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Good Morning Corfu: chronicles the experiences of an American living on this Mediterranean outpost of dizzying extremes. These 44 short essays examine local and expatriate lifestyles through the lens of one deeply immersed yet forever removed, 
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. 
It is 1949 and the Chinese Republic is collapsing under Mao Tse Tung's onslaught. 
Love, war, sacrifice, corruption and revenge play their parts in this epic story that reaches its climax in twenty-first century Shanghai. 
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
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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 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. 
Open Books author Chuck Crabbe reads from The Road by Cormac McCarthy - The Day to Shape the Days Upon
In their own voice...
The Butterfly Prison
REEL ROY REVIEWS by Roy Sexton
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!


The X-Cure by Bruce Forciea
San Franciso Book Fair Selection...

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.




Fresh Cut
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 CodeAn 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.

Two is for You
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.
Open Books Titles for 2015
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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. 
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Game of Chance by Sandra Cuza
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.

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CELESTIAL LAND AND SEA by Amy McLean
Open Books Welcomes
Author Tamara Pearson
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.

Open Books author Amy McLean reads 
Chapter One of Celestial Land and Sea.
MADAME LUNE by Kathleen Curtin
TWO IS FOR YOU by Bobby Williams
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The glorious world of books in words and images...

BOOK GLOW focuses on book news, creative imagery, new ideas, author lifestyles, book history and fast facts, reviews, videos, events, readers and...everything about books!

BOOK GLOW is interactive...so leave your comments, share with your friends, or simply enjoy daily posts.

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Authors (click photos for full bios)
Adele Elliott
Alan Clinton
Andrew Asibong
Christy Fearn
Chuck Crabbe
David Rat
David A. Ross
Donald O'Donovan
Gregory Heath
James E. Tatooles
John Leahy
Keith Ainsworth
Kelly Huddleston
Linda Sands
Melissa Palmer
Miha Mazzini
Omoruyi Uwuigiaren
Rhiannon Jenkins Tsang
Roy Sexton
Susie Sexton
Sandra Cuza
Teri Louise Kelly
Tim Cole
Amy McLean
Kathleen Curtin
Bobby Williams
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.


Heartbeats
FRESH CUT by E. J. Bouinatchova
Fresh Cut by E. J. Bouinatchova

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.

THE BUTTERFLY PRISON by Tamara Pearson











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Super Upcoming Events for Summer/Fall
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Recent and Upcoming Author Appearances, Events & Honors
Official Irish Book Launch
for Madame Lune
by Kathleen Curtin
at Cork City Library
Kathleen Curtin will host a book launch celebration for Madame Lune at Cork City Library on Nov. 11, 2015, 6:30pm
San Francisco Book Festival Selection
Heartbeats
Congratuloations to Open Books author Bobby Williams on the selection of Two is for You by the San Francisco Book Festival.
Open Books author Sandra 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.
Bruce Forciea
Spring Releases for 2015
Fall Releases for 2015
The X-Cure by Bruce Forciea

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.  



Watch this space for
More New Titles 
Coming Soon...
 September 2015
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Amy McLean
Tamara Pearson
Launches Her New Novel
The Butterfly Prison
in Sydney, October 2015!









Events Not to Miss...

Sun 18 October: Tamara will present a talk at the Women's Library & Bookshop as part of their
book festival

Sat 24 October: creative writing workshop at Marrickville library

Friday 23 October: Official Butterfly Prison Book Launch. Tamara will present a talk and sign copies of her new novel at the Socialist Alliance (Bookshop) in Sydney, Australia



The Butterfly Prison
Open Books author Amy McLean to appear at Feel The Force Convention on 10 October 2015, Peterborough, UK
Open Books author 
E. J. Bouinatchova and 
Hollywood actress Felicia Day 
trade memoirs at Skylight Books in LA.
Kathleen Curtin
Open Books author Chuck Crabbe reads from his novel As a Thief in the Night
Open Books author Chuck Crabbe has been tapped to host this year's Junction Reads event. Other writers who will read from their works include Susan Glickman, Jim Bartley,
Vivian Demuth and Carole Giangrande.
Chuck Crabbe
Books 'n Beer

On August 25th E.J. hosted a gathering at The Library Bar in LA where she read from her  memoir
Fresh Cut
Oct. 25th
2015
4-7 pm
Toronto