Thursday, May 8, 2008

Lisa Lenard Cook Signs Book at Maria''s Book Store in Durango


Staff and Community Relations Manager

Maria's Bookshop

(970) 247-1438

book signing with lisa lenard-cook, author of The mind of your story,

at maria's bookshop

DURANGO (May 1, 2008)- Maria's Bookshop at 960 Main Avenue in Durango will host a signing on Tuesday, May 13th from 6:30 to 7:30 pm for former Durango resident Lisa Lenard-Cook, who has just published The Mind of Your Story:
Discover what Drives Your Fiction.

The Mind of Your Story takes writers beyond the basics and guides them through the foundations and the nuances of story creation, allowing them to create fiction that grabs the reader and doesn't let go.

Lenard-Cook's first novel, Dissonance, won the Jim Sagel Prize for the Novel while in manuscript. After its publication by the University of New Mexico Press in 2003, it was selected as a book of the year by such diverse libraries as the Tucson-Pima County Public Library and the Cincinnati Public Library. In 2004, the book was both a NPR Performance Today Summer Reading Choice and the countywide reading selection for Durango-La Plata Reads, and in 2005 it was short-listed for the PEN Southwest Book Award. Lisa's second novel, Coyote Morning, was published by UNM Press in 2004, was selected a Southwest Book of the Year, and was recently short-listed for the New Mexico Press Women's Zia Award.

Lenard-Cook has just finished her next novel, begun over twenty years ago.
Her monthly column at, The Art of Fiction, has been called "a refreshing approach to the art of fiction writing." She also reviews books for the independent Weekly Alibi in Albuquerque, and has had short stories published in a number of journals, most recently The Southwest Review . She is a faculty member at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference and Narrative Art Center , and, in addition to being a popular conference and workshop speaker, she teaches fiction writing in private classes, works as a freelance writer and editor, and takes particular joy in mentoring both beginning and more experienced fiction writers.

Lisa Lenard-Cook holds a B.A. with departmental honors from SUNY Buffalo and an M.F.A. in fiction writing from Vermont College. She was a member of the English department faculty at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado throughout the 1990s

For more information about the event, call (970) 247-1438 or visit

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