Photo Credit Heidi Ross 2.jpg“This Shop’s Walls Can Talk (In 140 Characters)” There’s enough opportunity for mistaken identity on Twitter to populate a Shakespearean comedy, but it’s still fun. Here’s an essay about creating a bookstore’s voice, for the Washington Post.


A little dark humor up on The Hairpin: The Life-Changing Magic of Spending Money — or, the secret to finding joy in frivolous purchases.

Big thanks to Malaprop’s Bookstore for showing some love for the people of North Carolina who support equality (and literature)! The Authors for Action “Kill the Bill” event in Asheville included authors such as Charles Frazier, Wiley Cash, Mary Laura Philpott, and more.

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“It’s Not the Celebrities We Mourn For” – Talking mortality and magical thinking in the opinion pages of The Los Angeles Times.

Thank you to Proximity magazine for nominating the essay “Lobsterman” for the Pushcart Prize!

9780399173097MElizabeth Gilbert, bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love; The Signature of All Things; and BIG MAGIC, says: “Penguins with People Problems is a 100% delight.” Get your copy anywhere you buy books! (For autographed copies, order from indie bookstore Parnassus Books.) You can check out a few photos from the book tour here.

A WORD ON WORDS has returned to the airwaves! Mary Laura co-hosts the program, along with fellow author JT Ellison. Follow the show and catch interviews with the likes of Adam Silvera, Lauren Groff, Jane Smiley, and more.

Don’t miss Mary Laura’s interview on Salon with fellow Nashville writer Ed Tarkington about small town life, the line between fiction and memoir, and his debut novel, Only Love Can Break Your Heart. 

Check out the penguins on BuzzFeed! Or in The New York Times, Travel + Leisure, BookPage, Glommable and more

IMG_5941Festival season never ends! Next up: The Mississippi Book Festival, the Mid-South Book Festival, and the Southern Festival of Books!