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“The Stargazer’s Embassy” by Eleanor Lerman named as a finalist in the Foreword Indie Awards

Stargazers Embassy by Eleanor Lerman front cover ISBN 978-1-936419-73-9

Mayapple Press is pleased to announce that Eleanor Lerman’s “The Stargazer’s Embassy” has been named as a finalist for the Foreword Indies Award. The book is a finalist in the science fiction award of the adult fiction section.

“Choosing finalists for the INDIES is always the highlight of our year, but the job is very difficult due to the high quality of submissions,” said Victoria Sutherland, founder/publisher of Foreword Reviews. “Each new book award season proves again how independent publishers are the real innovators in the industry.”

Winners in each genre—along with Editor’s Choice Prize winners and Foreword’s INDIE Publisher of the Year—will be announced June 15, 2018.

“The Stargazer’s Embassy” by Eleanor Lerman garnering excellent reviews

Stargazers Embassy by Eleanor Lerman front cover ISBN 978-1-936419-73-9

Eleanor Lerman’s “The Stargazer’s Embassy” is on bookstore shelves now and we’re happy to report that the book is garnering excellent reviews in many venues.

Most recently, issue number 271 of the long-running, highly-regarded, UK science fiction magazine “Interzone” ran a review of the book. The review, written by Barbara Melville, is perceptive and well thought out. Contained in her general praise are a couple of nice passages:

“…a road trip, alone, in the dark, and without a map”

“…it comes down to the reversal of a universal science fiction theme: this story isn’t about what it means to be human but what it means not to be. And that is an idea worth exploring.”

You can read the full review of The Stargazer’s Embassy in Interzone Magazine (UK) here (reviewed by Barbara Melville) (.pdf)

Many Stateside publications have also admired “The Stargazer’s Embasssy” by Eleanor Lerman:

The Stargazer’s Embassy, by Eleanor Lerman, is a thrilling reversal

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The Stargazer’s Embassy – Eleanor Lerman

Stargazers Embassy by Eleanor Lerman front cover ISBN 978-1-936419-73-9

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A busy weekend for Mayapple Press authors…

This weekend is one of the busiest for the press in a long time. Mayapple Press authors will participate in several events over Friday, Saturday and Sunday….

Mayapple Press at The NYC Poetry Festival – Governors Island – Saturday July 25th, 2015

Mayapple Press Authors and Books for 2015 NYC Poetry Festival

Mayapple Press is please to present four of our authors on The White Horse Stage of The New York City Poetry Festival. We are on at 12 noon on Saturday July 25th. The Festival is an all ages event and takes place on Saturday the 25th and Sunday the 26th in the NYC urban oasis, Governors Island. Ferries to the island from Manhattan and Brooklyn are FREE!

Each author will read from works new and old, know and unknown. We’ll also be on hand to sell books.

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Big Mayapple Press reading event at Poets House, NYC – Saturday August 30th, 2014

Mayapple Press is proud to partner with Poets House in presenting an afternoon of poets reading their works.

Date: Saturday September 30th, 2014
Time: 3:00pm
Venue: Elizabeth Kray Hall, Poets House, 20 River Terrace, NY 10282 (Map)

Featured Poets:

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Eleanor Lerman’s “Strange Life” reviewed at ForeWord Reviews

Eleanor Lerman Strange Life

Eleanor Lerman’s “Strange Life” has been reviewed by Michelle Anne Schingler at ForeWord Reviews. Here are a few small excerpts of the review, we encourage you to go over to ForeWord Reviews to read the rest of the review and many other informative reviews of other interesting work.

“… a stunning new collection of poetry. Intertwining near-apocalyptic landscapes with language both hopeful and sparing, Lerman’s ungentle, raw lines present compelling intellectual and emotional challenges.”

“Her poetry is frightening and inspiring, and will push readers to the edge of revelation only to make them comforting promises as they teeter at the edge…”

“The poems in Strange Life are constructed with terrible and forthright beauty, and its crumbling roads leading into the austere, promising unknown are well worth traveling.”

Read more at ForeWord Reviews

Mayapple Author Rabbi Manes Kogan interviewed on “Let’s Talk Writing”

Rabbi Manes Kogan is the latest Mayapple Press author to be interviewed by Vin D’Aquino on his “Let’s Talk Writing” TV show. D’Aquino has previously interviewed Eleanor Lerman and Judith Kerman

Strange Life – Eleanor Lerman

Eleanor Lerman Strange Life

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 86 pages
2014 ISBN: 978-1-936419-35-7
$15.95 & S+H

About Eleanor Lerman’s “Strange Life”
Perhaps it’s a little late in the game for the Woodstock Nation to be looking for signs that their spirit guides are still alive and casting dangerous spells. But in this new collection by acclaimed poet Eleanor Lerman, they surely are—and they’re not ready yet to leave the stage. Lerman gives voice to a generation’s reawakened desire for insight into its own mortality. Many of those who followed the psychedelic path to a social and cultural revolution that never took place are once again longing for clues to the mystery of what now lies ahead for them. As expressed in Lerman’s voice, their yearning

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Video – Eleanor Lerman interview

Eleanor Lerman, author of Janet Planet and The Blonde on the Train interviewed by Vincent T. Dacquino on his Let’s Talk Writing program.

Mayapple Press will publish “Strange Life”, a new work by Eleanor Lerman, early in 2014.