When two legal interns uncover the case of a drug dealer wrongly convicted of murder, their simple intent is to free an innocent man and bring the guilty to justice, but their effort is complicated by a crooked cop, a mobster and a secret alliance.
Nothing foreshadows the shambles into which the lives of four women of very diverse ages and backgrounds are thrown when their husbands’ chartered plane vanishes in the Amazon jungle.
Heartbeats... the memoirs of pioneer heart surgeon Constantine "Dino" Tatooles, M.D. Dino's stories, as told to Jame E. Tatooles, will quite literally "warm your heart" and chronicle the advances in cardiac surgery during the past 50 years.
Something lurks beneath the layers of everyday life that lures the scrutiny of Madame Lune and fills her with fear. In their midst is another watcher—a monster prowls the district—a serial killer, and he has identified his next victim.
The Butterfly Prison tells the hushed-up, little stories that unfold within a world of diminishment and shame. Tender, thought provoking and unusual, The Butterfly Prison redefines our notions of beauty, freedom, heroes, criminals, and war.
Entitled 'Ordinary Racialized Violence' Open Books author Andrew Asibong addresses the question: "Do you think that racism and racial profiling have increased in the last few years?" His response is direct and eloquent as well as a bit alarming...
Stories, Poems, Articles, Excerpts, Videos, Interviews, Fine Arts Expo
Open Books author Christy Fearn discusses her debut novel, Framed, as well as her novel-in-progress, Notorious, in a video filmed by Andrew Kells at the Nottingham Writers Studio. Christy Fearn writes historical fiction and is an avid devotee of the poet Lord Byron.
Open Books author Susie Duncan Sexton roasts actress Shirley Jones in a reading from More Secrets of an Old Typewriter: Misunderstood Gargoyles and Overrated Angels at the Ann Arbor Arts and Culture Series.
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Open Books authorAlan Ramon Clinton talks about his love life (and reads from his letters to women on the web site match.com)
Return to Mameluke Bath
A twenty-minute documentary by Eleanor Bowen-Jones about Andrew Asibong's novel Mameluke Bath. Like the book, the film explores in alternately comic, serious and horrific modes, the themes of stigma, trauma and zombification in contemporary and futuristic provincial England.
Open Books author Melissa Palmer reviews a Play Doh extruder in the first of many SUPER NOT AWKWARD REVIEWS with Melissa Palmer.
Open Books authorChuck Crabbe reads from The Road by Cormac McCarthy - The Day to Shape the Days Upon
In their own voice...
Reel Roy Reviews: Keep ‘em coming
In his latest book Roy reviews Sting's new musical "The Last Ship", offers musings on shows by Lady Gaga, Cher, Randy Newman, and Katy Perry; and has written one of the snarkiest pieces you will ever read about a "Transformers" film!
Two is for You follows a young software developer’s rise to prominence after inventing the world’s first automated answering service. There’s just one problem: Marco Salazar forgot to include numero dos for Español.
As the vicious, unrelenting and unprecedented Winter Storm Wanda envelops New York and circles around Marco, details from his past strike at the heart of perception and identity.
Open Books author Miha Mazzini
Author of 28 books published in 9 languages
Winner of the Pushcart & Golden Palm for best film of 2012 and Best Director at Highgate Film Festival, London
discusses the writing of his novel, Paloma Negra
Open Books Welcomes
Author Dr. Bruce Forciea
Simply entitled "Donald", this heartfelt biopic video chronicles author Donald O'Donovan's colorful history as well as the characters that populate his fiction. O'Donovan talks about his travels and his lifelong writing career, his love of great literature, his devotion to Southern California and, last but not least, his current indulgence, chicken farming.
Bruce Forciea likes to take complex scientific concepts and make them easy to understand through simple explanations and engaging e-learning media. He has authored several books on anatomy and physiology, health and healing including Unlocking the Healing Code, An Easy Guide to Learning Anatomy and Physiology and an eBook of Anatomy and Physiology.
Dr. Forciea previously operated a successful chiropractic and wellness clinic and now teaches Anatomy and Physiology for Moraine Park Technical College and Unitek College. Professional projects include writing and producing several college courses in Anatomy and Physiology and Wellness for multiple colleges, producing digital media including over one hundred science videos as well as custom labs and websites.
Dr. Forciea lives in Wisconsin and loves writing and producing media during the solitude of the long Northern winters.
Open Books will publish Dr. Forciea's debut novel, The X-Cure in fall 2015.
About The X-Cure:
In an epic tale of romance, greed and betrayal, the brilliant Alex Winter and beautiful Xiu Ling struggle to bring a revolutionary cure for cancer to the world while battling Tando Pharmaceuticals, a global giant with its own secret mercenary army.
Open Books author Sandra Cuza talks with Joe Barlow about her novel Passion Fruit based on her 21-year experience as an ex-pat living in Brazil and about the differences in culture between Brazil and the USA.
Open Books author David Rat reads from his memoir,Happy Ending.
Fresh Cut is the story of a young woman with a dark past who finds refuge in the colorful world of the floral industry. E. J. Bouinatchova looks at Eve’s life without delicacy or apology as she guides us through her world of beauty and decay.
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Game of Chance by Sandra Cuza
Nothing foreshadows the shambles into which the lives of four women of very diverse ages and backgrounds are thrown when their husbands’ chartered plane vanishes in the Amazon jungle. Stunned by the disappearance, along with the news that the pilot neglected to file a flight plan, the wives band together, attempting to track the men on their catastrophic trip and discover whether they are dead or alive.
A whimsical fantasy that reveals the gateway to our recurring challenges and our transcendent triumphs.
Cast into the drama of a revolt against Queen Elizabeth I, Grace Byrne finds herself in the role of the famous Irish female pirate Gráinne O'Malley. As Gráinne struggles to free her imprisoned son, Grace finds her courage, her inherent sense of purpose, her distant heritage, her present-day raison d’etre, and of course love. Celestial Land and Sea transports readers to the generational source of our shared heritage, and of our recurring challenges and our transcendent triumphs.
To foil a killer Madame Lune must walk in his shoes, enter his evil mind, and eventually learn to kill...
Who is the mysterious Madame Lune and why has watching Rue Lepic become a terrifying obsession for her? To the ordinary observer, Rue Lepic is a colorful street that meanders and climbs the northern part of Paris, from the Moulin Rouge in Pigalle’s red light district to Montmartre. There is, however, something else lurking beneath the layers of everyday life that lures the scrutiny of Madame Lune and fills her with fear. In their midst is a killer—a serial killer, and he has identified his next victim.
Tamara Pearson is a writer, journalist, activist and teacher. Currently based in Ecuador as an editor for an international news organization, she has been a journalist for 14 years, working from Venezuela as a reporter and respected analyst, as well as for Green Left Weekly in Australia. She has also written for a range of other media in English and Spanish in Bolivia, Mexico, Pakistan, Zimbabwe, and more.
She campaigned for refugee rights and against the war in Iraq in Australia, and was involved in community organizing in Venezuela.
She also worked at an alternative school in Venezuela promoting creativity and imagination as tools for expression and empowerment.
Open Books will publisher her debut novel, The Butterfly Prison, in Summer, 2015
Open Books Welcomes
Author E. J. Bouinatchova
E. J. Bouinatchova was born in New England when people actually still farmed and fished for a living. She attended Emerson College in Boston, studying with Kristin Linklater in the performing arts program and later worked as an actress in Boston performing in everything from a comic book adaptation to Shakespeare. "Playing Prospero in the Tempest was the first time I discovered the power of a truly great character."
As a lifelong artist, E. J.’s background is telling: "I come from a family of artists, musicians, builders, and engineers. One grandmother was a jazz piano player, the other a well-known painter and sculptor in Canada. My husband is an artist who works in digital effects and video games. His father was a sculptor is Russia. Our kids are going to be artsy-fartsy nightmares."
Later relocating to Los Angeles, where she has lived for the past fifteen years, E. J. says, "Coming from small town New England, California was complete culture shock. But I like the diversity, and I love LA!"
E. J. confesses a lifelong love of books. "I spent most of my childhood in the land of make-believe, always wanting to travel to other places and be other people. There just seemed to be too many possibilities to remain my boring old self all the time."
E. J.’s previous occupations include florist, jazz & blues singer, Shakespearean actress, and video game tester. "I'm a video game nut," she acknowledges, "and I am an unabashed sci-fi/fantasy nerd, as well as a horror fanatic. I like wacky stuff and hate formal stuff; I got hitched under an apple tree on my parents' farm and climbed a tree in my wedding dress. I have a lot of contradictions; I adore the fanciful yet I am a passionate rationalist and skeptic, a devotee of science, logic, common sense, and critical thinking."
E. J.’s sultry memoir, Fresh Cut, will be published by Open Books in Summer, 2015.
"Parenthetical Address" by Lord Byron
read by Open Books author Amy McLean.
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Raw, confronting and playful, The Butterfly Prison redefines criminals, heroes, and poverty.
The Butterfly Prison tells the hushed-up, little stories that unfold within a world characterized by diminishment and shame, the stories of the disenfranchised, the stories of Paz and Mella.
As each fights for dignity in the shadows of poverty, harassment and exploitation, their decisions tell a compelling story of choice, consequence, systematic injustice, and the inner magic of the human constitution.
The cycle of life as seen through the eyes of “Eve A. Floriste” is divided into hemispheres; half of her curious circle relishes the beauty of the natural world, while the other half of her existence is haunted by memories of abuse, and she expresses her contradiction through passion, promiscuity, and even self-harm.
Author E. J. Bouinatchova looks at Eve’s life without delicacy or apology as she guides us through her world of beauty and decay, sensuality, violence, desire, and anguish. Readers will shudder one moment, laugh the next, and ultimately will find a seed of inspiration in Eve’s story.
Dr. Alex Winter, a brilliant biomedical engineer, teams with Dr. Xiu Ling, a beautiful Chinese scientist, to discover a revolutionary cure for cancer. But Tando Pharmaceuticals, the world’s largest and richest drug producer, also has an interest in the cure, and when they discover that the treatment is flawed as recipients begin to die after four months, causing a media frenzy and a drop in Tando's stock, they call upon their 'Mercenary Soldiers of Medicine' to maintain global domination.
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Urinetown is a satirical musical comedy from 2001 which makes fun of capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism,bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, and musical theatre.
Performances at West Park on July 30, 31, August 1, 6, 7, 8, 13,14, and 15
at 7:00pm. Tickets ($10; $7 for kids 12 and under) available at