EA Luetkemeyer “Penitentiary Tales” Book Event

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EA Luetkemeyer Penitentiary Tales Book Event

Friday, April, 10, 2020 at 5 pm

EA Lutekemeyer Penitentiary Tales Book Event, Friday, April 10, 2020 at 5 pm at Art PResence Art Center, Jacksonville, OR

We will add more information on this event as details become available.

“effectively explores the social and political consciousness of the current class and racial di- vides in modern-day America”

– Readers’ Favorite, 5-Star Review

“an insightful and at times darkly disturbing glimpse into an institution rarely entered by most readers”

– Dr. John M. Coggeshall, Clemson University

Penitentiary Tales: A Love Story

A novel by EA Leutkemeyer


Softbound, Retail Price: $19.95 6 x 9 inches, 362 pages
Print ISBN: 978-0-578-58122-4

eBook Retail Price: $9.99 eBook ISBN: 978-0-578-61097-9

Pub. by: Laughing Buddha Books

Book Designed and Produced by Lucky Valley Press, Jacksonville OR

Distributed Worldwide by Ingram

To read excerpts and reviews of EA Luetkemeyer’s work, please visit ealuetkemeyer.com
He welcomes comments and dialogue and receives emails at geneluetkemeyer@yahoo.com

Penitentiary Tales: A Love Story

Penitentiary Tales: a Love Story recounts the escapades of Dean Davis, a thirty-something, educated, straight white male from the affluent community of Sausalito, in Marin County, California, who is sent to an Illinois prison dominated by a daunting, ethnically diverse population of inmates from the mean streets of Chicago. How does he do his time? What challenges does he meet? Addressing issues of race and gender in America, it is at once a serious inquiry into the minds and hearts of the marginalized and the oppressed and a bit of a romp.

Like Steinbeck’s Cannery Row, which celebrates the lives of the dis- enfranchised during the Great Depression without railing explicitly against social injustice, Luetkemeyer’s audacious new novel sheds light on the daily lives of its characters, and on their humanity no matter how obscured by circumstance.

In a moment of sympathy for an inmate doing life without parole, Davis reflects: “From my point of view we were all victims, even the lowest of the low, the most foul, forlorn and forsaken fuckers on the planet: victimized by the lack of a key, by a missing piece, by the absence of a blueprint, an instruction manual, a map of the soul; by too much of one chemical, too little of another.”

Penitentiary Tales: a Love Story will appeal to adventurous and intelligent readers of all persuasions who appreciate a literary walk on the wild side.

THE AUTHOR SERVED four years of a ten year sentence in an Illinois State Prison in the eighties for possession of marijuana, an experience he embraces and which informs much of his writing and world-view. Penitentiary Tales: a Love Story is based on the journal he kept to memorialize those years. He was awarded an MFA in Creative writing from Lesley University, Cambridge, MA, in 2015.

His short fiction has appeared in Sou’wester, Opium Magazine, Common- thought, Del Sol Review, Perversion Magazine, The Ilanot Review, and the an- thology Stories That Must Be Told. He is the author of the novel Inside the Mind of Martin Mueller and the memoir The Book of Chuck: A Memorial Compilation of Poetry and Prose.

He lives and writes between the San Francisco Bay Area and Southern Oregon and favors the trite but true adage that bad roads lead to good stories.

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Anna Elkins “Living Large on Little” Book Event

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Anna Elkins Living Large on Little Book Event

Anna Elkins Living Large on Little Book Event, Friday, March 13, 2020 at 5 pm, Art PResence ARt Center, Jacksonville, OR

We will add more information on this event as details become available.

Poet and painter Anna Elkins has lived a very good life on very little income. Over the years, people have asked her how, and so she gathered her stories and concepts together. In these pages, you’ll find musings on gratitude and grace, encounters with pricey pastries, and ideas for growing the imagination—all part of learning to see obstacles as opportunities and limitations as invitations. May the fruit of our choices be sweet.


ISBN: 9781696266697


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Ginna BB Gordon “The Soup Kit” Book Event

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Ginna BB Gordon The Soup Kit Book Event

We will add more details about this event as they become available.

Soup is universally loved. On a cold day, it feels good to wrap your fingers around a warm cup of Tomato Bisque; in the sick- bed, just the aroma of Chicken Noodle makes you feel better, nurtured and well fed. At the bottom of a ski run, at a picnic, in a lunchbox thermos or on the table, a bowl of soup brings a warm glow to the body, gives strength and brings a smile and a sigh as the spoon is dipped in the broth.

Not just a book of 77 delicious recipes and lots of photos, The Soup Kit is a comprehensive map to good soup. It presents everything a cook needs to know about the subject, step by step: a bit of history, a lot of spice and herb info borrowed from world cultures, notes about thickeners and other additions, tips for the right vegetable cut, and when to add which ingredient. The resulting soups have layers of flavor and are chock full of nutrition.

Herein is the author’s own path to glorious soup, learned through years of following master chefs, growing vegetables and herbs, and creating food from scratch. From the selection of ingredients to the creation of the final garnish, The Soup Kit offers a diversity of styles and opportunities. The Soup Kit is a unique book that belongs in every kitchen.

Ginna BB Gordon has owned businesses (Ginna’s Café, The Book Studio, and Ginna & Co.) and managed kitchens and cafés in other folks’ businesses (Rainbow Ranch, Calistoga, CA; Chopra Center for Well Being, La Jolla, CA; the Thunderbird Bookshop & Café and the Cornucopia Café & Market, both in Carmel, CA). She has produced special events for non-profits such as Carmel Music Society, Carmel Bach Festival and the American Tall Ship Institute, and for private clients including Steven Seagal at his home near Los Angeles.

Ginna’s first cookbook was A Simple Celebration – the Nutritional Program for the Chopra Center for Well Being (Random House/Harmony Books). She also authored Bonnebrook and The Gingerbread Farm, memoirs of the teachers and styles of cooking she has experienced on her journey as a chef. Ginna’s fourth cookbook was First You Grow the Pumpkin, her favorite tricks for growing, preserving and creating in the kitchen.

Currently, Ginna and her husband, singer and author David Gordon, are partners in Lucky Valley Press, a design and pre-press service for indie authors.

Ginna BB Gordon, The Soup Kit book cover

The Soup Kit

by Ginna BB Gordon

77 from-scratch recipes
75 color photos by the author
Retail $29.95
Softbound, 206 pages, 8.5″x 8.5″ ISBN: 9780578566238
Published in 2019 by Lucky Valley Press

Distributed worldwide by Ingram



Lucky Valley Press, PO Box 671 Jacksonville OR 97530 USA


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Lily Myers Kaplan “Loss to Legacy” Book Event

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Lily Myers Kaplan Loss to Legacy Book Event

On Friday, December 13, at 5 pm, join author Lily Myers Kaplan to celebrate the release of her second book, Loss to Legacy: A Stepping Stone Path to Healing and Transformation. Kaplan’s book offers to help us navigate the tumult of grieving a death, lamenting cultural and planetary upheaval, or mourning the end of a marriage or career. With beautiful storytelling and a step-by-step healing process that incorporates ancient truths, nature’s cycles, and acceptance of death as an essential part of the human experience, Loss to Legacy guides us through mourning to find meaning, create purpose and build a living legacy—leaving what matters most in your own wake.
One reviewer,  Carolyn North, author of The Experience of a Lifetime: Living Fully, Dying Consciously, says this about it:
Loss to Legacy is a stunning testament to the heart of being human and the personal transformation possible when one grieves deeply and well. 
Another one is from Martha Kay Nelson, Director of Psycho-Social Care, Mission Hospice & Home Care. She said, Read this book. No matter the nature of your grief, it will give you courage, strength, and a path for thinking and acting differently about life, death, and love.


Loss to Legacy - iamge of book cover. Book by Lily Myers Kaplan

A word from the author:

I’m looking forward to sharing stories and discussing my recently published book with you at Art Presence in Jacksonville this Friday evening, December 13. It’s a meaningful time of year to share this path, as the holiday season brings bittersweet memories of loved ones who are no longer here. I promise that it will be a heartfelt evening. I hope you can come! And please bring friends or share this post with others. Thanks so much for spreading the word…

We’ll discuss the healing path outlined in my recently published book, Loss to Legacy. It’s a map for conscious living born of conscious grieving. Join me to discover a new relationship with death, loss, grief, and legacy while learning what the stepping-stone path offers to you or someone you love. Whether you are grieving the death of a loved one or lamenting cultural and planetary upheaval, this book is a guide for navigating the journey. The evening will be a time of storytelling, remembrance, and offer a taste of the stepping stone path.

Here’s what one reader recently shared with us:

As I read your book I was able to find peace and comfort regarding the deaths of my mother and brother. In addition to being a valuable guidebook for navigating grief, I’m also finding it to be a tremendous guide for living a transformational life. The stepping stones you’ve outlined can be used in so many different ways to create a deeper understanding of life. I recommend this book to all my friends, those who are grieving and those who are drawn to living their lives as a transformational process.”

~P. Britt

And another:

I have been reading the Loss to Legacy book and enjoying it very much. It is bringing to mind the work of Elizabeth Kubler-Ross of the last century which I read with great interest. But the very personal record of your story fleshes out the technical work of Kubler-Ross. It is engaging, and comforting. Thanks.”


Here’s the skinny:


Loss to Legacy: A Stepping Stone Path to Healing and Transformation:

Friday, December 13


Art Presence Art Center

206 N. 5th St.

Jacksonville, Oregon

More details on the attached flier or at www.reshfoundation.org/loss-to-legacy

Hope to see you there!


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Jerry Senogles Book Signing

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Jerry Senogles Book Signing

Meet Dr. Gerald Senogles and hear more about his new book, “Body Wisdom,” at Jerry Senogles book signing here at Art Presence Art Center! Meet the author at 5pm on Friday, November 8, 2019, listen to a brief discussion of his book, ask questions, and he will sign your copy of “Body Wisdom.”

Dr. Senogles’ new book, informed by a lifetime of practice in Oriental Medicine, delves into the mechanics of how your body works, explaining why problems develop and what you can do to prevent many modern disease conditions and keep yourself in a state of vibrant health.

In Oriental Medicine, covering up symptoms with drugs is not good enough. So it is to the Oriental Medical system with its knowledge and understanding we turn to learn why we develop disease conditions and how to treat the root causes so the body can return to the natural state of health to which we are all entitled.

Dr. Gerald Senogles graduated from the New England School of Acupuncture in 1977 and is one of the first 50 graduates in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the United States. He apprenticed with Dr. Cheung Wai Tak in 1977–78. Dr. Senogles was a member of the acupuncture sub-committee of the Oregon Medical Board for six years. In 1988, he received his Doctor of Oriental Medicine Degree from the International Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Research Institute in Hong Kong.

You can find more information about his book at http://www.luckyvalleypress.com/bodywisdom

Flyer for Jerry SEnogles book talk at Art Presence Art Center

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