Laura Alary

Laura Alary

Writing stories that make us bigger on the inside

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New Book Announcement: Breathe…

July 25, 2020

I like how the sea and I can both make something beautiful from broken pieces. Maybe the Spirit does that too.-3I am very excited to announce that my two books with Paraclete Press, Make Room and Look! will be joined by a third.

Breathe: A Child’s Guide to Ascension, Pentecost, and the Growing Time will be launched in April 2021.

I will be sharing bits and pieces from the book as we draw closer to publication. I look forward to being able to share some glimpses of the artwork by Cathrin Peterslund. But for this particular post, I am grateful to artist and fellow Paraclete author, Roger Hutchison, for letting me use his beautiful painting, “Thinking About the Sea”.

You can see more of Roger’s work here.

And check out Cathrin Peterslund’s other work on her website here.

Memes, memes, and more memes…

July 24, 2020


To see things in the seed, that is genius. Lao Tzu

I am trying to learn new things, including how to create shareable images using quotations and illustrations from my books. Here is my first effort. Of course, after struggling through my first one for Facebook, I realized I had to redo everything for Twitter and Instagram. More practice! I am preparing a series of these for my upcoming book with Paraclete Press, so feel free to follow me on Instagram, Twitter (@LauraAlary1) or FB (@lauraalaryauthor).

Celebrating in a Pandemic

July 24, 2020


It seems trivial to be mourning small disappointments when so many people are suffering great losses. But whether you are an author feeling disheartened at the cancellation of a book launch, a teenager saddened by the loss of a much-anticipated graduation celebration, or a child feeling down about not having friends over for her birthday, the sadness is real.

In this article, originally written for Presbyterian Connection then republished on the Knox College website, I wrestle with whether or not it’s OK to celebrate my new book (What Grew in Larry’s Garden) in the midst of a global pandemic.

The fact that I am posting this probably gives you a clue where I come down on the question, but if you want to hear more you can find the article here.

Eden Mills Writers’ Festival Online

June 15, 2020


Just in case you missed going behind the scenes with What Grew in Larry’s Garden at the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival Online, you can still tune in and see me and illustrator Kass Reich talking about how the book came to be. For a limited time you can watch the recording here.

Breathe: A New Book for Pentecost 2021

May 31, 2020

IMG_1299Today is Pentecost. While this year our celebrations are mingled with lament, the promise and challenge of the gift of the Spirit is just as vital as ever. I thought I would share a few words from my forthcoming book Breathe: A Child’s Guide to Ascension, Pentecost, and The Growing Time (Paraclete Press, 2021):

On the day of Pentecost
the church is dressed in red—the color of fire.
We celebrate the gift of the Spirit with a cake and candles,
streamers and pinwheels.
The wind catches them and sets them spinning.
It breathes into the banners over our heads
and makes them dance.

I can’t see the wind, but I know when it is near.
It makes things move.

…I used to wonder how Jesus could go away,
and yet promise to be with us always.
Now I am starting to see.

The Spirit that was in Jesus is in us, too.
We are his body now,
his way of being in the world.

Whenever we choose kindness,
make peace,
live gently,
show patience,
feel joy,
give love,
Jesus is there.

Breathe is a companion to Look! A Child’s Guide to Advent and Christmas and Make Room: A Child’s Guide to Lent and Easter. Watch for it in Sprint 2021.

Larry Earned Some Badges!

April 23, 2020

94318161_578787352733961_6504015954408636416_n-2I was delighted to hear from today. They have included What Grew in Larry’s Garden among their book choices for spring, and the reviews are good. They have even awarded the book their Heartstrings and Thoughtful Citizen badges. That warms my heart and tomatoes. Check out the reviews here.

Canlit for Little Canadians

April 23, 2020

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Many thanks to Helen Kubiw for the great review of What Grew in Larry’s Garden on her blog CanLit for Little Canadians. Acknowledging the message that “community comes with time and effort and is worth both,” Helen concludes, “What Grew in Larry’s Garden is rosy reciprocity, budding bonds and sprouts of support. Ah, for every garden to be this lush.” Read the review here