwhelmed, Overworked, Under-appreciated: Author addresses the mom-career conflict,” by By Eleanor O’Sullivan
The Two River Times, New Jersey. In True Stories ranging from the comically unnerving – the overextended working mother who stayed up until after midnight to make the perfect dessert – to the poignant – an Army officer stationed in Iraq agonizing over missing her daughter’s birthday party – Samantha Parent Walravens’ collection, Torn: True Stories of Kids, Career & The Conflict of Modern Mother hood’ captures the complex world of the contemporary mother, whether she is working or staying-at-home.

Sam Walravens–TORN: True Stories of Kids, Career & the Conflict of Modern Motherhood
VentureMom.com. Literally torn between being home for her family and working 80 hours a week, Sam hit a wall and created a venture around her feelings.  “After a horrific two-hour commute home along a backed-up freeway, I found myself in the kitchen, screaming at my husband to make his own dinner while throwing a box of breakfast cereal on the table in front of our two year old son,” remembers Sam Walravens.

New Book Tells Real Stories of Motherhood, Career & Work-Life Balance
SEATTLE, April 26, 2011 — /PRNewswire/ — Coffeetown Press of Seattle announced today a nationwide book tour for the highly acclaimed new anthology, TORN: True Stories of Kids, Career & the Conflict of Modern Motherhood. The tour includes stops in San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle, Denver, Minnesota, Montana, New York, New Jersey & Vancouver. Tour details, including dates and times, can be found on www.BookTour.com.

Different Seats of Parenthood
Jewish News of Greater Phoenix Online
While Gilbert writes of empty seats, Samantha Parent Walravens writes of too many to fill. “Torn: True Stories of Kids, Career & the Conflict of Modern Motherhood” (Coffeetime Press, $19 paperback) limns the dilemma of multitasking modern-day moms who juggle multiple roles and responsibilities and strive to fill at least two or more seats at their family’s table.

Elliott Bay Sponsors 5-14 Event for Coffeetown Press’s TORN: True Stories of Motherhood
5-14-2011; 5 p.m. Seattle’s Elliott Bay Books sponsors an author event for TORN: True Stories of Kids, Career & the Conflict of Modern Motherhood, edited by Samantha Parent Walravens. Contributor Kezia Willingham will read an excerpt from her story.

Coffeetown Press Announces Multi-City Book Tour for TORN: True Stories of Modern Motherhood
Coffeetown Press announced today a multi-city, nationwide book tour for TORN: True Stories of Kids, Career & the Conflict of Modern Motherhood. For more information, go to www.BookTour.com.

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Coffeetown Press Releases Peter G. Beidler’s Chaucer’s Canterbury Comedies: Origins and Originality
Coffeetown Press announces the release of Chaucer’s Canterbury Comedies: Origins and Originality, by Peter G. Beidler, a collection of essays representing nearly 40 years of scholarly research.

“Tales of a Haircutting Addict.”
Article about Dennis Milam Bensie, author of Shorn, in the Ashland Daily Tidings
“For much of his adult life, Dennis Milam Bensie would spend days creating intricate wigs for professional theater companies, including the Oregon Shakespeare Festival — and nights struggling with his compulsion to cut hair … ”

Coffeetown Press Announces the Release of Shorn: Toys to Men, a Memoir by Dennis Milam Bensie
Coffeetown Press announces the release of Shorn: Toys to Men, a memoir by Theatrical Hair Designer and Wigmaker Dennis Milam Bensie about his traumatic childhood and compulsion to cut hair.

Dennis Milam Bensie to Read/Sign Shorn: Toys to Men (Coffeetown Press) at Elliott Bay Book Company
On Jan. 9, 2011, at 2 pm, Elliott Bay Books will sponsor a reading of Shorn: Toys to Men (Coffeetown), a memoir by Wigmaker Dennis Milam Bensie about his traumatic childhood and compulsion to cut hair.

Open Circle to Premiere The Cut, adapted from Dennis Milam Bensie’s Shorn: Toys to Men (Coffeetown)
On January 14, 2011, Open Circle Theatre premieres The Cut, an adaptation of Shorn: Toys to Men, a memoir by Wigmaker Dennis Milam Bensie. Coffeetown Press will release Shorn on January 1.

Coffeetown Press Releases Sacred Ground & Holy Water: Travel Tales of Enlightenment, by Lyn Fuchs
Coffeetown Press announces the release of Sacred Ground & Holy Water: Travel Tales of Enlightenment. Robert Martin, Editor of Canada’s The Dalhousie Review, has called Fuchs’s travel writing, “Gonzo razzle-dazzle verbal fireworks!”

Coffeetown Press’s Edition of Collier’s Turn of Screw Available through Baker & Taylor
Coffeetown Press’s edition of the Collier’s Weekly Version of The Turn of the Screw, edited by Peter G. Beidler, is now available through Baker & Taylor. This is the original serialized/illustrated version of Henry James’s classic novel.

Poet Matthew Freeman (Darkness Never Far) to Read on St. Louis Radio KDHX FM: 9/6 at 9 PM
St. Louis, MO: 9/6/2010, 9-10 pm: poet Matthew Freeman will read and discuss his poetry on “Literature for the Halibut,” KDHX FM 88.1. Matthew’s poetry collection, Darkness Never Far, is published by Coffeetown Press.

Coffeetown Press Reissues Hazel Holt’s First Four Mrs. Malory Mysteries
Coffeetown Press has reissued Hazel Holt’s First 4 Mrs. Malory mysteries in paper and case-bound editions. Paperbacks can be purchased from the US and European Amazons; bookstores can buy wholesale through info@Coffeetownpress.com or Baker & Taylor.

ANCA-WR: Washington State Activists Rally Support For Key Issues

Full story: Groong Armenian News Network

From : “Haig Hovsepian” Date : Thu, 19 Aug 2010 18:06:14 PDT Armenian National Committee-Western Region 104 North Belmont Street, Suite 200 Glendale, California 91206 Tel: 500-1918 PRESS RELEASE August 18, 2010 Contact: Lerna Shirinian Tel: 500-1918 WASHINGTON STATE ACTIVISTS RALLY SUPPORT FOR KEY ARMENIAN AMERICAN ISSUES SEATTLE, …

Matthew Freeman, author of Darkness Never Far, to Read his Poetry at three St. Louis Venues
Matthew Freeman, whose poetry collection Darkness Never Far is published by Coffeetown Press, will read at three venues in St. Louis in late Aug/Sept: McDuff’s, 8/23 at 7 pm; Missouri History Museum, 8/26 ; and the Hartford Coffee Co, 9/4 at 7 pm.

Author Aida Kouyoumjian and Others Appeal to Congressman Dave Reichert on behalf of All Armenians
On 8/11/2010, Aida Kouyoumjian, author of Between the Two Rivers: A story of the Armenian Genocide met with Dave Reichert, the Republican Congressional representative of Washington’s 8th congressional district, to urge his support of H.RES.252.

Seattle Times Local Books Announcement for Aida Kouyoumjian’s Book Between the Two Rivers

Aida Kouyoumjian to hold July 15 author event for Between the Two Rivers at Mercer Island Library
Aida Kouyoumjian will appear at the Mercer Island Library Aug. 15, 2010, to sign copies of Between the Two Rivers: A Story of the Armenian Genocide

Joel Cohen and Carla T. Main to discuss “When a Client Lies” and their novel, Truth Be Veiled
8/10, 6-7 PM: Joel Cohen/Carla T. Main sign copies of Truth Be Veiled: A Justin Steele Murder Case, and discuss “When a Client Lies.” Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, 180 Maiden Lane, NY, NY. Free. One Ethics NYX MCLE credit awarded to attys.

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Coffeetown Press Announces the Release of A Kosher Dating Odyssey, by Van Wallach
Van Wallach’s A Kosher Dating Odyssey is a humorous memoir about the special challenges of dating when you’re an ex-Baptist Jewish intellectual single guy.