Leslie Lindsay|Always with a Book
Leslie Lindsay is the creator and host of the award-winning author interview series, “Always with a Book.” Since 2013, Leslie, named “One of the most influential book reviewers” by Jane Friedman, ranks in the Top 1% of all GoodReads Reviewers and has conducted over 700 warm, inquisitive conversations with authors as wide-ranging as Robert Kolker and Mary Kubica to Helen Phillips and Mary Beth Keane, making her website a go-to for book lovers world-wide. She also snaps artistic photos of book covers and circulates on social media.
Leslie’s photography has been featured on the cover of Up the Staircase Quarterly; other photography featured in Another Chicago Magazine (ACM), Brushfire Arts & Literature, The Closed Eye Open, Tiferet Journal, Mud Season Review, and Reservoir Road Literary Journal; works of photography short-listed in the Manhattan Review. Promotional book photos have been picked up by publicists representing Doireann Ni Ghiofa, Matt Haig, and Bobi Conn.
She has contributed to Psychology Today, Poets & Writers, Hippocampus Magazine, Motherwell, Manifest-Station, The Nervous Breakdown, Pithead Chapel, Mutha Magazine, Literary Mama, The Agapanthus Collective, A Door = Jar, Cleaver Magazine (both craft and prose), The Awakening, Semicolon Literary Magazine, Ruminate’s The Waking, and many other publications. She currently has a memoir on submission with Catalyst Literary Management about her mother’s devolve into psychosis, their subsequent estrangement, her mother’s eventual suicide.
Leslie is the author of the award-winning/#1 Amazon bestseller special needs/parenting/communications disorder book, SPEAKING OF APRAXIA (Woodbine House, 2020), now in its 2nd edition. She has appeared on Language During Mealtime with Becca Eisenberg, CCC-SLP Speechie Side Up with Venita Litvack, CCC-SLP and chatted with Dr. Erik Raj’s graduate level courses about educating future speech-language pathologists. She has also collaborated with various top-ranking pediatric SLPs in her research for SPEAKING OF APRAXIA. The updated, 2nd edition was published by Penguin Random House Audio, narrated by the author.
A cum laude graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia and the Sinclair School of Nursing, Leslie worked as a child/adolescent psychiatric R.N. at the Mayo Clinic before turning to writing full-time. She has continued her education at Northwestern University and the University of Madison-Wisconsin, and had attended webinars with Creative Nonfiction Magazine (CNF Magazine) featuring Sonja Livingston, Allison K. Williams, Clinton Crockett Peteres, Dinty W. Moore, and Chelsea Biondolillo, as well as the NYC New School of Journalism & English, has participated in book discussions and author presentations with The Center For Fiction Master Class sessions with Penguin Random House’s Author University, and Kathy Fish’s The Art of Flash. She was accepted and will participate in Joyce Maynard’s Guatemalan Memoir Retreat in the spring of 2022 and in June will participate in a generative workshop featuring Janice Lee and Laraine Herring through Corporeal Writing.
Leslie is a member of #BindersFullofNovelists, #ReadersCoffeeHouse, #TallPoppyBloggers, is a Books Ambassador with Zibby Books, and a partner with Catapult/Softskull/Counterpoint. Her Mental Health/Illness Bookshop.org storefront was featured on the fiction & literature homepage of Bookshop.org. She currently lives near Chicago with her husband, two teenaged daughters, and basset hound. She always has a book nearby.
Warm, lively, and generous conversations with contemporary bestselling and debut authors since 2013 about inspiration, process, writing tips, more. Conducted at leisure via email and shared here, always on Wednesdays, sometimes other days, too, in collaboration with publicists at top-notch publishing houses & PR firms.
Balanced and thoughtful book reviews–ranging from literary fiction to psychological thrillers, historical fiction, children’s literature, and memoirhared widely on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and GoodReads.
Sampling of featured authors: Emma Donoghue, Vince Granata, Dani Shapiro, Mary Kubica, Thomas Christopher Greene, Kristin Hannah, Naima Coster, Mary Beth Keane, Chris Bohjalian, Elizabeth Brundage, Meredith Hall, Sylvia True, Caroline Leavitt, Cynthia Swanson, T. Greenwood, Shari Lapena, Zibby Owens, Christina Baker Kline, Fiona Davis, Laird Hunt, Julia Fine, Andromeda Romano-Lax, Sonja Livingston, Angie Kim, Erica Bauermeister, Jan Eliasberg, Anna Solomon, Maya Shanbhag Lang, Caitlin Myer, Gilly Macmillan, Sally Hepworth, Julia Heaberlin, Ursula Hegi, Lynda Cohen Loigman, Diane Chamberlain, Marion Winik, Ladee Hubbard, Jessica Strawser, Samantha Downing, Heather Gudenkauf, Erika Swyler, Lauren Acampora. *Sample to indicate wide-range of styles, themes, & genres, not to promote favoritism.
Artistic images of book covers with natural elements, bringing the story to life, generating pre-publication publicity for select titles.
Currently on submission: MODEL HOME: Motherhood, Madness & Memory. Just released: SPEAKING OF APRXIA: A Parents’ Guide to Childhood Apraxia of Speech, 2nd edition (Woodbine House, 2020). Various essays on craft & motherhood published online and in print.
Narrator/Author of SPEAKING PF APRAXIA: A Parents’ Guide to Childhood Apraxia of Speech Published by Penguin Random House audio, directed by Allen Towbin, and produced by Karen Dziekonski. Recorded at ARU in Chicago, IL.
Landcapes, crumbling architecture, studies in light and moss, refraction, water, and more. Many works featured in literary journals.
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