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LaChapelle celebrates five-year anniversary as author May 30, 2013

Carol LaChapelle, author of Finding Your Voice, Telling Your Stories, will give a memoir-writing workshop at Printers Row Lit Fest on Sunday, June 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to celebrate the five-year anniversary of her book\'s publication.

Printers Row Lit Fest, held annually since 1985, will run June 8 and 9. The fest, sponsored by the Chicago Tribune, is the largest free outdoor literary event in the Midwest and is expected to draw 125,000 book lovers.

For more information, visit .

Joe Hayden writes on the importance of reading June 25, 2012

Joe Hayden, associate professor of journalism at the University of Memphis and author of The Little Grammar Book (Marion Street, 2012), published a lively article on literacy among recent high school graduates, and discusses the importance of reading (and writing), in the Sunday, June 24 edition of The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.).

"We must try to reinvigorate the importance of reading — and the culture of literacy — before students come to college," said Hayden. "New media aren't going away and they're not evil. ... But whatever their virtues, most of these cool new tools will never be a satisfactory substitute for books because they can't give us enough sustained exposure to, and experience in, words."

Carol LaChapelle featured in "The Writer" magazine June 22, 2012

Carol LaChapelle (Finding Your Voice, Telling Your Stories) is featured in the July issue of The Writer magazine (page 10). To read how Carol got published in The Writer, please go to

Carol's blog for writers includes helpful posts for those who want to get published. These include features such as "Writing Markets" and "Taking the Bait."

Richard Lederer wins San Diego Book Award for Best Inspirational Book June 12, 2012

Notable author, speaker and humorist Richard Lederer has received the San Diego Book Award for best Self-Help and Inspirational book, A Tribute to Teachers (Marion, 2012). Congratulations, Richard! To see a complete list of this year's winners, please go to

Richard is the author of more than 35 books on language, history and humor, including Anguished English, Get Thee to a Punnery, The Gift of Age (Marion, 2011), and the coauthor of Super Funny Animal Jokes, Wild and Wacky Animal Jokes (Marion, 2011), Cleverly Comical Animal Jokes and Rip-Roaring Animal Jokes (Marion, 2012) for children.

Robert M. Knight, former Chicago Headline Club president, dies at 71 June 5, 2012

Marion Street Press mourns the passing of veteran journalist Robert M. Knight, who died on June 5. Knight is the author of Journalistic Writing (Marion, 2010) and Writing Public Prose (Marion, 2012). He is survived by his wife, Susan; two daughters, Kelly Knight-Douglas and Leigh Knight-Houda; a brother, David; sisters Leslie Lorenz and Angela; and a grandson. He will be deeply missed. To read Knight's obituary, please go to the June 13 Chicago Tribune.

Carol LaChapelle to Give a Memoir-Writing Workshop June 4, 2012

Author Carol LaChapelle will give a memoir-writing workshop at the Printers Row Lit Fest in Chicago on June 10 from 10:30 am to noon. There are a handful of reserve tickets, to be given out on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees without a ticket should arrive 20 minutes early and wait in the designated line outside the session room. For more information, visit their website.

MSP author Jean Otto dies at 86 September 20, 2011

Marion Street Press author of "First Love: Memoirs of a First Amendment Freedom Fighter" died Thursday, Sept. 15 at age 86. Read her obituary at the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Otto was the first female editorial writer at The Milwaukee Journal in 1972 and the first female president of The Society of Professional Journalists in 1979. She also founded the First Amendment Congress. "It is basically a conversation with the public about the fact that the free press is a public right," she said. In addition, she taught at the University of Denver.

A memorial service will be held Friday, Sept. 23 at 3 p.m. at the Milwaukee Catholic Home on 2462 N. Prospect Ave. in Wisconsin.

The Dallas Morning News reviews "Chalk Line" September 6, 2011

The Friday, September 2 Dallas Morning News calls Paula LaRocque's debut crime novel "absorbing" and says she "… delivers a complicated, satisfying mystery tale. …

"Chalk Line deftly avoids the easy, larger-than-life 'Texas' stereotypes that infect many detective novels set in the Lone Star State. …

"The book's smooth sentences and effective use of detail provide solid reflections of LaRocque's love of good prose. … Chalk Line is both an engrossing, entertaining detective tale and a good down payment on future Ben Gallagher mysteries."

LaRocque will appear at Barnes and Noble at 3881 S. Cooper Street in Arlington, Texas on Saturday, September 10 at 1 p.m. For more information on her other appearances, visit

Booklist reviews "Chalk Line" September 6, 2011

Booklist has reviewed Paula LaRocque's debut mystery novel, Chalk Line, and says, "LaRocque has created a handful of appealing characters with detailed backstories to begin her series, and it's well worth getting in at the start."