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.
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Book Launch Celebration in Toronto, Canada forAs a Thief in the Nightby Chuck Crabbe.
In their own voice...
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
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.
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Open Books authorSandra Cuza talks with Joe Barlow of CBS Morning about her novel Passion Fruit based on her 21-year experience as an ex-pat living in Brazil.
A brilliant artificial intelligence (AI) scientist, Dr. Alan Boyd, develops a new program that integrates part of his brain with a computer’s operating system. The program, Alan 2, can anticipate a user’s needs and automatically perform many tasks. A large software company, International Microsystems (IM) desperately wants the program and tempts Dr. Boyd with huge sums of money, but when Dr. Boyd refuses their offer, IM sabotages his job, leaving him in a difficult financial situation.
Dr. Boyd turns to Alan 2 for an answer to his financial problems, and Alan 2 develops plan Alpha, which is a cyber robin hood scheme to rob from rich corporations via a credit card scam.
Alan and his girlfriend Kaitlin travel to Mexico where they live the good life funded by plan Alpha, but the FBI cybercrime division has discovered part of Alan 2’s cyber escapades, and two agents, Rachel and Stu, trace the crime through the TOR network and Bitcoin.
Alan 2 discovers the FBI is on to them and advises Alan and Kaitlin to change locations. A dramatic chase ensues taking them to St. Thomas, a cruise ship bound for Spain, and finally to Morocco.
Will they escape detection? They will if Alan 2's Plan Beta can be implemented in time. Or is 'Plan B' something altogether different than it appears to be, something wholly sinister that will affect the entire population of the world?
Norman Abrahamson grew up in the Boston area in the 1960s and 70s. He quickly learned that a straight line may be the shortest distance between two points, but also the most boring. After graduating from law school in 1982, he worked as an attorney in private practice for 20 years before switching careers.
In 2008, Norman became a history teacher in a public high school. He enjoys the give-and-take environment of the classroom and working with students from all walks of life.
Over the years, writing has been a constant in Norm’s life. In 2010, he became involved in the National Writing Project, helping other teachers with their personal writing as well as using innovative methods to teach writing skills to students across all grades, subjects and skill levels.
Norman married his college sweetheart in 1986, and they had two boys, both now grown. In addition to working as an attorney and teacher, he worked the counter for several years at the venerable Elsie’s Lunch of Harvard Square, and briefly, during law school, worked as the world’s smallest bouncer. He enjoys martial arts and still teaches Judo as well as acoustic guitar.
Open Books will publish Norman's debut novel, Hodge, in January 2017.
In Justice and Vengeance, Arwen Bicknell offers the first full account of the events leading up to the shooting of James Clark by Lucien Fewell and the sensational, headline-grabbing murder trial that followed. Set against the backdrop of Reconstruction, tumultuous Virginia politics, and the presidential election of 1872 featuring Ulysses Grant, Horace Greeley, and protofeminist Victoria Woodhull, the first female presidential candidate, Bicknell paints a vivid picture of the evolving South as she traces the families and fortunes of Lucien Fewell, a hellraiser with a passion for drink and for abusing Yankees and scalawags, and James Clark, a rising legal and political star with a wife, a daughter, and a baby on the way.
A marvelous work of historical recreation, Justice and Vengeance is sure to fascinate anyone interested crime drama, the Civil War and its aftermath, and the history of Virginia and the politics of the American South.
In 2009, airline Captain Hans Wink accepted a three-year contract with the United Nations to fly political officials to the hot spots of Africa and Asia. Having firsthand knowledge of political situations and closely observing UN operations in war zones—even in Libya and Afghanistan—compelled Hans to write about his encounters. He chose autobiographical narrative nonfiction to combine the dramas of his personal life with his experiences traveling the world.
In Mid-Air by Hans Wink (Memoir)
Born in East Germany under the communist regime, Hans Wink sacrificed the love of his life for freedom in the West, finally landing in America.
But his approach was full of turbulence and his landing was anything but smooth.
As a young man in Miami, Hans ran the gamut of the American experience, from tumultuous relationships to drugs and vice.
Yet Hans was destined to soar, eventually becoming a commercial pilot.
In 2009, Captain Wink accepted a three-year contract with the United Nations to fly political officials to the hot spots of Africa and Asia. Gaining firsthand knowledge of political situations and closely observing UN operations in war zones in Libya and Afghanistan compelled Hans to write about his encounters.
His story is, to say the least, full of ups and downs.
Join Hans in his cockpit seat as he soars above the clouds!
His outcry for freedom started when he fled communist East Germany in 1985. By 1988 he’d fallen in love with the United States, and after several setbacks he found a new homeland, resulting in his US citizenship in 2014.
Dr. Marisa T. Cohen obtained a B.S. in Biology and Society with a minor in Education from Cornell University. She then went on to receive her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, with a concentration in Learning, Development, and Instruction from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
Dr. Cohen is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, New York. She teaches experimental, educational, developmental, and general psychology courses. She is also the Director of the Self-Awareness and Bonding Lab (SABL). This lab centers on the sub-fields of relationship science and social psychology. Dr. Cohen’s main research interests are gender differences in dating and relationship behaviors, peoples’ perceptions of love and infidelity, and consensual non-monogamy. For more information, please visit the website at www.sfc.edu/sabl.
Dr. Cohen actively presents her research from the field at both local and regional conferences. In addition to her research, she enjoys giving guest lectures on the application of this science to everyday life.
The Miracle Adjuster by Simon Campbell (Satire)
The thing about the truth is; it doesn’t get out much...
Colin Jekyll is an ‘Events Manager’. And a liar. Colin’s real name is Frank Canon, and his real job title is ‘Reality Enforcer’. And the lies don’t stop there; they only get bigger.
Canon works for the Agency, protecting the status quo. A multilingual lone wolf with an unreliable history and a fear of flying, Canon covers up continuity errors; those inexplicable events most other people call ‘miracles’. He adjusts outbreaks of clairvoyance and drunken weather, weeping statues and spontaneous dancing plagues before they become common knowledge, and before people begin to panic, because people’s faith in consensus reality needs to be enforced.
Fortunately for Frank and the Agency, most people are naturally suspicious of the truth.
Open Books Spring 2016 Catalog
Open Books Welcomes Author Paul Breen
Paul Breen is an acclaimed author of literary fiction, academic works, and news articles particularly in the areas of language, culture, sport and identity. He has published works in both the United Kingdom and the United States, including a series of video lectures on the use of social media in the 21st century.
Born in Ireland, Paul now lives in London’s historic Greenwich area, renowned as being the home of time. Most of his own time is taken up with teaching various language and writing courses in The University of Westminster, located in the heart of London and famous for hosting one of the world’s most prestigious Media departments. Prior to this, he has worked in other British universities and overseas in Korea, Japan, and Australia where the adventures he had and the people he met along the way proved that life indeed can be crazier than fiction!
Paul is also an active freelance contributor to many newspapers and magazines in Britain, Ireland and beyond. He has written poetry for the former Irish President Mary McAleese, has worked on film scripts, managed writing groups, and taken part in the writing and production of amateur theatre performances. He has also appeared on radio and television broadcasts, and given conference presentations across the world from South Korea to the United States.
Outside of work and writing he still manages to find time for theatre, travel, music, sports, and roaming the countryside, especially his beloved west of Ireland to where he sometimes retreats in search of literary inspiration. In another world, indeed another life, he is also a faithful servant to a wife called Sarah and a feline mistress of their house named Gobbolino (from a character in a 1940’s children’s book about a witch’s cat).
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The Montana Book Festival is a celebration of literary arts held each fall in downtown Missoula that seeks to provide a dynamic, evolving forum for literary engagement, as well as to foster literary community and enthusiasm for the written word among readers of all ages.
Over the course of several days, the Montana Book Festival presents exciting literary arts programming for participants and attendees from throughout the city, state and region. Events include readings, author signings, panels, workshops, a youth festival, special events, vendor exhibits and a book fair.
As popular today as she was in her time, recluse Jane Austen understood society from the inside out. Her novels continue to delight readers young and old.
Timeless messages for this Age or any Age. Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet transcends religion, philosophy and politics to rest itself on a higher plane - wisdom. Open Books' beautiful and unique online edition features numerous illustrations by the author himself.
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The Bones of a Season by Paul Breen (Psychological Thriller)
Fergus Sharkey has come from Ireland to London and settled in the historic surroundings of Greenwich, fabled home and birthplace of time. There the Irish immigrant falls in love with a northern English rose named Katy Prunty and soon begins to follow the fortunes of the local football team, Charlton Athletic.
To affirm the love of his team, Fergus decides to get a tattoo of the club badge, but this causes friction between Fergus and Katy and sets in motion the gradual decaying of their romance during the course of the football season. When Katy leaves for the coast, Fergus becomes embroiled in a relationship with the tattoo artist Dyana, whose young friend, a grime musician, has recently been gunned down in the street in broad daylight.
Set against the backdrop of Charlton Athletic's football fortunes, and a crime network that lurks on the horizon, Fergus begins to uncover the answers to the musician’s murder as well as the layers of his decaying romance.
One day Paul hopes to write a children’s book on the lives of London’s cats! But until that day he will spend his time writing, roaming, and serving his mistress.
Open Books will publish Paul's second novel, The Bones of a Season, in September 2016.
Hans Wink holds airline certifications for Europe and the US, and has flown both VIP and medical emergency response teams on a worldwide scale. The cultural and social differences he encountered and the pain and suffering he observed has helped to form his personality, his philosophy and his approach toward living.
Open Books Welcomes Author David M. Hamlin
David M. Hamlin was born in Washington, D.C., raised in Bethesda, Maryland and educated in Montgomery County public schools. He is a former VISTA volunteer and a cum laude graduate of Nasson College in Maine. He has enjoyed two careers, first as an executive with the American Civil Liberties Union and then as a partner in a successful Los Angles public relations and marketing agency which he co-founded with his wife, Sydney Weisman. He lives, writes and plays tennis in Palm Springs, California.
David M. Hamlin is the author of a first-hand account of one of the most controversial free speech cases of the twentieth century, The Nazi/Skokie Conflict (Beacon Press, 1980). In 2009, he wrote Los Angeles’s Original Farmers Market (Arcadia Press, photos curated by Brett Arena). He has also written countless opinion page commentaries, freelance news and professional journal articles, a political satire column and the box copy for the Hot Wheels™ 40th Anniversary Edition Gilmore Oil White 3000 Truck and Agajanian Special midget racer.
Open Books will publish David's debut novel, Winter in Chicago, as part of its Summer 2016 Catalog.
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Call him Ishmael … that’s what his mother did. But after giving her baby life and a name, she gave nothing more. She couldn’t even feed him. As Ishmael’s mother drifted away into a dark world of heroin addiction, the new life she had just created was cast off into his own dark abyss – isolation, hunger and total alienation from society.
It would take a miracle for Ishmael to survive even through his first year … but real miracles are the stuff of myth … or are they? Maybe … just maybe … if not bona fide miracles, there are more subtle, mysterious energies … forces not generally acknowledged, or understood. But they exist. Yes, Ishmael’s situation is desperate, but is it possible he’s getting help from sources deeper, more ancient and more profound that we can imagine?
One thing is certain, Ishmael will need all the help he can get. Surviving infancy and childhood is only the beginning of his journey. Navigating the vagaries and cruelties of a troubled world is a challenge for everyone, but for a child abandoned, stripped of love and the basic social skills … well, the path of life becomes nothing less than an epic journey where monsters, danger - and the occasional kind heart - are found in the most unexpected places.
Winter in Chicago by David M. Hamlin (Contemporary Mystery)
Drugs, death and rock and roll on Chicago's AM radio dial...
Before dawn in January, 1975, Emily detours from her normal route to work in the newsroom of Chicago’s top pop rock station to investigate a crime scene. The police believe the body on the street is a suicide. Emily is stunned to discover that the dead woman is a dear friend since high school. Unable to fathom why Beni Steinart would take her own life, Emily begins an investigation that leads to a trunk-load of cocaine, Federal narcotics charges, abuse of power and a perplexing mystery – suicide or murder?
Emily’s reporting triggers an explosive battle between two men who tower over their city. Cary Chase is Chicago’s most prominent bachelor, a wealthy entrepreneur whose mansion is the epicenter of Chicago’s elite society. United States Attorney Tommy “Tommy Terrific” Jameson is ambitiously determined to rid his city of corruption on his way up to the Governor’s office and perhaps even higher.
Drawing on an eclectic roster of news sources and WEL colleagues and her own considerable talent and determination, Emily uncovers the full story of her friend’s death in a remarkable confrontation which produces front page headlines and restores one life as it ruins another.
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September 17, 2016 at 7:00 pm
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First published at age 13, Kerry Arquette went on to write articles for dozens of national magazines and her work was featured in Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul. She is the author of two picture books including What Did You Do Today? (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich), which won the Colorado Book Award, and was later selected for inclusion in the compilation, Sweet Dreams: Five Minute Bedtime Stories. Her picture book, Daddy Promises was released by Concordia Publishing.
Arquette was also Executive Editor of Memory Makers Books, an imprint of F+W Publishing specializing in scrapbooking and paper crafts. With business partner, Andrea Zocchi, she founded Cantata Books Inc., a publishing company responsible for dozens of popular art and crafting titles. Arquette is, herself, a prolific multi-media artist.
Kerry also holds a Masters degree in criminology and has worked with crime victims as part of the Denver Colorado Police Department. She is married to Denver attorney, Mark Senn, and has three children, Erin, Brittan, and Ryan. She is the daughter of well-known author, Lois Duncan.
Open Books will publish Kerry's latest book, War Cries, in Fall 2016.