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.

Cooper Guest On Downtown Podcast

Downtown Podcast

Cooper was a guest on a special edition of the Downtown Podcast filmed at the Gold Spike on Thursday, October 24 to talk about Outside In and also his forthcoming novel The Investment Club which is set in downtown Las Vegas.

The Downtown Podcast is a weekly video production filmed by friends, community members, and visitors to share the stories, ideas and people that make the Downtown Las Vegas community so special. It is Las Vegas’ only late night talk show. Filmed live every Thursday night at 9pm at Scullery in Downtown Las Vegas.

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