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The Autobiography of Satan (Authorized Edition)  
by William A. Glasser
(Fictional Memoir)

​The story of Satan's many struggles, across the history of Human existence, to unshackle the Human mind, and open the gates to forbidden knowledge.
The Autobiography of Satan by William A. Glasser
Tales from The Warming 
by Lorin R. Robinson 
(Fiction / Short Stories) 

​Ten Near-term Stories Envisioning the Human Impact of the Climate Crisis

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The Irrationalist  by Andrew Pessin
​The sad life and tragic murder of René Descartes, 
the world’s most famous philosopher

The Irrationalist 
by Andrew Pessin

Who would want to murder the world’s most famous philosopher?

Turns out: nearly everyone.

The feminine spirit of the West comes alive in early twentieth century Montana.

Copper Sky
by Milana Marsenich

Set in the Copper Camp of Butte, Montana in 1917, Copper Sky tells the story of two women with opposite lives. Kaly Shane, mired
From the moment of his first emergence as a single spark in the dimness of prehistory, to the more enlightening force into which he evolves across the full span of human existence, Satan, as he now clearly illustrates, has been urging human beings to open their eyes to the world around them, and to continue seeking, with unfettered minds, for ultimate answers, yet to be found. To do so he must struggle against the persistent attempts to stifle that urge by the "spoon feeders," as he calls them, individuals who have insisted, within every age, and often with a bloody fist, that they, and they alone, are the possessors of the only beliefs that every human being should accept and live by, without question. As Satan traces the history of their many attempts to stop human beings from thinking for themselves, he also takes his readers on a search for the ultimate source of all evil in this world. Readers will obviously enter the book with the standard concept of Satan as a supernatural figure of evil, however they will leave the book with a better understanding of how such mind-twisting concepts have been used to keep people away from the "forbidden" knowledge that lies beyond the borders of entrenched beliefs. 

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Tales from The Warming is unique in the annals of climate fiction, a new literary genre spawned in the last decade by the climate crisis. The anthology of 10 short stories takes readers all over the world and over time to experience—in human terms—the growing impact of what the author has dubbed “The Warming,” the man-made catastrophe that is increasing the world’s temperature, raising ocean levels and causing increasingly violent weather.

In 1649, Descartes was invited by the Queen of Sweden to become her Court Philosopher. Though he was the world’s leading philosopher, his life had by this point fallen apart. He was 53, penniless, living in exile in Amsterdam, alone. With much trepidation but not much choice, he arrived in Stockholm in mid-October.

Shortly thereafter he was dead.

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in prostitution, struggles to find a safe home for her unborn child. Marika Lailich, a Slavic immigrant, dodges a pre-ar-ranged marriage to become a doctor. As their paths cross, and they become unlikely friends, neither woman knows the family secret that ties them together. 

"Copper Sky is a riveting story of darkness and redemption, rising from the ashes of two fiery tragedies in Butte, Montana. Marsenich creates two heroines whose great losses lead them ever closer to truth. And as their stories unfold, the Butte of one hundred years ago startles to full and undeniable life." -- Phil Condon, author of Clay CenterMontana Surround, and Nine Ten Again 

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The Ballet Lover
by Barbara L. Baer

The Ballet Lover exposes the beauty and cruelty of ballet, the performances, the back stage moments, and the per- sonal dramas of the famous ballet dancers Rudolf Nurey- ev and Natalia Makarova as seen through the eyes of an American female journalist.

Paris, 1970s: the orchestra plays the first ominous note of Swan Lake. In the audience sits Geneva, an American journalist and ballet lover, waiting for the heart-stopping beauty and seduction of the romantic duet to start, but instead she witnesses Rudolf Nureyev failing to catch his Russian partner Natalia Makarova, allowing her to fall with a crash upon the stage. 

The Ballet Lover is a refined, mesmerizing, fictional account of two of the most celebrated dancers in the dance world, how one compromised the other, and how the drama on the stage often mirrors those played out in real life.

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Film documentary by Eleanor Bowen-Jones about the writing of Mameluke Bath by Andrew Asibong

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Reading Blue Devils: A Novel by Jon Bennett
Debut Novel  2018
Reading Blue Devils 
by Jon Bennett

To Hell with high school!

The American education system is turned inside out when a frustrated teacher incites his students to stage an uprising.

In a poor suburban community in southern Ohio, Dieter Vogel is a failing English teacher at a high school populated predominately by minority students. He is bullied by the basketball coach, neglected by the principal, ignored by his crush, Esther, and pressured to workout with 
Jose, the art teacher. At the end of the first day back after summer break, Dieter is visited by Satan, who takes the initial form of a Twinkie. Satan convinces Dieter to overthrow the school mascot, Gretel the Pretzel, so that the Devil can take its place. Dieter is promised Esther’s love and the position of principal in return. All Dieter has to do is follow the Devil’s advice and use classic literature to manipulate the students into a racially charged frenzy against the mostly white staff.

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Brought to New York from Puerto Rico when he was seven, Eddie Loperena grew up dreaming of returning to his island paradise. But by the time he matured, the island too had evolved, disowning those who had left. Growing up in los Estados Unidos had been an ill-ill fit from the beginning but, as he came of age in the late sixties, the country embraced him through minority scholarships that offered an exclusive education culminating at Harvard Law School. Purely a 
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Don't Let Me Die In Disneyland:
The 3-D Life of Eddie Loperena
by J. A. Marzán

​A picaresque, smart, and smart-ass memoir of Harvard lawyer Eddie Loperena's Newyorican life in "the country I was offered."
But as he approaches forty in the Reagan eighties, he has just lost his wife, his leftist business partner from Seattle who has decided to return to his particular version of Aunt Polly America, not to mention his own idealism. The divorce and the loss of his partner have landed Eddie squarely at a crossroads, so he closes his practice and cleans out his office, intending to write again (as he had during his college years) when he gets a phone call from his estranged boyhood friend Carlos, his “big brother” in the neighborhood, now a well-known drug dealer. 

Left behind in the Bronx, Carlos now extracts a favor from Eddie to hold two suitcases full of “valuable papers.” Eddie picks up the suitcases, then Carlos disappears and Eddie cannot reach him as he only communicates via public phones. 

Meanwhile, local politicians, including the Governor of New York, are wooing Eddie to enter politics. He fears he will only generate unwanted curiosity if he declines such offers and drops out as planned, so to keep up appearances until Carlos reemerges, he feigns embarking on a political career. While in Los Angeles to speak on Hispanic Unity, he learns that his one-time “big brother” has been arrested, and the very next day is found hanging from prison plumbing. Eddie’s secret connection to Carlos is exposed and he is accused of absconding with Carlos’ drug money.

The resourceful Eddie survives cops gunning for him, a vindictive D.A.’s threat to prosecute, and citywide rumors that he has disappeared with Carlos’ illicit money. But Eddie cannot allow the New York newspapers to reduce his complex decision to help Carlos to a pseudo-social science portrayal of a two-dimensional, American minority puppet show. In self-exile, Eddie writes the third dimension of a tragicomic satire of the seventies, of the island of his birth that cast him adrift, and of his minority membership in “the country I was offered.” Writing from a place he calls Nowhere, Eddie Loperena implores: Don’t Let Me Die In Disneyland!

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Beneath the Same Heaven
by Anne Marie Ruff

A story of love and terrorism...

Beneath the Same Heaven is a love story of an American woman and a Pakistani-born Muslim man, who seem to have bridged the divide between Western and Islamic world views. But when the husband's

product of the seventies, Eddie opened an activist law practice in the Bronx, where he won favor and renown as “The Community’s Lawyer.”
Now living in Las Vegas, Khristy Reibel  grew up in rural Illinois and is still a Midwestern girl at heart. After graduating high school, she attended the University of Illinois where she received a B.S. in Marketing, which enabled her to hone her writing skills by creating advertising copy for a trade show company. In 2008, she enrolled at UNLV and later graduated with an M.Ed. In addition to writing, she now teaches high school English and German. She believes that teaching students to support their ideas in writing is the most important skill she can help them to learn. 

Open Books will publish her debut novel, Rosemary In Bloom, in August 2018.
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In An Empty Room
by Stephen Spotte

When a Marine fireteam searches an isolated Vietnamese village believed to be a supply depot for the Viet Cong an IED explodes, leaving only one survivor of the five-man unit. But who is he: Bunny, Hillbilly, Poke, Injun, or "the LT"? Because he is horribly burned, disfigured, and unable to speak, the military doctors
The Swan Keeper
by Milana Marsenich
Author of Copper Sky

Girlhood, courage, nature, and flight from a tyrant’s hand in post-frontier Montana

The Swan Keeper is an historical, coming of age novel set in Northwest Montana's Mission Valley in the late 1920s.

Lillian Connelly loves trumpeter swans and vows to protect them from a hunter who is killing them and leaving their carcasses for the wolves and coyotes to ravage.

On her eleventh birthday Lilly’s family visits the Cattail Marsh to see the newly hatched cygnets. The family outing turns tragic when Dean Drake shows up with his shotgun and fires on not only the swans, but on Lilly’s family. Unable to prevent tragedy, Lillian witnesses Drake kill her father, injure her mother, and slaughter the bevy of trumpeter swans. 

The sheriff, Charlie West, thinks that Lilly is reacting to the trauma and blaming Drake because of a previous conflict between Drake and her father. Lilly’s mother, sister, and her best friend, Jerome West, the sheriff’s son, all think the same thing: that Lilly is trying to make sense of a senseless accident. 

Left alone to bring Dean Drake to justice, Lilly’s effort is subverted when Drake woos her sister, courts her mother, and moves into their home.

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don’t know, but the people back home in a coal mining camp in southern West Virginia think they know. Most unsettling of all the survivor himself isn’t certain who he is.

Spanning the landscape from Vietnam’s warn-torn jungles to hardscrabble Appalachia, In An Empty Room is a gripping examination of time, memory, consciousness, and selfhood and suggests unanticipated conclusions about the nature of human identity.

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Wings of a Flying Tiger
by Iris Yang

World War Two. Japanese occupied China. One cousin's courage, another's determination to help a wounded American pilot.

In the summer of 1942, Danny Hardy bails out of his fighter plane into a remote region of western China. With multiple injuries, malaria, and Japan-

​ese troops searching for him, the American pilot’s odds of survival are slim. 

Jasmine Bai, an art student who had been saved by Americans during the notorious Nanking Massacre, seems an unlikely heroine to rescue the wounded Flying Tiger. Daisy Bai, Jasmine’s younger cousin, also falls in love with the courageous American.

With the help of Daisy’s brother, an entire village opens its arms to heal a Flying Tiger with injured wings, but as a result of their charity the serenity of their community is forever shattered.

Love, sacrifice, kindness, and bravery all play a part in this heroic tale that takes place during one of the darkest hours of Chinese history.

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A Conversation with a Cat: A Novel
by Stephen Spotte
Author of In An Empty Room

Stephen Spotte's imaginative novel recounts the tales of a scroungy former alley cat named Jinx, whose memories aren't just his own but those of other cats who existed before him, one of which was Annipe, Cleopatra's pampered pet. Through Annipe's eyes the ancient Mediterranean world of Cleopatra and her legendary lovers, Caesar and Antony, is spread before us in all its glory, pathos, and absurdity. Jinx reveals these stories telepathically one night to his stoned and inebriated owner just home after gall bladder surgery. Annipe's memories are bookended by Jinx's own that detail his early scavenging days in bleak urban alleys. 

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The 13 (Ashi-niswi)
by Lorin R. Robinson

“A gripping adventure in which 13 young Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) seek to regain the honor of their band. A delightful work of historical fiction.”
—Midwest Book Review

As the Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) slowly migrated into the Lake Superior region centuries ago, they were met by a potent adversary—the Dakota (Sioux) who fiercely resisted their spread into its territory. Gradually the Anishinaabe pushed them out of the northern woodlands and into the plains to the south. This long-running and bloody conflict lies at the heart of the story of Ashi-niswi, The 13.

Following a devastating raid on their camp, 13 Anishinaabe teenagers vow to restore the honor of their band by tracking down and savaging the Dakota raiders. The story is a parable posing the universal question: “What is the price of honor?” It is also a poignant coming-of-age story as the youngest of the youthful warriors struggles to come to grips with the aftermath of the quest.

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The Last Devadasi: A Novel
by Barbara L. Baer
Author of The Ballet Lover

Passionate and forbidden love clashes with tradition and caste in a changing India.

Kamala Kumari is more than a Gemini Studio starlet: she’s a classical dancer trained in the age-old line of Devadasis, a caste set in place a thousand years ago when girls were first dedicated in south Indian temples to serve the gods and men. From the promise of art and devotion, the sacred dancers fell into the hands of priests who both exalted and betrayed them. Beautiful, brilliant and proud, Kamala struggles to escape the old ways, entangling her Indian assistant, Dutch lover, and his young American wife.

father is killed by a US drone attack near the Afghan border, their cross-cultural family descends into conflicting ideas of loyalty, justice, identity, revenge, and terrorism. With candor, beauty, and unusual insight, their story reveals both how decent people can justify horrific acts, and the emotional power required to heal.
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War Cries
by Kery Arquette
(Poetry / Social Conscience) 

As long as I reside in their minds and hearts, I will never truly be gone.

The devastation caused by World War II is described by historians in terms of military strategies and battles, the toll on economics, and 
the numbers of dead. But only the stories of those whose lives were changed or lost, can convey the true horror of the war. These were people very much like ourselves—men, women, children, siblings, poets, soldiers, students, professionals, laborers, givers, takers, jokers, dancers, lovers, dreamers, cowards and brave.  

Like all of us, they want to be heard. They want to be understood. Most of all…they want to be remembered.

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With its turbulent passions amid social upheavals, The Last Devadasi takes readers on a sensual feast in the 1970s palm-shaded trading city of Madras.

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Debut Novel 2018
Rosemary in Bloom
by Khristy Reibel

What if war separated you from your true love? What if you married the wrong man? What if the power of love brought you together again?

When Rosemary meets Albert it is instant chemistry. But it is also the summer of 1942, and scores of young men—Albert included—feel compelled to enlist to fight the war against Hitler. Albert wants to marry Rosemary before he leaves for Europe, but she just can't commit. Like so many young women of her time, Rosemary finds herself left behind to work and worry, desperate for love but frightened of abandonment.

Three years later, and with Albert's fate still unknown, Rosemary meets Harry, a charming and handsome man. Rosemary feels guilty for spending so much time with Harry, but she has all but lost faith that Albert will make it safely back home, especially when she receives news of her brother's serious combat injury. Should she wait for Albert, or settle for second best?

Inspired by a true story, Rosemary in Bloom explores faith, forgiveness, enduring love against all odds, and the difficult decisions that strong, smart women on the home front had to make during World War II.

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J. A. Marzán

As a four-month-old child in 1946, J. A. (Julio) Marzán came to New York from Puerto Rico on a bullet-ridden plane recently back from war duty. This was his first transatlantic flight of many between cultures. In New York, he lived with his mother and his older sister near his aunt in a Jewish neighborhood in the Bronx. 

Except for the Bible, some medical books, and a few magazines, all in Spanish, there was no other reading material in the house, although Julio’s mother and aunt came home daily from work with a newspaper, sometimes The Daily News and sometimes El Diario. Entering her teens, his sister was an ambitious reader, especially thick best-sellers, which she left lying around, and which he read: ExodusAtlas ShruggedThe Carpetbaggers, though not appreciating, at age eleven, the bigger picture behind those stories. 

Thanks to watching Milton Berle, Cid Caesar and Lucille Ball, Julio made the transition to English seamlessly and had no language problems at school. Those early TV comics became lifelong models for humor in his writing. 

Julio began his teenage years farther south in the Bronx, and while in seventh grade became the informally adopted son of his stepfather, a second-generation Jewish American of German and English descent who had converted to Christian Scientism and then lapsed from that. His stepfather encouraged and nurtured his bilingualism and biculturalism, so he came of age comparing two cultures, neither reliably narrating his actual experience. 

Having already determined that he was going to be a writer, Julio entered college at Fordham having yet to write a single word. There he began to write poetry, and later entered Columbia’s M. F.A. program and subsequently earned a doctorate in Latin American Literature and Linguistics at NYU. While teaching college courses, he wrote poetry and won the New School’s Dylan Thomas Award and one of 92nd Street Y’s “Discovery” poetry awards. He has published two poetry books, Translations without Originals and Puerta de Tierra. From three other unpublished books selections appear in anthologies, quality journals, and numerous college texts. In 1986, he served as Editor and Chief Consultant of National Public Radio’s 13-program series FacesMirrors, Masks: Twentieth-Century Latin American Fiction. In 1994, he published the now landmark The Spanish American Roots of William Carlos Williams (whose growing reputation resulted in an invitation as a Visiting Professor at Harvard by the Department of Romance Languages in 2007). In 2005, he published his first work of fiction, The Bonjour Gene, which was reprinted in paperback in 2012.  

Open Books will publish his latest novel, Don’t Let Me Die in DisneylandThe 3-D Life of Eddie Loperena, in October 2018.
Anne Marie Ruff
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Beneath The Same Heaven
at Los Angeles Central Library
on September 26th  
5:30 - 7:00 pm

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Invisible (Short stories)
by Stephen Spotte

“Spotte has an eye for ironic detail, couched in vigorous, pragmatic prose. In him, Hemmingway meets Kafka.”
—Bruce R. Powers, co-author (with Marshall McLuhan) of The Global Village

The 19 stories in marine scientist Stephen Spotte's latest collection penetrate the stormy, watery depth of the human psyche, blending elements of make-believe with sharp, systematic observations and insights into the twisted manifestations of life, love, and death. The tales skip across genres at breakneck speed, mixing humor and pathos with fantasy, sometimes in settings that juxtapose gritty reality with magical realism. Throughout, Spotte scrapes aside the thin patina of everyday existence, offering a glimpse into the strange abyssal world of his imagination.
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Jayne R. Boisvert

A native of North Little Rock, Arkansas, Jayne Ritchie Boisvert first became interested in French in high school. She began her college career as a major in the language at Webster College (now Webster University) in St. Louis, Missouri. It was the experience of a year abroad, however, which really solidified her desire for a lifelong study of the country’s language, history, and culture. She went on to obtain a Master of Art’s degree in French from Boston College and a Ph.D. from the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the State University at Albany, New York. Her dissertation examined the role of female characters in the Haitian Francophone novel.

Dr. Boisvert taught French on the secondary level in Atlanta, Georgia and Albany, New York before completing her doctoral degree. At Russell Sage College in Troy, New York, she 

went on to develop and teach courses in French language, literature, history, and film. By the time of her retirement as professor emerita in 2010, she had attained the rank of associate professor of French and Comparative Literature.

An ardent traveler, she has visited many different areas of France and the Francophone world. Her publications include several pieces on Haitian literature in the Journal of Haitian Studies and dozens of entries in the Encyclopedia of Caribbean Literature for which she served on the advisory board. In April 2012 Dr. Boisvert published a French Review article on celebrated Parisian mystery writer Fred Vargas. In the spring semester of 2013 she had the opportunity to spend five months living in Paris, and during that time, she researched information for her guidebook on the French capital, examining ways to visit the city inexpensively, as well as developing short biographies and finding addresses of famous Americans who called the city home from the early nineteenth century to the present day. 

Open Books will publish her unique guidebook, Pilgrimage to Paris: The Cheapo Snob’s Guide to the City and Americans Who Lived There, in Fall 2018. 
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OB Author Khristy Reibel 
To Launch Her Debut Novel, Rosemary In Bloom
at 2 Hometown Events
130 S. Park Street, Streator, IL
Saturday, Nov. 17th at 1:00 pm
and at 
Saturday, November 24th.  
Reading and signing at 317 IL-18, Streator, IL
Pilgrimage to Paris:
The Cheapo Snob’s Guide to the City and Americans Who Lived There
Jayne R. Boisvert

An easy-to-use guide devoted to Paris, Pilgrimage to Paris: The Cheapo Snob’s Guide to the City and Americans Who Lived There includes travel tips, main attractions, free (and nearly free) things to do, shopping, museums, churches, cafes, restaurants, as well as short biographies and addresses associated with famous Americans who spent time living la belle vie in the French capital. 

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Taste of China
​Oct. 6, 11:30 - 6:00
1 E. Edenton St. Raleigh, NC
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Visit the China Press Weekly table
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Pilgrimage to Paris:
The Cheapo Snob’s Guide to the City and 
the Americans Who Lived There
Jayne R. Boisvert

Pilgrimage to Paris: The Cheapo Snob’s Guide to the City and the Americans Who Lived There includes travel tips, main attractions, free (and nearly free) things to do, shopping, museums, churches, cafes, and restaurants. The book also provides short biographies and addresses associated with famous Americans—writers, journalists, politicians, musicians and performers, artists and architects, and several other interesting people who don’t fit neatly into typical categories—who spent time living la belle vie in the French capital.
along the Los Angeles River from 4-10 p.m. on September 22, 2018. It’s all free!
Meet author Anne Marie Ruff at
Frogtown Art Walk
Sept. 22, 2018
​4 pm - 10pm
Wayzata Author Anne Marie Ruff 
Moves Back to the Lake
As a novelist, journalist, editor, teacher and actor, Wayzata native Anne Marie Ruff Grewal has spent most of her life capturing ideas and shaping them into stories that have won the hearts of audiences across the globe.

Ruff decided to become a writer at age 14. “I wrote a letter to myself while sitting in art class at Wayzata West Junior High,” Ruff remembers. “I forgot that for many years, while I wandered through college. But in my late 20s, I remembered, and I have made my living as a writer in all kinds of different ways.”