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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?
"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... 
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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... 
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September 2014

Girls Like Me
by
Teri Louise Kelly
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.
Free For Your Enjoyment...   ALL NEW EDITION - AUTUMN 2014

Recent Open Books Author Events
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. 
Andrew Asibong and Hannah Eaton at Birkbeck Cinema Symposium  
Andrew Asibong, 
author of Mameluke Bath, and Hannah Eatonauthor of Naming Monsters, discuss the impact of David Lynch's 1992 film Twin PeaksFire Walk with Me on their work. The conversation took place at Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, London on 23 May, 2014. 


Listen to the entire programme:

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.


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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.

Learn more about Christy's novel, Framed: A Historical Novel About The Revolt of the Luddites 
at:

http://www.open-bks.com/library/moderns/framed/about-the-book.html​



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...
Books by Donald O'Donovan
Mike O'Rourke interviews Tim Cole, author of One To A Million, on 'The Halfway House', Radio Tircoed 106.5 fm.

https://soundcloud.com/open-books/tircoed-interview-tim-cole-one-to-a-million
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. 
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
is proud to publish the first
English language edition of
Paloma Negra
by bestselling author
Miha Mazzini
coming September 2014
The Faith by John Leahy
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.

Passion Fruit by Sandra Cuza
"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 wronbody... 

"Let’s forget the flounce and frills and sugar and spice; 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?" 

Watch a video about Teri Louise Kelly
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Book Launch Gala for
As a Thief in the Night
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… ​
​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…
Teri Louise Kelly: Outspoken
Sean King Productions
Release date: September 15, 2014
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"While there may not be many tears, there were tantrums, tantrums and insane asylums and self-deprecating binges. None of which has anything to do with the most bizarre decision a person can make, changing one's sex."
If you’re going to write a book about changing sex, why not...
give it some balls?
Just Published
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Passion Fruit
Bent
Open Books Fall Titles
Heartbeats by James E. Tatooles
The Faith by John Leahy
Passion Fruit by Sandra Cuza
Bent by Teri Louise Kelly
Paloma Negra by Miha Mazzini
The Faith
Paloma Negra
Heartbeats
Heartbeats
Matters of the heart...

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.
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Earlier this month Chuck gave an impromptu reading from As a Thief in the Night at the Night & Day Cafe in Toronto, Canada.
Learn more about Chuck Crabbe
Girls Like Me: 
A Book of Modern Poetry
The first collection of poetry from Teri Louise Kelly showcases the methodology of an author whose life has been lived both within, and beyond, the borders of the binary system.
Saturday, October 11, 2014, 
Time: 3:00
Open Books author Sandra Cuza, author of Passion Fruit, will meet readers and sign copies of her book at a pre-launch appearance at the Jane Addams Book Shop
208 North Neil Street, Champaign, IL
Open Books Welcomes Author Melissa Palmer 
Melissa Palmer is the author of A Life Less Normal, a memoir examining the life of a woman-child growing up in the shadow of mental illness. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize for short fiction for “Mrs. MacMillan’s Garden” which was the inspiration for her current novel, Twin Oaks. She was also nominated for the Eric Hoffer Prize for short fiction for her story, “Blood”. But of all the honors she has received, she was most touched when McStorytellers named her an "Honorary Scot" for her story, “At This Moment”. Her work has been featured in Best New WritingThe Quotable, and The Writing Disorder among others. In her spare time she wrangles Newfoundlands, two precocious girls, and one very handsome cat with whom she shares her life. She is never not writing, frequently baking, and always a little off-center.

Melissa's novel, Twin Oaks, will be published by Open Books in Spring 2015.
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13th October. 7.30pm to 9pm at Nottingham Writers’ Studio.
Rhiannon Jenkins Tsang will host a premier international launch event at Nottingham Festival of Words 2014, WRITING CHINA.
Joining Rhiannon on the panel will be novelist and philosopher Will Buckingham and Beijing writer and journalist Karen Ma.
Monday,October 13, 2014, 
7.30pm to 9pm 
Open Books author Rhiannon Jenkins Tsang will host a premier international launch event at Nottingham Festival of Words 2014, WRITING CHINA 
at Nottingham Writers’ Studio. Joining Rhiannon on the panel will be novelist and philosopher Will Buckingham and Beijing writer and journalist Karen Ma.
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Duncan
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