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."
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 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.
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.
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.
"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."
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.
Vent! by Robert K. Swisher, Jr. (Satire)
Vent is a fill-in-the-blank adult reader participation book covering pertinent and ridiculous topics with which we seem to be obsessed. Vent is guaranteed to make you think, laugh, and at times may make you angry. (Pencil or pen not provided.)
Part of this book is a work of fiction. For the fiction segments names, characters, places and incidents are products of the author’s imagination. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.
Part of this work might be construed as non-fiction. If any of this book reminds you of yourself and you are offended by certain comments or remarks (corporations included since you are by law considered people), no harm, malice, libel, racism, discrimination was intentionally intended by the author, by his wife, his dog, his cat, his goldfish, his hanging plants, or any of his relatives (this includes any and all life forms in the known and unknown universe that might share some of the author's DNA, and unknowingly, by either cosmic intervention or a form of communication as yet unknown to mankind had anything to do with the writing of this book).
And now that all necessary disclaimers are out of the way, let's VENT!
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.
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 author Judy Volhart will participate in Prose in the Park Literary Festival on
During the month of June, 2016 Open Books celebrates Noir Fiction. If you are already a fan of this longstanding genre, you won’t want to miss these five shady titles; if you are new to the genre, enter the night!
Open Books Welcomes Author Simon Campbell
Simon Campbell was born in Southeast England but has spent much of his life circumnavigating the globe; living in Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Dubai the Middle East and Australia.
He experimented with fiction at university, but left most of what he wrote unfinished, sacrificed to freewheeling overseas.
Following his return to the UK he won a writing competition in The Independent, which he later expanded into a screenplay. In the past few years he has settled down and started a family. He collects old comics, watches old films, reads old books and likes seemingly everyone else on the planet. Simon enjoys live music, socializing and scuba-diving.
Open Books will publish his debut novel, The Miracle Adjuster, in August 2016.
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.