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Book Release: STOP THE ROAD

Happy release day to Evans Paull, author of Stop the Road: Stories from the Trenches of Baltimore’s Road Wars. Stop the Road is an up-close-and-personal account of Baltimore’s 40-year battle over expressway plans. Meet the unsung heroes, a ragtag band of neighborhood activists, preservationists, and environmentalists who saved Baltimore from its own leadership, thereby protecting Baltimore’s historic waterfront communities of Federal Hill, Fell’s Point, and Canton. But that glorious and unlikely win must be tempered with the equally compelling but inglorious story behind the disastrous Highway to Nowhere. This is Baltimore unmasked and laid threadbare for the most momentous decisions since the building of the B&O Railroad.

Stop the Road is available worldwide! Click here to snag your copy, or ask for it at your favorite bookstore.

Stop the Road has already hit #1 bestseller status in THREE categories on Amazon, and reviewer feedback is pouring in:

“Paull’s surgical dissection of the 40-year battle produces a book that is essential for understanding today’s Baltimore.”

Antero Pietila, author, Not in My Neighborhood: How Bigotry Shaped a Great American City

“It was people, not politicians, who stood up and saved Baltimore from the ravages of the East-West Expressway. Evans Paull has found many of these courageous people, the folks who resisted, persisted, and finally prevailed. He has made their ‘highway stories’ a compelling human history of the challenges that faced post-war urban America.” 

Mark Reutter, Senior Editor, Baltimore Brew

“If you think about the things that have really changed the face of Baltimore as we know it today, to me there is nothing more important than the road wars.”

C. William Struever, Baltimore developer and urban strategist

Book Release: One More Day

Happy publication day to Diane Chiddister, author of One More Day!

GROWING OLD, FACING DEATH, SEEKING HOME, AND OPENING TO LOVE… At Grace Woods Care Center, residents and staff face life’s greatest challenges with yearning, wisdom, trepidation, and hope. Thomas, an anthropologist, approaches old age with fear and curiosity, while Lillian, a woman with dementia, searches for home. A shy and compassionate nurse’s aide, Sally, pushes back when love appears, unable to see herself worthy of the same happiness she instills in the residents. The center’s director, Beth, navigates hard changes that threaten to derail her career and the quality of care she’s worked so hard to foster.

One More Day is available worldwide at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and all major retailers as a paperback and e-book. (We recommend ordering it from your favorite local bookstore!

Praise for One More Day

“Achingly beautiful, heartbreaking, and ultimately a tender celebration of life. Diane Chiddister has written a moving, sometimes humorous exploration of the universal tragedies of human existence—grief, guilt, and death. It’s through Chiddister’s exquisite prose and storytelling that we come to know and love the lonely, the lost, and the dying souls that inhabit Grace Care Center. And it’s through their eyes that we revel in the many splendors of life.”

—Natalie Symons, award-winning playwright, author of Lies in Bone

One More Day is a probing, compassionate—and sometimes funny—look at that most universal of experiences. Set in the Grace Woods Care Center in Small Town, Ohio, we meet a diverse cast of well-drawn characters. Their stories, told in wonderful detail, are about time, friendship, family, and forgiveness—but most of all about hope. My favorite character is the indomitable Lillian, a dementia patient, whose feisty spirit and dogged determination made me cry and cheer for her.”

—Lucrecia Guerrero, author of the award-winning novel Tree of Sighs

“One More Day is a novel that needs to be read. Diane writes with a respect and empathy for her characters that will resonate with readers of all ages. It is a heartwarming—and heartbreaking—story that will leave you smiling and crying at the end.””

—Joe Downing, author of The Abundant Bohemian

“One More Day is a clear-eyed examination of aging, death and dementia at Grace Care Center, an American assisted living center; it is also a joyful celebration of life. Diane Chiddister penetrates deeply the lives of both residents and their devoted caretakers: Lillian in her hallucinatory world of Alzheimer’s; Thomas the anthropology professor, alienated but ever curious; executive director Beth, pressured to change by prospective new owners; and nurse Sally, who lives her life vicariously through her patients.

“Told without illusions, One More Day is amazingly uplifting and wonderfully written with gentle humor and subtle insight. If you enjoy Ann Tyler’s novels, you’ll love Chiddister!”

—Ed Davis, poet, novelist, workshop leader

About the Author

Diane Chiddister is a journalist and former editor of the Yellow Springs News in Yellow Springs, Ohio. She’s also a short story writer and 1981 MFA graduate of the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop, where she was a Teaching-Writing Fellow. This is her first novel. She lives in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

Book Release: Dispatches from the Edge: Exploring the Limits of Science and the Sacred

We are excited to announce the publication of G.A. Tyler’s Dispatches from the Edge: Exploring the Limits of Science and the Sacred!

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDGE presents a rich but accessible mosaic of contemporary arguments about atheism, spirituality, human evolution, and consciousness. With a critical eye and a science writer’s hand, Tyler shows how new insights from some of the brightest minds in the Science vs. Religion debate open new possibilities for a unifying vision.

Dispatches from the Edge: Exploring the Limits of Science and the Sacred is available worldwide at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and all major retailers as a paperback and e-book. (We recommend ordering it from your favorite local bookstore!

About the Author

George Tyler is a science and health
writer and former medical researcher
who lives in Essex Junction, Vermont.
He holds degrees in biology, biochemistry, and journalism and has won
awards for editorial and news writing
from the Vermont Press Association.

Unglued – A Minnesota Book Awards Finalist!

We are excited to announce that Unglued by Jeffrey Zuckerman has been named as a finalist in the prestigious Minnesota Book Awards. Unglued is a tremendous book that deserves recognition. Congratulations to Jeff and all of the finalists!

Jeffrey Zuckerman‘s book recounts his harrowing five-year ride which began months before his wife Leah was diagnosed with late-onset bipolar disorder. After thirty years of marriage, Jeff, a semiretired editor and a second-string catcher on a recreational softball team, nearly became unglued himself as the woman he loved endured an agonizing manic episode and severe depression. Struggling to manage his own self-care, Jeff needed to learn how to overcome the stigma, loneliness, and guilt that accompanied his wife’s battle with a mood disorder.

Unglued is a candid, funny, and refreshingly irreverent portrayal of the role a spouse takes in loving a partner with a mental illness. Intimate and ultimately hopeful, Jeff’s story chronicles the power of compassion, faith, and resilience in the survival of a marriage and a caregiver’s own well-being.

Unglued is anything but dismal. Zuckerman’s clear, compelling, self-revealing writing pulls you into his emotion and despair — laced with laughs. . . .

— Neal Gendler, book reviewer for the American Jewish World

The work of a master storyteller, Unglued is a mixture of sadness and levity. It’s a valuable resource for the mental health community, for consumers of mental health services and their partners, as well as for providers. It portrays the dilemmas of empathy and alienation in accessible narratives.

— Bruce Lackie, PhD, clinical social worker and trauma therapist, Orono, Maine

I had a hard time putting the book down. Beautifully written, engrossing, fascinating, scary, funny, sad, and hopeful. A work of art, and a huge service for many people.

— Judy Bergh, retired, Minnesota Department of Health, Office of Rural Health and Primary Care

Find your copy of Unglued at a major retailer or request a copy from your favorite local bookstore. Click here to learn more about Jeffrey Zuckerman’s remarkable work.

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Elmer’s Tribal War, Now Available Worldwide

Elmer’s Tribal War by Richard Alumbaugh is now available in print and digital editions from retailers worldwide.

Find it on here or Amazon here, or ask/search for it at your favorite retailer, online or in stores.

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Two shots split the darkness. A firefight turns deadly.

Tensions between tribal police and Elmer McGinnis escalated to a point that a beam of light appeared to trigger a tragic firefight. Elmer’s Tribal War is a factual account of events that took place in the early morning hours of August 27, 1986. Questions remain as to who was responsible for the death of a tribal officer and the wounding of his partner. 

After retirement as a professor of psychology in‌ 2002,‌ Richard‌ Alumbaugh‌ came‌ upon‌ a‌ file‌ box from a murder case heard by his deceased wife,‌ Jo‌Anne.‌ Subsequent‌ years‌ spent‌ investigating the backgrounds of the accused and the state’s evidence left unanswered questions as to the guilt and innocence of the father and son who were Colville enrollees. The author currently enjoys the sunshine of Arizona during colder months, biking and playing tennis, somehow under the delusional impression he is faster and hits the ball more accurately with age.

Grab your copy of the book today, and don’t forget to support independent literature by leaving a review on Goodreads and your favorite retailer.

Boyle & Dalton is actively seeking excellent manuscripts for publication. Writers and agents can learn more here.

About the Author: Sister of Saidnaya by Rose Ann Kalister

Rose Ann Kalister is the author of Boyle & Dalton’s latest release, Sister of Saidnaya: A9781633371811_cov.indd Syrian Immigrant’s Tale. This fantastic debut novel tells the story of Nadra, a passionate Syrian immigrant woman who fights to balance the expectations of her heritage with the temptation of independence in the new world.

Find Sister of Saidnaya on here, or ask for it at your favorite bookseller. 

While Sister of Saidnaya is fiction, Rose Ann drew from her own experiences as she wrote the book. Below she writes of the changing cultural landscape of America:

When I was growing up the first question we asked a new friend was “What are you?” Those who said something like “Irish” or “Italian” had it easy.  When I said “Syrian” I got the blank look, sometimes suspicious. Once I figured out the location of Syria, I tried the geographical explanation.  That didn’t help.  No one knew or cared about geography.

My family were foreigners to the West by-God! Virginians and what we ate was also foreign.  Now we say “exotic.”  I’m still amazed when my friends haul out pita, olives, and hummus for snacks.  Now everybody even knows the various spellings for tabbouli.  I once asked my mother why she never made falafel.  She raised her brows and said “That’s street food!”  My mother was a purist, in more ways than that.

I see that the new restaurants are hawking imjaddrah, either alone or as a base for meat or veggies.  In my day imjaddrah was what we had to eat on Friday, the day of abstinence, if mother didn’t want to fry fish.  And other than perch, there was no fish worth frying in West Virginia. I still remember the day I saw that large jar with baba Ghanoug swimming in olive oil.  I was afraid of it!

Rose Ann Kalister has a BA in English from Wheeling Jesuit University, an MA in English andRAK SMall Drama from John Carroll University, and graduate courses from Ohio University. She taught English at John Carroll University, West Virginia University, and Ohio University.  Her longest tenure was at Ohio Dominican University where she was Director of the Academic Center and a Lecturer in Humanities. She is a member of The Dramatists Guild, the National Association of American PEN Women and Writers Satellite.

Learn more about Rose Ann Kalister and Sister of Saidnaya here: