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Oct082014 selects YOUR LIFE IS A BOOK for October inspiration


Dear Readers,

We're on book tour on East and West Coasts of the U.S. for YOUR LIFE IS A BOOK: How to Craft and Publish Your memoir. Delighted to share the big news that has selected our new book as an October inspiration books. Here's the lovely announcement and the link:

 JOIN US ON BOOK TOUR. Watch the event at Powell's Books as Brenda teaches how to create a character of the Self and finding your own life story themes and narrative arc.

You can order the book now, just published! Happy reading—and writing YOUR life story!

Buy the book here:




Climate Change and our Kids' Future—A Drowning World

Please read on at The Huffington Post and pass around as we all imagine other futures for our children than extinction.

A side note here: When The Huffington Post published this novel's excerpt on the Teen and Florida pages as lead stories, there is also a headline about Florida abandoning its homeless populations—exactly like the kid characters in The Drowning World, who are trying to survive as Environmental Evacuees. The future IS here!


Look out for a new generation of Leopard and Silkie seal pups sharing our shores

Pupping season in the Pacific Northwest is in full swing and as we move into September, most of our pups are being weaned—a vital transition time for seal pups. As the mothers leave them to fend and fish for themselves, many pups struggle to find food and community. So sharing our shores with our wild neighbors is even more important. Just as our children go back to school to learn life lessons, our seal pups are learning how to survive on their own. That's the story of our children's book, LEOPARD AND SILKIE: One Boy's Quest to Save Seal Pups. Listen here to Brenda's NPR interview on how to protect seal pups on our beaches.



When Sally Sees Seals On The

Seattle Seashore, She Stops

Marcie Sillman speaks with Brenda Peterson, co-founder of Seal Sitters, about what people should do when they see seal pups lining Washington's beaches.

For more on our children's book visit

Please visit our Blubber Blog for more stories of seal pups and our website:

And here's one of our favorite NPR interviews "LIVING ON EARTH" with one of our kid seal sitters!

Silkie. (Photo: Robin Lindsey)

Alki Beach is a popular destination for Seattle natives, and it’s also home to some of the region’s seal population. Seal pups are left alone on shore while their mothers search the sea for food, and curious people and dogs endanger the young seals. But a group of concerned neighbors called Seal Sitters have banded together to protect the pups and educate people. Seal Sitter founder Brenda Peterson, author of the children’s book “Leopard and Silkie” and 11 year old volunteer Etienne, spoke with host Bruce Gellerman about their quest to save seal pups


WRITING MEMOIR: Finding Your Voice BOOK LUST interview with Brenda Peterson

Dear Readers,

I just finished teaching a Master class in memoir at Seattle's wonderful Hugo House, THE literary center in book-loving Seattle. I'll be posting some podcasts and video clips from my many years of teaching here, so stay tuned. Meanwhile, here's my BOOK LUST interview with uber-librarian and literary rock star, Nancy Pearl, for my second memoir, I WANT TO BE LEFT BEHIND. Learn about finding your own voice as a narrator of your life story. And pre-order YOUR LIFE IS A BOOK: How to Craft and Publish Your Memoir, due out from Sasquatch Press in October, 2014.


And here is the lovely LIBRARY JOURNAL review of YOUR LIFE IS A BOOK: How to Craft and Publish Your Memoir.


Peterson, Brenda & Sarah Jane Freymann. 
Your Life Is a Book: How To Craft & Publish Your Memoir. Sasquatch. Oct. 2014. 256p. notes. ISBN 9781570619304. pap. $16.95; ebk. ISBN 9781570619311. COMM

Peterson (I Want To Be Left Behind) and Freymann (founder, Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency) bring decades of experience to bear on the subject of writing and publishing a memoir. Affable, confident, and candid, the authors teach that the process, when done right, can be a journey of personal growth, illustrating their points with poignant examples and metaphors. Part 1, “Crafting Your Memoir,” introduces the genre and covers an array of topics: death, abuse, family secrets, food, travel, spirituality, animals, and more. The advice on what does and doesn’t work with each topic is razor sharp and is the overall strength of the book. Battle-tested tips, exercises, and prompts close most chapters, providing writers an opportunity to practice and apply their craft. The second half, “Getting Serious About Publishing,” offers insightful perspectives on blogging, agents, editors, handling rejection, indie publishing, and more. Discussions of factuality, point of view, drafting, and scenes are excellent but could be expanded. ­VERDICT This is a reassuring introduction to how writers should approach their first memoir and an honest discussion of what it will take to publish one.—Paul Stenis, Pepperdine Univ. Lib., Malibu, CA


Leopard and Silkie authors at Barnes and Noble tell stories of Seal Sitting as pupping season begins 

Dear Readers,

Thanks to all of you who attended our Barnes and Noble "Words, Writers, and West Seattle" event June 7th to see a slide show of Leopard and Silkie and learn more about Seal Sitting as we begin a new pupping season on the beach. Hear the back story of how this award-winning children's book was created—and how it continues to help kids and seal pups thrive. And don't forget to visit Leopard and Silkie's and Seal Sitters websites to learn more about how you can help our wild neighbors. This week we had a premie pup born on the beach. Here is that story on our Seal Sitters' Blubber Blog by co-author Robin Lindsey.

Watch an ABC News interview with the author on "Saving Young Seals"

Leopard and Silkie is a finalist for the Beverly Cleary Children's Choice Award
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