Kate Gale, author of Under a Neon Sun; DC Frost, author of A Punishing Breed; and Ellen Meeropol, author of The Lost Women of Azalea Court.

Porter Square Books is delighted to welcome Kate Gale, author of Under a Neon Sun; DC Frost, author of A Punishing Breed; and Ellen Meeropol, author of The Lost Women of Azalea Court for a book launch and conversation.

This event will take place on Wednesday, May 15 at 7pm at Porter Square Books (25 White St. Cambridge, MA 02140).

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Unable to afford rent, Mia--a community college student--lives out of her car, cleaning houses of the well-to-do in the LA area to meet her shoestring budget. Then Covid hits, and everything changes.

For people living in houses and apartments, with stay-at-home jobs, the pandemic was inconvenient. For Mia--a student and housekeeper whose budget is so tight she lives in her car--the pandemic destroys the very source of her paltry income. Fortunately, gutsy and funny Mia is a determined survivor. After weeks of cutting her limited spending even further, missing meals along the way, her wealthy employers become desperate for her services again. This time, she's determined not to let them take advantage of her as they have in the past. Her newfound confidence gives her new hope as she works to escape the shackles of poverty on her own terms. Sally Rooney meets Elizabeth Strout in this brilliant fiction debut.


A Punishing Breed, the first in a series of novels featuring Detective DJ Arias, is a murder mystery that takes place in Los Angeles, the city of angels, freeways, Santa Ana winds, and honeysuckle slithering through chain-link fences and perfuming LA's dark streets and neighborhoods.

Detective Arias hunts for a murderer on a liberal arts campus that prides itself on its progressive curriculum but is rife with jealousy, racial and sexual tensions, and a hierarchy as real and destructive as a medieval fortress. DJ Arias, good at his job because he sees the worst in people, is challenged by the college community, a neighborhood recluse, and a young Latino gardener he sent to jail ten years ago for a hit-and-run accident. Through the course of his investigation, Arias will find out no one is who they appear to be. He begins to reclaim his humanity by adopting a dog he names Evidence and finding the clues to a crime born from a dark secret not contained in the past but alive in the present, which will cast destruction and murder on the denizens of the small liberal arts campus.


When an elderly woman goes missing, the women of her neighborhood dig into the secrets and lies of her husband's past to save her.


Dr. Kate Gale is Co-Founder and Managing Editor of Red Hen Press, Editor of the Los Angeles Review.  She teaches in the Low Residency MFA program at the University of Nebraska in Poetry, Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction.

She is the author of seven books of poetry, including The Loneliest Girl, The Goldilocks Zone, Echo Light. Kate has also written six librettos including Rio de Sangre, a libretto for an opera with composer Don Davis, which had its world premiere October 2010 at the Florentine Opera in Milwaukee, WI.  

She speaks on independent publishing around the U.S. at schools like USC, Columbia, and Oxford University.  Her operas in process include The Web Opera and a piece centered on Che Guevara, featuring Cuban composer Armando Bayolo.

Denise Cecelia Frost is a second-generation Angelino. For almost twenty years, she has worked at a small private liberal arts college in the heart of Los Angeles. Denise loves and respects Southern California, a melting pot of class and culture that is often misrepresented and misunderstood in popular fiction and media. Denise lives in Eagle Rock, California, with her husband, who is an NPR journalist and reporter, and three rescue dogs. Denise and her husband have an adult son, a filmmaker, who resides in Los Angeles.

Ellen Meeropol is the author of the novels The Lost Women of Azalea Court, Her Sister’s Tattoo, Kinship of Clover, On Hurricane Island, and House Arrest and guest editor of the anthology Dreams for a Broken World. Essay and short story publications include Ms. Magazine, Lilith, The Writer Magazine, Literary Hub, Guernica, and The Boston Globe. Her work, which often focuses on the lives of women on the fault lines between activism and family, has been a finalist for the Sarton Women’s Prize, longlisted for the Massachusetts Book Award, and selected by the Women’s National Book Association as a Great Group Reads.

Event date: 

Wednesday, May 15, 2024 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

Porter Square Books
25 White St.
Cambridge, MA 02140

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Under a Neon Sun By Kate Gale Cover Image
ISBN: 9781953103499
Availability: Available to Order from Supplier: Arrives at Store in a Week(ish)
Published: Three Rooms Press - April 23rd, 2024

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A Punishing Breed By DC Frost Cover Image
ISBN: 9781939096173
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Canis Major Books - June 11th, 2024

The Lost Women of Azalea Court By Ellen Meeropol Cover Image
ISBN: 9781636280493
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Published: Red Hen Press - September 13th, 2022


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