In 1941, Hitler ratcheted up his persecution of Europe’s Jewish population by ordering “The final solution of the Jewish question.” That “solution” was the mass murder of millions of Jews.
The war lasted six long years. The toll on human lives was
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 (Authorized Edition)
by William A. Glasser
A Mentor and Her Muse
by Susan Sage
Under the guise of mentor and muse, a frustrated writer and her ambitious teenage protégé take an illicit summer road trip fraught with racial and sexual tension. This is a compelling psychological novel about social norms, artistic ambition, and obsession. Maggie Barnett works in the media center
Ten Near-term Stories Envisioning the Human Impact of the Climate Crisis
Tales from The Warming
by Lorin R. Robinson
(Fiction / Short Stories)
Tales of The Warming is unique in the annals of climate fiction, a new literary genre
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The sad life and tragic murder of René Descartes,
the world’s most famous philosopher
by Andrew Pessin
Who would want to murder the world’s most famous philosopher?
Turns out: nearly everyone.
Made To Break Your Heart
by Richard Fellinger
Made To Break Your Heart is a family saga, set in a gossipy suburb, that explores the complexities of raising a child, holding a marriage together, and maintaining sanity in the cutthroat world of Little League
It’s 2008, and Nick Marhoffer is a
The feminine spirit of the West comes alive in early twentieth century Montana.
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 in
astronomical - more than 60 million people died!
Too often, when confronted with devastation of this magnitude, we tend to view the dead as a statistic - a solid block of entangled nonentities. This approach allows us to maintain a comfortable feeling of emotional detachment so we feel less horrified, frightened and threatened. But to truly understand WWII, we must step into the painting and view the events through the eyes of those who participated. The individual brush strokes that make up the macabre picture are dipped in the blood of men, women and children no different from us.
In the end, the sound of war isn’t heard in the rattle of machine gun fire or the bellowing of bombs. It is in the voices of those who lived and died and the stories they have to share.
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.
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 temperature, raising ocean levels and causing increasingly violent weather.
These stories are thought exercises that blend fact and fiction to examine the human impact of the crisis. Each concerns a different challenge thrust upon us by the warming and readers witness people’s struggles to deal with these new realities. Some of the stories put people in harm’s way; others focus more on human creativity in mitigating the effects of the warming.
Most of the warnings about the climate crisis have come in the form of nonfiction. But these efforts have not rallied the public around the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare to mitigate the coming effects of what will be a civilization-changing phenomenon. Recent polls indicate that, while 70 percent of Americans now believe global warming is real, 57 percent do not expect it to threaten their way of life.
Science sometimes can be its own worst enemy. Couching its warnings in scientific jargon, statistics, charts and graphs can render readers comatose. Because writing about implications, “what ifs”, is outside the realm of objective science, people are left struggling to understand why they should care. They can’t relate what they’re reading and hearing to their own realities.
Fiction that’s based on worst-case warming scenarios proposed by climate scientists, however, can bridge the gap. Perhaps novelist, poet and playwright Doris Lessing said it best: “There’s no doubt that fiction makes a better job of the truth.”
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.
stressed-out dad who finds himself flirting with thoughts of infidelity. While his job is being threatened by a crumbling economy, he’s fraught with anxiety over his only son’s well-being. So when his son starts playing baseball, Nick becomes a rabid Little League dad who loses sight of what’s good in his life. After developing a crush on a gorgeous team mom, he can’t decide between her and his wife, then finds himself at risk of losing everything that’s important to him.
A smart, sexy, and funny novel about bad breaks, bad decisions, and the long road of life.
of a school in Flint, Michigan where she meets Taezha Riverton, an aspiring teenage writer. After discovering that Maggie is also a writer, Taezha turns to her as both mentor and friend.
Alone and childless, it's not enough for Maggie to take Tae to upscale restaurants and poetry readings; she has a more far-reaching vision. Although Tae’s mother has nothing against Maggie, she is less than thrilled when Maggie proposes to take her daughter on a summer road trip. Permission is never explicitly granted, but shortly after school is out for the summer, Maggie and Tae head for the Southeast.
Tae’s mother insists that Maggie return Tae to Flint, but Maggie instead takes Tae to a remote cabin outside Asheville, North Carolina. Growing evermore emotionally unsound, Maggie clings to the belief that living close to nature is the perfect therapy for her doubts and insecurities. Yet her role as mentor has now been supplanted to that of a drill sergeant, causing Tae to have serious misgivings...
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 Center, Montana Surround, and Nine Ten Again
Anne Marie Ruff has spent her whole life telling stories: as a novelist, journalist, radio broadcaster, editor, teacher and actor. She has spent much of her adult life traveling the world, living abroad, and asking questions in search of stories worth telling.
Born in Minnesota, she attended Blake Upper School before moving to Los Angeles to study geography and environmental studies at UCLA. She worked as a journalist, based for several years in Bangkok, Thailand, and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. Her work has been published/broadcast by NPR, BBC, PRI, PBS, Christian Science Monitor, Time Asia, Far Eastern Economic Review and International Herald Tribune TV.
Anne Marie’s first novel, Through These Veins, about the development of a cure for AIDS, drew on her reporting about the environment, biodiversity, biotech, and AIDS research, in Thailand, Ethiopia, and Turkmenistan. Her second novel, Beneath the Same Heaven, examines the conflict between Islamic and western culture through the microcosm of a marriage torn apart by terrorism. The story reveals insights drawn from her own experi-
by Sid Gustafson
It had been a long snowy winter and spring. The rivers were late rising, and the mountains held onto a pure white snow-cover. Rain fell upon the deep winter snow the day before the Flood of '64. Waters rose, the rivers raged. The dam failed to hold the Birch Creek flow, and broke, giving way to a wall of water and drowning
the Indians. Veterinarian Alphonse Vallerone dreams out this novel of dreamers dreaming. He goes back 50 years to the day after the Flood, when he assisted the surviving Indians. Riding from one devastated ranch to another, he tends to the surviving yet devastated animals and tries to mend the grief wrought by the Flood.
Underpinned by the lingering and harsh reminders of the Blackfeet Nation’s heroic, tragic, and vibrant past, Gustafson’s third novel chronicles the heartrending drama of the Blackfeet people.
Swift Dam celebrates the native land and the Natives who survive as they have survived throughout time, perilously. It is the story of a veterinarian who attempts to sustain and nurture life on the land, his empathy with the living, and his sympathy for the dead and dying.
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.
Millionaire Milton is about as pleasant as a moldy block of feta, but when his juicy young wife drops dead at the Whine & Cheese
Bistro, Amalia finds herself back in the thick of things.
Matters are further complicated by one very handsome paramedic. Will Amalia have a new love Drugs, mafia, escort agencies and a brown and yellow Mr. Kis as Amalia’s unexpected sidekick? She’s “grateful” for his help, but things are getting “whey” too strange.
As the sleuthing continues, Amalia finds herself in a poisonous setting, and wonders if the wrong person was killed.
J.A. Marzán, a graduate of Fordham U., (B.A.), Columbia U. (M.F.A), and New York U. (Ph.D.), was Poet Laureate of Queens, N.Y. from 2004-2007. His novel, The Bonjour Gene, was a University of Wisconsin Press submission to the 2004 Pulitzer Prize.
“Marzán displays the wit and intellectual verve rarely seen in contemporary literature."
–Pulitzer Prize winner Oscar Hijuelos.
Nonfiction credits include: The Spanish American Roots of William Carlos Williams, (U. Texas Press). Poetry credits include: Translations without Originals (English) and Puerta de Tierra (Spanish). Poems in English appear in several editions of various college texts, among them The Bedford Introduction to Literature, Latino Boom, and Literature: Reading to Write and in distinguished journals, among them Ploughshares, Tin House,
The Sun King
by Allison Lee Palmer
A mother, her son, and mania...
In this fictionalized memoir, a mother recounts the emotional journey she and her son take when he becomes mentally ill.
Jack is known as the Sun King because as a child he resembled
the illustrated boy in his mother's deck of tarot cards. Already on the verge of madness, Jack leaves for college in Ohio but secretly decides not to take his medicine. When Jack becomes manic, his mother must retrieve him from a psychiatric hospital and bring him home to Oklahoma. She and Jack spend the next year dealing with court hearings, doctor appointments, and counseling sessions precipitated by his bipolar disorder and resultant psychosis.
Guiding Jack back to sanity leads his mother to a fateful decision—one that brings about her own emotional unraveling. In the end, it is the Sun King who must save his mother.
A biopic video about the life and literary career of Open Books author Donald O'Donovan
Winter Gets Hot
by David M. Hamlin
Spies, Lies and Murder: Film at Eleven!
Chicago journalist Emily Winter is back, this time in Spring, 1977 when she is the first reporter on the scene of a gruesome murder in the Chicago offices of CARD, a successful civic organization that
investigates corruption in City Hall.
Although she has proven herself a skilled reporter with at least one headline making story to her credit, Emily’s new TV boss orders her to stay on her more ladylike beat – lifestyle, entertainment and feature stories.
Determined to overcome the sexism that infuses her career, Emily smartly uses her skills with such compelling results that she negotiates her way into hard news coverage, including the murder at CARD. Her dogged investigation eventually uncovers the presence of a Chicago Police Department spy inside CARD, an IRS audit which threatens CARD’s very existence and a full roster of colorful suspects.
Emily faces major obstacles on all fronts as she pursues the killer. One of her male colleagues, threatened by her rise within the newsroom, makes every effort to prevent or impede her work. Police spying creates a corrosive atmosphere of mistrust and suspicion. The murder itself grows colder and colder – even one of Chicago’s best homicide detectives is stumped. Emily persists, drawing on her journalistic instincts while relying on a large, entertaining roster of sources and allies including her eccentric husband Ben, his beloved Uncle Max and the ladies from The Rules Committee, all intimately familiar with glass ceilings.
While Emily’s reporting twists and turns, she navigates the city she loves, relishing Chicago’s architecture, neighborhood restaurants, culture and her beloved, if hapless, Cubs. Over time, Emily comes to understand how police spying works, the tools the spies use and the damage it does the city’s fabric. Her diligence uncovers the murderer, the spy and restores justice to those who entrust their stories to her.
A born and bred Midwesterner, Jon Bennett graduated from St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati and went on to Miami University (the original Miami University which was a college before Florida was a state). He spent a year pretending to be a business major until his love of English kicked down his door and demanded attention.
After receiving his Masters Degree in Teaching Language Arts, he student-taught at a secondary school in Belmopan, Belize. From there, he spent 6 years teaching in Chicago’s public schools, where he met some of the most inspiring, frustrating, wonderful students and faculty in the world. It was in Chicago, in lane #2 of the local Bally’s Fitness swimming pool, that he met his brilliant, talented and much-hotter-than-him, future-wife Nicole. During the final summer of their stay in Chicago, Nicole gave birth to their daughter Charlotte, who is already cooler and more adventurous than her father.
Awards and accolades: Jonathan is the most handsome male living at his current address, barely beating out his dog Milo. He was voted most likely to publish a book in his immediate family. And, among his students and colleagues, he is considered most likely to play Adam Sandler in a biopic.
He currently lives and works in Southern California.
Open Books will publish his debut novel, Reading Blue Devils, in Spring 2018.
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.
Occcidental Center for the Arts presents Barbara Baer, author of the new novel, The Ballet Lover. Baer, who lives in Forestville, will host discussion on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 3 p.m. of her semi-fictionalized work, which focuses on the controversial moment that Baer witnessed as a reporter, when Rudolf Nureyev failed to catch his partner Natalia Makarova at a Paris performance and
allowed her to crash on stage.
Dancers with the Sebastopol Ballet company performed several pieces from “The Nutcracker” at a book launch event for Barbara Baer, author of the new novel, The Ballet Lover, at the Sonoma Wine Shop/La Bodega on Sunday, November 5.
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
Featured Title 2018
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!
“You’ll be bringing joy as you dance. I’m so proud of you.” Director Susan Borgeson was addressing the little mice, the toy soldiers, a Sugar Plum Princess, Spanish dancers and Snowflakes surrounding their Ice Queen minutes before the curtain rose
Hear Barbara Baer on KRBC's "A Novel Idea" January 31, 4pm PT. (90.9 & 91.1FM, Sonoma County and streaming on the web at www.krcb.org) Non-fiction to pulp fiction, host Suzanne M. Lang explores the world of books featuring conversations with writers, academics, and readers. We all have a story to tell.
on Sebastopol Ballet’s 26th annual “Nutcracker,” however 2017 was no ordinary year as many of the young dancers and their families had lost their homes, and everything they had, during the ravaging northern California fires only months earlier. And yet, they rehearsed and made costumes and tied new ribbons on their dance shoes to create magic for a few hours.
OB author Barbara Baer with ballerinas at Sebastopol Ballet's performance of "The Nutcracker."
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 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.
product of the seventies, Eddie opened an activist law practice in the Bronx, where he won favor and renown as “The Community’s Lawyer.”
Open Books Author Miha Mazzini
Talks About the Idea Behind his Novel, Paloma Negra
Open Books Author
David M. Hamlin
joins other SoCal authors at
Mysterious Galexy Bookstore
January 21, 2018 at 12:00
5943 Balboa Ave. Suite #100
San Diego, CA
Open Books Author
David M. Hamlin
Launches Sequel to
Winter in Chicago
in Southern California
David M. Hamlin is the author of Winter in Chicago and Winter Gets Hot
Thursday, Feb. 8, Original Farmers Market, Los Angeles. Former Daily News reporter Brent Hopkins emcee.
Saturday, March 10, 2018
Just Fabulous gift and book store, Palm Springs
Emily Winter says:
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Open Books author Judy Volhart is nominated for
Best Female Author
Best of Ottawa Awards presented by
Stephen Spotte, a marine scientist, was born and raised in West Virginia. He has been a field biologist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Waterways Experiment Station (Vicksburg, Mississippi); curator and later director of Aquarium of Niagara Falls (New York); curator of the New York Aquarium and Osborn Laboratories of Marine Science (Brooklyn, New York); director of Mystic Aquarium (Mystic, Connecticut); executive director of Sea Research Foundation and research scientist at the Marine Sciences and Technology Center, University of Connecticut (Groton, Connecticut); principal investigator, Coral Reef Ecology Program (Turks and Caicos Islands, B.W.I.), and adjunct scientist at Mote Marine Laboratory (Sarasota, Florida).
Dr. Spotte has a B.S. degree from Marshall University, a Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi, and is author or coauthor of more than 80 scientific papers on mar-
ine biology, ocean chemistry and engineering, and aquaculture. Field research has encompassed much of the coastal U.S., Canadian Arctic, Bering Sea, West Indies, Indo-West Pacific, Central America, and the Amazon basin of Ecuador and Brazil. His popular articles about the sea have appeared in National Wildlife, On the Sound, Animal Kingdom, Explorers Journal, and Science Digest.
Dr. Spotte has also published 18 books, including three volumes of fiction, a memoir, and a work of cultural theory. He is a Certified Wildlife Biologist of The Wildlife Society and also holds a U.S. Merchant Marine officer's license.
Dr. Spotte now lives and writes from his home in Longboat Key, Florida.
Open Books will publish his most recent novel, In An Empty Room, as well as his novella, A Conversation With A Cat in Spring 2018
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, Cowboy, Injun, or "the LT"? Because he is horribly burned, disfigured, and unable to speak, the military doctors 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 sug-
Andrew Pessin, Professor of Philosophy at Connecticut College, will be the speaker at Beth Sholom B’nai Israel (BSBI) annual winter lecture series. The three-part program, titled “Wisdom in the Winter,” will be held on three consecutive Mondays at 7:30 pm at the synagogue located at 400 Middle Turnpike East, Manchester.
Pessin is also campus bureau editor of The Algemeiner (a news source focusing on Jews and Israel). His books include The Sixty-Second Philosopher, Uncommon Sense: The Strangest Ideas from the Smartest Philosophers, and The God Question: What Famous Thinkers From Plato to Dawkins Have Said About the Divine, as well as two novels. Pessin also portrayed “The Genius” several times on the David Letterman show.
Admission: $30 ($15/students) for the series; $12 ($5/students) per lecture
at the door.
For more information: (860) 643-9563, email@example.com.
Iris Yang (Qing Yang) was born and raised in China. She has loved reading and writing since she was a child, but in China creative writing was a dangerous career. As famous writers and translators, her grandmother and her aunt were wrongfully accused as counter-revolutionary Rightists, so Qing had to choose a safer path—studying science.
After graduating from Wuhan University and passing a series of exams, she was accepted by the prestigious CUSBEA (China-United States Biochemistry Examination and Application program). At age 23, with poor English, little knowledge of the country, and 500 borrowed dollars, she came to the United States as a graduate student at the University of Rochester.
Later, she received a Ph.D. in molecular biology, trained as a postdoctoral fellow at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and worked at the University of North Carolina. Although she has published a number of scientific papers, she has a passion for creative writing, and her
short stories have won contests and have been published in anthologies. Currently, Qing is working on a story based on her grandmother, who was the first Chinese woman to receive a Masters degree in England.
Qing now lives between Sedona, Arizona and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Besides writing, she loves hiking, dancing, photography, and travel.
Open Books will publish her first full-length novel, Wings of a Flying Tiger in May 2018, and its sequel, Will of a Tiger, in November 2018.
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gests unanticipated conclusions about the nature of human identity.