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Book signings for THE MANGLED SPOON PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Mauch   
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 08:17
Book signings for THE MANGLED SPOON are scheduled for The Book Rack from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 24 at the Moline store, 3937 41st Ave. Drive and at the same time on Saturday, June 7 at the Davenport store, 4764 Elmore Ave

 
A full flavored collection of new poetry: Quad Cities poet Salvatore Marici’s new book to be published. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Salvatore Marici   
Friday, 09 May 2014 13:47

Salvatore Marici, Port Byron, Illinois, first full-length collection of poetry is entitled, Swish Swirl & Sniff (Ice Cube Press). The collection is a reflection of not only his life here in the Quad Cities, but his varied and fascinating life abroad. In this full flavored, wise, and wildly alive collection Salvatore Marici travels through the Amazon, Guatemala, Sicily, doctor’s offices, arenas, kitchens, and his Quad Cities home. From one poem to the next, there is a connected cord.

An enchanting array of rhythmic encounters, sensual visions, as well as perceptive reflections on life’s mysteries. Many of the Quad Cities prominent poets and art promoters are strong supporters of this new book:

“Whether he is writing about the heart of the Inca Empire in Peru or Wrigley Field in Chicago, Sal brings his subjects alive with an earthy swirl of all five senses.” —Roald Tweet, WVIK Rock Island Lines

“Sal Marici is a gifted poet, who sees that the world can pull you down. There is death, and cruelty, and ignorance, yet what saves us is our ability to feel deeply and enjoy the richness of life.” —Bruce de Gouveia Carter, Host of Art Talks on WVIK

“These poems are rich, loamy, fragrant with life. Unafraid to be playful, unafraid to be understood, they embrace the world as if they want to eat it whole. Read this book if you want to feel a little more alive.” —Thomas Lux, author, Child Made of Sand

“There’s an expansive world conveyed by Sal Marici’s poems, examined up-close and with care, even when the mood is frisky. The physicality of the collection’s vivid and momentary encounters urge us inward and out into new landscapes.” —Rebecca Wee, Quad Cities Poet Laureate (2003-2005), author, Uncertain Grace

Marici has lived in the Quad Cities since 1979. He is a retired Agronomist from the Rock Island Arsenal.
He was also a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala. He is an active member of the Midwest Writing
Center in Davenport, where, in 2002, he attended an Out Loud event and read his poetry for the first time.

His poetry readings often include muscial accompaniment. His upcoming events include: May 16th during
the Bucktown Revue; June 6th, at River Valley Library in Port Byron IL; The Book Rack in Moline, June
11th; and The Book Rack in Davenport June 14th. For more information contact Mr. Marici: vinoyajo@
frontiernet.net, or visit the Ice Cube Press website at www.icecubepress.com, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Moline, Illinois To Host Flamingo, the World's Biggest Openly Gay Event PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jason Tanamor   
Monday, 28 April 2014 10:33

Rock Island, IL (April 25, 2014) - The Flamingo, the biggest openly gay event in the world, is moving from its usual destination of Las Vegas to the city of Moline, Illinois. The event features gay musical acts, clinics, and novelties, and is coming to Moline for the first time due to tax breaks and the fact that the mayor is the uncle of the one and only fabulous host, Spencer Gayman.

Of course, this isn’t really the case; rather it is the plot to “Hello Fabulous!” the new novella from Jason Tanamor.

“The underlying story revolves around a straight and boring guy named Randy who is continually mistaken for the event’s host,” Tanamor said. “This mistake begins to snowball, with the media believing that Gayman has hit the town well before the scheduled event.”

Randy then sees his life go from “straight and boring” to “gay and fabulous” overnight. He begins to receive VIP treatment in the form of restaurant, hotel, and clothing comps. Not to mention the occasional hetero woman willing to turn Gayman straight.

“It doesn’t help that Randy’s friends encourage him to play the part since they’re now being treated as celebrities,” Tanamor said. “That is until Gayman comes to town for real after hearing that his good, gay name has been tarnished by being seen in places like K-Mart.”

“Hello Fabulous!” is a hilarious story about mistaken identity that results in a climax that determines the REAL fabulous one. “Did I mention that there is a 25-foot flamingo in the story?” Tanamor said.

“Hello Fabulous!” is free on Amazon Kindle http://bit.ly/hellofabulouskindle today through Thursday, May 8th.

Visit Tanamor’s website at http://www.tanamor.com to learn more about it and read an excerpt.

The book will debut at the 5th Annual QC Planet Comic & Arts Con - held at the Holiday Inn Events Center, 226 17th Street, Rock Island, IL - on Sunday, July 13, 2014 where copies will be available for sale.

Tanamor is the Editor of Zoiks! Online – The Very Best of Stand-Up and Music. He has interviewed the likes of author Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club); comedians Demetri Martin, Jim Breuer (SNL, Half Baked), Aisha Tyler (Talk Soup, The Ghost Whisperer), Hal Sparks and Gabriel Iglesias; musicians Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins), Ann Wilson (Heart), Taylor Momsen (The Pretty Reckless and Gossip Girl), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), and Henry Rollins (Black Flag); and actor Oscar Nunez (The Office).

He has covered everyone from Steve Martin to Jerry Seinfeld and from Evanescence to President Obama.

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Comics for Fun and Profit Celebrates 100th Episode PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Drew Ellinger   
Friday, 25 April 2014 08:46

April 24, 2014 – New Straitsville, OH – The 100th episode of Comics for Fun and Profit was released this week and marked the occasion by discussing Amazon’s purchase of Comixology. The twice weekly podcast, Comics for Fun and Profit celebrates the comics industry with reviews, interviews and comic book news but also a unique twist, an emphasis on comic book buying and selling sometimes referred to as speculation.

“We provide in-depth reviews, news and previews for comic book readers and collectors but with a focus on speculation: buying comics to read, enjoy, collect and ultimately sell to someone else,” Says Drew Ellinger, site owner and co-founder of the podcast. Adding, “We often discuss our strategies for success in the comics selling market.”

The podcast also interviews comic creators and discusses water-cooler comic debate topics surrounding ‘best of’ comics episodes, comics grading, and the state of the industry. They couple this with a steady dose of weekly new comic reviews.

“I enjoy our comic review podcasts the most,” Said Bob Seifert, one of the founding members of CFP, “we really love talking comics and I think it shows.”

The trio realizes there are many podcasts focusing on comic books but theirs has something the others do not.

“The speculation angle really sets us apart from some of the other podcasts out there,” Kyle Ellinger, one of the founding members of CFP, said, “It’s really great when our picks skyrocket in value and our listeners benefit from that.”

Comics For Fun And Profit can be found on iTunes and Stitcher as well the website: www.comicsfunprofit.com

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New Book on Bible, Presidents, Inaugerations and Changing American Culture PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Don Bracken   
Friday, 18 April 2014 08:37

The Bible and America

So Help Me God, a new book that traces the historical connection between the Bible and the Inaugural ceremonies of the United States and each of  the individual states, will be in book stores next week. Author Michael B. Costanzo creates snapshot affects of all the presidential ceremonies and all the governments that once occupied territory in the U.S. specifically the Republic of Texas, the Confederate States of America, and the Republic of Hawaii. So Help Me God is a complete work of the Bible and its relationship with the United States.

This fascinating book sets the groundwork for the tradition of the Bible in America by providing an overview of the use of the Bible in England’s coronation ceremonies, Bible publishing in England, and the beginning of Bible publishing in America in colonial times. It provides a fascinating view of the changing social traditions and customs in America set against the backdrop of political practices, governmental procedures, and social celebrations for each president. Starting with the simple ceremony in New York City for George Washing ton who stood on a balcony viewed by a standing crowd on the street below to the elaborate parades and dress affairs for contemporary presidents, the reader will witness the growth of America’s position in the world and the changing culture that developed with that growth.

So Help Me God 9781933909950 was published by History Publishing Company in soft cover, 410 pages, and is indexed with appendices and endnotes. Cover price is $18.95. It will available in bookstores nationally and in e-books globally.

Historian and author Michael Costanzo resides in Columbia, Tennessee with his wife and family. His forthcoming book In the Course of Human Events, the story of the remarkable and little known journey of the actual document that is The Declaration of Independence will be published in July, 2015                          

Contact Don Bracken, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , (Tel) 845-398-8161)

 
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