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a meditation on the life and art of Joan Mitchell
Author: Robin Lippincott
Pages:  156
Format: 5.25x8 inch paperback
ISBN-13:  978-0-9846617-8-7
Pub date: December, 2015
Publisher: Tidal Press


Blue Territory is a poetic immersion into the life and art of Joan Mitchell, the great American abstract expressionist painter. A contemporary of Jackson Pollock and Willem De Kooning, she is not as well known as her male counterparts because she was a woman and also because she spent most of her working life in France. Still, in 2013, Bloomsburg Business listed Mitchell as the bestselling female artist of all time. When asked to talk about her paintings, Joan Mitchell often responded, “If I could say it in words, I’d write a book.” Here is her book. At once unique and universal, Blue Territory is at its core an exploration of love and life, and what it means to love - and live - what you do. Meticulously researched and lyrically written, it will appeal to anyone interested in passionate engagement with the world. The book mostly eschews images, thereby freeing the reader to imagine the paintings, much as Mitchell would have to do before picking up her brush. Read an exerpt here.

What Others Have to Say:

“Robin Lippincott’s affecting and intimate tribute to the painter, Joan Mitchell, is as fiercely felt, imaginative, fluid, and light-filled as her brushstrokes. He has erased the boundaries between Mitchell’s art and her life, capturing the quality of light, the saturation of color in her work as deftly as her originality, loneliness, and intensity. Blue Territory will open your eyes to the work of one remarkable artist, and to what art at its best can do.”  — Eleanor Morse, Author, White Dog Fell from the Sky

“The title speaks to it…blue is her color. Blue is Joan Mitchell. This book evokes her spirit through a series of carefully chosen quotes and poignant ruminations. [It is] a biography that is elegantly written and more than a meditation. It’s glorious.” — Alex Nyerges, Director, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

“In Blue Territory, Robin Lippincott assembles and unfolds the facts, events, and relationships of Joan Mitchell’s life, poetically constructing a portrait of this important painter. Joan loved her life as an artist - it was one full of risks, high and low points, of art to make and see, and artists, poets, writers and composers to meet. She was an intellectual, a fighter, a person of integrity; full of empathy, love, and anguish. Through all of her travails, she painted - from late at night until early in the morning. With this beautiful book, which is at once specific and insightful, oblique and haunting, Lippincott conveys a sense of who Joan Mitchell was, and the substance of her work.” — Sally Apfelbaum, Artist, friend of Joan Mitchell

“Robin Lippincott has an uncanny ability to convey just what he finds so compelling about Joan Mitchell—from her gutsy struggle to thrive in the male-dominated art world of the ‘50s and ‘60s, to her last valiant efforts to work while dying of lung cancer. Combining personal essay, biography, and a dash of fiction, Blue Territory freely imagines the artist’s interiority and boldly celebrates her life, hitting on deeper truths regarding artistic endeavor, the art of living, and the equally creative act of fandom.” — Clifford Chase, Author, The Tooth Fairy and Winkie

“No mere recounting of the life of an artistic figure, Blue Territory is an audacious rendering of an artist, her passion, her obstacles, and her triumphant work. Robin Lippincott has created a genre of his own in this revelation of Joan Mitchell and her world. Here, the abstract nature of her painting is made concrete, the metaphysics of her vision made tangible, and her vibrant color finds its perfect translation in equally vivid prose. The reader comes away from the experience with the impression of having inhabited, in deep empathetic understanding, a life made from art.” — Kirby Gann, Author, Ghosting and Our Napoleon in Rags


42 short stories
Author: Foust
Pages:  190
Format: 5x8 inch paperback
ISBN-13:  978-0-9846617-4-9
Pub date: May, 2015
Publisher: Tidal Press


What Others Have to Say

“Foust’s first lines are simply wonderful.  They draw you in and hold you for a spell, promising so much that you are stunned when these short-shorts actually deliver.  Her engaging multidimensional characters resonate amongst themselves like family members at an unwanted reunion.  From naturalistic to surreal, Foust’s stories offer vision, insight, and keen descriptive moments that reward the reader upon repeated readings.” - Cathryn Hankla, author of Fortune-Teller Miracle Fish

“Like most artists, Foust is self-created—she dropped her first name because it didn’t suit her. And such deletion, or erasure, is at the core of her art. If it’s true that the devil is in the details, then Foust is the most devilish of writers; this is a sinfully good collection of stories. - Robin Lippincott, author of In the Meantime


“The best photograph of my sister is the one on the milk carton.” So begins Missing, one of the stories in this elegant debut collection. Themes of family, home, memory and disconnectedness dance with a quiet power through these 42 short-short stories about people playing the cards life has dealt them the best they can. The author’s rhythmic and economical writing reinforces the journeys – both literal and figurative, sometimes painful and sometimes freeing – that her characters face. Flash fiction at its finest, Foust’s stories are magnets that pull emotions and reactions out of you that you may not have even known were there. Foust, who goes by the single name, is a writer and printmaker who lives in Richmond, VA. She received an MFA in creative writing from Spalding University in Louisville, KY in 2008, and a BFA in Illustration from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 1985. Her stories have appeared in places like Minnetonka Review, Smokelong Quarterly, Word Riot, and Wrong Tree Review, among others. 

Click the titles to read two of her stories, Overboard and Petite Filet, and we bet you won't be able to resist buying the collection.


155 cartoons
Author: Foust
Pages:    172
Format: 8x8 inch paperback
ISBN-13:  978-0-9846617-6-3
Pub date: May, 2015
Publisher: Tidal Press



Enjoy this collection of 155 artfully drawn black and white New Yorker-style cartoons that seamlessly blend the erudite, the absurd and the bawdy into classic and nouveau visual puns.  Themes as diverse as daily amusements and annoyances, the BIG questions, clowns, the inner life of dogs, things you hopefully learned in school (art and science editions), and things that go together but shouldn’t will keep you consistently entertained. Fans of Gary Larson and Roz Chast will enjoy this collection. Find Foust on Facebook at Six of One, Half Dozen of the Other, where she continues to offer a daily cartoon.
FOUST is a cartoonist, writer and printmaker who lives in Richmond VA with three dogs and one husband. She received an MFA in creative writing from Spalding University in 2008, and a BFA in Illustration from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 1985. Her artwork has been shown and collected around the world. Six of One, Half-dozen of the Other is her first collection of cartoons. 

To preview some of her cartoons, visit: Six of One, Half-dozen of the Other. 

The True Story of Two Abandoned Dogs Who Showed Me The Way Home

Author: Laura S. Jones
Pages:  232
Format: 6x9 inch paperback, Ebook also available
Interior photographs: Black and white
ISBN-13: 978-0-9846617-2-5
Pub date: December 12, 2014
Publisher: Tidal Press


What Others Have to Say

"Laura Jones tells an inspiring story of relentless hope, unconditional love, and how dogs and people find their home. It's a story that made me laugh, cry, and cheer. A great book!" Lynne Cox, best-selling author of the memoirs Swimming to Antarctica and Grayson.

“Brava! To Laura Jones for her heartfelt, open and honest portrayal of her very personal and important journey as a foster Mom. If there were more Lauras in the world, there would be more foster dogs in loving homes and fewer in shelters. This book made me laugh and cray….and want to give her a big hug!” Aimee Sadler, founder and CEO at Dogs Playing for Life

“Totally enjoyed the book.” Susanne Kogut, Executive Director of the PetCo Foundation.

“If you love dogs and good writing, you have to read this book." Pam Wahl, Publisher of Virginia Maryland Dog Magazine.


Sadie and Sasha’s transformation from abandoned, near-feral dogs into beloved pets was never easy, and the outcome was never certain. This funny and touching memoir follows the author’s bumpy, yearlong journey to help these two young pit bulls cheat death and find a real home. Jones keeps you entertained and on the edge of your seat throughout their story as she weaves her personal path to becoming a foster parent with a behind the scenes look at how the best animal shelters operate. She finally proves that one person, no matter her flaws, can make a difference and maybe  heal herself a bit in the process.You’ll also hear from Susanne Kogut, the former Executive Director of the widely praised Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA where Sadie and Sasha got their start and Aimee Sadler, Founder of Playing for Life and training director for Longmont Humane Society where Sadie and Sasha were admitted for rehabilitation, among other experts. Saving Sadie and Sasha can be compared to The Daily Coyote, by Shreve Stockton, Marley and Me, by John Grogan and other successful dog memoirs. Read the introduction here. Two dollars from the sale of every book will be donated to animal welfare organizations so they can help more dogs like Sadie and Sasha and Pooch. An additional two dollars will be donated for each book sold from this website.


Author: Laura S. Jones
Pages: 210
Thirteen short stories
Format: 6x9 inch paperback, E-book also available
ISBN-13: 978-0-9846617-0-1
Pub date: 2011, second edition November 2014
Publisher: Tidal Press
Cover photograph: Nicole Wagner




There is magic and tragedy in every ordinary life, sometimes just around the corner. Try as we might, though, we can never tell which is coming. The thirteen short stories in Breaking and Entering explore what happens after. After a chance encounter, long forgotten choice or simple mistake breaks the barriers or bonds that either hold people together or keep them apart. Sometimes the results are good, sometimes they are not. But they are always life-changing. With a straightforward writing style, distinctive and diverse characters and an ear for dialog, Jones captures the beautiful and painful clarity that change can bring to a life.
Laura S. Jones is a journalist and former attorney who lives with her husband and animals in central Virginia. This is her first collection of short stories. The story Fallout Shelter was originally published in Short Story America Anthology Volume I. The story Renewal won an award from WriterHouse in Charlottesville in 2013. Click here to read the first half of the title story.