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Nostalgic, Comfort Food Recipes at Every Meal, ‘Welcome to My Southern Table’

My Southern Table: Recipes from a Georgia Kitchen

Born and raised in south Georgia, Lana Stuart grew up in a family where the kitchen was the heart of the home. The smell of chicken frying, the taste of freshly churned ice cream, the laughter and conversation that filled the air as the family gathered around the dining table— these are the cherished memories that have shaped her and her new cookbook, My Southern Table: Recipes from a Georgia Kitchen

A full-color photo and clear, easy-to-follow directions accompany each of the 246 recipes. Notes and tips on nearly every page ensure success in the kitchen.

Readers will find dozens of "heritage recipes" throughout the book. "These are the recipes I learned from my mother, grandmothers, and aunts who were all accomplished home cooks," says Lana. "And I've also created new recipes that reflect the continuing evolution of Southern cooking. This is Southern food as I know it today—vibrant, diverse, and ever-changing."

Enjoy recipes like:

  • Baptist Church Party Punch
  • Copper Pennies
  • Shrimp and Grits
  • Watergate Salad
  • Chicken Jallop
  • Chocolate Little Layer Cake

"Each recipe in this book carries a piece of my heart and tells a story from my life. They are the recipes I turn to when I want to celebrate, to comfort, to share love, and to create new memories with my family and friends. Now, it's your turn to bring these recipes to life in your kitchen and to weave them into your own stories."

Lana Stuart has been a food blogger since 2009. Her popular blog, Lana's Cooking, has more than 5 million pageviews per year and has been featured in Real SimpleParade MagazineBon Appetit, and The Kitchn. Fans and followers can sign up for her daily recipe newsletter, featuring her tried and true recipes. She is a watercolor artist, a bookbinder, and an avid reader. Lana and her husband, Bill, have a daughter and two grandchildren and live in Buford, Georgia. 

Presales are open on all major platforms, as seen here on her website, Lanascooking.com. All available media assets can be found in this folder, Lana Stuart Cookbook Assets


Recipes from a Georgia Kitchen

By Lana Stuart

Imprint: Food and Fiction, LLC

Distributed by Ingram/Spark

Publication date: October 23, 2023

Paperback/$36.99  Ebook/$9.99

346 Pages

246 Recipes, Each with Full-Color Photo

Interior Trim Dimensions: 7.5" x 9.25"

ISBN: 979-8-9880113-6-1 (paperback)

ISBN: 979-8-9880113-7-8 (digital)


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Renzo Del Castillo’s ‘Still’ Released in Time for Hispanic Heritage Month by Indie Earth Publishing

An Immigrant Experience Through Poetry

Renzo Del Castillo’s ‘Still’ Released in Time for Hispanic Heritage Month by Indie Earth Publishing
Still Cover Image

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Released a month before Hispanic Heritage Month, Renzo Del Castillo's "Still" is a collection of poems that reflects an all-too relatable tale for all immigrants.

After migrating to Florida from Peru as a child, Del Castillo built a life in a new country with a foundation forged in his native land, caught in the space between cultures. This led him to write "Still" [Indie Earth Publishing, $24.99], an exploration of the immigrant experience through reflections of memory and transition, an adaptation to new cultures and geographies through the ethnographic lens of Miami. His story, told in verse, is that of many immigrants.

"Still" is a collection of poems that focuses on the immigrant experience: a family's journey from Lima, Peru to Miami, Florida as political refugees and asylum seekers and the impact that had on the life of a boy as he grew into a man.

"We left Peru when I was five because my family had received death threats from a terrorist organization. We went from being comfortable to starting from zero. I knew I would have to adapt to make a life worth living," says Del Castillo.

As we enter National Hispanic Heritage Month, Still provides a read that is as timely as it is pertinent. With poems in three languages, the book looks to bridge the divide between cultures, highlighting Hispanics' shared experience in his poetry. When the reader finds something to relate to in these pages, a dialogue starts and shows people aren't that different underneath it all.

That heritage of terror and exile that sometimes underlies these poems gives them a sense of history within the lyric confusions of a single life. There is an intimate tone, used to remind the reader that imagination triumphs over, or sometimes through, adversity. "Still" was released July 30, 2023, and is available wherever books are sold (ISBN: 979-8988037996).


Renzo Del Castillo holds a B.A. in English from University of Florida, specializing in Victorian Literature, and an M.A. in Mass Communications, specializing in Intercultural Communications. Del Castillo has been published in Literary Yardthe Acentos Reviewthe Scarlet Leaf Review, and the Ekphrastic Review. He lives in Miami, where his family also resides.


For interviews and a copy of Still, contact Flor Mireles at [email protected].

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Three New Members Join the Bay Area Book Festival’s Board of Directors

Exciting Changes for the Bay Area Book Festival as It Heads Into Its 10th Year

Three New Members Join the Bay Area Book Festival’s Board of Directors
BABF Board of Directors 2023

Announcing the Bay Area Book Festival Board of Directors

The Bay Area Book Festival has elected three new members to its Board of Directors: Aya de León, Piper Kerman, and Aida Salazar. This exciting slate of members joins Board Chair Brooke Warner and Treasurer George Rehm to lead the festival into its next iteration in the aftermath of the resignation of Festival founder Cherilyn Parsons in 2023. 

The Bay Area Book Festival has been a cultural and literary mainstay of the Bay Area for the past nine years since its inception in 2014. Its headliner events have brought in speakers such as Roxane Gay; Rebecca Solnit; Gloria Steinem; Jason Reynolds; George Saunders; Ann Patchett; Christian Robinson; Tommy Orange; Anthony Doerr; Tayari Jones; Joan Baez; W. Kamau Bell; Kazuo Ishiguro; and many more. 

The festival's dedicated staff and growing board will steer the festival into a future under new leadership. Managing Director of the Festival Samee Roberts will spearhead overall planning for the 2024 Festival, which involves scaling back in size while keeping intact everything that's special and wonderful about this important community event, including diverse and inclusive panels, headliner events, and the family-friendly outdoor street fair.  

Next year will be the Festival's 10-year anniversary, and it will take place, per usual, in Downtown Berkeley in either May or June 2024. "We are planning for a somewhat smaller footprint this year," said Festival Chairperson Brooke Warner, publisher of She Writes Press, "and we're doing everything in our power to ensure that the Festival will be as special and well-attended as it's always been." Warner highlighted that by many measures, both in terms of programming and anecdotally by way of attendee feedback, the 2023 Festival was the most successful yet. Because this is a transition year, a scaled-back Festival will allow the board to adapt in Parsons' wake. "We're committed to continuing the legacy that Cherilyn left us, and this new slate of board members makes me feel confident that we'll be able to do just that."

Incoming board member Aya de León said, "This festival is a precious resource in a world where independent literary institutions are struggling. Stepping onto the board is an opportunity to provide accessible literary community to the Bay Area, to highlight urgent issues in our time, and to celebrate books, authors, reading, and community. I am excited to give back to this community."

The Bay Area Book Festival invites the community to support its efforts for the 2024 Festival by becoming a sponsor, donating or volunteering. Find the Festival's video and podcast archives.

Meet the Bay Area Book Festival's Board: 

Brooke Warner is publisher of She Writes Press and SparkPress, president of Warner Coaching Inc., and author of Write On, Sisters!, Green-light Your Book, What's Your Book?, and three books on memoir. Warner is a TEDx speaker, weekly podcaster (of "Write-minded" with co-host Grant Faulkner of NaNoWriMo), and the former Executive Editor of Seal Press. She has served on the boards of the Independent Book Publishers Association, including for two years as Chairperson; the National Association of Memoir Writers; and the Book Industry Study Group. She has also been on the board of the Bay Area Book Festival since its first year in 2014. She has been Chairperson since 2000. Warner writes a regular column for Publishers Weekly, and weekly Substack @brookewarner. She lives in Berkeley, California. 

George Rehm is a founding partner of aeris CAPITAL AG. He has over 30 years of experience as a lawyer and executive in international licensing, technology transfer, and investment and privatization transactions in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Rehm has held board or observer positions in numerous transformational healthcare companies, including Crescendo Biosciences, Adamas Pharmaceuticals, and Ion Torrent, Inc. Rehm continues to manage the aeris Life Science portfolio and serves as a director of GenomeDx Inc., PFS Genetics, Butterfly Networks, LAM Therapeutics Inc., Solstice Biosciences, G2i and Jiff Inc. He received his BSFS from Georgetown University, and a JD from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in parallel to graduate studies in City Planning at the College of Environmental Design, UC Berkeley and served as graduate assistant at the Earl Warren Legal Institute, UC Berkeley, Boalt Hall. He lives in Berkeley, California.

Aya de León teaches creative writing in the African American Studies Department at UC Berkeley. She is acquiring editor for a new climate justice fiction imprint at She Writes Press. Fighting Chance Books will publish novels by authors of all genders about people taking collective action in the here and now to solve the climate crisis. de León is the author of 10 novels, published by Kensington, Candlewick, and Orion, all focused on racial, gender, class and climate justice. Her books have won the Jane Addams Award for peace and social justice in children's literature, and multiple International Latino Book Awards and Independent Publisher Awards. de León's work has appeared in Harper's Bazaar, Ebony, Guernica, Bitch Magazine, VICE, The Root, Ploughshares, and on Def Poetry. In 2022, she organized an online conference entitled Black Literature vs. the Climate Emergency and she works on the issue of climate with the Black Hive, which is part of the Movement for Black Lives. She currently has two novels-in-progress and is working on an intersectional memoir-in-progress about race, gender, war, body image, and the environment. She lives in Berkeley, California. 

Piper Kerman is the author of the memoir Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison, which was adapted into an Emmy Award-winning original series for Netflix. She serves on the board of directors of the Women's Prison Association and the advisory boards of the PEN America Writing for Justice Fellowship, InsideOUT Writers, Healing Broken Circles, and JustLeadershipUSA. Kerman is a frequent invited speaker to students of law, criminology, gender and women's studies, sociology, and creative writing, and also to groups that include the International Association of Women Judges, the National Association of Counties, the National Conference of State Legislatures, the National Criminal Justice Association, the American Probation and Parole Association, the American Correctional Association's Disproportionate Minority Confinement Task Force, public defenders, justice reform advocates, and formerly and currently incarcerated people. Kerman has taught writing in Ohio state prisons as an Affiliate Instructor with Otterbein University. She's a graduate of Smith College and lives in Berkeley, California. 

Aida Salazar is an award-winning author, arts activist, and translator whose writings for adults and children explore issues of identity and social justice. She is the author of the critically acclaimed middle grade verse novels The Moon Within; Land of the Cranes; and A Seed in the Sun. Her other works include the picture book anthology In the Spirit of a Dream: 13 Stories of Immigrants of Color; the bio picture book Jovita Wore Pants: The Story of a Mexican Freedom Fighter; and the anthology Calling the Moon: Period Stories by BIPOC Authors. Salazar is a founding member of LAS MUSAS, a Latinx kidlit author collective. She lives with her family of artists in Oakland, California.

About the Bay Area Book Festival 

The Bay Area Book Festival is a world-class literary extravaganza that takes place each year in Downtown Berkeley. For the past nine years, the festival has hosted 250-300 authors on 15 stages; an Outdoor Fair/Literary Marketplace; and a wonderland of literary vendors, kids' activities, and more. The Festival has showcased more than 1,500 speakers who come from the Bay Area, the state of California, the nation, and world. Since its founding, the Festival has thrilled more than 150,000 book-lovers of all ages. The Bay Area Book Festival is not confined to just one weekend. The Festival continues year-round with prologue events, literacy programs, and other special programming including WomenLit, which features groundbreaking female-identified authors, and #Unbound, a virtual series that focuses on critical conversations around voter suppression, race and equity, immigration, poverty, crime and incarceration, and other important topics of our times.

Contact Information:
Brooke Warner
Chairperson of the Board of the Bay Area Book Festival
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Original Source: Three New Members Join the Bay Area Book Festival's Board of Directors

Persian Singer and Mental Health Advocate Nika Nikoubin Published Her Autobiography, ‘Who is Nika Nikoubin? A Bloody Las Vegas Hotel Story’

Persian Singer and Mental Health Advocate Nika Nikoubin Published Her Autobiography, ‘Who is Nika Nikoubin? A Bloody Las Vegas Hotel Story’
Who is Nika Nikoubin?

Now available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble

Who is Nika Nikoubin? A Bloody Las Vegas Hotel Story is not just another True Crime story but a powerful testament to resilience and authenticity, set to captivate readers worldwide. In a compelling narrative, this book takes readers on an intimate journey through Nika's life, from her childhood in Iran to her pursuit of dreams in the United States and the night that unfolded in a Las Vegas hotel room.

Following Nika Nikoubin's final court hearing in Las Vegas, certain media outlets and online comments presented a distorted narrative, failing to capture the full spectrum of Nika's life experiences and the hurdles her mental health struggles posed. "The incident in Las Vegas, which has been subject to misconceptions, was solely rooted in mental health struggles and bears no connection to any political motives or affiliations," states Nika. "My autobiography is an opportunity to provide an authentic perspective beyond sensationalized narratives."

Publication Date: August 31, 2023

ISBN (Paperback): 979-8-218-26706-3

ISBN (Ebook): 979-8-218-26707-0

Book Genre: Autobiography

Publisher: Nika Nikoubin LLC

Nika Nikoubin, a 2023 Persian talent, is emerging as an advocate for mental health awareness and societal transformation. Her autobiography delves into her journey, shedding light on the complexities and challenges she has faced while battling bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. "My main goal is to spark conversations about mental health," Nika says, echoing the central theme of her book. Her mission extends to dismantling the cultural taboos surrounding trauma and mental health, particularly among Persian women who have suffered assault—Nika's determination to create a more compassionate society. A portion of the proceeds of the book will be allocated to National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Contact Information:
Nika Nikoubin
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Original Source: Persian Singer and Mental Health Advocate Nika Nikoubin Published Her Autobiography, 'Who is Nika Nikoubin? A Bloody Las Vegas Hotel Story'

CUTV News Welcomes Kaitlyn Kenealy of Kenealy Counseling & Mental Health LLC

FOND DU LAC, Wis., August 28, 2023 (Newswire.com) - CUTV News announced today it will feature Kaitlyn Kenealy in its exclusive one-on-one interview with host ...

Gossip Stone TV’s Aliia Roza Show ‘Seduce Like a Spy’ Cancelled, New Programming Takes Center Stage

Gossip Stone TV’s Aliia Roza Show ‘Seduce Like a Spy’ Cancelled, New Programming Takes Center StageEmirates Health: The First of Many Exciting Shows to Grace the Middle East Region In a surprising turn of events, Gossip Stone TV, the renowned American celebrity reality TV channel, has announced the cancellation of the show “Seduce Like a Spy,” hosted by the charismatic Aliia Roza. As the curtain falls on one chapter, a […]

Billionaire Business Mogul and Philanthropist Dr. Trisha Bailey Announces Multi-City Book Tour This Fall for Her Motivational Memoir ‘Unbroken: The Triumphant Story of a...

The Former Stockbroker Turned Self Made Business Mogul Shares Tips and Tools for Entrepreneurship and How She Transformed the Trauma From Abuse Into a Billion Dollar Empire

Billionaire business mogul and philanthropist Dr. Trisha Bailey, the ultimate overcomer, will embark on a multi-city book tour this fall for her motivational memoir "Unbroken: The Triumphant Story of a Woman's Journey," with visits to cities including New York, Atlanta, and LA. Bailey's message to aspiring entrepreneurs and survivors of abuse is "Let your healing fuel your success."

"Unbroken: The Triumphant Story of a Woman's Journey," chronicles the personal and professional tragedies and triumphs of 46-year-old Dr. Trisha Bailey - from her humble beginnings in Jamaica, to her transformative ability to overcome abuse and channel her trauma to become a self-made billionaire in the United States.

Bailey emigrated to the U.S. at 13 years-old and grew up in Hartford, Connecticut where she attended middle school and high school, emerging as a track star and competing throughout the country, including in the Junior Olympics. She attended University of Connecticut on a sports scholarship. Following graduation, she accepted a position at Salomon Smith Barney where, at age 22, she became the youngest stockbroker in the history of the company. She later transitioned into pharmaceutical sales before branching out as an entrepreneur.

As a survivor of abuse and trauma, Bailey courageously and candidly reveals in "Unbroken" the painful experiences that have fueled her success. While recovering from an eight-day coma after attempting to take her own life, Bailey was traveling through the airport in a wheelchair, her vocal cords clipped due to the emergency. The experience of her treatment in the airport by strangers in-transit, as a disabled person, served as the catalyst for her next big idea, and helped define her purpose: to work for the benefit of the helpless and those in need.

Bailey's Medical Equipment and Supplies was founded in 2011, to serve as a distributor of medical supplies for patients within the Medicare system.  It has become one of the most lucrative regional distributors of its kind. Since then, Bailey has founded 15 additional companies, including Bailey's Pharmacy, with 46 locations in seven states, and Bailey's Real Estate, a global real estate development and investment company. She owns stakes in three NBA teams; Charlotte Hornets, Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks and in 2022, she achieved a milestone few people reach in their lifetime - becoming a billionaire. "I often tell people, you don't always have to find your purpose, sometimes it finds you."

Her life experiences also inform the spectrum of Bailey's philanthropic giving which includes non-profit organizations supporting STEM education, youth empowerment, and single mothers such as: The United Foundation of Central Florida, and National Cares Mentoring Movement.

Bailey hopes the takeaway for people who read "Unbroken," is that they can transform any trauma they've faced into the strength they need to actualize their dreams - if they can learn to believe and invest in themselves. "My grandmother used to say, 'Dream so big that not even you can imagine it coming true. Now…dream bigger.'"

"UNBROKEN: The Triumphant Story of a Woman's Journey" is available for purchase on AMAZON.

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Original Source: Billionaire Business Mogul and Philanthropist Dr. Trisha Bailey Announces Multi-City Book Tour This Fall for Her Motivational Memoir 'Unbroken: The Triumphant Story of a Woman'

Vilcek Foundation and Pen + Brush Release Free Coloring Book of Dynamic Contemporary Artists

"This Is Who We Are: Color the Artists of Pen + Brush Gallery," the latest collaboration from the Vilcek Foundation and Pen + Brush, is available as a free download on Vilcek.org ...

Step Into the Nostalgic World of Suburban Detroit in ‘Trade Show’ by Comedian Matt Conn – a Heartwarming Tale of Adventures, Baseball Cards Trades,...

Comedy Productions, a talent agency that has represented comedians and their work for the past 40 years, is proud to announce the release of the humorous young adult fiction book "Trade Show" by one of their comedians, Matt Conn.

Step Into the Nostalgic World of Suburban Detroit in ‘Trade Show’ by Comedian Matt Conn – a Heartwarming Tale of Adventures, Baseball Cards Trades, and Growing Up in the 1990s
Trade Show

Now Available on Amazon

Brace yourselves for a trip down memory lane as comedian Matt Conn introduces his debut young adult novel, "Trade Show." Set against the backdrop of 1990s suburban Detroit, this captivating story follows the misadventures of 12-year-old Sam, who embarks on a quest to retrieve his stolen bike and inadvertently finds himself entangled in a world of baseball cards, bullies, and brilliant schemes.

"Trade Show" brings to life the vibrant spirit of the 1990s, when kids spent their days exploring neighborhoods on their bikes and trading baseball cards. The heartwarming narrative revolves around Sam's ingenious plan to corner the market on the hometown hero's Rookie card. As the awe-inspiring season unfolds, Sam's mission to elevate the card's value by limiting its availability leads him through a series of comedic encounters with neighborhood bullies and eccentric characters. 

In a nostalgic return to the simpler joys of life, "Trade Show" captures the essence of carefree bike rides and the excitement of chasing after dreams. Conn's expert storytelling paints a vivid picture of a bygone era, resonating with both young readers and adults who yearn for a taste of the past. The novel weaves a delightful tale that effortlessly balances laughter and life lessons. 

"I wanted to create a story that transports readers back to a time when things were a bit simpler, and kids embarked on grand adventures with nothing but determination and their bikes," said author Matt Conn. "Sam's journey reflects the universal themes of perseverance, friendship, and the magic of childhood, all wrapped up in the vibrant suburban setting of the 1990s." 

"Trade Show" is a heartwarming narrative that appeals to readers of all ages. Conn's background in comedy shines through as he masterfully infuses the story with wit and humor, making it a delightful read for both young and adult audiences. The novel serves as a gentle reminder of the power of imagination, friendship, and the bonds that shape our lives. 

Don't miss your chance to relive the 1990s through the eyes of Sam and his unforgettable adventures. "Trade Show" is available for purchase on Amazon, and additional information can be found at www.MattConnComedy.com. 

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Original Source: Step Into the Nostalgic World of Suburban Detroit in 'Trade Show' by Comedian Matt Conn - a Heartwarming Tale of Adventures, Baseball Cards Trades, and Growing Up in the 1990s

Intuition is the Secret to Successful Business: Laetitia Andrac’s ‘Light It: How to Trust Your Intuition and Build a Thriving Business’ to Be Released...

With the cost of living on the rise and many feeling the strain, burnout is at an all-time high, especially for people in leadership roles.

This was the place Laetitia Andrac found herself when she was living what many would consider to be a charmed life in Paris with a high-flying career, exciting social life, and Marc Jacobs handbag. It was then she realized that the key to a successful business and fulfilling life was to reconnect with the thing that is essential for any entrepreneur -- intuition.

Discover how Laetitia Andrac found alignment in life and business and how others can do the same when Grammar Factory Publishing releases "Light It: How to Trust Your Intuition and Build a Thriving Business." In this inspiring new bestseller, Laetitia takes readers through her proven LIGHT framework that helps entrepreneurs reconnect with their inner knowledge, wisdom and light, and grow a soul-aligned business that goes beyond surface-level success. "Light It: How to Trust Your Intuition and Build a Thriving Business" is available now for pre-order and will be sent on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023, from Amazon, Booktopia, and Barnes & Noble. 

Now living in Sydney, Australia, with her husband and two young daughters, Laetitia is a highly respected business and intuition coach whom hundreds of women have worked with to change the direction of their businesses by reconnecting with their inner voice. It was from her experience working with women who came to her burnt out from the daily hustle in their business that she felt driven to write "Light It.

"My intention with this book is really to show a new way to be a business owner and reclaim your intuition as a guide, but also how to go through the LIGHT framework and embrace your own path forward," says Laetitia.  

"Light It: How to Trust Your Intuition and Build a Thriving Business" will be available on eBook for $9.99 and paperback for $27.45. 


"Tired of feeling disconnected from your intuition? Being connected online 24/7 leads to increased levels of stress and burnout, especially for entrepreneurs and leaders who often prioritize their 'hustle'. Too often, entrepreneurs and leaders just like you look outside for validation. The answer to your problems has always been there, within you. The reality is that intuition in business isn't just nice to have. It's essential. Intuition helps us connect with creativity and make bold decisions that distinguish us from other entrepreneurs. You don't always need a breakdown for a breakthrough to happen. Through the five-step LIGHT framework, author Laetitia Andrac helps you reconnect with your inner knowing, wisdom, and light." 

To pre-order "Light It: How to Trust Your Intuition and Build a Thriving Business," visit https://amzn.asia/d/eB5pdh3 

For media inquiries, review copies, or to schedule an interview with Laetitia Andrac, please contact Nicki Price [email protected]

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Original Source: Intuition is the Secret to Successful Business: Laetitia Andrac's 'Light It: How to Trust Your Intuition and Build a Thriving Business' to Be Released Sept. 21, 2023

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