Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Successful Book Signing at the Turner Classic Movies

 Shannon Clute and Richard Edwards, authors of The Maltese Touch of Evil,  just had a wonderfully successful book signing at the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) Classic Film Festival in Los Angeles last weekend. They were both featured on a film noir panel at the Festival, and which was immediately followed by their book signing. During the signing, they sold and signed 40 copies. Their book, The Maltese Touch of Evil, was also sold at the  TCM Boutique at the Festival.  Moreover, the TCM online shop has our book listed on their main page.

There are pictures of their panel and book signing, with one glorious photo that does an incredible job highlighting our book at this TCM photo gallery - but you do have to click through 53 photos to get to the first photo of our panel, and 54 photos to get the wonderful book publicity photo, and there is also a photo of them at the book signing:

Finally, Richard has been asked to appear on a film podcast in July to promote The Maltese Touch of Evil. The podcast is entitled The Projection Booth, and is hosted by Mike White. The PB website is

Friday, April 20, 2012

May 11th Fundraiser Dinner for Coalition for Open Democracy

 Repost from Laconia Daily Sun

Granny D's cause will be alive & well at May dinner in Concord

University of New Hampshire Press
To the editor,

I hear the people’s raised voices against corrupting money in politics wherever I go! Dread accompanies this election period already. Dread for the slam-bang of nasty and pricey TV ads. Dread for the purchased outcome of what is meant to be fair and free elections. The people making our will known, via our votes, is what democracy is all about.

However, we have Citizens United case (corporations are people with free-speech rights) dragging down that ideal that Granny D called clean elections. I was in Florida last week, gave an arm up to an elderly woman who’d fallen in the rough surf. She later played a Scrabble game with my older daughter and me. I asked if she’d heard of Granny D. She hadn’t. She was immediately interested. She knew all about Citizens United case and that we must get corrupting money out of our elections. I decided to send her Granny D’s book, "You’re Never Too Old to Raise a Little Hell".

One recent morning I had an informing call from Public Citizen, and gave them a donation. They are taking Citizens United case to court, trying to get it overturned.

Here in New Hampshire on May 11th, Bill McKibben will be speaking at a fundraiser dinner for Coalition for Open Democracy. Coalition for Open Democracy is Granny D’s ongoing group, still at it, working hard to get her clean elections goal achieved. Please put this May 11 event on your calendar. This dinner will be held at NH Audubon, 84 Silk Farm Rd. Concord, 6 to 8 p.m. Doors open at 5:15 for social time. Seats limited, $40.

Anyone with the will to fight for what’s right could give support now by attending the dinner and hearing Bill McKibben on this topic. For Information: 661-8621. I hope to see you there.

Lynn Rudmin Chong

Side note, University Press of New England recently released Granny D's final book, Granny D's American DreamThe life of Doris Haddock, known to millions as “Granny D,” from her young adulthood in Boston during the Great Depression to her last decade as a galvanizing figure of populist politics

Dale Recinella, JD, M.T.S

Dale S. Recinella
Northeastern University Press
The  New Hampshire Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty is bringing NUP author Dale Recinella; The Biblical Truth about America’s Death Penalty to several venues around New Hampshire 

Dale S. Recinella, author of The Biblical Truth about America’s Death Penalty (Northeastern University Press: 2004), has served for twelve years as a state-certified Spiritual Counselor and Catholic lay chaplain in Florida’s prisons. On behalf of the Catholic Bishops of Florida, in 1998 he began ministering cell-to-cell to the 365+ men on Florida’s death row and the approximately 2000 men in Florida’s long-term solitary confinement. He and his wife, Dr. Susan Recinella, minister as a team during executions: he serving as spiritual adviser to the condemned and his wife serving as a minister to the condemned’s family and loved ones. They also minister to the families and loved ones of murder victims.

Mr. Recinella, a magna cum laude graduate of Notre Dame University Law School (1976), is a licensed Florida lawyer and has taught international law in Europe at the undergraduate and graduate levels. His column about the death penalty and prison conditions, appears regularly in The Florida Catholic, the statewide newspaper of the Catholic Bishops of Florida, and received a Year 2000 Press Award from the Catholic Press Association. In 1997 he was named a University of Notre Dame Exemplar for modeling faith and citizenship in action and, most recently, received the Year 2001 Humanitarian Award from the Franciscan Alumni Association. He spoke at the 2nd World Congress Against the Death Penalty (2005) in Montreal on “Religion, Ethics and the Death Penalty”, has appeared frequently on worldwide Vatican Radio concerning the death penalty, and has extensively addressed audiences on the subject.

Events Dale Recinella, JD, M.T.S:

All events are free and open to the public. To reserve your space, please contact Ray Bilodeau at (603) 969-9177 or by email at

·         April 30, 2012 Community discussion at Sacred Heart Church, 2 Hough Street,  Lebanon, NH, from 7:00 – 8:00 PM
·         May 1, 2012, Community discussion at Berlin St. Barnabas, 2 High Street, Berlin, NH, from 6:30-7:30 PM
·         May 2, 2012, Community discussion with students, parents, and faculty at Mt. Royal Academy from 9:00-9:45 AM
·         May 3, 2012, Public Session at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, 100 St. Anselm Drive, Manchester, NH, from 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM
·         May 3, 2012 NHCADP Annual meeting at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, 100 St. Anselm Drive,  Manchester, NH, from 6:00- 9:30 PM. 

Free admission and open to the public.

Sponsored by the NHCADP, Episcopal Diocese, Roman Catholic Diocese of Manchester, NH United Church of Christ Peace with Justice Advocates

Friday, April 13, 2012

Bordello: Poems by Lewis Turco, Prints by George O'Connell, Pages Seven and Eight

Repost from Poetics and Ruminations

The fifth poem in the Bordello series is "Jason Potter," written in the poem form called the rondeau redoubled, a description of which will be found on pp. 307-308 in The Book of Forms: A Handbook of Poetics, Including Odd and Invented Forms, Revised and Expanded Edition by Lewis Putnam Turco, Hanover, NH: University Press of New England (, 2012 • 384 pp. 3 illus. 5 x 7 1/2" Reference & Bibliography / Poetry 978-1-61168-035-5, paperback:

07 Jason Potter 1

08 Jason Potter 2
         The whole Bordello series of poems may be found in The Collected Lyrics of Lewis Turco / Wesli Court 1953-2004, Scottsdale, AZ:, 2004, 460 pp., ISBN 1932842004, jacketed cloth; ISBN 1932842012, trade paperback.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Moses Mendelssohn: Writings on Judaism, Christianity & The Bible

RePosted Jewish Book Council
Review by Peter L. Rothholz

Moses Mendelssohn: Michah Gottlieb
In this collection of writings by the founder of the Haskalah, or Jewish Enlightenment, editor Michah Gottlieb sets out “to provide the English reader with a more comprehensive picture of Mendelssohn’s attempt to balance Judaism and the Enlightenment than had been available until now.” Gottlieb’s choices of letters, documents, and selections from major works are most enlightening. And while most of the works are by Mendelssohn, the fact that letters to him and commentaries by contemporaries are included gives an added, humanizing dimension to the book’s subject. What further distinguished this volume are the excellent prefatory notes which introduce nearly all the selections and the helpful footnotes which do much more than simply credit sources or define arcane terms.

In his Introduction, Gottlieb provides a wealth of information about Mendelssohn, the time and place in which he lived, and his relationship with the Jewish as well as with the larger German community and some of its leaders. The German language of the eighteenth century can be challenging even to scholars, but Messrs. Bowman, Sacks and Arkush have given us translations which are both easy and enjoyable to read.