Laura Newman, The Franklin Avenue Rookery for Wayward Babies - and Other Stories

Join us on YouTube Friday, March 19 at 5pm for a happy hour reading with local author Laura Newman. Laura will be joined by Debbi Engebritson to discuss her second short story collection, The Franklin Avenue Rookery for Wayward Babies, which was published last month by Delphinium Books. 

These ten stories are irresistible because their author is both fearless and ambitious. Newman switches points of view effortlessly, brings us to far-flung regions of the world, and has an uncanny, authentic grasp of cultures. We travel from Varanasi to Tijuana, from Rome to Lhasa, to New Orleans, Valdez, Barcelona and the Isle of Skye.

Praise for The Franklin Avenue Rookery for Wayward Babies:
“With candor, wry wit and memorable details, these stories shimmer as characters across the world embark on strange journeys of the spirit."
— Publishers Weekly

“Newman excels at succinctly providing her characters with rich histories and surprising, well-executed turns. . . . She can be inventive with form and creative with plotting. There are moments of tender insight. . . skillful storytelling.”
— Kirkus Reviews

More about Laura Newman:
Laura Newman founded the “Heroin Committee,” a group that produces and runs commercials to educate parents about the drugs their kids are most likely to be exposed to. One story in this new collection, Swisher Sweets, was a finalist in LitMag’s Virginia Woolf Award for Short Fiction. She is an Addy Award and American Marketing Assoc. winner for her production of PSAs combating heroin and other substance abuse issues. She lives in Reno, Nevada.

More about Debbi Engebritson:

A long-time Marketing/Advertising professional and an even longer-time lover of stories, Debbi was pleased to utilize her mad editing skills to help fine-tune the wonderfully witty and beautiful stories written by Laura Newman in this amazing book. Also a fan of her first collection, when Laura asked for assistance in this project Debbi was more than pleased to provide the time to review the stories and also, as usual, freely offer her opinion. It has turned out to be a memorable project and has brought Debbi much joy and even a sense of wonder in how the stories unfold with such talented mastery of Laura's words.


Event date: 
Friday, March 19, 2021 - 5:00pm
Event address: 
121 California St
Reno, NV 89509