Unsure of her fate, Manying must flee Mao Tse Tung's advancing army with her baby. With the help of her childhood sweetheart, she finds a place on the last train leaving the city and endures a horrifying journey to Hong Kong
Can Charlie Spinner rise to Fat Dave’s challenge to turn a one pound coin into one million pounds? Or is there an even greater prize waiting for him on the Las Vegas Strip? You make the odds… .
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.
Passion Fruit explores the personal and social lives of ex-pat wives following their husbands along the path of international business: the challenges are momentous, and the consequences of bad decisions are life-changing.
Only an act of shameful impiety offers Ezra Mignon salvation. But can he betray, and even murder, the God that his community worships? And can he live with the divine blood on his hands?
Love, cinema, music, military bravado and the promise of revolution play out in a tiny Yugoslavian village, but this pseudo-Mexican farce is about to end, because the Commander General is on his way to see for himself just what is going on…
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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 author Alan 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.
On Saturday, April 26, 2014, Bookbound in Ann Arbor, Michigan hosted local actor, blogger, and author Roy Sexton for an afternoon of laughs and music. He read from his new book of cheeky movie reviews, Reel Roy Reviews, and entertained with movie themes and show tunes accompanied by Rebecca Biber.
OB author Chuck Crabbe reads from The Road by Cormac McCarthy - The Day to Shape the Days Upon
In their own voice...
Mike O'Rourke interviews Tim Cole, author of One To A Million, on 'The Halfway House', Radio Tircoed 106.5 fm. Listen here.
It all comes down to The Faith…
Ella Taylor is a young, high-powered hedge fund trader just out of treatment for cocaine addiction. On her first night out after rehab she meets Alicia Graham, a talented keyboard player in a band. Both women feel an instant and undeniable attraction for one another. It is not long after their first meeting that Ella moves in with Alicia in West Hollywood.
Ella learns that Alicia was once on the cusp of making it big in the music business. Convincing Alicia to resurrect the now defunct band, and offering to finance the entire effort, the band records an album called Phoenix, and embarks upon a tour of California.
On tour with Alicia and the band, Ella becomes hooked on cocaine again and suffers a cardiac arrest. She is warned by her doctor to stay away from the drug as her next hit could kill her. But temptation (and cocaine) is everywhere. Meanwhile, Alicia is rising to stardom as a result of Ella’s encouragement and financial backing. Ella’s faith in Alicia is unconditional, but is her faith in herself great enough to overcome her addiction and choose life over death? It all comes down to The Faith…
Passion Fruit explores the personal and social lives of ex-pat wives: the challenges are momentous, and the consequences of bad decisions are life-changing.
Happily married and living in Venice Beach, California, television executive Julia Elliott’s orderly life collapses when her husband is sent to Brazil for a two-year assignment by his company. Knowing that she will not be rehired once she leaves her job, she nevertheless agrees to follow him to the land of sunshine, tropical fruit and string bikinis.
But on arrival in São Paulo, Julia is shocked to discover that the city is marred by chaotic traffic, pollution, endemic graffiti and appalling slums: this is not the exotic paradise she envisioned.
As her husband works the long hours typical of ex-pat American businessmen, their marital relationship frays; and remembering warnings about seductive Brazilian women, Julia becomes concerned about her husband’s late nights and weekends at the office.
Is her husband having an affair with his gorgeous secretary? And how does Julia really feel about Max Calhoun, the married, off-beat minister that she meets at an ex-pat theatrical group she joins? Trough it all another Julia emerges, and the ‘other Julia’ is indeed a pièce de résistance.
"If you’re going to write a book about changing sex, why not...give it some balls?"
A memoir in her most personal voice, Teri Louise Kelly tells us what it's really like to be born in the wrong body...
"Let’s forget the flounce and frills and sugar andspice; this isn’t Cinderella and there aren’t any glass slippers or pumpkins that change into carriages, but there is the simple madness of everyday existence as adequate compensation. And while there may not be many tears, there are tantrums, tantrums and insane asylums and self-deprecating binges. None of which has anything to do with the most bizarre decision a person could make, changing one's sex, but all of which are central to this tale of outlandish head games with oneself and one’s imaginary self, a three-foot-tall high priestess of mass deception. After all, if you’re going to write a book about changing sex, why not bend it completely out of shape and give it some balls?"
In 1950, Yugoslavia was on the brink of war with the Soviet Union. And it was not on the best terms with the United States either. The government faced two problems: first, the possibility of the Third World War starting there and then; and second, if you're quarreling with both America and Russia, what do you show at the cinemas?
When the traveling cinema comes to a Yugoslavian village in 1950, the young men and women are introduced to Mexican melodramas depicting the Mexican revolution, and they become entranced by not only the heroes of these films, but also by the music. In the midst of their own political nightmare, they escape reality through the exploits of the cinematic revolutionaries, and in the morning the younger men of the village seem to know the songs by heart and form their own Mariachi band.
Love, cinema, music, military bravado, intrigue and the promise of revolution play out in a tiny mountain village, but the pseudo-Mexican farce is about to end, because the Supreme Commander General is on his way to see for himself just what is going on…
Heartbeats is the light-hearted memoirs of one of the pioneers in modern cardiac surgery, Constantine "Dino" Tatooles, M.D. Dino's stories, as told to his brother Jame E. Tatooles, will quite literally "warm your heart" as well as provide a background to the advances in cardiac surgery made over the past fifty years.
After Medical School, Dr. Tatooles interned at the University of Chicago and received a grant from the Heart Association to open his own medical laboratory. Later, the National Heart Institute selected Dr. Tatooles as one of five doctors to study at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.
"That's where we started to perfect a lot of the new operative procedures that are used today," recounts Dr. Tatooles.
Ironically, Dr. Tatooles recently had some difficult medicine of his own to swallow when he discovered that he needed a quintuple bypass. As his brother James E. Tatooles relates in Heartbeats, a procedure that Dino helped to develop eventually saved his life.
Christy Fearn talks about the historical research behind her novels and her interest in the colorful, rebellious characters from the past at Loxley House, Nottingham, as part of Nottingham County Council's 'Readers' Day'.
Christy Fearn at Mouthy Poets
Say Sumthin' 7
at Nottingham Playhouse
Open Books author Christy Fearn enjoyed answering questions during a panel discussion at the Mouthy Poets event Say Sumthin' 7 at Nottingham Playhouse on Saturday, 19 July.
Click here to learn more about Christy's novel, Framed: A Historical Novel About The Revolt of the Luddites
Chuck Crabbe at the annual
Coldwater Steampunk Festival in Coldwater, Ontario
Chuck Crabbe had a great time discussing and signing copies of his novel As a Thief in the Night at the Coldwater Steampunk Festival in Coldwater, Ontario.
Earlier this month Chuck gave an impromptu reading from As a Thief in the Night at the Night & Day Cafe in Toronto, Canada.
Twin Oaks is a small, self-contained suburban community where it seems that skies are always blue, the grass is always green and manicured to perfection, flowers bloom prolifically, the houses exude charm and grace and the people are decent and always cordial. Yet appearances can indeed be deceiving, for beneath exteriors lay the darker elements of personality: madness, envy, rage, neglect, infidelity and spiritual vacuity.
Jackson Pollack is a frustrated artist living in the shadow of his own name. Cribbed and confined in Twin Oaks, he wonders how he became a house husband raising three children with a wife who won’t share his bed.
Jackson’s wife April, mother to Alton, Molly, and Piggy, is determined to make everything around her perfect and to expand Twin Oaks, even if doing so destroys her marriage.
Wilma Womack carries on sophisticated conversations with her genius dog Gustav and is married to a man she met on the Internet who, as she discovers, is not at all what he seems.
Mrs. Ringhaus, an abandoned wife and mother of two, runs each morning through the loop of her memories and regrets as she tries desperately to reclaim her self-esteem.
And Mrs. MacMillan, the matriarch of the community, descends into madness when her prize rose garden suddenly will not bloom. Rising in the middle of the night, still dressed in her nightgown, she determines to address the cause behind the withered garden and unearths her husband’s skeleton which she places on display for the neighborhood to see.
Melissa Palmer’s deft prose casts a shadow over suburban society and exposes the darker aspects of personality that hide behind the superficial light of façade.
Melissa's novel, Twin Oaks, will be released by Open Books on December 10, 2014.
Simply entitled "Donald", this heartfelt biopic video about the life and writing career of Open Books author Donald O'Donovan chronicles the author'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.