Books by People You May Know

Support-your-fellow-poets alert! Looking for a new book with which to dive into the new year? Got Christmas cash burning a hole in your pocket? Check out these new & coming titles by your friends and fellow writers in our very own community. Support for local writers starts right at home! 
(* denotes local Richmond booksellers)
Driving with Poppi, J. Thomas Brown

(memoir) Available for pre-order; release date January 12 2021. Amazon, B&N, Fountain*

“My father had the wanderlust and moved our family every year and a half. We lived up and down the U.S. East Coast, in Sweden, and in England during the American Golden Age of Capitalism. The plot is woven around the places we lived. A common thread in the story is his driving, at times humorous, and sometimes scary. The truth is he is loved as much for his faults as for his accomplishments. My father had a mind like a steel trap, but his braininess also got him into trouble. He loved life – perhaps too much.”

The book is a patremoir novelette available for pre-order at most independents and major chains through Ingram distribution channels. 

Death to the Nice Guy, Vernon Wildy, Jr.

(novel). Release date January 15 2021. More info coming soon!

PushBack, Richard Rose

(poetry). Release date 2021. Available for pre-order at Amazon, B&N, Book Depository, and Indiebound

he says i’m fierce, Debbie Collins

(poetry). Available for pre-order directly through publisher; release date March 2021. 

Reading Debbie Collins‘ debut, he says i’m fierce, is like passing a car wreck; it’s hard to turn away. Her characters are struggling, if not completely broken. It rings true with both autobiographical and speculative emotions, and readers are bound to find fragments of their own humanity within.

Malcolm and Me, Robin Farmer

(novel). Released Nov 2020. Available at Chop Suey*, B&N, Books-A-Million, Amazon

After clashing with her Catholic school teacher over Thomas Jefferson’s enslavement of people, thirteen-year-old Roberta Forest questions religion and adult hypocrisy at school, home, within her Philadelphia parish, and nationwide as the Watergate scandal unfolds. Young, gifted, Black and Catholic, Roberta is unsure about the Catholic part. Fixated on winning an essay contest to solve all her problems, setbacks teach the aspiring writer that solutions, like truth, can be complex. Gradually, Roberta learns to change course, embraces the power of forgiveness, and becomes a budding social justice activist with the help of the best teacher she never had: Malcolm X. Capturing the explosive and elusive nature of truth, Malcolm and Me is a gritty and graceful coming-of-age tale about truth, race, family and faith.