Monday, April 21, 2014

Detroit Native to Host Book Signing at Arab American National Museum Saturday, April 26, 2014

Detroit Native to Host Book Signing at Arab American National Museum 

New Book, Idiot's Guides: The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook, Offers Readers a Taste of the Mediterranean

WHEN:   Saturday, April 26, 2014 
              4:00 – 6:00pm

WHERE:   Arab American National Museum 
                13624 Michigan Avenue 
                Dearborn, MI 48126

WHAT:   Food personality Denise Hazime, creator of and recently-named Hidden Valley Sandwich Superstar, will conduct a book signing for her new cookbook, Idiot's Guides: The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook. The book, which includes over 200 delicious Mediterranean recipes, serves as a guide for readers wishing to indulge in a healthy, balanced, and flavorful lifestyle. The signing will include an opportunity to speak with Hazime, as well as the chance to sample recipes from The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook.

Denise "DedeMed" Hazime

WHO:   Denise "DedeMed" Hazime acquired a love of Mediterranean cooking at a very young age, growing up in a large Lebanese family steeped in rich culinary tradition. Exposed early on to a range of cooking techniques from her mother, Denise continues her love of cooking at her website, Dede's Mediterranean Kitchen (, where she teaches how to cook the Mediterranean way through easy instructional videos. Denise has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, on CNN, in Coast Magazine, and in many other nationwide outlets.

Idiot's Guides: The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook 
Author: Denise Hazime 
ISBN: 9781615644452 
Alpha Books, April 2014, $18.95

Media Contact: 
Stephie Swope 
Wilks Communications 
Phone: 708-434-5006 

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**To interview the author, or to request a copy for review, please contact Wilks Communications at, or call 708.434.5006.** 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

My book marketing experiment by spending $10 on Leave a comment

In January I mentioned I was checking out for some book marketing and asked if anyone else had done anything on there.

No one responded except to say they've used them for graphic designs. I've done that also, but I wanted to know if five dollars could be spent to get sales.

Other authors offlined me and asked if I would send them the results so this is just my experience with the whole thing…


The Literary World of Sylvia Hubbard

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Hockey great Gordie Howe to release book in October #motownlit #michlit

New York — Hockey great Gordie Howe has a book deal.

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Authors & Book Bloggers on Instagram via @jfBookman

Kate Tilton presents Authors on Instagram (Master List) posted at Kate Tilton’s Blog, saying, “We all know social media is a powerful way to market your work. But with all the social media platforms it can be overwhelming. Now authors can easily connect with other authors on Instagram with this master list, making things a little easier.”

Kate Tilton presents Book Bloggers on Instagram (Master List) posted at Kate Tilton’s Blog, saying, “Social media is a powerful way to market your book. When starting out on a new platform it can be difficult to know who to follow and connect with. Now with this master list of book bloggers, authors have the perfect place to start on Instagram.”

Thursday, March 27, 2014

April 7 - Self-Publishing Panel Royal Oak Library - RSVP required via

April 7 - Self-Publishing Panel

Self-publishing has come a long way since the days of vanity publishing. Today, authors can publish e- books, print-on-demand books, or both. Many services provide easy routes to get your book to the public. Authors can be involved throughout the entire creative process, or they may decide to focus on the writing and hand over the whole project. Learn your options in this beginner’s workshop on self-publishing.


Dora Badger, a Detroit writer and editor, has self-published on, as well as other major online booksellers.

Sylvia Hubbard, founder of Motown Writers’ Network, has independently published over 30 books.

Michael Dwyer, freelance travel journalist, content provider and founder of the Rochester Writers’ Conference, will moderate the panel.

Registration is required. Call the Adult Reference desk at 248-246-3727 or visit

Sponsored by the Friends of the Royal Oak Public Library. 

Source: Cindy La Ferle


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Download Your Next eBook from the @DetroitLibrary

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                   March/April 2014


In This Issue

Forbes Article

Comerica Java & Jazz

2014 African American Booklist

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2014 Comerica Java & Jazz

Poetic Voices of the Muslim World

Money Smart Week

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How Public Libraries Are Solving America's Reading Problem


We have a reading problem in the United States.  It's not that people aren't reading: in fact the Pew Research Center reports that 76% of adults have read a book in the past year.  Even kids are reading - and some studies suggest that millennials are more likely to read literature than previous generations.  The problem is choice.  Readers are drowning in books.


Too Many Books,  

Not Enough Time


11,022 books were published in 1950.  That number may sound quaint today, but it's still a large number.  Read one book a week for sixty years, and you'll still leave two-thirds of those titles untouched.  Consider then, the jaw-dropping 978,701 titles Bowker told me were published or self-published in 2012.   There's some double counting in that number (print and eBook copies of the same title have separate ISBNs) but it is terrifying, nonetheless.


 The influence of bookstores has changed appreciably since Borders bankruptcy: just 20% of frequent readers say they found their last book from a bookstore in 2012, down dramatically from 32% in 2010 according to Peter Hildick-Smith at the Codex Group. (Contrary to popular belief, bookstores are not disappearing en masse.  Publisher's Weekly reports 12,703 bookstores in 2013 versus census data counting 12,751 bookstores and news dealers in 2002).


Online retailers like Amazon have not filled this gap.  Just 7% of readers found their last book at an online retailer: a number that has barely budged in the last three years.  Read More 











Detroit Reads


Why you should read ...

Reading equals self-confidence, empowerment,better health and economic growth.




Adult Literacy Services @ the Detroit Public Library

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  • Books to improve your reading, writing and comprehension skills

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Our tutoring is free. The books are free.



At the Detroit Public Library  

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  • Have a tutor meet with you for two hours, one day per week
  • You choose the time and day the tutoring takes place

For more information or to become a tutor click here.



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Next Concert

Ed Stone

Tuesday, April 15, 6:00 p.m.

Jazz guitarist Ed Stone has released his third CD "King Of Hearts."  This CD continues to demonstrate Stone's strong skills in song writing, arranging and producing.  Ed says,  "my songs are written to excite thinking patterns and personal reflection about life's possibilities."







Straight Ahead Concert Recap      

















Next Discussion Event:

Islam and the Blues with Dr. Sylviane Diouf
Saturday, April 12, 2014
1:00 PM 














Forwarded by Midtown Alliance

And by 3rd Precinct Police/Community Relations Council

Per Leslie Malcolmson




"The question is not 'Can you make a difference?'  You already do make a difference.

It's just a matter of what kind of difference you want to make during your life on this planet."

– Julia Butterfly Hill 


Hill is best known for living in a 180-foot (55 m)-tall, 1,000-year-old California Redwood tree for 738 days between December 10, 1997 to December 18, 1999. Hill lived in the tree, affectionately known as "Luna," to prevent loggers of the Pacific Lumber Company from cutting it down.  


I will remember Troy Davis…..

I will remember Trayvon Martin…..

I will remember Rachel Corrie…..


Friday, March 21, 2014

.@CityTalkMag Announcement: Casting Call by @HIDPfilms March29 Metro #Detroit

City Talk Magazine Announcement
Casting Call

US vs. THEM' is an American political drama series created and written by author Derek Vitatoe. The series is set and produced in and around Detroit, Michigan.


The show focuses on the fictional union, The United Brotherhood Coalition (UBC), and follows head union officials Catherine McAfee and Kenny Washington, and their staff, as they battle to improve working conditions of hard-working citizens in and around the city of Detroit.

In addition to the main storylines in each episode, subplots explore the private lives of its characters. For example, in season one Catherine McAfee struggles to find the internal balance of being strong and confident in her professional life with being a submissive partner in her personal life.

Each episode of 'US vs. THEM' will introduce a different conflict between UBC, an employer and its employees. The show is "really about organized labor in America and about how the relationship with a company affects the many lives of those who live in the major urban city

For additional information and breakdown of roles visit our website @ or send email to



City Talk Magazine
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Detroit, Michigan 48212

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