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SLOW TRANSIT Stories by Michael C. Keith
Červená Barva Press, 2017

Michael C. Keith is the author/coauthor of 30 book volumes and dozens of articles on the subject of radio and broadcast studies. In addition to his non-fiction titles, Keith has published over a dozen creative works, including an acclaimed memoir: The Next Better Place-a young adult novel: Life is Falling Sideways-and 12 short story collections: most recently Perspective Drifts Like a Log on a River. His fiction has been nominated for several awards, among them the Pen/O. Henry Award, the Pushcart Prize, the National Indie Excellence Award, and the International Book Award.


"Michael Keith is doing his part to keep the short story alive in this world of novel, novel, novel... Let us hope he keeps those original stories coming."
-Brad Watson, author Miss Jane

"The characters in Slow Transit transport you to a universe of unfulfilled desires, doubts, and dreams made all the more terrifying by the author's keen sense of the dramas that make life worth living. Highly recommended."
-Ed Hamilton, author The Chintz Age

"Keith's output and beautiful prose continue to rise."
-Adam Johnson, author Fortune Smiles

$18.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9984253-6-8 | 226 Pages

Hamburgers and Berliners and other courses in between by Matt Potter Hamburgers and Berliners and other courses in between by Matt Potter
Červená Barva Press, 2015

Australian-born Matt Potter lives in Adelaide but keeps part of his psyche in Berlin. He is the founding editor of Pure Slush, Pure Slush Books, Truth Serum Press and Lit Bulb international writing festival. By day he has been a social worker, an English as a Second Language teacher, and oh, many other things. Find more of his work at http://mattcpotter.webs.com/


Matt Potter's Hamburgers and Berliners took me to Germany—with brief forays to Austria, Portugal and other European countries—without me having to shift an inch from my sofa. Potter's prose is, as always, absorbing, amusing, enlightening and engaging. If you are thinking of a trip to Europe (or Australia, where Potter originates) make sure you read Hamburgers and Berliners before you go. This intimate portrait of an Australian abroad should be nestled in your hand luggage beside your spare undies and bottled water—it's just as essential. Potter examines the differences between cultures big and small—between countries, continents or, at the other end of the scale, the microcultures that exist within a block or a street. He constantly questions the what and the why of things, observing idiosyncrasies and habits and ingrained patterns of thought in a way that makes you see your own surroundings and behaviours afresh. Never uncomfortably disrespectful (though often funny), Potter had me smirking with some of his descriptions and going “Aha!” at others.
Hamburgers and Berliners is that rare thing, a guide to humanity, forgiving in its delivery but covering every niggly aspect of living as a foreigner abroad in delicious detail, warts and all. If you want to give your brain a holiday, get it, read it, and have a ball.
—Gill Hoffs, author of The Sinking of RMS Tayleur: The Lost Story of the Victorian Titanic and Wild: a collection

Matt Potter unflinchingly allows us inside his mind and heart, sharing fears and insecurities that most of us would never dare to reveal. His book is both poignant and funny, and through Potter's eyes we get a vivid picture of Germany—its landscapes, people, customs and quirks—while also witnessing one man's struggle to make sense of his own life as well as life at large.
—Len Kuntz, author of The Dark Sunshine

Matt Potter's Hamburgers and Berliners brings back the adventures, the frustrations and the newness of moving to Germany. These honest missives made me want to do it all over again.
—Christopher Allen, author of Conversations with S. Teri O'Type

$18.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9966894-0-3 | 273 Pages | In Stock
THE CHINTZ AGE by Ed Hamilton THE CHINTZ AGE tales of love and loss for a new new york by Ed Hamilton
Červená Barva Press, 2015

Ed Hamilton is the author of Legends of the Chelsea Hotel: Living with the Artists and Outlaws of New York's Rebel Mecca (Da Capo, 2007). His fiction has appeared in dozens of small journals, including Limestone, The Journal of Kentucky Studies, SoMa Literary Review, Exquisite Corpse, Bohemia, Omphalos, and in translation in the Czech Republic's Host. His non-fiction has appeared in The Villager, Chelsea Now, The Huffington Post, and Living With Legends: Hotel Chelsea Blog. Ed lives in New York City. Visit his website at www.edhamilton.nyc


Just as Soylent Green is people, so The Chintz Age is now. Everything is cheaper and chintzier than in the past, from consumer products to culture itself. Our great cities, and, in particular, New York, are being transformed as we speak, as rising rents squeeze out the artists and bohemians who honed and burnished the city's glittering cutting edge. So should we look backward in teary-eyed nostalgia for the glorious past, or grit our teeth and move forward, accepting the inevitability of change in order to carve out a place for ourselves in this Brave New New York? This book of gritty urban fairy tales represents a heartfelt prayer for the future of the arts in New York, as well as a blueprint for a moral and spiritual resistance to the forces of cultural philistinism.

In seven stories and a novella, Ed Hamilton takes on this clash of cultures between the old and the new, as his characters are forced to confront their own obsolescence in the face of this rapidly surging capitalist juggernaut. Ranging over the whole panorama of New York neighborhoods—from the East Village to Hell's Kitchen, and from the Bowery to Washington Heights—Hamilton weaves a spellbinding web of urban mythology. Punks, hippies, beatniks, squatters, junkies, derelicts, and anarchists—the entire pantheon of urban demigods—gambol through a grungy subterranean Elysium of dive bars, cheap diners, flophouses, and shooting galleries, searching for meaning and a place to make their stand.


PRAISE FOR THE LEGENDS OF THE CHELSEA HOTEL

"There's something remarkable about the way the author manages to celebrate the Chelsea's singular atmosphere — the exuberant aspiring artists, the divorced movie stars, the disheveled blonde who may have Tourette's and who lingers in the lobby hissing like a snake — without ever forgetting how toxic the air is for many of the people who come desperate to breathe it."
—Jeff Giles, The New York Times Book Review

Reviews:

Boston Magazine: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/blog/2015/10/02/gentriwatch-gentrification-book-somerville/

$18.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9861111-9-8 | 284 Pages | In Stock
My Life With Blondie by Jiří Klobouk My Life With Blondie by Jiří Klobouk
Červená Barva Press, September, 2013

Jiří Klobouk writes fiction, radio plays, poetry and essays. He discovered jazz when he was twelve and later began to visualize the world around him through a camera lens - he worked for 20 years in television. These experiences are reflected in his writing. He created a body of work in which as one critique noted: "We could feel the rhythm and see things from unexpected angles." Many short stories have appeared in literary periodicals: Partisan Review, Chicago Review, Stories and Artful Dodge. For Winter Wolves, a story published in Mid-American Review, he was named outstanding writer in the 1985-86 The Pushcart Prize edition. His list of books includes: My Life with Blondie, Winfield, Radio Plays I, Radio Plays II, Music After Midnight, The Stair Climber, Anti-Communist Manifesto (1975), The Homecoming, JAZZ II: Parents and Third Wife. The author lives in New York City.

Translated from the Czech by Helena and John Baker


A fifty-year-old man, named Harley Davidson, has suffered from a vivid fantasy, a condition not as rare as it might seem: alongside reality, which he perceives accurately, he has created for himself a second, parallel world of dreams. When he was seventeen, he fell in love with Blondie he saw on a magazine cover. For the next thirty-three years all he wants is to tell her that he loves her. As time goes by it seems it will never happen, but then one day...

...thirty three years later Harley learns that Blondie (inevitably an aging starlet) is arriving in town to perform at a local bar. She has reserved a room in the rundown hotel where Harley works as a receptionist. Finally, he is convinced his dream will come true.

In this novel, we become acquainted with Harley’s entire life - from childhood, through the demise of two marriages. We follow him on his journey to Austria, Portugal, Germany and Vietnam. It is a story of a human being who, inspired by the power of love, keeps his spirit intact against all odds and circumstances.

$18.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9883713-6-1 | 284 Pages | In Stock
Sweet Snow A novel of the Ukrainian famine of 1933 by Alexander J. Motyl Sweet Snow A novel of the Ukrainian famine of 1933
by Alexander J. Motyl
Červená Barva Press, 2013

Cover Photograph: Mark Hewko

Alexander Motyl is a writer, painter, and professor. He is the author of four novels, Whiskey Priest, Who Killed Andrei Warhol, The Jew Who Was Ukrainian, and Sweet Snow, and two novellas, Flippancy and My Orchidia; his poems have appeared in Mayday, Counterexample Poetics, Istanbul Literary Review, Orion Headless, The Battered Suitcase, Red River Review, Green Door, and New York Quarterly. He has done performances of his fiction and poetry at the Cornelia Street Café and the Bowery Poetry Club in New York. Motyl’s artwork is represented on the Internet gallery, www.artsicle.com, and has been exhibited in solo and group shows in New York, Philadelphia, Westport, and Toronto. He teaches at Rutgers University-Newark and lives in New York.


Sweet Snow is set in the winter of 1933 in Ukraine. A terrible famine is raging in the countryside, while the Soviet secret police is arresting suspected spies in the cities. A German nobleman from Berlin, a Jewish communist from New York, a Polish diplomat from Lwów, and a Ukrainian nationalist from Vienna come to share a cell in some unknown prison. One day, as they are being transported to another prison, their van overturns, their guards are killed, and they are freed — to wander amidst the devastated villages, desolate landscapes, snowbound villages, and frozen corpses. As they struggle to survive, they come to grips with the horror of the famine as well as with their own delusions, weaknesses, and mortality.

$18.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9883713-7-8 | 154 Pages | In Stock
The Jew Who Was Ukrainian by Alexander J. Motyl The Jew Who Was Ukrainian or
How One Man’s Rip-Roaring Romp through an Existential Wasteland Ended in a Bungled Attempt to Bump off the Exceptionally Great Leader of Mother Russia
by Alexander J. Motyl
Červená Barva Press, 2011

Alexander J. Motyl (b. 1953, New York) is a writer, painter, and professor. He is the author of four novels, Whiskey Priest, Who Killed Andrei Warhol, Flippancy, and The Jew Who Was Ukrainian; his poems have appeared in Counterexample Poetics, Istanbul Literary Review, Orion Headless, The Battered Suitcase, Red River Review, and New York Quarterly. Motyl’s artwork has been exhibited in solo and group shows in New York, Philadelphia, and Toronto. He teaches at Rutgers University-Newark and lives in New York.


The Jew Who Was Ukrainian is a devilishly witty intellectual farce in which historical meditation faces off with madcap lampoons of past and present political rogues and assassins. Motyl’s wildly imaginative riff on a century of East European history is a must read. The Moral of the Popcorn reigns!
—Catharine Theimer Nepomnyashchy
Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Russian Literature, Barnard College

Only Alexander Motyl could conjure up this delightful mixture of ghoulish, existential madcappery with insightful, satirical brilliance. This is a fantasy for the adventuresome, geopolitical reader who’s eager to have his mind bent and tickled.
—Jed Feuer
Composer, New York City

This hilarious and poignant anti-historical novel is a vertiginous journey through the Russian Revolution, Stalin’s purges, Nazi concentration camps, underground anarchist gatherings, and the KGB network. A great master of tragicomedy, Alexander Motyl shows with eminent irony that twentieth-century history was funnier than Joyce imagined and much more horrible than Orwell prefigured. His main character, the laughable Volodymyr Frauenzimmer, works through his excruciating guilt, split hence irreconcilable identity, and obfuscating desire to settle accounts with history. Pondering the question of whether to kill or not to kill the next Russian dictator, Volodymyr transcends the border of the real and enters a realm where infamous political terrorists and their famous victims come together to discuss the self-destructive power of hatred. This book is a cold shower for anybody who still thinks you can change history and passionate encouragement for all those confident that you can do nothing about it.
—Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern
Associate Professor in Jewish History, Northwestern University

Candide meets The Terminator—in the funhouse of history, ethnic prejudice, ethics… and the dysfunctional family. An intellectual thriller (camps and assassins included).
—George G. Grabowicz
Professor of Ukrainian Literature, Harvard University

Alexander Motyl is a master of seduction by the preposterous.
—Myrna Kostash
Writer, Edmonton, Canada


Reviews

July 18, 2011:
Review by Michael Johnson in The American Spectator
http://spectator.org/archives/2011/07/18/a-romp-through-history/


June 2, 2011:
The new Pathway Ukrainian Weekly

http://www.infoukes.com/newpathway/22-2011-Page-7-1.html


May 24, 2011, Ukrainaian Candian TV
Interview with Alexander J. Motyl in Ukrainain:

http://www.youtube.com/kontaktukrainianTV/#p/u/15/UrKYpUe1WPs


April 27, 2011
Review in the Kyiv Post:

The Jew Who Was Ukrainian is a blackly comedic, anti-historical, and absurdist novel about a tortured Jewish-Ukrainian man who struggles vainly to find meaning at the intersection of Hitler’s Holocaust and Stalin’s Gulag. The hero of this preposterous story is Volodymyr Frauenzimmer, a man with a preposterous name and a preposterous past. His Ukrainian mother was a Nazi concentration camp guard and hates Jews. His Jewish father was a Stalinist butcher and hates Ukrainians. Poor Volodymyr doesn’t know how to cope with his dreadful past until he discovers the redeeming power of hatred and resolves to kill the Exceptionally Great Leader of Mother Russia—the fish-eyed Pitoon, a half-Russian, half-German dictator whose name happens to...
Read more: http://www.kyivpost.com/news/opinion/op_ed/detail/102945/


Temporarily Out of Stock

$16.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9831041-1-7 | 181 Pages | In Stock
Constellations A Journal of Poetry and Fiction Constellations A Journal of Poetry and Fiction
Volume 2: Upheaval
by Nina Rubinstein Alonso
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Fall, 2012

Constellations is a print literary journal based in the Cambridge/Boston area, featuring poetry and short fiction. We seek writing that is fresh and resonant, and look forward to publishing work from our local literary community as well as elsewhere. Volume 2 has a theme of UPHEAVAL and contains work by Kelli Allen, Nina Rubinstein Alonso, Diana Anhalt, Barbara Baldwin, Eleanor Leonne Bennett, Anne Butler, Janet Butler, Jack Carenza, Ha Kiet Chau, Mark J. Easton, Jacob Edwards, Eva Eliav, Joanne Faries, Richard Fein, Virginia Bach Folger, Kristen Forbes, John Grey, Lara Rubinstein Hathaway, Zachary Henderson, Krikor N. Der Hohannesian, Heather Hughes, Maureen Kingston, Ben Leib, Kathleen Brewin Lewis, David Manning, Colleen Michaels, Jack Miller, Nancy Carol Moody, Ted Morrissey, Lance Nizami, Sergio Ortiz, Roland Pease, Clark Powell, Tree Riesener, James P. Roberts, Zvi A. Sesling, Narendra Sharma, Matthew Sissom, Wendell Smith, Zach Wagner, Joanna M. Weston, and Catherine Zickgraf.

$10.00 | ISBN: 978-1481182508 | 170 Pages | 3 copies in Stock
Warsaw Tales by New Europe Writers Warsaw Tales A collection of Central European Contemporary writing by New Europe Writers
New Europe Writers, 2005

Editors: James G. Coon, Andrew Fincham, John a'Beckett

In 2005, New Europe Writers began a ten year project to capture the spirit of a united europe.

Centered on a city, each volume presents essential contemporary writing from new and established authors that captures the vitality and variety of this dynamic place and time.

Warsaw Tales is the third of these anthologies, providing a panoramic insight into the Phoenix on the Vistula and beyond:
Don't visit us without it!

Your guide to life behind the Curtain...

$7.00 | ISBN: 978-83-925539-1-5 | 128 Pages | 4 copies in Stock
Bucharest Tales by New Europe Writers Bucharest Tales A collection of Central European Contemporary writing by New Europe Writers
New Europe Writers, 2011

Editors: James G. Coon, Andrew Fincham, John a'Beckett

In 2005, New Europe Writers began a ten year project to capture the spirit of a united europe.

Centered on a city, each volume presents essential contemporary writing from new and established authors that captures the vitality and variety of this dynamic place and time.

Bucharest Tales is the fourth of these anthologies, providing a panoramic insight into the Carpathian Garden and beyond:
Don't visit us without it!

Your guide to life behind the Curtain...

$7.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9568598-0-8 | 152 Pages | 6 copies in Stock
Ljubljana Tales by New Europe Writers Ljubljana Tales A collection of Central European Contemporary writing by New Europe Writers
New Europe Writers, 2012

Editors: James G. Coon, Andrew Fincham, John a'Beckett
Chief translators: Ana Jelnikar, Barbara Siegal Carlson.

Ljubljana Tales is the fifth anthology cultivated from the fruitful vines of New Europe. As with earlier volumes in the series, we have selected and encouraged contemporary writers to provide an insight into the lands of Slovenia, centered on Ljubljana. Local and international authors, in short stories and verse, combine to give this selection a shared sense of place, whilst at the same time offering a delicate variety of flavours - many of them with hints of the satiric, even the surreal. In this endeavour, we are grateful to Vanja Strle, and to Ana Jelnikar and her team for translating much of the work that appears in this book for the first time in English. Through the pages of this slim volume, we hope that the serious traveling reader will experience some of the subtleties that abound in Ljubljana, the Beloved City of Bridges, Dragons, and Cafés.

At this crossroads of New Europe, the imagination can aspire to fulfill its true function; we should perhaps expect no less from a city that has inspired past visitors to mistake it for somewhere else: Joyce for Trieste, Jason for Vienna, and George W. Bush for Bratislava. We suspect that there may be something quirky in the air.

Contributors
Alja Adam, Marina Bahovec, Ludwig Bauer David Bedrac, Andrej Blatnik, James G. Coon Milan Dekleva, Miriam Drev, Andrew Fincham, Evald Flisar, Ivo Frbežar, Niko Grafanauer, Brian Henry, David Hill Alojz Ihan Jure Jakob, Milan Klec, Miroslav Košuta, Asko Künnap, Wojciech Maslarz, Barbara Marcic, Dragica Marinic, Marinka M. Miklic, Brane Mozetic, Raman Mundair, Ales Mustar Boris A. Novak, Iztok Osojnik, Josip Osti, Ana Pepelnik, Miha Pintaric, Tatjana Jamnik, Gregor Podlogar, Andraž Polic, Lili Potpara, Sebastijan Pregelj, Aleksandar Prokopiev, Yana Punkina, Angus Reid, Delimir Rešicki, Miomira Šegina, Peter Semolic, Miroslav Slana, Morelle Smith, Ronny Someck, Ales Šteger, Marjan Strojan, Lucija Stupica, Suzana Tratnik, Sigurbjorg Thrastardottir, Maja Vidmar, Robert Vrbnjak, Duska Vrhovac, Jadran Zalokar, Andrew Zawacki


"New Europe Writers are embarked upon a ten year project to publish writing that illuminates the "spirit of place" in the New Europe. Our publications so far include Warsaw Tales, Prague Tales, and Budapest Tales. Bucharest Tales published in late February this year, 2011. Now Ljubljana Tales.

The editors, Andrew Fincham , James Coon and John a'Beckett, Englishman, American, and Australian, have harnessed their various experience in editing skills and approaches of those backgrounds with a common principle to encourage suitable quality writing in all its forms, including good translation and also working with and advised by editors in the regions of our Tales.

In 2005 New Europe Writers began a ten year project to capture the spirit of a united Europe. Centred on a city, each volume presents essential contemporary writing from new and established authors that captures the vitality and variety of this dynamic time and place. Part observation, part inspiration We're embarked upon a ten year project to publish writing that illuminates the "spirit of place" in the New Europe. Our publications so far include Warsaw Tales, Prague Tales, and Budapest Tales. Bucharest Tales published in late February this year, 2011. Now Ljubljana Tales.

Lots of information on out website: www.new-ink.org

$7.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9568598-1-5 | 144 Pages | 9 Copies in stock

Ateet Tuli

Posture by Ateet Tuli Posture by Ateet Tuli
Červená Barva Press, 2012

Winner of the 2011 Červená Barva Press Fiction Contest
Judge: Catherine Sasanov

Ateet Tuli lives and works in New York City.
Cover art by Ateet Tuli.


Fortune Teller

Perfume bomb whose silk surface protects a silver subcutaneous and is surrounded by parchment, you draw me close with evocations of mother preparing Dal for the week. The remembered architecture of you below cinnamon, against cardamom, below lime draws me so close I overlook your anger, which makes me cry.

You are capable of destruction, of warping a weft of garlic and chilies. I could cool you, put you in the fridge till you cannot overwhelm me. I could heat you, sweat you till natural sugar caramelizes and you can tell me nothing. I could hurt you also, dear onion. A mutual respect actualized as we grasp each other.

Pulled from a womb of dirt, you also have roots in ancient Asia. In eating you, I eat my relatives; their ashes fed your ancestry where they were spread. The dance of eating and burning you within my own burning body fertilizes the future, when in turn I will feed your children.

I dissect you, your rings akin to those of a tree, until I reach and consume your center. Its delicate youth lingers on my breath and is a flashlight for my tongue.

$7.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9883713-3-0 | 22 Pages | In Stock

Bob Hartley

Following Tommy a novel by Bob Hartley Following Tommy a novel by Bob Hartley
Červená Barva Press, 2012

Bob Hartley was raised on the West Side of Chicago. He holds an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Pittsburgh. He has been, among other things, a writer, actor, singer, teacher, bartender, mail room clerk, and soap mold washer. He currently makes his living as a respiratory therapist and lives in Pittsburgh with his wife and two children. Following Tommy is his first novel.

Following Tommy tells the story of the O'Days, two young brothers living in an Irish American, working class neighborhood on Chicago’s West Side in the 1960’s. As thieves they are the bane of the neighborhood until the arrival of the first African American family.


“Following Tommy,” is a powerful, mesmerizing debut novel by Bob Hartley. Sharp-edged and honed to perfection, this novel takes us back to the Irish ghetto of the West Side of Chicago in the early ‘60’s. These characters pack-a-punch to the gut: tough, perceptive and shrewd. An unforgettable read.
—Meg Tuite, author of Domestic Apparition

In Hartley’s novel, set in the heartland of America, we dive deeply into disturbing pathos of intriguing and relatable characters. His keen narrative balances so the lively dialogue, and we feel we know, or at the very least, can relate to so much of his book. I urge you to read this remarkable debut, “Following Tommy.”
—Robert Vaughan, editor of Flash Fiction Fridays


Bob Hartley's Website: https://sites.google.com/site/bobhartleyfollowingtommy/


Reviews:

The Small Press Book Review:
http://thesmallpressbookreview.blogspot.com/2013/10/review-of-bob-hartleys-following-tommy.html

Gapers Block:
http://gapersblock.com/bookclub/2013/08/27/at_first_glance_theres_something/

Alt Hist; Historical Fiction and Alternate History:
http://althistfiction.com/2013/05/21/book-review-following-tommy-by-bob-hartley/

Books in Brief Review:
http://booksinbrief.net/2013/02/11/following-tommy-by-bob-hartley/

The Historical Novels Review:
http://historicalnovelsociety.org/reviews/following-tommy/

RALPH Review:
http://www.ralphmag.org/HH/tommy.html

Evergreen Review:
http://www.evergreenreview.com/b/following-tommy-by-bob-hartley-reviewed-by-kevin-riordan/

Ofi Press has archived its Following Tommy review:
Here is the new link.
http://theofipress.webs.com/hartleybob.htm

Pittsburgh City Paper review:
http://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/novel-explores-racism-in-chicago/Content?oid=1580219

Boston University Radio Interview:
http://wtbunews.wordpress.com:80/2012/09/07/author-bob-hartley-discusses-new-book-following-tommy-racial-tensions-in-chicagos-west-side/

Review by The Irish Champion, New Zealand:
http://www.irishchampion.co.nz/following-tommy-full-of-hart/

Pittsburgh Post Gazette Review:
http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/ae/book-reviews/bob-hartleys-following-tommy-sharp-as-chicago-651535/

Review by Irene Koronas: http://dougholder.blogspot.com/

August 23, 2012
"A Little Gem" by Noel Ignatiev, PM Press:
http://www.pmpress.org/content/article.php?story=20120822160414534


Out of Stock, Please Order it from SPD Books:
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$17.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9831041-8-6 | 104 Pages | In Stock

Michael J. Atwood

Baptism by Michael J. Atwood Baptism by Michael J. Atwood
Červená Barva Press, 2011

Michael J. Atwood is the author of the short story collection, HiStory of Santa Monica (Aqueous Books 2010) and a columnist and editor for the website, FastertThanForty.com. His work has appeared in a number of literary magazines and online journals. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California's Master of Professional Writing program, where he focused on fiction and screenwriting. As an undergraduate, Atwood studied at Boston College, majoring in English and interning for The Boston Globe. He now resides in North Attleborough with his wife, Melanie, and children, William, Megan, and Kelsey and is an English teacher in the Boston area. He is currently working on his first novel. For more information see www.mjatwood.com and www.historyofsantamonica.com.

Forward
"Baptism" was a story written out of hunger. I had been working on a collection of short stories for around seven years and no one wanted to publish it. It was lacking that final story, the single that every band needs to make their album a success. In fact, the only success I had realized as a writer was a story published by Gloria Mindock on her online journal called Istanbul Literary Review. The story was entitled "Ancient Hibernians." It the story of a young comedian's return from Santa Monica, California back to Boston to attend his favorite Irish uncle's funeral. With the recent capture of Whitey Bulger in that very same seaside city where I drafted "Ancient Hibernians," a Boston-Irish mob tale, "The Shebeen," and "Baptism," the fact that I wrote it and other tales about crime, addiction, and death seems quite eerie. As we all found out recently, Whitey Bulger lived anonymously just eight blocks away from me during the years 2002-2005 (we both had highly sought after "rent-control" apartments). For all I know, the leader of the Winter Hill Gang smiled walked past me as I pushed my son, William in his carriage on the 3rd Street Promenade.

"Baptism" is a story of an addict healing, being born again, and returning to his roots, his family. It is about a sacred Catholic ritual that few choose to take part in. Gabriel Bradley is a hesitant godfather in this story but he's also the baptized as he meets a new love and is anointed by the cold New England rain as he stares out to the Charles River thinking about his failure in sunny California. In the end, Gabriel has found himself again and realigns his values that have been corrupted by Hollywood and his semi-success there.
—Michael J. Atwood
June 2011

$7.00 | 31 Pages | In Stock

Joan Gelfand

Here and Abroad by Joan Gelfand Here and Abroad by Joan Gelfand
Červená Barva Press, 2010

Winner of the 2010 Červená Barva Press Fiction Contest, Judged by Dorothy Freudenthal

Joan's poetry, fiction, reviews and essays have appeared in national and international magazines, anthologies and literary journals including Rattle, Kalliope, The Toronto Quarterly, The Huffington Post and The MacGuffin. Past President of the Women's National Book Association, Joan is the Fiction Editor for Zeek Magazine and teaches in the California Poets in the Schools program. "A Dreamer's Guide to Cities and Streams" was published by SF Bay Press in 2009 and "Seeking Center," by Two Bridges Press in 2006. You can listen to her CD, "Transported," on reverbnation.com http://joangelfand.com


"Joan Gelfand is at her best in her new collection of short stories. They're quirky, original, and highly entertaining with surprising dark moments that will take your breath away."
—Mary Mackey Author of The Widow's War

"EAT WRITE LOVE. Joan Gelfand whisks us, briefly, to Paris, where the present meets the past in both its ugliness and its grace, to Florence, where art meets its cruelest friend, "art criticism," to a more anonymous if earthier place in our own land where families and lovers pass and balance, for a moment, on the pinnacle of Thanksgiving. Her stories, like her poetry, celebrate life and love, family, friendship, art - a scrumptious meal, and an intoxicating bottle of wine! (Warning: Do NOT read these stories on an empty stomach.)"
—Christopher Bernard, author of A Spy in the Ruins, cofounder of Caveat Lector

$7.00 | ISBN: 978-0-9831041-0-0 | 52 Pages | In Stock

Susan Tepper and Gary Percesepe

What May Have Been Letters of Jackson Pollock & Dori G by Susan Tepper and Gary Percesepe What May Have Been: Letters of Jackson Pollock & Dori G
by Susan Tepper and Gary Percesepe
Červená Barva Press, 2010

What May Have Been is a novel in letters exchanged between the artist Jackson Pollock and his fictional lover, a young woman called Dori G.

Susan Tepper and Gary Percesepe have created a sexy and luminous love story that takes place sometime during the late 1940's, in that sandy wonderland at the eastern tip of Long Island known as The Hamptons.


Advance Praise for What May Have Been

"In this extraordinary novel, Pollock tells his lover that things like paint and wives are very small in the scheme of things. Gary Percesepe and Susan Tepper show how the great scheme of things is, in fact, in literary art, captured in paint and wives and a Montauk surf and a silky scarf and narrow hips and a cold water flat and a used Ford. Brilliantly conceived, brilliantly executed, this is a stunning book about art and about life."
—Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of
A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain

"The fictional letters between Pollock and an imaginary Dori G come out in a hailstorm of paint flecks, lockets, long looks, kisses, blowing sand. Dori sees Jackson in his distance and his nearing, and his return to her like the visit of one of the Greek gods to his mortal lover, as piercing and as fatal."
—Mary Grimm, author of Left to Themselves and Stealing Time

"How to convey the irresistible pleasures of this novel in letters? The language mimics the slashing, dramatic immediate heroic gestures of abstract expressionism, is an extraordinary act of poetic invention, and tells a sexy and doomed love story."
—James Robison, author of The Illustrator and Rumors

"These two fervent voices exude the splendor and gloom of adulterous love."
—Mark Wisniewski, author of Confessions of a Polish Used Car Salesman


Reviews, Articles, and Interviews

April 18, 2011: Connotation Press
Book Review & Interview with Susan Tepper and Gary Percesepe
http://connotationpress.com/fiction/845-book-review-a-interview-with-susan-tepper-and-gary-percesepe

April 11, 2011: WJFF Radio Interview with Susan Tepper

 

Issue #50 - March 18, 2011 Dan's Papers
By The Book
by Joan Baum

March Minis
What May Have Been: Letters of Jackson Pollock & Dori G (Červená Barva Press), a slim paperback collaboration that grew out of e-mails between two writers who met on the social media site Fictionaut, describes an imaginary love affair carried on mostly by letters (sometimes only a line to a page) between the famous artist and a highly neurotic, self-centered young girl, 17. "Your legs are like white asparagus stalks," Pollock writes when he first sees her in a supermarket amid fruit. Though she says he's "old, old, old,"…
Gary Percesepe writes Dori's letters, Susan Tepper, Jackson's.

Desert News And Telegraph: http://desertnewsandtelegraph.blogspot.com/

January 26, 2011: Listen to Susan Tepper's interview on the Trevor Joe Lennon Radio Show

 

January 19, 2011: Susan Tepper Radio Spot on Trevor Joe Lennon Show
http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=491899158820&comments

January 15, 2011: Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene
http://dougholder.blogspot.com/

What May Have Been: An Interview with Susan Tepper and Gary Percesepe by Steve Almond September 25, 2010: http://www.thenervousbreakdown.com/

"An Appreciation of What May Have Been" by James Robison:
http://www.fictionaut.com/stories/james-robison/an-appreciation-of-what-may-have-been

Fictionaut Blog. September 3, 2010:
http://blog.fictionaut.com/2010/09/03/checking-in-with-what-may-have-been/

Daily s-Press. September 6, 2010: http://dailyspress.blogspot.com/

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$15.00 | ISBN 978-0-9844732-8-1 | 104 Pages

Flavia Cosma

The Fire that Burns Us The Fire That Burns Us by Flavia Cosma
Singular Speech Press, 1996

As the title suggests, this novel brings in front of the reader an entire complex of emotions and life experiences, all of them being perceived as threatening and devouring. The symbolism of the fire is essential, placing the accent on the idea of internal combustion, purification and supreme suffering and sacrifice. The story in itself is not very complicated, a beautiful love story having as its main protagonists two young people: Alexander Visan and Anna, two young and free spirits destroyed by the rigidity and absurdity promoted by a communist system. Alexander decides to choose the exile, leaving behind his beautiful wife whose constant attempts to leave the country are met with refusal. Step by step, the inner struggle becomes the main character of this novel, two tormented souls trying to find a common path, although their communication is impossible. Her letters never reach him, his attempts to contact her are all in vain and their interior monologues are constantly separated by a permanent physical and spiritual wall. Different pieces of thoughts, different instances of consciousness make up the body of this psychological novel. --Ana Maria Felecan

$11.00 | ISBN: 1-880286-34-3 | 114 Pages | In Stock: 2

Carol Costa & Jim Woods

Olla Podrida A collection of short fiction Olla Podrida A collection of short fiction
by Carol Costa & Jim Woods
Publish America, 2006

A collection of short fiction.

An Olla is a clay pot. The functional interpretation of the combination, Olla Podrida, is "a highly seasoned stew."

Carol Costa is the published author of several novels, short stories and non-fiction articles. She is an award-winning playwright and a member of the Dramatists Guild.

Jim Woods is the author of seven books and has published numerous articles in national magazines. He has contributed to various non-fiction anthologies.

$24.95 | ISBN: 1-4137-9990-6 | 284 Pages | In Stock: 3

Mykola Dementiuk

Holy Communion by Mykola Dementiuk
Synergy Press, 2009

Holy Communion is a rite-of-passage novel that follows a seven-year-old boy's first communion preparations and celebration. Throughout the four-day period the boy deals with cruel nuns, sadistic babysitters, his mother's unfortunate accident, a drunken father, plus a pedophile or two, but he finds a way to cope in the midst of so much tragedy — first by indifference, later by defiance and rebellion. He also discovers that his urban surroundings in New York City give him autonomy, comfort, and satisfaction. Holy Communion is full of the boy's despair and self-questioning, along with the author Mykola Dementiuk's powerful insights into the human condition.

A writer whose work finds kinship with authors like Jean Genet and Gunter Grass, Dementiuk courts darkness at the heart of human existence. Holy Communion is a haunting book.
—Jeffrey Round, author of Death In key West, The P-Town Murders, and A Cage Of Bones.

Mykola Dementiuk is a great writer. He drafts vivid dialog, terrific sentences, and great atmosphere.
—Alexander Motyl, author of Whiskey Priest and Who Killed Andrei Warhol

This was one of the most informative books I have read about sexual abuse, the Catholic Church and growing up in a gay-lesbian world. I found the author's words passionate and compelling. I have recommended this book to my Psychology students so they have better insight. 5 Stars.
—Carol Hoyer, PhD, Family Psychologist

$20.00 | ISBN: 0-9758581-4-9 | 205 Pages | 5 copies
Vienna Dolorosa by Mykola Dementiuk
Synergy Press, 2007

A full-length historical novel set in Vienna, Austria, Vienna Dolorosa takes place during a one-day time period - March 12, 1938, the day Hitler "invades" Austria - in an Inner City hotel managed by a transvestite and doubling as a brothel for men who like boys dressed up as girls. Told from the perpectives of various hotel personnel and guests, brothel employees and clientele, a talkative Viennese official, German police, Nazi SS, and a darling street boy Petya. Nor for the faint of heart, Vienna Dolorosa includes rape, incest, intergenerational sex, prostitution, transvestism, teen sex, brutality, castration/mutilation, and murder.

http://www.mykoladementiuk.com

ViennaDolorosa.com

$20.00 | ISBN: 0-9758581-5-7 | 242 Pages | 3 in Stock
Selected Tales by Mykola Dementiuk
Synergy Press, 2006

Mykola Dementiuk has given us a fine collection of short stories just in time for summer reading, though they can be enjoyed anytime! Each story reveals Mykola's sharp eye for detail and his great insight into the human condition. Humor, tenderness, passion, and pain are all part of Selected Tales.

http://www.mykoladementiuk.com

$10.00 | ISBN: 0-9758581-3-0 | 53 Pages | 5 in Stock

Vernon Frazer

Commercial Fiction by Vernon Frazer Commercial Fiction
by Vernon Frazer
Beneath the Underground Press, 2002

In Commercial Fiction, Vernon Frazer does to post-millennium America what Mark Twain did to its nineteenth century counterpart in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.
--Garrison T. Steadwell

Instead of telling a story, Frazer places the reader in the middle of it. As a result, the kaleidoscopic reality of Commercial Fiction assumes an unprecedented immediacy…August Strindberg wrote A Dream Play. Vernon Frazer has written a dream of a novel.
--Palmer Ford Hamilton

$15.00 | ISBN 0-9633465-9-8 | 164 Pages | In Stock: 3
Relic's Reunions by Vernon Frazer Relic's Reunions
by Vernon Frazer
Beneath the Underground Press, 2000

Vernon Frazer's Relic's Reunions is a wonderful blend of two sorts of books. It is a great novel about entering your forties and facing the test of the high school reunion. It is a great subterranean novel, a worthy heir to Jack Kerouac and Chandler Brossard…
--Don Webb, author of Endless Honeymoon

Beneath the Underground, where Charles Mingus's underdog still resides, Vernon Frazer has been building a reputation as a "writer's writer." In Relic's Reunions, Edsel Relic, a high school outcast turned performance poet, receives a telephone call from his unrequited teenage love, who invites him to attend his 25th class reunion - just as he's reeling from a mid-life diagnosis of Tourette Syndrome…
--Richard Freeman, Editor, Plain Brown Wrapper

$16.00 | ISBN 0-9633465-6-3 | 239 Pages | In Stock: 3
Stay Tuned to This Channel and other stories by Vernon Frazer Stay Tuned to This Channel and other stories
by Vernon Frazer
Beneath the Underground Press, 1999

The thirteen stories in Stay Tuned to this Channel explore the terra incognita of cutting-edge fiction in a manner as accessible as it is adventurous.

$14.00 | ISBN 0-9633465-4-7 | 141 Pages | In Stock: 3

Miriam Gallagher

Song for Salamander Song for Salamander by Miriam Gallagher
Trafford Publishing, 2004

When Salamander Quinn decides to liberate all the lost souls at St. Job's infirmary, he embarks on a Kafkasque journey. His plans are further complicated by the arrival of a mystery woman, who sets in motion a chain of startling events. Faced with mounting odds, as his past comes back to haunt him. he struggles to prevail. With the Health Service in crisis and Dublin in the grip of Global warming, he risks all to attain his goal. Powerful forces determine his ultimate destiny.
Miriam Gallagher and Trafford

What has been said about her work;

She shows vivid imagination and is something of a surrealist.
Irish Times

Vigorous and lively work. New York Daily News

Displays inventiveness and style. Sunday Tribune

Impressive. Books Ireland

$12.50 | ISBN: 141201299-6 | 238 Pages | In Stock: 2

Daniel Hawkes

Catching the Bullet and Other Stories by Daniel Hawkes Catching the Bullet and Other Stories
by Daniel Hawkes
Scarlet Tanager Books, 2000

Is elegant the right term for a world of fold-up baby strollers, big- timewrestling, and misplaced pants? These stories trace the awkward surfaces and clarifying depths in parenthood, working life, and love. They move with the assurance of a long forward pass, soaring and dropping right on target, its trajectory graceful and exact.
--Don Bogen, author of The Known World

$12.95 | ISBN 0-9670224-1-X | 64 Pages | In Stock: 2

Alison Hicks

Love: A Story of Images A Novella by Alison Hicks
Amherst Writers & Artists Press, 2004

(Blurb Excerpts)

This novella is a small, perfect miracle of understanding of how the heart works -- for and against us.
--Phyllis Theroux, author of Giovanni's Light and The Book of Eulogies

In Alison Hicks' intense, lyric story of one woman's--and every woman's coming of age from the inside out, we hear the clarion voice of the novelist at home in the usual terrain of the poet, the tale communicated in the spaces between pieces as much as through the narrative itself.
--Liz Abrams-Morley, author of Learning to Caculate the Half Life: Poems

Love: A Story of Images should be required reading for any college student facing the technical and moral choices inherent in writing her life.
--Elizabeth Mosier, author of My Life as a Girl

$15.00 | ISBN 0-941895-27-0 | 92 Pages | In Stock: 5

Jack Phillips Lowe

Pariah Tales by Jack Phillips Lowe
Onzo Imprints, 2007

"This kid's got a lot of energy."
-Mark Spitzer, Exquisite Corpse

"Mr. Lowe covers a lot of ground at a brisk pace, with craft."
-Phil Wagner, The Iconoclast

"Lowe tells stories with a plot and a point. His characters are real and his dialoque snappy. He makes you laugh, then cringe in suspense."
-John Berbrich, Barbaric Yawp

"To enter Lowe's world is to submit to one entertaining story after another, each different and unique, yet all a delight."
-Laura Stamps, Chiron Review

$3.00 | 76 Pages | 2 Copies

Richard Moore

THE INVESTIGATOR by Richard Moore
Story Line Press

"Moore probes at the variations of normalcy and the edges of madness in this strange tale, building a sense of foreboding and revealing the truth, to the extent we can know it, only on the final page."
--Michele Leber, BOOKLIST

 

$18.95 | ISBN 780934-257770 | 220 Pages | In Stock: 2 (Signed)

James Penha

Snakes and Angels Adaptations of Indonesian Folk Tales by James Penha Snakes and Angels Adaptations of Indonesian Folk Tales by James Penha
Červená Barva Press, 2010

Winner of the 2009 Cervena Barva Press Fiction Contest

A native New Yorker, James Penha has lived for the past eighteen years in Indonesia. He teaches at STB-ACS (International) School in Jakarta. No Bones to Carry, the latest volume of Penha's poetry, is available from New Sins Press at www.newsinspress.com. His award-winning 1992 chapbook On the Back of the Dragon is downloadable from Frugal Fiction at www.frugalfiction.com.
Among the most recent of his many other published works are articles in NCTE's Classroom Notes Plus; fiction at East of the Web, Big Pulp, and Ignavia; and poems in THEMA, Storie, Naugatuck River Review, Waterways, and in Only the Sea Keeps: Poetry of the Tsunami (Bayeux Press), and the two Silver Boomers anthologies. Penha edits The New Verse News, a website for current-events poetry at www.newversenews.com.


Excerpt from DUST AND STONE

After a rival's magic transformed a young Wizard into a common cur, the latter lit out from his village to the jungle where he attempted to revoke his canine form through self-metamorphosis. This sorcery failed, as would all conjurations requiring the twitch of a thumb or the pointing of an index finger.

The Wizard did retain enough vocal control to shape his barks into words. Abetted by the spin of a tail or the point of a snout, he tried casting some simpler spells. His abracadabra halted a sparrow in mid-air. His astaga turned dew into lace. An orchid whistled to his magic lyrics. But the Wizard failed miserably to articulate the enchanted tongue-twister meant to gild a great teak. He howled like an adolescent hound. The tree shook wildly before it fell, destroying a nest of siamang monkeys hidden in its branches and clobbering a man making his way through the jungle.

The Wizard had always railed against harmful magic; indeed, this was the argument that had so enraged his evil rival. Guilt-ridden now, the Wizard ran to help the monkeys. He found them weepy but unhurt. The dog apologized for his carelessness and promised the aid of his talents, such as they were, forever. No pledges, however, could revive the human. The Wizard-dog followed the man's scent so that he might make amends to the family whose head he had killed.

$7.00 | 34 Pages | In Stock

Leora Skolkin-Smith

Edges O Israel O Palestine EDGES O Israel O Palestine by Leora Skolkin-Smith
Glad Day Books, 2005

Edges is an elegant and moving novel. Leora Skolkin Smith has that rare gift of the writer who can convey the sensibility-the essence of place and its people-with precision and clarity. A moving and provocative debut.
Katherine Weber, author of The Little Women, The Music Lesson

Summary of the novel as written on the back of the book: EDGES is set in a pre-1967 Israel and Palestine. Liana Bialik is fourteen years old when the suicide of her American father forces her to return with her sister and mother to Jerusalem where her mother was born and grew up. Liana's family were once members of the 1940's Haganah and are now living among the complex tensions of Israel's modernalization and expansion. Liana learns about her mother's childhood in the old city, her tragic uncle. With her young lover she lives in the Palestinian world beyond Jerusalem's border. She grows away from her intense relationship with her mother into a womanhood formed by the boundary-less spaces of a lost geography and people.

$15.00 | ISBN: 1-930180-14-4 | 176 Pages | In Stock: 5

Paul Steven Stone

Or So It Seems Or So It Seems by Paul Steven Stone
Blind Elephant Press, 2008

"Or So it Seems" offers a breathtaking but comical look at one man's spiritual journey. As we meet Paul Peterson he is being dragged reluctantly toward an oversized couch by a wine-emboldened, faded beauty named Allison Pratt. As a former member of The Seekers For Truth, a school of self development, Peterson holds a mystical view of the universe through which he examines the chain of events that have brought him to this absurdly humorous personal crisis. The novel follows Peterson's Do-It-Yourself Workshop, a supernatural, self-examination that takes him back and forth in time. Along the way, he is joined by a Hindu Holy Man known as The Bapucharya. Greatly amused by Peterson's life challenges, the irrepressible Bapucharya plays both Greek Chorus and Sancho Panza to Mr. Peterson's comically tragic hero. It is Peterson's search for answers to the mysteries of his life that this fantastic tale speeds us through, with a conclusion as startling as it is supremely fitting. You have never before read a novel like this!


One of the few incompetent managers not appointed to a position of high responsibility in American government, Paul Steven Stone has contented himself with being a creative director in advertising, a columnist, an environmental and human rights activist and a dime store philosopher. He presently works as Director of Advertising for W.B. Mason (Who But W.B. Mason!) and lives in Cambridge, Mass. with his lovely companion and wife, Amy. For the record, it took him 11 years to write “Or So It Seems.”

$20.00 | ISBN: 978-1438207698 | 434 Pages | 2 in stock
How To Train A Rock How To Train A Rock
Short insights and Fiction Flights
by Paul Steven Stone
Blind Elephant Press, 2009

A collection of 'short insights and fiction flights' culled from over 20 years of the author's newspaper columns. Each one a highly polished gem. These short pieces are often funny, occasionally profound, generally insightful and always creative. Stone knows how to surprise the reader with twist endings, unexpected points of view and more narrative styles than a roomful of writers. You will be delighted.


Author of the innovative, comic novel, "Or So It Seems", Paul Steven Stone has contented himself with being a creative director in advertising, a newspaper columnist, an environmental and human rights activist and a dime store philosopher. He presently works as Director of Advertising for W.B. Mason (Who But W.B. Mason!) and lives in Cambridge with his lovely companion and wife, Amy. And did we mention Katie, Kristin and Jesse, Stone's three wonderful adult children...?

$15.00 | ISBN: 978-1442117211 | 189 Pages | 1 in stock

Susan Tepper

DEER & Other Stories by Susan Tepper DEER & Other Stories by Susan Tepper
Wilderness House Press, 2009

Susan Tepper grew up on Long Island where many of the stories in DEER take place. Prior to settling down and studying writing at NYU and New School University, Susan Tepper was an actress, flight attendant, marketing manager, television producer, bank teller, interior decorator, travel agent, singer, tour director and rescue worker. The late David Kozubei (founder of David's books in Ann Arbor) once told her that she has lived the writer's life.


Nothing is off-limits in Susan Tepper's stories, yet not a single sentence feels gratuitous. Each of the tales that make up DEER exists as it's own world, endowed with so potent a presence that one feels one has witnessed a truth unfold in the reading. Gladly our minds stretch wide to catch her fictions and weave them into our reality.
-Eric Darton, Free City

In her debut story collection DEER, Susan Tepper takes us into the forest of her imagination, shining a light on a pack of off-kilter characters caught in unusual and compelling circumstances. Tepper is one of the most original voices in fiction I've heard in quite a while. While reading her loopy-beautiful dark narratives, I was reminded of the first time I read Denis Johnson. Yes, she's that good. This is a writer to watch!
-Jamie Cat Callan, The Writer's Toolbox & French Woman Don't Sleep Alone

Susan Tepper creates brilliant, quirky, unpredictable worlds in her story collection DEER. Whether set in the Italian countryside, a post-modern house in the Hamptons, or backstage at a community theatre, they teeter between the familiar and the extreme, the peculiar and the poignant, and her characters, brimming as they are with eccentricities, never let us forgot how deeply human they are at their core.
-Ellen Litman, The Last Chicken in America

$14.00 | ISBN: 978-0-578-02479-0 | 100 Pages | In Stock

Jim Woods

The Lion Killer The Lion Killer by Jim Woods
Publish America, 2005

The Lion Killer is a tale of conspiracy, murder, and intrigue that could be-might be-actually happening but if so, is not being reported in the press. Enter the shadowy world of political extremism where bullets, not ballots, are tools of those who would lead a country backward into the days of white supremacy and racial expression.
Jim Woods and Publish America

$19.95 | ISBN: 1-4137-6346-4 | 237 Pages | In Stock: 3

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