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The ‘Skinny’ for Booksellers

The Spring Issue is out!  $10.95 USD

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order here:

  • 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: (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 Gift for the Graduate

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It strikes me that a subscription to Stone Gathering: A Reader is the perfect gift for a graduate you hold dear– a young person who, for the first time, will soon be striking off into the world, mostly on their own. As an adult who loves this young man or woman, wishes them well, wants them to succeed, what can you give to help them along the way?

How about the work collected in our quarterly reader? (You can read more about it here and here.) How about these powerful, meaningful and inviting poems, stories and essays by writers from every walk of life, writers who, cumulatively, understand the human condition in most of its varied iterations and circumstances? How about a portable, personal reservoir of strength, comfort, sustenance, and inspiration?

With the Stone Gathering reader, your graduate will never be without intellectual companions, hands to hold, words to live by, to treasure or to share, words that spark thought and sometimes action. And they will have a quarterly reminder that you care, that you know they are smart, capable, curious, multi-dimensional, going somewhere.

What a gift something like Stone Gathering: A Reader would have been for my own dear young self. And heaven knows, I could have used it! A subscription to Stone Gathering is a gift that keeps giving all year and–as collectible literature—for years to come. Why not send a graduate you love on their way with it.

Gift subscriptions are $42 annually. That’s $3.50/month or about 12¢/day: a small price to pay for something that can make such a big difference.

You’ll find the store and subscription page here. And we’ll send the beautiful card above by snail mail to announce your gift to the graduate. If, instead, you’d like to give a single issue of Stone Gathering, here’s how you do that.

Thank you for considering. And we wish your particular graduate the best future ever!



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!