For Graduates in the Time of Pandemic


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Many of us are casting about right now for just the right gift for that special graduate, for the young person we hold dear and who will be striking off on their own into a world that is, in the time of pandemic, more uncertain than ever. As someone who wishes them well, who wants them to succeed (in whatever way they define success) the question becomes, what can I give? what can I offer that can help them on their way?

How about the gift of Stone Gathering? How about the gift of powerful, meaningful and inviting poems, stories and essays by writers from every walk of life– writers who happen to know a thing or two about the human condition in most of its varied iterations and circumstances. With the company of Stone Gathering Readers, your graduate will never be without intellectual and emotional 5-up Vol. 1-flyercompanions; they’ll never lack for hands to hold or for words to live by, to study, to treasure or to share.

And you can start your graduate at the beginning with the Complete Set: Volume 1, so they don’t miss a beat. And/or gift them a subscription so they’ll have a quarterly reminder that you know they are smart, capable, curious, multi-dimensional, that you have confidence they are going somewhere– of their own devising, of course. And Stone Gathering is a gift that never gets old or out of date; it keeps giving all year, and, as collectible literature—for years to come. A perfect sending gift.

Complete Set CollageComplete Set: Volume One, Issues 1-5: $49.95 (plus tax and shipping).

One-year gift subscriptions (5 issues): $42  (no tax, no shipping).


Both are available in our online store: https://danielle-dufy-literary.square.site/Summer 20 front only (1)

Or, for an add-on gift, consider a single issue, sold here.


These are unprecedented times. We’re all navigating uncharted waters. Our hearts are with your graduates. We wish them the best future ever and all the support they’ll need to get there.



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The Relevance of Rural

Our 2020 Special Issue is out! And The Relevance of Rural: What’s Lost, What’s Left, What Lasts (dedicated to Wendell Berry) is a truly special issue.



I am so pleased with how it came together. It features work by Wendell Berry, Barbara Rockman, William Stafford, Debra Marquart, Budd Powell Mahen, Jennifer Handley, James Crews, Sheila Packa, Barbara Crooker, Joe Wilkins, Kalene Nisly, Meredith Cook, Chad Hanson, Tom Hennen, Linda M. Hasselstrom, Pamela Sinicrope, Meghan Daum, Brian Doyle, Molly Beth Griffin, Laura Grace Weldon, Larry Schug, and Alberto Ríos. 

Single Issue: $10.95 USD (find links for purchasing single issues here)

Or, let this very special issue occasion your subscription to Stone Gathering.  We publish five issues annually (four seasonal issues and one themed issue): $42/year or $80/2 years. Gift subscriptions are also available. 

Finally, we’ve made it easy to bring yourself or someone you love up to date with Stone Gathering (“portable, affordable, collectible literature”). The Complete Set: Volume 1: Issues 1-5 is available in our store. What a lovely gift for yourself, for a shut in (aren’t we all shut-ins?), for a grad, or for any beloved reader in your life. ($49.95 plus tax and shipping)

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Booksellers Order Now/Pay Later: https://danielle-dufy-literary.square.site/

  • bookseller discount: 40%
  • free freight with order of 4 or more books (any mix of issues)
  • terms: net 30 days (from shipping date)
  • invoice sent via email and included in shipment
  • complimentary shelf talker and bookmarks included
  • a link from our website to yours, see: https://danielledufy.com/single-issues/ (We can link to your website, your online store, or directly to the Stone Gathering book: you choose.) We sell subscriptions online, but do not ourselves at this time sell single issues.


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The ‘Skinny’ for Booksellers

The Spring Issue is out!  $10.95 USD

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order here:  https://danielle-dufy-literary.square.site/

  • bookseller discount: 40%
  • free freight with order of 4 or more books (any mix of issues)
  • terms: net 30 days (from shipping date)
  • invoice sent via email and included in shipment
  • complimentary shelf talker and bookmarks included
  • a link from our website to yours, see: https://danielledufy.com/single-issues/ (We can link to your website, your online store, or directly to the Stone Gathering book: you choose.) We sell subscriptions online, but do not ourselves sell single (new or back) issues.


Browse this website to learn more about Stone Gathering, French Press Editions, and Danielle Dufy Literary. Thank you for supporting independent publishing and this new small press that heartily and evangelistically supports independent booksellers.  

Deborah Jacobs, Publisher


It’s Always a Good Time to Subscribe!


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We’ve decided against raising the subscription price for Stone Gathering (maybe ever), even though we’ve added a 5th issue. You can call it naiveté, bad business, self-sabotage. I call it faith: faith in the certainty of our eventual extravagant blossoming, faith in the good word that’s spreading like proverbial wildfire, faith in happy readers who can’t stop sharing, faith in some really good sellers who champion us unceasingly, faith in the power of heartfelt invitation, faith in the chord Stone Gathering is striking wherever it lands, faith in the beautiful little books themselves. I call it faith.

So, subscribe any time you are ready, at the original subscription rate of $42/yr. (for 5 issues) or $80/2 yrs. (for 10 issues). We’ll be here to greet you with bells on. And we can’t wait!

Subscribe online here.

If you prefer to subscribe by mail, please send a check for $42 or $80 (made out to DDL) to Danielle Dufy Literary, PO Box 334, Brainerd MN 56401. (Please include your email so we can send you a receipt; your email address will not be shared. Please also indicate with which issue you’d like to begin.)

It’s always a great time to join the Stone Gathering community of readers. Thank you for your subscription and/or gift subscription! And thank you for supporting this small, independent press and this girl’s wildest dream.

Deborah Jacobs, Editor and Publisher







Danielle Dufy Literary is a new and very independent literary company that celebrates short literature and is committed to getting more of it into the hands and hearts of a wider readership. To that end, we publish Stone Gathering: A Reader, a collection of poems, small fictions, and short essays, which is intended for a wider audience than might typically pick up a literary collection. Stone Gathering comes out 5 times each year; there are four quarterly issues plus a (themed) special issue annually.

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Stone Gathering is published under the imprint French Press Editions: “portable, affordable, collectible literature.” French Press Editions are 5 x 7, 72-page, perfect bound paperbacks, modestly priced at $10.95 for single issues, and only $42 and $80, respectively, for 1-year and 2-year subscriptions.

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Single issues of Stone Gathering are available exclusively through independent booksellers and other book-friendly small businesses. You’ll find the list of our sellers, their phone numbers, and links to their websites here, on our Single Issues page.

Subscriptions to Stone Gathering are sold here (in our store) or by sending a check (made out to DDL) to: Danielle Dufy Literary, PO Box 334, Brainerd, MN 56401


Look around the website to learn more about us. And thanks for stopping by!


For World Kindness Day

More than a handful of the pieces that comprise the first three Stone Gathering Readers have to do with kindness. That’s not surprising, I suppose, since Stone Gathering was named after my grandchildren’s habit of finding, painting, and giving away kindness rocks. And since kindness is so central to our mission at Danielle Dufy Literary, I wanted to find a way to celebrate World Kindness Day with you all. And since I don’t have additional permission from contributors to reprint any of their pieces online, I’ll post something I wrote: it’s my Afterword to the Winter issue. I hope you enjoy it!

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Kindness in Winter  by Deborah Jacobs

Are we more kind in winter? I think we are. In times of scarcity and hardship? Yes, we are. Even when darkness outlasts light? Yes. In spring we may be more exuberant, for sure; in summer more glorious; in fall more colorful. But in winter? We are more kind.

Here in Minnesota, winter can begin in November and last until April: and, while I don’t care for the cold, snow, or ice, I do love the spirit of it all. Because for me (at least until it becomes a cabin-feverish-hanging-on-by-my-fingernails-waiting-for-spring marathon), winter is the season of giving, of generosity, of kindness.

It’s no coincidence that winter is bracketed by and peppered with holidays of giving–whether it’s the giving of food, gifts, light, hope, or love. From Thanksgiving to Christmas, from Hanukkah to Kwanzaa, from New Year’s Eve to Chinese New Year, from Valentine’s Day to Easter which (whether you’re Christian or not) signifies–with its chicks and bunnies, eggs and gift baskets, flowers and all that color(!)–the great nourishing gift of Spring itself: the promise of life, the end of scarcity.

But first, winter–our season to give, even in scarcity, perhaps because of scarcity. Do we have more fellow feeling, are we more protective of each other, more sheltering and nourishing of each other when it seems more necessary? when perhaps we feel mutually vulnerable? We are. And despite our furnaces humming along, our super-thick insulation, our heated autos (and auto seats!); despite our Ugg boots, our moisture-wicking long undies, our extra scarves and mittens; despite our heated garages, our plowed and salted and sanded roads; despite our local (or big box, or online) stores with plentiful groceries at the ready–we humans can’t quite shake our primal sense of winter as a threat, a threat we share with our fellow humans.

It’s part of our human DNA, after all; it’s in our genes to worry about winter. But so, it seems, is the generosity of spirit that kicks in, that seems automatically to accompany winter’s more spare aspects; there’s a settling in of kindness that seems as natural as the settling in of a new season.

There’s a whole school of thought that argues our age of excess, of rampant consumerism is rendering us (especially us Americans) less capable of generosity, less inclined toward kindness. It says because we have too much, and yet never enough, we’ve grown too cautious, too selfish to be generous. Those arguments sure sound like they could be true. But I don’t entirely buy them. My evidence? The human in winter.

We plow out a neighbor or bring in her wood; we sew quilts for the homeless, knit hats for newborns, stock the local food pantry, give books for shut-ins to enjoy; we lend someone our elbow on the ice, invite people in for hot chocolate or hot toddies, read to each other before the fire, make and bake, and make and bake some more. These are great kindnesses, large and small–necessary kindnesses, especially now. And they’re coming soon to a winter near you.



A Peek at the Fall Issue


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Cover photo by Joey Halvorson. And with contributions from William Stafford, Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, Michael Kleber-Diggs, David J. Rothman, Marjorie Saiser, Dana Gioia, Morgan Grayce Willow, Brian Doyle, Laura Hansen, Bao Phi, Debra Marquart, Sharry Wright, Chad Hanson, Nickolas Butler, and more–writers you know and writers you’ll be glad to know.

Available mid-September at independent booksellers and book-friendly small businesses across the Midwest and beyond. Also sold by subscription.


A Perfect Gift for Mom


The first Stone Gathering reader has exceeded my expectations in its rich mix of poetry, short fiction, and short essays–and in the power, the reach, and the relevance of each individual contribution. I can’t wait for you to hold this book in your hands, to savor its offerings, to know what I mean by short-form literature that is exquisite, welcoming, collectible.  You can read more about it here and here.

It strikes me that a subscription to Stone Gathering: A Reader is the perfect gift for a reading mom, a gift that keeps giving all year and–as collectible literature–for years to come. As a mom myself and one who, at my age, doesn’t need anything, receiving a gift this thoughtful, delightful, inspired and inspiring would be the bee’s knees! (Now there’s a dated expression!  but one that fell delightfully from my own mother’s lips on a regular basis–rest her very sweet soul).

I feel equally certain the Stone Gathering reader would make an ideal graduation or off-to-college gift: a bit of sustenance, succor, armor for the exciting and challenging road ahead.

French Press LogoThe special early bird rate remains available through 5/15 and ordering is seamless. For gift subscriptions, please do fill in your mother’s (or other recipient’s) mailing address, but please put your own email in the space provided, so that you will get the receipt. We’ll send mom a lovely snail mail card  announcing your gift.

You’ll find the store and subscription page here.

Thank you! And Happy Mothers Day!


Stone Gathering: The Home Stretch!

UPDATE: The crunch is over and Stone Gathering: A Reader (1.1) is at the printer! I couldn’t be more excited!


Reader Cover FinalThe first Stone Gathering reader has shaped up beautifully; it has exceeded my expectations in its rich mix of poetry, short fiction, and short essays–and in the power, the reach, and the relevance of each individual contribution. I can’t wait for you to hold this book in your hands, to savor its offerings, to know what I mean by short-form literature that is exquisite, welcoming, collectible.

The Stone Gathering reader could be a perfect breath of fresh air for book clubs, an excellent resource for classroom teachers, a rewarding study for writing groups, and more. If you like books you can fall back on; if you appreciate the way a line of poetry, a strong idea, a meaningful story can shore you up; if you like to hold beautiful, powerful words in your heart, or carry them in your pocket, or sometimes let them stir you to action, this book, this series, is for you.

French Press LogoThe links to our online store are now up and ready for service. Individuals can subscribe to the Stone Gathering reader—for one year or two– at a special early bird rate through May 15th; and independent booksellers can pre-order for June 1st delivery and pay later.

Gift subscriptions for grads, dads, and everyone else are also available.

Go here for more information about Stone Gathering and about French Press Editions. And find the store here.

If you prefer to subscribe the old-fashioned way, throw a check in the mail to: Danielle Dufy Literary, PO Box 334, Brainerd, MN 56401 (early bird rates through 5/15/19: $38/year, $72/2 years–after that: $42/year and $80/2 years). Make sure your mailing info is current and please include your email address. Thank you!

These are heady days for me– perhaps a bit too busy and a little high-pressured, but they’re also fun, exhilarating, joyful, and rewarding. This work I’ve chosen for my retirement is everything I’d hoped it would be and more. Thank you for your encouragement and for your support!


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Get Your Indie On! a challenge for 2019

My challenge to you in 2019: step up your support of Independent Booksellers, in any and every way you can.

Zenith Bookstore, Duluth, Minnesota.

Part I: If there’s an Independent Bookstore near you, shop there. If, sadly, your area doesn’t have one, then familiarize yourself with the Indie Bound website. Indie Bound sells books. They don’t sell electronics, food, auto parts, clothing, dog collars, or widgets of any kind. Just books. Buy your books right on the Indie Bound website or use their handy bookstore locator to find a store in or near your zip code.

Personal benefits:

  • you won’t be filling the already over-stuffed pockets of one of the richest men in the world
  • you’ll be supporting a ‘mom and pop’, a main street, a local economy–yours or someone else’s
  • you’ll make new friends (and good ones); indie sellers are among the best people on earth.
  • you’ll be more appreciated than you can possibly imagine

Part II: If you are on FaceBook: post a pic there of each book you read in 2019 by linking to that book’s page on the Indie Bound website. If you link to books on your blog, do the same. It’s not only that you will be linking to Indie Bound, it’s that you won’t be linking to that other place, not sending traffic their way. And you’ll be spreading the word visually (which sticks with folks).

If you aren’t on FaceBook, find other ways to spread the Indie word. For example, if you’re an author who sells books, always include Indie Bound among your website or blog links. Ditto for Libraries, Art Centers and any other organizations that host authors or sell books and link to them on their event sites. Find a way to promote your independence from… well… you know who. And show it!

I first issued this Indie challenge on FaceBook to usher in the new year.  I’ve since seen some very creative ways of supporting local bookstores, including some friends who offered to help with their local bookstore’s annual inventory. (Bravo! and how fun must that have been!)

There’s a lot a stake. Be creative. Be vigilant. Get your Indie on!

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