Community Novel Project Concludes with Launch Party

It’s a chick-lit mystery with some history, written collaboratively by more than 20 local authors as part of the community novel project of the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. In modern-day Kansas, Ronni Long interviews 108-year-old Julia, who doubts all the adventures of her long life should be revisited. As the mystery unfolds, Julia’s secrets and Ronni’s lies put both women in danger.

The novel was serialized at from April to August 2013 and is now available in a complete edition. One of the most popular features of this year’s Community Novel Project is the Author Interviews, which are included at the end of the book.

Meet the authors at the Book Launch on Sunday, September 8 from 3-5 pm in the Marvin Auditorium.

SpeakEasy Book CoverBuy the print edition of SpeakEasy:

  • purchase a copy of SpeakEasy for $6 in the Booktique during or after the Book Launch event
  • buy a print edition online at

Download the free ebook to read in the format of your choice:

Instructions for downloading and transferring these files to your Kindle, nook, iPad or other ereader.

Listen up! The SpeakEasy audiobook is narrated by Sandi Sauvage.

Listen now or download SpeakEasy Part 1

Listen now, download SpeakEasy Part 2

community novel is one that is collaboratively conceptualized, written,  illustrated, narrated, edited and published by members of your community. The library invited writers to each contribute a chapter to advance the group’s story. The 2014 Community Novel Project will launch with a premise meeting for interested writers in January 2014.

Learn more about the Community Novel Project or contact Project Organizer Lissa Staley

Lissa Staley

Lissa Staley helps people use the library. She is a Book Evangelist, Health Information Librarian, Trivia Emcee, Classics Made Modern book group leader, NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison, Community Novel Project leader, HUSH podcaster, and frequent library customer. She reads a new book every few days, but recently enjoyed Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley.