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Arthur Mitchell to be Honored with Columbia Doctorate of Humane Letters
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2016

Columbia University will confer the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters on the legendary dance pioneer and social activist Arthur Mitchell this month, the Arthur Mitchell Project announced today. (more...)

Photo Flash: Stable Cable Lab Co. 2016 Spring Soirée and Fundraising Campaign Raised More than $6,000 on 5/5
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2016

Stable Cable Lab Co. raised more than $6,000 to fund the company's upcoming world premiere of In the Event of My Death by Lindsay Joy, directed by Padraic Lillis at its 2016 Spring Soiree (#SoireeDeMayo) in tandem with its online crowd funding campaign on May 5, 2016 at The New Theater Building.  The company's silent auction will continue online through May 19th, 2016 and features exclusive items including an evening with Andy Cohen of 'Watch What Happens Live' in the Bravo Clubhouse, a reading of a Manuscript with a professional written evaluation from Lucy Childs of Aaron Priest Literary Agency, a custom monologue written by Lindsay Joy, private yoga and tennis lessons, and more.  For more information and to bid visit www.stablecablelabco.org. (more...)

Carly Kade Pens IN THE REINS
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2016

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., May 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ Equestrian author Carly Kade has lived in the North, the East, the South and now the West. Having made two cross-country road trips with her beloved horse in tow, Carly knew when she arrived in Arizona that Scottsdale, 'The West's Most Western Town,' was the perfect place to release her debut novel. Since its Arizona launch at the end of 2015, In The Reins, a cowboy romance novel inspired by the equestrian lifestyle, has steadily climbed the charts to rave reviews. The book has been an equestrian best seller on Amazon for more than 10 weeks. (more...)

The National Queer Arts Festival and Circo Zero to Present BLANK MAP Next Month
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2016

The National Queer Arts Festival and Circo Zero present BLANK MAP, a collective of artist-performer-musicians Adee Roberson, Brontez Purnell, keyon gaskin, Tasha Ceyan, and Wizard Apprentice, along with Stephanie Anne Johnson, Sampada Aranke, and Keith Hennessy. BLANK MAP plays June 3 through 12 (press opening: June 3) at Dance Mission Theater (3316 24th St.) in San Francisco. For tickets ($15-25) and more information, the public may visit circozero.org. (more...)

Amazon Announces the Third Indie Literary Prize for Spanish-Language Authors
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2016

(AMZN)-Amazon announced today the third Indie Literary Prize for Spanish-language authors. Independent authors can submit their previously unpublished fiction and non-fiction works through Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), making their stories available to millions of readers around the world, and qualifying for the opportunity to have their work published in print and audio, translated into English, and distributed worldwide. Amazon invited Ismael Cala, award-winning journalist, best-selling author and International speaker to be the ambassador of the contest for the United States and Latin America for the second year. (more...)

Miller Theatre Announces 2016-17 Season of New Music, Early Music and Jazz
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2016

Miller Theatre at Columbia University School of the Arts has announced its 2016-17 Season (more...)

Mystery Writers Key West Fest Announces 2016 Mystery Writers Whodunit Writing Competition
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2016

The Mystery Writers Key West Fest has announced a call for entries for this year's Mystery Writers Whodunit Writing Competition. The winner will claim a book-publishing contract with Absolutely Amazing eBooks, free Mystery Writers Key West Fest 2016 registration, airfare, hotel accommodations for two nights, and a Whodunit Award trophy to be presented at the 3rd Annual Mystery Writers Key West Fest, set for June 10-12 in Key West, Florida. (more...)

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra to Perform Two Mozart Concerts, 3/31
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2016

MILWAUKEE, WIS. 03/08/2016– The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra announces two concerts performed on back to back weekends at the Pabst Theater highlighting the works of Mozart. Mozart + More features guest conductor Ben Gernon and cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan on March 31, April 1, and 2. Mozart's “Jupiter” features guest conductor Courtney Lewis on April 8, 9 and 10. (more...)

JAPAN SINGS! to Run 4/8-23 at Japan Society NY
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2016

This spring Japan Society celebrates the astonishing yet little-known world of Japanese musical films. Filled with rarely screened genre treasures, most unavailable on DVD, Japan Sings! The Japanese Musical Film focuses on the golden age of Japan's 'popular song film' starring teen idols and TV stars from the 50s and 60s. (more...)

RSC to Return to Folger Theatre with WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S LONG LOST FIRST PLAY (ABRIDGED)
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2016

The wonderfully inventive and wildly hilarious Reduced Shakespeare Company® (RSC) returns to Folger Theatre for the eagerly anticipated world premiere of William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play (abridged). The RSC will bring their signature style (dubbed "intellectual vaudeville" by The New York Times) of witty wordplay and physical finesse to the Folger for a limited engagement from April 21 through May 8, 2016. William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play (abridged), stars RSC members Reed Martin, Teddy Spencer, and Austin Tichenor. The play is written and directed by Mr. Martin and Mr. Tichenor, co-directors of RSC. Tickets are available online at www.folger.edu/theatre or by calling the Folger Box Office at (202) 544-7077. (more...)

American Blues Theater Names 2016 Blue Ink Playwriting Award Winner
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2016

American Blues Theater, Chicago's second oldest Equity Ensemble, under the continued leadership of Producing Artistic Director Gwendolyn Whiteside, has named Nathan Alan Davis the winner of the 2016 National Blue Ink Playwriting Award. Davis' play, The Wind and the Breeze, was selected from a pool 449 submissions. As part of the award, Davis receives a $1000 cash prize and the opportunity to further develop his script with American Blues Theater. Lisa Portes will direct a staged reading of The Wind and the Breeze on April 10, 2016 at 2:00pm at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N Lincoln Ave. (more...)

BWW Interview: Irish Actress LISA DWAN to Perform BECKETT TRILOGY at the Broad Stage, Santa Monica and Later in NYC!
by Don Grigware - Mar 31, 2016

Irish actress Lisa Dwan, the premier interpreter of Samuel Beckett, is about to step down from the position this spring, but before she does, she will make  an appearance with the Beckett Trilogy at the The Broad Stage in Santa Monica in April. Why is this the first time that all 3 plays have been performed together? Well I guess one reason is that Not I is rarely performed and Footfalls has never been performed by one actress playing both roles of Mother (off stage) and May (on stage), and to my knowledge no other actress has tried to perform all three roles in one evening. Up until I tried it, I didn't even think it was possible.  (more...)

Ute Lemper Sets Spring Shows in New York City
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2016

Grammy-nominated, internationally acclaimed artist Ute Lemper's collaboration with renowned best-selling author Paulo Coelho, The 9 Secrets, is set for release on February 12 via Steinway & Sons. The album presents a song cycle composed and sung by Lemper, set to words by Coelho from his 2012 novel Manuscript Found in Accra, the thematic content of which may be encapsulated in the lines, "After lying undiscovered for over 700 years, a Manuscript holding the answers to questions about life and humanity is unearthed. / Simple questions about our lives torn between happiness and sorrow and defined by hope, intelligence and desire to love as much as the capacity to hate and destroy." Coelho himself is featured on two tracks-see below for track list. In celebration, Lemper will perform the piece in its entirety in a fully staged production at Symphony Space in New York City on May 13, tickets and information here. (more...)

BWW Review: SEX WITH STRANGERS at TheaterWorks
by Karen Bovard - Mar 28, 2016

Laura Eason's contemporary play is more than just an economical choice for small theaters (just two actors) about a hot topic. It asks provocative questions, too: How far to bend toward commercialism, as an ambitious artist with high aspirations? Can two people from different sides of a digital divide build lasting relationship? Can we adopt a performative 'public' identity to get famous and rich without having it sully our actual way of being? (more...)

WD Shipley Releases M.A.I.A.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2016

WD Shipley, a passionate writer, has completed his new book 'M.A.I.A.': a riveting and courageous story of a sniper that is oppressed by technology and the chip in his mind. Why is he programmed differently? (more...)

Pinter's BETRAYAL, NOT ABOUT NIGHTINGALES & More Set for Raven Theatre's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2016

For its 2016-17 season, the 33-year-old Raven Theatre Company will again bring new plays and playwrights to Chicago audiences along with revivals of classic and lesser-known works by masters of modern drama. Michael Menendian, producing artistic director, today announced a lineup that includes the early Tennessee Williams play Not About Nightingales and Pinter'sBetrayal as well as the Midwest premieres of Richard Greenberg's recent Broadway hit The Assembled Parties and Red Velvet by Lolita Chakrabarti, one of the U.K.'s most acclaimed new playwrights, and the world premiere of Sycamore - a drama of contemporary family life set in the Midwest by New York-based playwright Sarah Sander. (more...)

Copyhouse Press Ltd Launches 'Imaginarium' Imprint
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2016

Copyhouse Press Ltd of London have, following growth of the business, launched a new imprint. Imaginarium, the brand new self-publishing imprint from Copyhouse Press, opened at the beginning of March 2016 and is already drawing strong interest from quality writers who want to get their work into print and choose professional help to get there. The new imprint brings a new level of flexibility and choice to the assisted publishing market in the UK. The first releases under the imprint have already gone to market and are performing well. Imaginarium boasts a range of premium services, from bespoke packaging design to promotion to web presence design and management. The firm's main Copyhouse imprint has been restructured and now serves as the Copyhouse Press group's traditional press. Unsolicited Manuscript submissions are currently being welcomed by both imprints. Interested parties are referred to the Copyhouse Press website for more details. (more...)

Kadaxis and Inkshares Partner to Help Authors Improve Inkshares Books
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2016

Inkshares will integrate with Kadaxis' data analysis APIs to determine industry standard BISAC categories, topics and other data from author Manuscripts. The extracted data will be used as input to Inkshares' own discovery platform, helping to match Manuscripts with titles from outside the Inkshares ecosystem. Readers will be able to find similar Inkshares books to titles they already enjoy. (more...)

Lisa Dwan Presents the Internationally Acclaimed Beckett Trilogy: Not I / Footfalls / Rockaby
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2016

NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts will present Irish actress Lisa Dwan in her internationally acclaimed Beckett Trilogy: Not /Footfalls/ Rockaby, running for six performances from April 13 - 17, 2016, at NYU Skirball Center. Beckett Trilogy will open on April 13, the 110th Anniversary of Samuel Beckett's birth, and the opening night performances will feature a post-show celebration and conversation honoring Beckett's legacy. (more...)

2016 Tribeca Film Festival Announces Documentary Feature Film Selections & More
by TV News Desk - Mar 2, 2016

The 2016 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by AT&T, today announced the US Narrative, International Narrative, and Documentary Competition feature film selections (more...)

BWW Recap: Liza Falls For a Shepherd with a Secret, Matthew Morrison Guests on YOUNGER
by Matt Smith - Mar 2, 2016

Hey, YOUNGER fans! Hope you've all had a great week, and that you're recovering well from the heartbreak we all suffered in the last episode. Yes, it was sad for Liza to let Josh go (correction: for Josh to let Liza go), but it seems like she's doing okay. I mean, granted, she's a little shaken — who wouldn't be? — but it's nothing compared to how shaken she'll be at the end of this half-hour. How's that for a teaser? Get you interested? Yes? Well, then… you know what to do. Read on:  (more...)

British Library Posts Digitized Manuscript Believed To Be In Shakespeare's Handwriting
by Michael Dale - Mar 18, 2016

Four pages of the only known surviving play script containing The Bard's handwriting. (more...)

THIRTEEN's 'The Secrets of Saint John Paul' to Premire on PBS 4/5
by TV News Desk - Mar 16, 2016

Pope John Paul II, born Karol Jzef Wojtyla, was ordained in 1946, and in 1978 became the first Polish Pope and first non-Italian Pope in more than 400 years. He served as Pope until his passing in 2005. (more...)

National Portrait Gallery to Display Russian, British Portrait Galleries, Today
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2016

The most important exhibition of Russian portraits ever to take place at a British museum, opens at the National Portrait Gallery, London, on March 17 2016, as part of an unprecedented cultural exchange with Moscow. (more...)

Lisa Dwan's BECKETT TRILOGY to Play NYU Skirball Center, 4/13-17
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2016

NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts will present Irish actress Lisa Dwan in her internationally acclaimed Beckett Trilogy:  Not /Footfalls/ Rockaby, running for six performances from April 13 - 17, 2016, at NYU Skirball Center.  Beckett Trilogy will open on April 13, the 110th Anniversary of Samuel Beckett's birth, and the opening night performances will feature a post-show celebration and conversation honoring Beckett's legacy.  (more...)

Salon/Sanctuary Concerts to Present LeStrange Viols in Concert, 3/3
by BWW News Desk - Feb 29, 2016

Though often imagined as a primarily English ensemble, the viol consort had a rich history in France as another vehicle for that nation's characteristically colorful and expressive musical imagination. Our program will feature some wonderful examples of this gorgeous repertoire, from the intricate song settings for viols by de Lassus to the majestic ensemble music of Carissimi's teacher Charpentier and the Italian transplant Giovanni Battista Lulli, otherwise known as Lully. (more...)

BWW Interview: Writer Joel Lesses
by Mark C. Lloyd - Feb 29, 2016

BWW Interviews: Writer Joel Lesses (more...)

Ute Lemper to Celebrate THE 9 SECRETS at Symphony Space This May
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2016

Grammy-nominated, internationally acclaimed artist Ute Lemper's collaboration with renowned best-selling author Paulo Coelho, The 9 Secrets, is available now via Steinway & Sons. In celebration, Lemper will perform the piece in its entirety in a fully staged production at Symphony Space in New York City on May 13, tickets and information here. (more...)

Pete Liebengood's ACCIDENTAL DRONING Has Been Optioned for Possible Movie Adaption
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2016

'I'm very excited to have one of Hollywood's film marketers as a partner in attempting to option 'Accidental Droning,' says Pete Liebengood. 'I'm also pleased with the reception I'm getting for my just published second novel, Honeyball. As proof I'm not letting grass grow under my feet I've just finished the Manuscript for a third novel, RendezVu.' Book Details: Accidental Droning By Pete Liebengood Publisher: Xlibris Published: February 2015 ISBN: 978-1503537583 (hardcover) ISBN: 978-1503537590 (paperback) ASIN: B00T4T23MG Pages: 249 Genre: Adventure, Thriller, Contemporary Fiction Bo Granger loses his job as the manager of a country club golf shop and turns to flying his private drone as a pastime. Accidentally he captures video with his drone of a woman being murdered by drowning. Bo is torn over whether or not to turn his video over to authorities. He is afraid of reprisal by the person who owns the mansion where the drowning took place, and he worries that his invasion of privacy will derail his wife's campaign to become governor of California as she is defined as a state legislator by her privacy platform. Bo endures a series of misadventures as he wrestles with doing the right thing. He is nearly shot to death by a goon hired by the dead woman's husband, he's falsely charged with sexual assault by his wife's housekeeper in a dirty politics scheme, and he gets involved in a torrid romance with a female newspaper reporter who is determined to get the story of a lifetime 'Accidental Droning' is available in both print and ebook formats. About The Author: Pete Liebengood is a retired TV sportscaster (KRON-TV San Francisco) and a past play-by-play contributor to ESPN. He's authored two other novels, 'Class of '62' and 'Honeyball.' For review copies, author interviews, or more information please contact: Pete Liebengood Email: peteliebengood (at) comcast.net Website: http://www.pliebengood.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/pliebengood Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Pete-Liebengood-934504779935184/ (more...)

BWW Review: Brilliant OTHER DESERT CITIES at The Fulton
by Marakay Rogers - Feb 23, 2016

The Jon Robin Baitz story of family dysfunction in the wealthy Republican enclaves of Palm Springs gets an intimate and brilliantly performed production at the Fulton's Studio Theatre. (more...)

Hottest Articles on BWWClassical MusicWorld.com for 2/14/2016 - 2/21/2016
by BWW - Feb 21, 2016

Hottest Articles on BWWClassical MusicWorld.com from 2/14/2016 - 2/21/2016. (more...)

Mario Puzo's GODFATHER Archive Sold for $625,000 at Auction
by TV News Desk - Feb 19, 2016

An archive originating from the estate of author Mario Puzo sold for $625,000 according to Boston-based, RR Auction. (more...)

CONSTELLATIONS with Kate Baldwin, 'LITTLE SHOP' & More Set for Berkshire Theatre Group's 2016 Summer Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2016

Berkshire Theatre Group and Artistic Director/CEO, Kate Maguire, have announced the 2016 Summer Theatre Season and an assortment of lively presented acts at The Garage and The Colonial Theatre. An announcement with casting will be made within the next several weeks. (more...)

Lucky Penny Productions Announces First Annual 'Lucky Shorts' Festival
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2016

Lucky Penny Productions announces its first annual "Lucky Shorts" original short story festival.  Submissions are now being accepted under the follow guidelines: (more...)

Ute Lemper and Paulo Coelho Release New Album, THE 9 SECRETS
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2016

song cycle composed and sung by Lemper, set to words by Coelho from his 2012 novel Manuscript Found in Accra, the thematic content of which may be encapsulated in the lines, “After lying undiscovered for over 700 years, a Manuscript holding the answers to questions about life and humanity is unearthed. / Simple questions about our lives torn between happiness and sorrow and defined by hope, intelligence and desire to love as much as the capacity to hate and destroy.” Coelho himself is featured on two tracks—see below for track list. In celebration, Lemper will perform the piece in its entirety in a fully staged production at Symphony Space in New York City on May 13, tickets and information here. (more...)

Birmingham Royal Ballet Retrace the Steps of the Bard at Shakespeare's Birthplace
by Louisa Brady - Feb 14, 2016

This week, Birmingham Royal Ballet Director David Bintley and dancers from one of the UK's most prolific dance companies took a step back in time retracing the steps of arguably the world's most famous playwright as they visited the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford upon Avon. (more...)

Lakewood Theatre Company to Present MAN OF LA MANCHA
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2016

 'The Impossible Dream,' one of the great songs of the American musical theatre, will lift the hearts of audiences with its message of courage and the search for truth as Lakewood Theatre Company concludes its 63rd season on Friday April 29, 2016 with the award-winning musical, Man of La Mancha. The production sponsors for Man of La Mancha are Bill & Barbara Warner & Dr. Fritz Camp. (more...)

Michelle Martin Dobbins Launches Kickstarter Campaign for Children's Book
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2016

SIMPSONVILLE, S.C., April 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ Author Michelle Martin Dobbins is bringing her considerable talents to the world of picture books with 'My Heart is in Afghanistan.' Written for children who have a military parent deployed abroad, the book features illustrations by artist Daniela Frongia and an emotional, compelling story to which many young readers will relate. Dobbins and her team have launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring 'My Heart is in Afghanistan' to life. (more...)

NYTF to Remount THE GOLDEN BRIDE Off-Broadway This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2016

One of the most acclaimed musicals of 2015 returns for a limited engagement. Beginning July 4th, the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene [NYTF] presents an encore of the first Off-Broadway revival of the lost Yiddish-American hit operetta THE GOLDEN BRIDE (Di Goldene Kale).  (more...)

Jeff Beck to Release New Studio Album This July
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2016

Announced today, in conjunction with this summer's U.S. tour, JEFF BECK will release a new studio album on July 15. (more...)

THE GOLDEN BRIDE to Offer Behind-the-Scenes Event in May
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2016

Nominated for 2 Drama Desk Awards (Outstanding Revival of a Musical and Outstanding Director of a Musical), THE GOLDEN BRIDE is a 1923 Yiddish musical comedy that returned to the stage this past winter for the first time in almost 70 years. (more...)

Cape Rep Sets Summer 2016 Theatrelab Offerings
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2016

Cape Rep Theatre, 3299 Rt. 6A, Brewster, is pleased to announce the continuation of its professional theater training program, TheatreLab.  (more...)

BWW Review: WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S LONG LOST FIRST PLAY: A Cauldron Full of Belly Laughs at the Folger from the Reduced Shakespeare Company
by Ellen Burns - Apr 26, 2016

There is but poor substitute for a trio of fools on a romp to entertain; nay, but it is futility at its finest to resist the siren call of slapstick's song. Anyone else have the urge to, as I call it, "Shakespeak" after an evening of Shakespeare? No? Just me? Ok, well no matter. In any pentameter, the Reduced Shakespeare Company's (RSC) Reed Martin, Austin Tichenor and Teddy Spencer are very, very funny; fearless, quick witted, masters of quick change and, most importantly, having a blast on stage, which means the audience is likely to have fun too. The RSC has a long history of taking gargantuan themes (think American history, The Bible, Hollywood) and mining them for laughs, and, inspired by a 2010 visit to the Folger, creating a work that covered the Shakespearean universe in one "holy grail" of a play, seemed an obvious mission to them. (more...)

Ain Gordon World Premiere Set for Painted Bride Arts Center
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

1972: Dr. John Fryer dons an oversize tuxedo and rubber joke shop mask to become Dr. Henry Anonymous and confront the American Psychiatric Association with these words: 'I am a homosexual, I am a psychiatrist.' The latest work by renowned theatre artist Ain Gordon, 217 Boxes of Dr. Henry Anonymous, is a new play drawn from the 217 boxes of archive materials from national LGBT activist of Dr. John Fryer discovered by Ain Gordon during his two-year embedded artist status at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP). This new work is set to run, May 5-7, at the Painted Bride Arts Center, 230 Vine Street. All performances are at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $20. Painted Bride and Historical Society of Pennsylvania members can save $5. Tickets and more information are available online at www.paintedbride.org or by phone at 215.925.9914. (more...)

Gulfshore Playhouse to Present THE WHO AND THE WHAT
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

Gulfshore Playhouse (www.GulfshorePlayhouse.org) - Southwest Florida's premier professional theatre - is pleased to announce its upcoming production of The Who and the What, a poignant and funny play about identity, religion, and the contradictions that make us who we are from Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Ayad Akhtar, scheduled for April 30 through May 15 at The Norris Center in Naples. (more...)

Randall Lee Dockstader Releases SOPHISTICATION HONORS
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2016

With the aim of imbuing the knowledge and truth regarding the medical and all legal criteria for veterans' benefits, author Randall Lee Dockstader pens his latest book titled 'SOPHISTICATION HONORS: SYNCRONIC DESTINY' (published by Trafford Publishing). Emphasizing the process of attaining, receiving and maintaining Veterans Administration benefits, this book imbues and embellishes veterans' hopes for benefits in a positive winning way. (more...)

Met Museum Exhibition to Celebrate Artistic, Technological, Cultural Legacy of the Seljuqs
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

Opening April 27 at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, the landmark international loan exhibition Court and Cosmos: The Great Age of the Seljuqs features spectacular works of art created in the 11th through 13th century from Turkmenistan to the Mediterranean. (more...)

Chris Stone Releases POETIC JUSTICE
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2016

A Vietnam War veteran's writing has earned recognition from Dog Ear Publishing, which presented its Award of Literary Excellence to his second novel, 'Poetic Justice.' The book is just the second this year to earn the company's literary award. Dog Ear's editorial team decides which products qualify for the award, and the recommendations are then reviewed by the managing editor, editorial services manager, and the publisher. 'I was actually very surprised to have received the award,' author Chris Stone said. 'It is very much appreciated.' Although Stone modestly admits he's only a 'novice novelist,' he also admits he knows how to spin a good story. 'My one goal in writing these books is to have each reader 'feel' the story and become part of its emotions and situations,' he said. 'I hope I have been successful thus far. The award makes me feel that I may have achieved this goal. It's a real shot in the arm for a new novelist.' Stone has been writing poetry and songs for many years, but he began writing novels in 2014, simply deciding one morning to start writing a story that had been in his thoughts. The result would be his first book, 'Adoption,' published in 2015 through a different publisher. ('We all make mistakes,' Stone joked.) He had already completed the Manuscript for 'Poetic Justice' by then. The southern Massachusetts resident finds that writing a novel is easier than writing poetry. 'I open the valve in my head, and the stories just pour out like water form a faucet,' he said. 'Yes, I do have to go back and make corrections, but the stories just seem to flow naturally.' In fact, he's almost finished his third book, 'Consummate Darkness.' Having fun while writing is one of the reasons Stone continues to create new work. 'I'm proud of this book because I had such a blast writing it!' he said. 'It is a great story and the characters were fun to develop. I love twists and unexpected situations. I'm not a believer in long, drawn-out chapters but, rather, want to keep the pace moving and the reader captured by the storyline and action.' 'So many people have said that they could not put my first novel down, and those who have read the sample copies of 'Poetic Justice' are saying the same thing.' The page-turning aspect of the book is one reason it was singled out for the excellence award. As Dog Ear editor Christina Guthrie wrote, 'Poetic Justice' is a fun and fast-paced read. The author does an excellent job setting the scene and describing characters, and with plenty of twists and turns in the story, you'll have a hard time putting this book down!' In the novel, Douglas Pennington realizes after his latest mission in the Middle East that he's become a walking killing machine created by his own government. Even more sobering is the realization that he is just fine with that. His unfeeling approach to missions catches the eye of a secret group committed to getting justice when traditional judicial and legal systems fail. When he's recruited to join The Council to assassinate chosen targets, Pennington becomes one of the world's most lethal men. A chance encounter with a woman changes his life, but The Council won't let go of one of its most valuable resources without a fight. The ensuing betrayals, twists and intrigue create an unforgettable story. Dr. John Manhold of Sarasota, Fla., a good friend of Stone's, has been a source of support since his first book and influential in urging Stone to keep writing. The fellow novelist, textbook writer and retired professor has said he's impressed that 'Poetic Justice' was given the award. Stone's wife, Peggy, is his biggest supporter and has been helping market the books. 'She was tickled pink that 'Poetic Justice' was recognized as an excellent work, and I think we both sit back and wonder why I waited so long to start writing novels,' Stone said. He added that Dog Ear Publishing has been a joy to work with and its team has been very supportive. 'I only wish I had used Dog Ear for the release of my first book,' he said. 'My third and fourth books will be coming your way this year.' Stone, a grandfather, and great-grandfather, plans to keep writing as long as he can. For additional information, please visit www.ChrisStoneBooks.com. Poetic Justice Chris Stone Dog Ear Publishing ISBN: 978-1-4575-4456-9 244 pages $12.95 US Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere. (more...)

ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON: JEKYLL AND HYDE to Run 5/14-6/12 at The Berkeley City Club
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2016

Central Works 2016 Season continues on May 14th with the world premiere of Gary Grave's  Robert Louis Stevenson: Jekyll and Hyde (May 14 to June 12). (more...)

Dorian 'D-Strong' Murray Shares LEAVING A MARK
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2016

SILVERTON, Ore., April 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ Dorian 'D-Strong' Murray, the 8-year-old diagnosed with alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of pediatric cancer, dreamt of being famous, then achieved it through the power of the internet. Though Dorian succumbed to the illness earlier this month, efforts not only to continue his legacy but also to provide support for other families takes its first step today with the release of Leaving a Mark, a children's book co-authored by Murray and Nicole DeRosa Cannella and released through Lampion Press. (more...)

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