What’s new in Corona City
Summer 2023—Corona City: Voices from an Epicenter (Magic Dog Press), edited by Lorraine, is an anthology of first-person writings chronicling life in New York and New Jersey when these two states were the nation’s first coronavirus epicenter. All royalties go to hunger relief.
Audiobook Wins IPPY Award
Corona City, the audiobook, available here on Audible.com, won a 2023 IPPY (Independent Publisher Book Award) for Outstanding Audiobook of the Year. The IPPYs is one of the largest and most recognized book awards in the world. Congrats to the audiobook team: Walker Vreeland of Walker Vreeland Productions, producer; Margie Lenhart of Margie Voiceovers, casting director; and William Antoniou, composer who wrote the original soundtrack.
• Listen to a demo of the audiobook here.
Traveling Reading Series Begins
On Thursday night, June 22, Lorraine kicked off a traveling Corona City Reading Series with Meet the Authors: Corona City at the Lee Memorial Library in Allendale, New Jersey. The event featured a talk about the anthology’s remarkable journey and featured Bergen County writers reading their first-person works from the book. The series will move to different venues in New Jersey and New York. Stay tuned for more information.
Five-Star Review Calls Book a ‘Time Capsule’
IndieReader gave Corona City a five-star review earlier this month, calling the book “an intimate, deeply affecting time capsule of the early pandemic that is likely to become even more emotionally resonant in the coming years, as people’s memories of the experience begin to fade.”
So Far 60,000 Meals Served
As of this writing, Corona City, in all three editions—paperback, ebook, and audiobook—has served up almost 30,000 meals. Since we’re matched by the Tony Robbins 1 Billion Meals Challenge, make that almost 60,000 meals.
“Lorraine is one of those rare writers who can make any scene come alive. She has understanding and a wisdom born of experience, and she can see into the heart of a story perhaps better than anyone I know. The details she chooses when she describes or narrates are always the right ones for the piece and for the emotions involved. She's a fine journalist, a fine memoirist, and, simply put, a really fine writer.”
—Pat Carr, PhD
author of The Women in the Mirror and One Page at a Time: On a Writing Life
winner of the Iowa Short Fiction Award and the PEN Southwest Book Award