The Pearlsong Letter April 2005: News & Updates About Pearlsong Press Books & Authors


April 2011

Pearlsong Conversations resume this Sunday with Ellen Frankel —
author of the new novel
Syd Arthur

Join me (Pearlsong publisher Peggy Elam, Ph.D.) this coming Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 5 p.m. Eastern/4 p.m. Central for an hour of love, laughter and enlightenment in teleconference with author Ellen Frankel.

Ellen is the author of Syd Arthur, the newest novel from Pearlsong Press. You may be familiar with Prince Siddhartha, raised behind palace walls and showered with every extravagance. He abandoned his protected life to embark on a spiritual journey, ultimately reaching enlightenment and becoming known as the Buddha — "one who is awake." He then spent the rest of his life teaching that all have the potential to awaken...

Now, meet Syd Arthur! Living in the cloistered world of suburbia, Syd is a middle-aged Jewish woman who is potentially awake, but likes to start her day with a strong cup of coffee, just in case. Her daughter has just left for college and her diet is once again off track. While for most of her life she's been convinced that happiness can be attained by a magic number on the bathroom scale — or a really great shopping day at Bloomingdale's—she finds herself in the grocery store with an empty cart wondering if there just might be something more.

When East unexpectedly meets West, Syd embarks on a journey as a spiritual seeker. Soon she's in over her chakras as her search takes her from yoga studio to meditation hall to ashram gift store to the pages of Zensational catalogue. Her Mah Jongg group insists it's merely a midlife crisis. But nothing's going to stop Syd's journey toward Nirvana—not even the hottest sale at Nordstrom's. Follow Syd as she finds her bliss and discovers a richness that rivals a Godiva truffle, making for one delicious enlightenment.

Read more about Syd Arthur here. The novel is available in original trade paperback and ebook editions.

You may already know Ellen as the author of Beyond Measure: A Memoir About Short Stature & Inner Growth (Pearlsong Press, 2006), or her other nonfiction works co-authored with sister Judith Matz, LCSW, The Diet Survivors' Handbook: 60 Lessons in Eating, Acceptance & Self-Care and Beyond A Shadow of a Diet: The Therapist's Guide to Treating Compulsive Eating.

Back to the Pearlsong Conversation — to receive the teleconference call details (phone number and access code), send an email to pearlsongconversations @ The call details will be automatically emailed to you. There is no cost for participating in the teleconference call, other than any long distance toll charges that might apply. We welcome your comments and questions!

Other Pearlsong authors will be present on the call, too. You'll hear Lynne Murray, author of the romantic comedy Bride of the Living Dead (Pearlsong Press, 2010) as well as The Falstaff Vampire Files, scheduled for publication in September 2011. And you can meet Tracey Thompson, author of Fatropolis—an alternative history paranormal romantic adventure in which a young fat woman with low self esteem falls into another world in which fat people lead happy, normal, guilt-free lives. (We haven't set the pub date for Fatropolis yet, but we're planning for 2012.)

We are recording these Pearlsong Conversations and making them available for listening online or downloading after the calls. You can find links to the previous Conversation recordings on the Pearlsong Conversations webpage. See for more info and the archived recordings. But we do hope you'll join us live. The teleconference call line will hold up to 96 people. As we continue these calls in following months, we can switch to a higher capacity line if necessary. Wouldn't that be fun?

Talk to you Sunday!

In Joy,

Peggy Elam, Ph.D.
Psychologist, Editor & Publisher
Pearlsong Press


"Enlightenment should not be something out of our reach.
It should be something that we co-create
 in our daily lives."

Suchi Waters Benjamin

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