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Laura Stanfill with Grace Campbell
Join us for a virtual conversation with writer & publisher Laura Stanfill and Olympia writer and editor Grace Campbell on Thursday, April 30 at 6:00 PM PT. Laura's first novel, Singing Lessons for the Stylish Canary, is being published April 19 by Lanternfish Press. Browsers will have copies for purchase. 

About the book:
As a firstborn son of a master craftsman, Henri Blanchard is expected to inherit the family barrel organ workshop, but he would prefer to make bobbin lace like his best friend Aimée. In an effort to put his misgivings aside and prove himself a worthy heir, he attempts
dramatic feats that draw derision from the townsfolk and finally land him in jail, accused of murder. Threatened with the hangman’s noose, he is forced to flee the cozy village of Mireville— and discover a world beyond that may be big enough for even the rarest bird to find a nest.

Suspenseful and heartwarming by turns, Laura Stanfill’s debut is a whimsical journey full of friendship, adventure, and self-discovery.

Once upon a time, Laura Stanfill lived in a New Jersey house filled with music boxes, street organs, and books. She grew up to become the publisher of Forest Avenue Press. Her work has appeared in Shondaland, The Rumpus, The Vincent Brothers Review, Santa Fe Writers Project, and several print anthologies. She believes in indie bookstores and wishes on them like stars from her home in Portland, Oregon, where she resides with her family and a dog named Waffles.

Grace Campbell is a flash writer published widely, in journals like Brevity, Hobart, Joyland, and Midway. She is the recipient of literary fellowships, a Best of The Net nominee, has placed in competitions at Split Lip and Atticus Review and has been awarded a Pushcart Prize nomination. She is the Fiction Editor at 5x5 Literary Magazine. She is currently completing two full length works in between snuggling her glorious cats and watching TikToks with her three amazing kids.


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