Open BooksauthorJames Hitt discusses his most recent novel,The Courage of Othersand recaps his career as an author.
Jim says, "To be a good writer, you have to be a good reader."
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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.
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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.
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Open Books and The Writer's Center at Bethesda, Maryland are proud to present a reading and book signing event by two Open Books authors on May 4, 2016. Bill McCulloch will read from his recently released novel, A Dandy Little Game and Brett Busang will read from his debut novel, I Shot Bruce. Both authors will greet readers and sign books at a reception following the readings.
Black Sails, Disco InfernobyAndrez Bergen (Noir fiction)
An unnamed city, in which crime families flourish and the police pinch pennies from those with most power...
Black Sails, Disco Inferno is a retelling of the classic medieval romance of Tristan and Isolde, turning things on their head by reversing the sex of the chief protagonists and placing them in a '70's pulp/noir world.
Andrez Bergen’s latest novel exposes layers of the bullet-riddled pulp/noir world of Trista and Issy amidst a sensual, disco-infused narrative overflowing with shady schemes, double dealings, cruel brutality and spellbinding mystery.
Surely each writer would have a different answer. Open Books author Fergus MacRoich began writing to save his life.
The Discount DetectivesbyBen Unglesbee (Satire)
Part crime caper, part screwball comedy and part political satire, The Discount Detectives is a quirky spin on the detective novel.
Ted Shackelford isn’t your typical literary detective. He's neither super-tough like Philip Marlow nor super-smart like Sherlock Holmes. He's a screw-up, a bungler. But he’s trying his hardest.
After being laid off from his job as a department store security guard, Ted stumbles into a job as a private investigator at the obscure Discount Investigations Agency. He's hired by chief investigator Ray Loveburn, who has a sketchy past, few scruples and far more confidence than common sense.
Soon after joining the agency, Ted is assigned to the Space Inc. case, and from there on his life is taken over by alter egos, shady characters, complicated financial schemes, rich wannabe astronauts, leering politicians, angry Tea Partiers and a vagabond prophet of economic doom. Run by industrial tycoon and libertarian politico O.P. Boa, Space Inc. has grand aspirations but there is little evidence that it is actually building a rocket. Despite a series of disguises and fake identities, Ted and Ray get nowhere on the case. Meanwhile, Ted is also trying to find clues about a mysterious financial bet placed against the U.S. government's credit standing, made urgent by a showdown in Congress over the country's budget. Soon Ted is thrust into a role he doesn't feel at all equipped for: Trying to save a world suddenly on the brink of economic collapse.
Childhood is a world between fantasy and reality, where dreams can come true - and so can nightmares.
Liza Jane Crowley has an idyllic life growing up in an old Maine farmhouse, where the world seems full of amazing things. Her imagination knows no bounds: her best friend is an invisible fairy and she dances with a skeleton in the barn. The strange and wondrous are commonplace.
As she grows older, she begins to lose her grip on reality. If her fantasy world feels more real than her everyday life, then who’s to say it isn’t? And if it is real… There are terrible things in the world of dreams, and once you notice them, they notice you. No one understands that Liza’s coming-of-age isn’t a time of hopscotch and dollhouses; it’s a struggle to keep possession of her soul.
World Between is a haunting journey through a dreamland, with all its wonders and terrors. Definitely not a tale for children, this story will remind readers of their innermost fears and raise the question: Do children really have vivid imaginations, or can they see things to which adults are blind?
Open Books Welcomes Author Robert K. Swisher, Jr.
Robert K. Swisher Jr. began writing in 1967 after serving as a radio operator in Vietnam. Early in his career he placed hundreds of poems and several dozen short stories in literary journals while at the same time writing for outdoor magazines and newspapers.
Between 1975 and 2007 fourteen of his novels were published ranging from young adult, contemporary, to historical fiction. Many of these books received outstanding reviews from Publishers Weekly, Best Sellers, The Mid-West Book Review, and others. Two of the novels were optioned. Three have recently been re-released as eBooks by the publisher and eight are still in print. In 2008, Mr. Swisher went indie and has published eight novels - a four-book humorous mystery series, and four novels that cross the line between literary and contemporary. All have been well received.
Robert's latest novel, Vent, will be published by Open Books in June 2016. Vent is a daring andwry look at our modern world written in a unique way, as the reader is asked to participate by answering yes and no questions and given a space to either write or verbalize his opinion. The novel will make you laugh, shake your head, and may even make you angry. Robert is presently working on two other novels as well as a sequel to Vent.
Robert K. Swisher, Jr.
Arwen Bicknell has spent her adult professional life as an editor and writer for newspapers, journals, and think tanks. Currently a communications analyst for the RAND Corporation, her previous job was at CQ Roll Call, where she focused on political and legislative issues.
“Tell me a story” has always been her favorite request to make—and to receive. She has edited several nonfiction history books, and she contributed to the interpretive display dedicated to James Clark at the renovated Brentsville Jail in Prince William County, Virginia.
Arwen was born in the Midwest and has lived on both coasts, settling in Virginia in the winter of 2000. She has been writing since she could hold a crayon and has been a Civil War buff since her first visit to Gettysburg in grammar school, going on to major in journalism and history at the University of Southern California. She lives in Haymarket, Virginia, with her husband, John, and her son, Thomas, plus two cats and a dog.
Open Books will publish her nonfiction book, He Had It Coming, in June 2016.
Open Books Welcomes Author Arwen Bicknell
Ben Unglesbee is a correspondent covering antitrust and competition policy issues. Prior to joining The Capitol Forum as an antitrust correspondent, he worked as a newspaper reporter starting in 2013. After interning at the Kansas City Star‘s business desk, he covered higher education for the Lawrence Journal-World. In 2014, he joined the St. Louis Business Journal, where he reported on the retail, transportation, agriculture, food and beverage industries. His stories have won awards from the Kansas Press Association, Missouri Press Association and the Kansas City Press Club.
Unglesbee holds bachelor’s degrees in economics and English from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree from the Missouri School of Journalism.
Open Books will publish his debut novel, The Discount Detectives in June 2016.
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.
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Giving It All Away
in Front of Strand Books in NYC
Meet Open Books author Brett Busang on May 1, 2016 at the Literary Hill Book Fest
North Hall of Eastern Market in
"Vijay Asunder was apprehended by the police yesterday for assassinating the sole survivor of the most popular singing group of the last century. He said that the wound he inflicted wasn’t even comparable to the “festering sores” of rejection, which he has nursed since 1961, when The Keysters let him go in favor of a more polished musician. TV clips from that day show a stunned Asunder leaving the small club where the Keysters were playing. More news as it happens."
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."
"I stand in the darkness of the room and watch the street as the day turns to night. I have been watching for a long time, upright for hours until my limbs are deadened and my entire body is without feeling."
"What a fantastically literary, insightful, and poignant endeavor. I invite you all to take a journey through the life of Vijay Asunder, an embittered almost-was that never got over his brush with fame. Titillatingly inspired by the "fifth Beatle," this story is a subtly crafted lampoon of our obsession with stardom and the "entertainment royalty" culture. Brett Busang's characters are fantastically complex and a beautiful blend of the relatable and the unsympathetic. You will feel for Vijay, even while wanting to smack him, tell him to pull his head out of his tookas, and get on with his life. But be assured, he never will. He will spend his whole life aspiring to be a Keyster. That's right, a "Keyster." What a lovely, nose-tweaking pun. In the end, all members of the band live up to their name. The story will leave you musing on the foibles of humanity, and wondering just how much dismissal one person can take before they shatter." --Amazon reviewer