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Author Discussion & Signing with Kenneth K. Koskodan

Author signing with Kenneth K Koskodan for his book No Greater Ally: The Untold Story of Poland's Forces in World War II

There is a
chapter of World War 2 history that remains largely untold: the story of
the fourth largest Allied military of the war, and the only nation to
have fought in the battles of Leningrad, Arnhem, Tobruk and Normandy.
This is the story of the Polish forces during the Second World War, the
story of millions of young men and women who gave everything for freedom
and in the final victory lost all. In a cruel twist of history, the
monumental struggles of an entire nation have been largely forgotten,
and even intentionally obscured.

Available for the first time in paperback, No Greater Ally
redresses the balance, giving a comprehensive overview of Poland's
participation in World War 2. Following their valiant but doomed defense
of Poland in 1939, members of the Polish armed forces fought with the
Allies wherever and however they could. With previously unpublished
first-hand accounts, information never before seen in English, and rare
photographs, this title provides a detailed analysis of the devastation
the war brought to Poland, and the final betrayal when, having fought
for freedom for six long years, Poland was handed to the Soviet Union.

About the Author

Ken Koskodan graduated from Michigan State University with a
degree in Communications. The emphasis of his degree was in Journalism,
Advertising and Public Relations. Of Polish descent himself, he has
researched Poland's participation in World War II for many years, and in
the course of his research has interviewed many surviving veterans.
This is his first book. The author lives in Detroit, MI.


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ISBN: 9781849084796
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Published: Osprey Publishing (UK) - February 15th, 2011

Author Discussion & Signing with Sara Paretsky

Chicago author Sara Paretsky will talk about her lastest V. I. Warshawski novel, Breakdown

Breakdown Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399157837
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Published: Putnam Adult - January 3rd, 2012

Body Work Cover Image
ISBN: 9780451413086
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Published: Signet Book - July 5th, 2011

Hardball Cover Image
ISBN: 9780451412935
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Signet Book - July 27th, 2010

Fire Sale Cover Image
ISBN: 9780451218995
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Published: Berkley Books - June 30th, 2006

Writing in an Age of Silence Cover Image
ISBN: 9781844671229
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Published: Verso - May 17th, 2007

Author Discussion & Signing with Lisa Lutz (Her First Visit to C&S)

The long awaited fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling, Edgar- and Macavity-nominated series about an eccentric sleuthing family.

For the first time in Spellman history, Isabel Spellman, PI, might be the most normal member of her family. As always, the Spellman clan has yet to settle into any kind of status quo. Mom, Olivia, has taken on an outrageous assortment of extracurricular activities, seemingly without motive. Dad, Albert, has a secret. Her brother and sister, David and Rae, are at war, but neither will reveal the source of the conflict. And Izzy's niece, Sydney, keeps saying banana even though she hates bananas. That's not to say that Izzy isn't without her own troubles. Henry Stone keeps wanting "to talk," a prospect Isabel evades by going out with her new drinking buddy, none other than Gertrude Stone, Henry's mother. While domestic disturbances abound, there is one source of sanity in the Spellman household: Demetrius Merriweather, now employee of the month for 18 months straight (the entire tenure of his employment).

Things aren't any simpler on the business side of Spellman Investigations. First, parents hire the firm to follow their daughter. Rae is assigned the case, only to fake the surveillance reports. Then a math professor hires Izzy to watch his immaculate apartment while he unravels like a bad formula. A socialite has Isabel follow her husband, despite a conspicuous lack of suspicion. A man in a sweater vest hires the firm to follow his sister, who turns out to be the socialite. Isabel wants to get to the bottom of all this, but her father erects a Chinese wall to protect the clients' wishes. As the questions pile up, Izzy won't stop hunting for the answers-even when they threaten to shatter both the business and the family.

Once again, it's up to her to pull the Spellmans back from the brink.

About the Author

Lisa Lutz is the New York Times bestselling author of The Spellman Files and Curse of the Spellmans, a nominee of the 2008 Edgar Award for Best Novel. She is most recently the coauthor of Heads You Lose, written with David Hayward.

Trail of the Spellmans: Document #5 Cover Image
ISBN: 9781451608120
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 28th, 2012

The Spellman Files Cover Image
ISBN: 9781416532408
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 1st, 2008

The Spellmans Strike Again: Document #4 Cover Image
ISBN: 9781416593416
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 1st, 2011

Revenge of the Spellmans Cover Image
ISBN: 9781416593393
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 23rd, 2010

Curse of the Spellmans Cover Image
ISBN: 9781416532422
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 10th, 2009

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ISBN: 9780425246849
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Published: Berkley Publishing Group - April 3rd, 2012

Author Discussion & Signing with Local Writer Barbara Gregorich

Barbara's latest book is Jack & Larry about Jack Graney and Larry the Cleveland Baseball Dog from 1912-1917.

Author Discussion and Signing with Local Author Chuck Calderon

An Act of Love for All is about a group of highly different individuals & how they are drawn together to be determining factors in the longest & greatest war in history. As mankind struggles with their daily lives, they remain unaware of the war being fought since before time itself on earth -- the war between heaven & hell. The devil & his minions accumulate the souls of mankind to openly defy God as St. Michael & Heaven's Angels battle the darkness so man can choose his own fate....

The author Chuck Calderon was born in Cali Colombia. He migrated to Chicago at the age of four to live with his mother and sister. His formal education took place in Chicago from grammar school to high school and finally college. He has worked as a cab driver, banker, salesman and an entrepreneur. He began writing poetry and prose while in high school and admits he was influenced by the writngs of Ernest Hemingway, his growing up in Chicago and his Catholic heritage.


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ISBN: 9781467068727
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Published: Authorhouse - November 8th, 2011

Authors Discussion and Signing with Libby Fischer Hellmann & Clare O'Donahue

Libby Fischer Hellmann's  A Bitter Veil

A thriller set largely in Revolutionary Iran. A young woman in Chicago falls in love with an Iranian student who romances her with Persian poetry and more. She moves to Tehran to marry him, but the revolution happens around them, turning her world and her values upside down -- to the point where she's accused of killing her husband. 


Clare O'Donohue's Life Without Parole

After the death of her ex-husband, things are finally returning to normal for Kate Conway-so normal that she's gotten a little bored. Out of the blue, the television producer is offered a documentary gig about lifers in a state prison. Kate jumps at the chance. The only problem is that she's also just been asked to produce a reality show about the opening of a new restaurant-one backed by Vera, her dead husband's mistress. Reluctantly, she agrees to both. But when one of the restaurant's investors is murdered and Vera is the chief suspect, Kate must ride a treacherous psychological edge, relying on the minds of death row killers to help her solve the case.


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ISBN: 9780984067657
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Published: Allium Press - December 1st, 2010

Life Without Parole Cover Image
ISBN: 9780452297821
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Published: Plume Books - April 24th, 2012

Missing Persons Cover Image
ISBN: 9780452297067
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Published: Plume Books - May 31st, 2011

Authors Discussion & Signing with D. C. Brod and David J. Walker

Getting Lucky: 

"Brod expertly blends suspenseful action with characters readers will care for, in particular the sympathetic and plausible lead."—Publishers Weekly on Getting Sassy, starred review

When a young reporter is killed in a hit and run accident, freelance writer Robyn Guthrie agrees to finish one of the stories the reporter had been writing for the local newspaper. But nothing is as simple as it seems when she finds out about shady land deals, an old high school nemesis, and Robyn's aging mother.

D.C. Brod is the author of Getting Sassy. Her stories have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and anthologies.

The Towman's Daughters:

Being a hero is definitely not on lawyer Dugan's to-do list when he goes to retrieve his towed car one early morning. But when he comes across a crime in progress, he rescues the beautiful Isobel Cho from an armed abductor--only to find she isn't too happy to be saved.

David J. Walker is the author of three previous Mal Foley mysteries as well as the Wild Onion, Ltd., series. He still lives in his native Chicago, where he has worked as a parish priest and an investigator for the police department. He is now a practicing lawyer. 

Getting Lucky Cover Image
ISBN: 9781935562702
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Published: Tyrus Books - November 1st, 2011

Getting Sassy Cover Image
ISBN: 9781935562214
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Published: Tyrus Books - September 1st, 2010

The Towman's Daughters Cover Image
ISBN: 9780727880666
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Published: Severn House Publishers - October 1st, 2011

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ISBN: 9780727869302
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Published: Severn House Publishers - November 1st, 2010

CANCELLED **Author Discussion & Signing with Jim Proebstle **CANCELLED


Meet  author Jim Proebstle discuss & sign his book Fatal Incident Inspired by the true events of an Air Transport Command aircraft
disaster in Alaska in 1944, Fatal Incident reveals the dark secrets of a
WW II conspiracy of how twenty U.S. military deaths have gone unsolved
for over 66 years. ased upon an actual plane crash.

His first book In the Absence of Honor When Jake Lorenz retreats to his family's cabin in the North Minnesota
woods for the winter, he's looking for peace, quiet, and time to reflect
on the loss of his wife and his job. But instead, he finds destruction
and death, a gruesome
murder scene on his very doorstep. 

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ISBN: 9781934572771
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Emerald Book Co - May 1st, 2011

In the Absence of Honor Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781934572047
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Emerald Book Co - August 1st, 2008

Author Discussion & Signing with Raymond Johnson

Author Discussion & Signing with Raymond Johnson for his book, Chicago's Haunt Detective (Just in time for the "HOLLOW DAYS".

Chicago's Haunt Detective: A Cop's Guide to Supernatural Chicago Cover Image
ISBN: 9780764337185
Availability: Special Order
Published: Schiffer Publishing - June 20th, 2011


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