New Season of Store Next Door Podcast Now Available

Store Next Door Season 2 Ep 1

Doug Cooper kicks off season 2 of the Store Next Door Podcast with Tyson Cornell from North Figueroa Bookshop and Emilia Rosa, author of Finding CristinaListen to the audio on your favorite podcast platform or visit the Store Next Door website for more info.

On the podcast, Doug talks to to owners, managers, and employees of some of the coolest book stores around and some of your favorite and soon-to-be-favorite authors about their latest releases and other book industry professionals about book topics and trends. Subscribe to the Store Next Door podcast on your favorite streaming platform or by clicking on the images below.


Tyson Cornell is an acclaimed musician and producer, founder of Rare Bird Lit and Books, and currently responsible for publishing, acquisitions, and general business operations. Rare Bird is also a managing partner of North Figueroa Bookshop, a general interest bookstore in the heart of the historic Highland Park neighborhood of Northeast Los Angeles, a joint venture with Unnamed Press and with the collaborative support of founding publisher sponsors, Grove Atlantic and MCD Books.

North Figueroa Bookshop (North Fig) is in the heart of the historic Highland Park neighborhood of Northeast Los Angeles. As mentioned above, the store is a joint venture between Rare Bird and Unnamed Press, two Los Angeles–based independent publishers that have shared book fair booths and been close collaborators on projects for a number of years now (the first of which, Shadows of Love, Shadows of Loneliness, a landmark two-volume retrospective by photography, art, and printmaking by National Book Award–winning author William T. Vollmann, is scheduled for release in 2023). 

Tyson Cornell from North Figueroa Bookshop & Rare Bird Books
North Figueroa Bookshop Window in NE Los Angeles Highland Park Neighborhood
Emilia Rosa Author of Finding Cristina
Finding Cristina by Emilia Rosa

Emilia Rosa is the author of Finding Cristina & the sequel Finding Cristina A New Life. Emilia was raised in Rio and in the south of Brazil and has lived in Florida and now resides in Ohio. In addition to English, she is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, French, and Italian. To learn more about Emilia and her writings, follow her on Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter, or Instagram.

In Finding Cristina, after her father’s death, young Cristina is left with a large house in one of the most beautiful places in the world—Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. But his illness left large debts that must be paid. To make matters worse, her mother’s health starts to decline. With the support of a maid that is more a family member, Cristina, an accomplish pianist, finds work and keeps the creditors at bay. She is undaunted by adversity and faces the mounting problems with resolution and good heart.

Love is the last thing in her mind, but destiny will bring a stranger into her path who will unveil a secret from her past. His love will change her life forever. But before this denouement, they must recon with two men: one would do anything to keep her to himself; the other will stop at nothing to keep the secret.

Doug Cooper In Conversation With Loren Stephens

Doug Cooper was on Rare Bird Radio in conversation with Loren Stephens on Wednesday, September 8. The recorded video is available on available on Crowdcast and YouTube or watch below.

Loren Stephens is a widely published essayist and fiction and nonfiction storyteller. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, MacGuffin, the Jewish Women’s Literary Annual, The Forge Literary Magazine, Crack the Spine, Lunch Ticket’s Amuse Bouche series, The Write Launch, The Summerset Review, The Montreal Review, and Tablet travel magazine, to name a few. The book she co-wrote with Cliff Simon, Paris Nights: My Year at the Moulin Rouge, was deemed one of the best titles from an independent press by Kirkus Book Reviews. 

A two-time nominee of the Pushcart Prize, Loren is president and founder of the ghostwriting companies, Write Wisdom and Bright Star Memoirs. Prior to establishing her company, Loren was a documentary filmmaker. 

Among her credits are Legacy of the Hollywood Blacklist with on camera narration by Burt Lancaster, produced for PBS and nominated for an Emmy Award; Sojourner Truth: Ain’t I A Woman? produced for Coronet Films and recipient of a Golden Apple from the National Education Association; and Los Pastores: The Shepherd’s Play produced for the Latino Consortium of PBS and recipient of a Cine Gold Eagle and nominated for an Imagen Award. She is a member of the Regional Board of the Anti-Defamation League; a member of its Deborah Awards Committee for Outstanding Women; and a member of Greenlight Women, an organization of women in the entertainment industry who serve as mentors. 

All Sorrows Can Be Borne by [Loren Stephens]

Inspired by true events, All Sorrows Can Be Borne is the story of Noriko Ito, a Japanese woman faced with unimaginable circumstances that force her to give up her son to save her husband. Set in Hiroshima, Osaka, and the badlands of eastern Montana and spanning the start of World War II to 1982, this breathtaking novel is told primarily in the voice of Noriko, a feisty aspiring actress who fails her audition to enter the Takarazuka Theater Academy. Instead, she takes the “part” of a waitress at a European-style tearoom in Osaka where she meets the mysterious and handsome manager, Ichiro Uchida. They fall in love over music and marry. Soon after Noriko becomes pregnant during their seaside honeymoon, Ichiro is diagnosed with tuberculosis destroying their dreams.

Hiroshima, 1945.
Noriko gives birth to a healthy baby boy, but to give the child a better life, Ichiro convinces her to give the toddler to his older sister and her Japanese-American husband, who live in Montana. Noriko holds on to the belief that this inconceivable sacrifice will lead to her husband’s recovery. What happens next is unexpected and shocking and will affect Noriko for the rest of her life.

Eighteen years later, her son enlists in the U.S. Navy and is sent to Japan. Finally, he is set to meet his birth mother, but their reunion cracks open the pain and suffering Noriko has endured.

With depth and tenderness, All Sorrows Can Be Borne is a harrowing and beautifully written novel that explores how families are shaped by political and economic circumstances, tremendous loss and ultimately forgiveness.

To learn more about Loren and her writings, visit her website or follow her on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram.

The Richard Wilmore Show

Doug was a guest on The Richard Wilmore Show, a Talk/Variety Show created to shine the spotlight on amazing musicians, talented actors, brilliant authors, hilarious comedians and the most creative people in entertainment. 

The Richard Wilmore Show (TRWS) is a weekly live talk/variety show currently filmed in San Antonio, Texas. TRWS is the go-to destination for entertainers to showcase their talents, talk about life and upcoming projects. Tune in to meet someone special that we think you need to know!


TRWS began filming in 2016 from a home studio built just outside of Baltimore, Maryland. After a move to Texas, the show began filming in front of a live studio audience at Bexar Stage and Candlelight Coffee House. Season 4 kicked off September 14, 2020 with the 100th episode but was entirely virtual for pandemic precautions. Season 4 has featured guests from coast to coast. The season finale is June 7, 2021.

Season 5 launches on the show’s five year anniversary, August 29, 2021. The new season will reach a wider audience with the addition of media partners ArtScene SA and KP Media TV with distribution to Apple TV, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV, ITunes, Google Podcasts, and more.

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To learn more about Richard and his show, visit his website or follow him on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and Subscribe on YouTube.

ALA Midwinter Meeting 2021 Videocast: Christopher Zyda with Doug Cooper

Christopher Zyda, author of The Storm: One Voice from the AIDS Generation (Rare Bird; 2020) in conversation with Doug Cooper, author of Outside In, The Investment Club, and Focus Lost (Rare Bird), from the virtual ALA (American Library Association) Midwinter Meeting 2021.

Christopher Zyda is the author of the The Storm: One Voice from the AIDS Generation. In this beautiful and gripping story, Chris confronts the long-buried and painful memories of his harrowing fifteen-year journey during the early years of the AIDS crisis in Los Angeles.


It all begins in early 1984, when Chris, a twenty-one year old UCLA English Literature major, risks ostracism when he comes out of the closet to his fraternity brothers just as the AIDS pandemic is beginning to explode in gay communities across the United States. Soon afterward, Chris meets and falls in love with Stephen, a graduate of Yale University and Law School, and the two of them build a life together as their friends start to fall sick and die from the spreading storm of AIDS.

Stephen begins showing symptoms of AIDS in early 1986, and Chris faces a difficult choice as he is certain that he, too, eventually will be stricken by the disease. He abandons his writing career and attends the UCLA business school so that he can earn enough money to pay for healthcare during Stephen’s illness.

The Storm is filled with heart, optimism, and love, interspersed with Los Angeles history, gay and lesbian history, AIDS history, and the backdrop of the 1980s and 1990s. It is an unflinching and, at times, raw memoir of perseverance, integrity, forgiveness, the power of love, spiritual growth, Carpe Diem, dreams, and, most of all: survival and ultimate triumph.

To learn more about Chris, visit his website or follow him on Twitter

Doug On The More Than Corporate Podcast

Doug was on The More Than Corporate podcast to chat with Amber Fuhriman. Learn what it means to put your heart and soul into a book. Doug shares the benefits of world travel. Learn how to better understand the things that hold us back from being the best we can be. Click below to listen to the podcast.

Doug Cooper with Amber Fuhriman

Amber is an attorney practicing immigration and criminal defense in Las Vegas, Nevada and the founder and host of the More Than Corporate Podcast. When she was growing up, she KNEW she was going to be successful. She just didn’t KNOW she had to decide what that meant for her. So, she pushed forward following the only idea of success she had ever known…. a college education and a good job. She has had a very blessed life, but it hasn’t been all sunshine and roses. She was convinced when she got a “good job” based upon hard work and college education that all her problems would disappear! She actually remembers saying to her grandma somewhere around 2008 that one day she was going to make $100,000 in a year and all her problems would be gone…. Yup… Amber admits she knows how ridiculous that sounds now.

New episodes of the More Than Corporate podcast post weekly. Visit the Guest Area to connect with her to be a guest on the show or join the More Than Corporate Community on Facebook to meet others interested in finding fulfillment, defining success, and living your best life.

Focus Lost is Doug’s third book and will be released on April 16, 2019 by Rare Bird Books. Visit the Buzz section to stay updated on the news and events related to release or connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Author Talk at Huron Library

Doug Cooper Author Talk – Huron Library – Dec 10, 7p

Come hear Doug give a talk on “Living What You Write to Research Fiction” at the Huron Library on Tuesday, December 10 at 7 pm. Doug will provide insight on questions such as, “Where Do Authors Ideas Come From?” and “How Much of What Authors Write About Is True?” and many more relating to his three novels Focus LostThe Investment Club, and Outside In.

Register on the Huron Library website or respond to Facebook Event to reserve your spot. After the talk, Doug will be signing and selling copies of all three of his books.

This event is free to the public and part of the Huron Library Speaker Series.

Focus Lost:

The line between passion and obsession runs through us all.

Levi Combs never planned to rocket to stardom.

Eva Florez knew he would the moment she saw him.

Gabe Adams didn’t want anything to do with celebrities.

But after Gabe’s sister sells his photos of Levi with a young starlet to a tabloid website, their lives become intertwined forever, bound by rage and retribution.

Blending the nuance and insight of literary fiction with the big-screen magic of a Hollywood thriller, Focus Lost whisks readers into a world of temptation, indulgence, and revenge, daring them to take a bite of the forbidden fruit.

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