Y.N.T. @ Late Night Debut

Vanessa Veselka & Lidia Yuknavitch chose to discuss Yeah. No. Totally. for Late Night Debut, and I’m pretty much over the moon about it.

Here’s the show: http://latenightlibrary.org/lisa-wells-yeah-no-totally/

I admire Vanessa’s book Zazen very much (so do the folks at PEN: http://redlemona.de/richard-nash/blog/vanessa-veselkas-zazen-wins-the-penrobert-bingham-award-for-best-first-novel)

and Lidia’s groundbreaking memoir, A Chronology of Water (so do the folks at PNBA: http://www.pnba.org/2012BookAwards.html)

They’ve been teaming up on other fronts including this great conversation on women and violence over at the Believer:  http://believermag.tumblr.com/post/17562504296/vanessa-veselka-author-of-zazen-pictured-above

Thanks for reading!

xo — Lisa


Yeah. No. Totally. Featured @ Late Night Library

The good folks over at Late Night Library have kindly chosen to feature Yeah. No. Totally. for the month of January. I feel very lucky to join their ranks of debut authors!

Check them out here: http://latenightlibrary.org/

“Late Night Library is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting talented writers early in their careers. Our programs include two podcast series (Late Night Debut and Late Night Conversation), multi-genre events in Brooklyn and Portland (In and Out of Town Reading Series), a visiting writers series in Portland at Northwest Academy, a national campaign to support independent bookstores and publishers (One for the Books!), an annual prize for early-career authors (the Debut-litzer Award), and a literary journal featuring debut book reviews and interviews with early career authors (Late Night Review).”

Goodbye to the Nervous Apprehension

It’s been a great week for Michael Heald, the man behind Perfect Day Publishing. His book “Goodbye to the Nervous Apprehension” was released last week and I flew home to Portland to help celebrate.

Here’s a link to his interview with Dave Miller on Think Outloud where he talks about the book, his origins as a publisher, and the end of his twenties:


And here’s a write up on the release party @ Electric Literature:


It’s a truly wonderful, passionate, neurotic book and only ten bucks. Christmas gifts!


xo LW




Talking to Eva Soto @ The Rearguard

“RG: I met you at Martha Grover’s book release last month, which was also published through Perfect Day. You were very supportive of her and so were most of the local authors who came to the event. Is it fair to assume that Portland is a very communal and supportive place for writers?

LW: Yeah. Whatever is happening here with writers is similar to what happens with indie rock, I think. It’s communal, slightly self-congratulatory, and yes, for the most part it’s supportive. I’d take this rather than the cutthroat feeling in other places. The stakes here are so low. You are not going to come here and make a million dollars or end up in Oprah, for example, so there’s a reason to be humble all the time, and that keeps people friendly. Also, Portland is such a small town that you want to maintain those relationships.”



Yeah. No. Totally.

“A searing portrait of a generation on the brink, Yeah. No. Totally. delivers the bad news. With a voice at once angry, soulful, fearless, and anarchistic, Lisa Wells pulls no punches. From the self-conscious nights at the bar to the shores of a river that no longer exists, from the internet message boards to the motel rooms after the show, Wells has seen herself, and she has seen us. This is what we look like.”

Available here:    http://perfectdaypublishing.com/books/yeah-no-totally/