While a third of this country’s populace are battling a late winter blizzard, here in Tucson we’re being treated to a sneak preview of warmer weather to come with record-breaking temps in the mid 90’s! This clement weather certainly was welcome at the Tucson Book Festival, which drew large crowds this past weekend and visitors from near and far, even avian and (space) alien. See photos.

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March has been a busy month so far for Schaffner Press. We spent the last weeks of February in the final judging of our 2017 Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature: our winner is (drum roll, please)… short story writer, playwright and filmmaker Margaret Broucek of Portland, Maine for her hilarious novel, (title tbd) in which such disparate elements as cryptozoology, piano tuning, and Sousa marches join forces to create richly satisfying mayhem.

Margaret BroucekOur congratulations go out to Margaret and to our two honorable mention recipients, David Pimm, of Vancouver, BC for his poetry collection, “Unaccompanied,” and Robert Morgan Fisher of Woodland Hills, CA for his novel Jangle Boom. The winner’s work will be published in spring 2018.

Our upcoming April title, HARD TO GRIP: A Memoir of Youth, Baseball, and Chronic Illness (ISBN:9781943156146) is starting to create buzz as books hit the stores. We have received wonderful endorsements from the likes of Mike Krukow, famed announcer for the SF Giants, and several others in the sports community. If you find yourself in Phoenix, AZ for spring training, please join author Emil Deandreis at his launch event at Changing Hands Bookstore on Monday, March 27th at 7pm. Also, Emil, a longtime SF resident, has a reading/signing event planned at the Doubleplay Bar & Grill on Thursday, April 6th @ 6-8pm, 2401 16th Street, San Francisco.

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We congratulate author Glenn Berger on the recent sale of audiobook licensing to Tantor Media of his memoir NEVER SAY NO TO A ROCK STAR: In The Studio with Dylan, Sinatra, Jagger, and More. The audio version will be narrated by veteran (over 50 audiobook recordings) Shakespearean actor Stephen Thorne and released sometime later this year.

Here are listings and links of recent articles, interviews and reviews for some of our other authors:

Sylvia Torti.
A former colleague comments:

“Recently finished reading an amazing novel entitled Cages, by Sylvia Torti, a wonderful exploration of several important questions around the nature, evolution, and information that characterizes communication…. She provides an intimate look into a lab trying to understand the evolution of bird song, all the while yielding delicious insights into how her main characters routinely succeed and fail at communicating with one another.”

Phillipe Cohen, Ph.D. Director Emeritus, Jasper Ridge Biological Station, Stanford University.

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James Lough and Alex Stein.

See link for a recent BBC interview with James Lough, Co-Editor with Alex Stein of SHORT FLIGHTS: Thirty-Two Modern Writers Share Aphorisms of Insight, Inspiration, and Wit.:


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