We are so happy to welcome long-time publisher and indie-book-supporter Laura Stanfill to Broadway Books to read from her very own debut novel Singing Lessons for the Stylish Canary, published by Lanternfish Press. As a firstborn son of a master craftsman, Henri Blanchard is expected to inherit the family barrel organ workshop, but he would prefer to make bobbin lace like his best friend Aimée. In an effort to put his misgivings aside and prove himself a worthy heir, he attempts dramatic feats that draw derision from the townsfolk and finally land him in jail, accused of murder. Threatened with the hangman's noose, he is forced to flee the cozy village of Mireville--and discover a world beyond that may be big enough for even the rarest bird to find a nest. Suspenseful and heartwarming by turns, Laura's debut is a whimsical journey full of friendship, adventure, and self-discovery. Portland author Joanna Rose says, “Laura Stanfill’s Singing Lessons for the Stylish Canary is a rollicking and tender family story of strong-hearted women, misguided fathers, and rebellious youth that leaps joyfully through generations....I was entranced from the book’s overture right through to the final coda.”
Laura Stanfill grew up in a New Jersey house filled with music boxes, street organs, and books. She founded Forest Avenue Press, which publishes literary fiction and the occasional memoir, in Portland in 2012. Her work has appeared in Shondaland, The Rumpus, Catapult, The Vincent Brothers Review, Santa Fe Writers Project, and several print anthologies. She believes in indie bookstores and wishes on them like stars from her home in Portland, where she resides with her family and Waffles the dog.
Note: At this point we are planning on this being an in-store event. Given the small size of our store, we ask that attendees wear masks at the event.