Today we have a very special guest. My friend and colleague, Mara Purl. Mara is a writer, teacher, speaker, publisher, actress—well she does it all. And beautifully. I know you’ll love her post today.

Dear Friends,

Paul Alan Fahey has kindly invited me to write a guest post for today.

As some of you may have heard, a group of us have been working with Paul to bring out his latest book. From day one, this project has been a blessing to all of us involved, and we believe his new book will be a great joy for each of you to read.

Paul’s book is something so fresh and distinct, that he had to come up with a new genre to describe it: Hybrid Memoir. We’re launching both it, and the publishing press today, August 31st, in honor of Memoir Day.

The Press is called Mindprints Literary Press, and is a re-boot of the original publication Paul created and launched at Allan Hancock College. As you’ll see when you visit the new website, the slogan is a combination of the original one---“the best is yet to come”, introduced by words that represent our current thoughts. The website design is a collaboration between me and a marvelous team of young creative artists at Modern Alchemy in Los Angeles: Kevin Meyer, Sean Aranda, and Hanna Henry.

To honor the background, we have a History of the Press section on the home page, where you may see familiar magazine covers. Some of you were contributors to the original Mindprints. To honor you, you’ll find your names with links to your websites listed in the AUTHORS tab on our brand new website.

For now, the only title in the BOOKS tab is Paul’s, but we have plans to publish other titles. Those of you who gave Paul comments on his Advance Reader Copy will find your quotes in the ENDORSEMENTS section. The BLOG tab features Paul’s well-known blog, also posted on his own website and at GoodReads.

In the ASSOCIATES section you’ll see the core group of us who’ve worked on the project. Every one of us has donated some or all of our time and effort, because of our love and respect for Paul. This is truly a JOY project that we’re so thrilled to be sharing with you.

And now (drum roll) . . . to announce the book itself. The Mother I Imagined, The Mom I Knew steps onto the publishing stage as the first great read of autumn. The manuscript, beautifully structured as both fiction and non-fiction segments—and in multiple forms including narrative, poetry, and script—the book is by turns delicate and muscular, with both the haunting realizations of hindsight, and the razor-sharp insights only the author’s rigorous honesty could provide.

The author’s process was intriguing and smart. He realized that, over the years, he’d written about his colorful, complex mother at several stages and in various ways; and that these could actually work if he were to create a “hybrid memoir.”

It’s a testimony to Paul’s professional and personal life that such accomplished colleagues stepped up immediately to work on preparing the book for publication, beginning with the brilliant writer, editor, playwright, and teacher Victoria Zackheim who edited the manuscript. Next, the wonderful publisher of Paul’s previous book Equality , Jessica Bell of Vineleaves Press stepped up to create the gorgeous cover for the book, working with ideas from Paul and me. My long-time colleague Jean Laidig did a stupendous job of proofing and layout design of this creative manuscript.

As we’d begun work on the book, we had to find its title, and its dual-universe theme led me to a title that expresses Paul’s realization that memory is at times accurate, and at times enhanced by our imagination, meaning that in this case, one mother is imagined; one is real. And the theme is carefully wrought throughout the book’s visuals, too. The front cover offers a fictional depiction of a female traveler; the back cover shows a photograph of the author’s mother on one of her trips with her son. The interior is set in two different, carefully chosen typefaces.

This is a “Soft Launch” – meaning that we’re still waiting for professional reviews, and still planning marketing pieces and events. But the timing was both right, and important, to have this first launch today, on Memoir Day.

We think you’ll enjoy the book, and agree with the slogan of the newly reestablished press:: What the mind can see, the hand can print … the best is yet to come.

Mara Purl
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message 1: by Rodney (new)

Rodney Ross I was touched that Paul asked me to read the pre-release manuscript. It is a beautifully-realized mosaic of memory, melancholy, missteps, mischief and a fair amount of merriment...which is essentially what a life's overview becomes, doesn't it? I hope everyone snags a copy. Loved it.

message 2: by Paul (new)

Paul Thank you so much Rodney for that lovely comment. Trust me, you were one of the first people I thought of when I sent out the ARCs.

Take care and thank you for commenting.



message 3: by Sue Mcginty (new)

Sue Mcginty A beautiful story, and so "Paul."

message 4: by Anne (new)

Anne Allen Congrats to Paul and Mara and all the people who made the memoir and Mindprints Literary Press a reality!

message 5: by Paul (new)

Paul Thank you Sue and Anne. Im so happy you liked it and liked it.Hugs Paul

message 6: by Janice (new)

Janice Thank you so much, Mara, and thank you, Paul. I can't wait to read it. I will be snagging my copy, as soon as I can.

message 7: by Paul (new)

Paul Thank you, Janice. I think you'll like it. Hugs, Paul

message 8: by Destry (new)

Destry Ramey I was unable to read the entire manuscript when Paul asked me due to my own current medical challenges, however, loved all that I read & am so look forward to reading the entire book of this talented & creative man. He is amazing!

message 9: by Paul (new)

Paul Thank you so much, Destry. Hope you get well very soon. Thinking about you
Love, your bro paul

message 10: by Dennis (new)

Dennis Young I will look forward to reading it and thinking of my own wonderful mother in the process. Paul is magic and always heart-first in all he does. A truly special Irishman, my Boyo!

message 11: by Susan (new)

Susan Tuttle Knowing Paul as I do, the amazing, compassionate and warm man that he is, his mother must have been equally amazing. I can't wait to read his memoir of her... I'm sure it will trigger memories of my own mother. Love you, Paul!

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