Announcing POISON

Shannon & Elm is pleased to announce that on 7 November, 2013, we will be publishing another book from Neal Starkman. Poison, a work of humorous political fiction, will accompany Dervishes on the publication journey. While Poison is more light-hearted in tone than Dervishes, both provide a beautiful marriage of comedy and tragedy.

Poison is the humorous tale of mystery in the small midwestern town of Eaton. Letter-carrier Cleve believes that the most recent international controversy, the poisoning of 50,000 Papua New Guineans, is far removed from his quiet life. However, Eaton finds itself caught up in an intrigue of its own, suddenly afflicted by sniper attacks that may or may not be connected with the Papua New Guinea poisonings. Cleve finds his life suddenly complicated by a love triangle, a midget mayor, and small town intrigue within international tragedy. With a touch of tasteful absurdity, eccentric characters, and, of course, jingoism, Poison is a delightful read that is not in your face, but will make you laugh out loud.

Keep an eye out for Poison and Dervishes when they hit the shelves on November 7th and 22nd, respectively.

Our New Author, Neal Starkman!

Shannon & Elm is pleased to announce its first author, Neal Starkman. He has signed on with us to publish his work of literary fiction, Dervishes. Below you will find information on the novel and on the author. Welcome to the team, Neal!
Neal StarkmanDervishes follows a lesbian physicist named Carolyn on her journey to becoming a lesbian and a woman physicist in the midst of the women’s rights movements of the 70s and 80s. This journey takes her from St. Cloud, Minnesota to Seattle, Washington, from a lover named Philip to a lover named Stephanie. Treating serious, controversial, and poignant topics with wisdom, poise, and wit, Carolyn sorts out her place in the world. Starkman captures with almost impossible eloquence the complexities of being a lesbian and an academic in a formative time in the United States’ civil rights history.
About Neal:

Neal Starkman has been a writer all his life. He’s written or developed novels, short stories, political essays, educational programs, songs, scripts, books, games, simulations, workshops, flyers, jokes, slogans, bumper stickers, and even shopping lists. His Ph.D. dissertation explored why many people don’t complain—why they tolerate situations that they think are unfair or otherwise wrong. Virtually all of his work has focused on making complex issues clear and engaging in an attempt to improve the human condition.

Neal is the owner of a company, Flashpoint Development, which specializes in innovative health education. He has helped to develop numerous materials in the field of health education, including comprehensive curricula in drug education, HIV/AIDS prevention, violence prevention, cancer, and peer helping. He has also written several books that promote Developmental Assets™ for young people.

Neal has been a resident of Seattle since 1975. He lives there with his wife, Chris, and son, Cole.