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The New Book is Almost Here: Pre-Order Info

Published August 3, 2016 by April Fox

Let me preface this by reminding you guys that I’m mostly a mom and a teacher, and sometimes I write stuff, and the title of businessperson is not even on the list of things that I am. So if this is a weird or unconventional or unwise way to do this, I apologize; it just seems like the easiest way and the title of slacker most definitely is on that list.

So yeah- the new book, “Chicken Soup for the Fuck You,” should be ready any day now. Here’s the description of it, from the back cover:

“Chicken Soup for the Fuck You” is spit straight from the hyperactive brain of a lifelong oddball who has, to put it simply, seen some shit. In the process of finding her voice after a decade and a half of quiet, April Fox puts a wry spin on politics, religion, and the weird and wonderful aspects of everyday life, including parenting a herd of eclectic children. In between, there are periods of darkness, and those are reflected here too.

In short, “Chicken Soup for the Fuck You” is a feel-good book for people who hate feel-good books.

April’s work has been described as “Intoxicating… Awesome, inspiring, and resonating all the way.”

“…a huge dose of reality.”

“Enigmatic and thought-provoking, but still touching.”


I don’t know how accurate any of those descriptions are, other than the last one, but they sound nice, don’t they?

If you would like to preorder the book (a few people have expressed interest), you can do that now. I’ll ship it to you, along with a lovely token of my appreciation (it’s not that lovely, but it is certainly a token) just as soon as I have them in my hands. These preorders will be priced at $8.99, a dollar less than the official book price, and that just covers the cost of printing and shipping. If you want to bundle the new book with my previous book, “Spine,” you can do that too, for a few extra dollars. “Chicken Soup” will soon be available through Amazon and in Kindle format, and I will be working on getting it distributed to smaller, local bookstores.

To preorder, please send $8.99 per copy via this handy Paypal link. I can also bundle it with my previous book, Spine, for an additional $5.00. Please include a note or send me a separate email letting me know the shipping address and what the payment is for. If you are local (Asheville, NC area) I can bring your order to you. (Unfortunately, the nifty Paypal button I tried to add here didn’t work, making this more complicated than I had hoped; I’ll try to figure something out when my brain is less demolished.)

Three more very important things: if you’re reading this, THANK YOU. I seriously have the most incredible group of fans, friends, and especially family, in the world. I have neither the confidence nor the constitution to do this on my own, without you guys backing me up. Also, please check out the fantastic Canadian dance-punk band Shout Out Out Out Out, whose song “Chicken Soup for the Fuck You” obviously inspired the title for this book. And finally, please continue to support local artists, writers, and musicians, even if you don’t buy my book. Go buy someone else’s book, see a show by a band you love and buy a CD, pick up a painting or a sculpture or whatever made by a local artist. The world is so fucked up right now, we have to keep creating and spreading something other than hate and fear.

Love you all-thank you.



New Book Coming Soon-Be a Part of It.

Published April 25, 2016 by April Fox

Hi wonderful friends and followers-I just wanted to share that I have a new book coming out in the next few months. This one is different than the previous ones, but if you’re following me here, I think you’ll like it. (Speaking of which, this is a good time to say thanks for being here.)

I’ve started a silly little contest over on my Facebook fan page, to decide which author photo to put on the back cover. Feel free to follow this link to cast your vote. And if you like, go ahead and follow me on Facebook to get updates on the new book, and more. As publication grows closer, I plan to offer a chance to win a free copy of the new book. 

Thanks again for sticking around. You all are fantastic. 

The Latest Book

Published September 3, 2015 by April Fox

For those of you who are interested in such things, here’s the new book: a collection of some of my most controversial work, including “A Love Letter to Pat Robertson” and “Mother Whore and the Monsters on the Hill.”

As always, thank you for your constant support. I appreciate you all more than I can say.



Published May 31, 2015 by April Fox

He brings me books:

A biography of Elvis Costello;

a notebook from 1932, filled with careful script:

a schoolgirl’s notes on history;

Tom Perotta

and the like.

He sings to me when I can’t sleep,

tells me stories about bars and hidden tables

talks me safely toward the morning,

through the dark. 

He sits across from me

while I read and peel an orange,

an ordinary waking, but still I catch him watching

like I made the sun come up. 


The First Big Thing: Object Permanence.

Published April 30, 2012 by April Fox

Object Permanence.

It’s finally done. I won’t pretend you’ve been waiting forever for it, or that I worked forever on it, but you might like to read it anyway. It’s available directly from the publisher now, and in a few days, if you can wait that long [look at my ego, all puffed up… it’s all an act, I promise] I’ll post a link so that you can order it online through an independent book store. If you have a favorite store where you are, they can order it for you there.

Thanks for all of your support… you helped make this happen.

And now for the second big thing… stay tuned.

Oh yeah, click on this handy-dandy link for a preview, and to order if you’re so inclined. Ten bucks, cheaper than Starbucks (maybe, I don’t know; I can’t afford Starbucks).

Baby Girl has a Severe Allergy to Pioneer Life, it Seems.

Published March 11, 2012 by April Fox

Baby girl and I are discussing books. She’s rather picky about what she reads, preferring fast-paced, adventure-filled books, but with a definite girly focus.

“I didn’t like the Little House on the Prairie books,” she says.

“I know,” I say. “They weren’t very interesting when you read them before, but you were pretty small. If you try them again you might like them.”

“I doubt it,” she says, with that cynical little twist in her voice.

“It can’t hurt to try,” I tell her.

“Unless you’re allergic to something,” she tells me. “Then your face could swell up and turn red and you could have a hard time breathing and you could get sick and die. Trying something like that again wouldn’t be good. You could have used a better phrase, mom.”

I’m almost certain that she is not allergic to Laura Ingalls Wilder, especially considering that she’s been through the home Ms. Wilder lived in and has had her books on our shelves her whole life, but I’m too tired to argue the point tonight. Besides, I think I’m out of Benadryl-and you never know.

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