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photo 2019-06-28 02:03
Illinois Governor JB Pritzker reading “Chicago Treasure” by Larry Broutman, Rich Green, and John Rabias
Chicago Treasure - Larry Broutman,Rich Green,John Rabias

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker enjoyed learning more about Chicago Treasure from President and CEO Dr. Janet Szlyk during his recent tour of The Chicago Lighthouse. This inclusive children’s book features photographs of Lighthouse preschoolers with and without visual impairments, along with a diverse cross-section of Chicagoland youth. Author proceeds from Chicago Treasure are donated to The Chicago Lighthouse and Access Living, helping to provide necessary programs for children, families, and veterans living with disabilities.

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text 2019-06-20 18:45
25 Essential Reads-Char's Horror Corner
Boy's Life - Robert R. McCammon
The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson,Laura Miller
Blackwater: The Complete Saga - Michael McDowell,Matt Godfrey
The Yellow Wallpaper - Charlotte Perkins Gilman,Elaine Hedges
The Fisherman - John Langan
Lonesome Dove - Larry McMurtry
The Cormorant - Stephen Gregory
The House Next Door - Anne Rivers Siddons
The October Country - Ray Bradbury
Blue World - Robert R. McCammon

 

 

Per M.R.'s guidelines, they don't have to be classics, but some of mine will be, solely because I loved them, not because someone made me read them in school. 

 

1. Boy's Life by Robert McCammon should be read by everyone, I believe. This book helps to explain what happens to that magic you felt as a kid, but no longer feel as an adult. 

 

2. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. This might be on some lists of classics, but it will always be on mine. The best opening paragraphs EVER. 

 

3. Blackwater: The Complete Saga by Michael McDowell. An epic covering several generations of an Alabama family. And a river monster! 

 

4. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. A fictional story based upon how women were treated by the medical profession, back in the day. 

 

5. The Fisherman by John Langan. This is a fine, fine piece of  literary, cosmic horror.

 

6. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry. A true American western. 

 

7. The Cormorant by Stephen Gregory.  A literary and chilling quiet horror story about a bird. 

 

8. The House Next Door by Anne Rivers Siddons A quiet haunted house story. Or is it? This was the only book of this type that the author ever wrote. 

 

9. The October Country by Ray Bradbury. A classic collection of stories from Bradbury-a few of which I'll never forget. (The Scythe, especially.)

 

10. Blue World by Robert McCammon. A more contemporary story collection, but with a wide, wide variety of tales. "Night Calls the Green Falcon" makes me cry every single time I read it. (And I've read it 4 times.)

 

11. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton. My heart broke for poor Lily Bart.

 

12. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. The classic revenge tale. 

 

13. Bubba Ho-Tep by Joe Lansdale. A totally hilarious story about an Elvis impersonator and a man who believes he is JFK. They're both fighting a mummy in a nursing home. It's hilarious, it's touching and it's gross, all at the same time. 

 

14. The Secret Life of Souls by Jack Ketchum and Lucky McKee. Every dog lover should read this book.

 

15. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes. Heartbreaking. 

 

16. East of Eden by John Steinbeck. So. Damn. Good.

 

17. Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin. In stark, staccato prose, Levin brings home this tale of motherhood gone wrong. 

 

18. The Auctioneer by Joan Samson. There's nothing overtly horrific here. It's just a building, building and ever building case of dread.

 

19. We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver. This book taught me that I could hate every single character in a book, but still be hypnotized by the story.

 

20. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein. A classic that taught me that poetry could be fun and whimsical.

 

21. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. A faith based story, which really isn't my thing...but it's just beautiful.

 

22. The Alienist by Caleb Carr. Historical fiction based in NYC and focused on the start of criminal profiling and or psychology. 

 

23. The Sandkings by George R.R. Martin. Long before Game of Thrones, he wrote this rather moral tale. (He also wrote another favorite of mine: Fevre Dream. Vampires on the Mississippi!)

 

24. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. Another case where my heart was broken. 

 

25. The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub. I loved this coming of age tale where a boy is trying to save his mother. 

 

 

 Thanks go out to M.R. for coming up with this idea. It was fun and it gave me a chance to talk about some of my favorite books. What book lover doesn't love that?

 

 

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review 2019-05-07 21:43
The Midwest Book Awards Honor “Chicago Eternal” by Larry Broutman with the Silver Medal
Chicago Eternal - Larry Broutman

The region’s top publishers, authors, editors, designers, and distributors recently gathered in Saint Paul, Minnesota for the 29th Annual Midwest Book Awards Gala. The sponsor of the event, the Midwest Independent Publishing Association (MIPA), is a nonprofit association that serves the independent publishing community in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin through educational programming, networking opportunities, collaborative support, and peer recognition. According to MIPA President Suzzanne Kelley and the panel of judges, “The awards recognize creativity in content and execution, overall book quality, and the book’s unique contribution to its subject area.”

 

 

Larry Broutman’s “Chicago Eternal” won the Silver Medal in the Art / Photography / Coffee Table Books category. “Chicago Eternal” is no stranger to critical acclaim. Just last month, the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) recognized this new book’s high merits with the Benjamin Franklin Awards’ Silver Medal in the Regional category. American Book Fest named “Chicago Eternal” a finalist in the Photography category of their Best Book Awards. “Chicago Eternal” has garnished praise from Chicago and national news outlets, graveyard associations, and fellow professional tombstone photographers.

 

In “Chicago Eternal,” the lives of Chicagoans are raised up through a photographic journey of over thirty Chicagoland cemeteries. “Chicago Eternal” celebrates the sports icons, artists, inventors, entrepreneurs, politicians, and even gangsters that make up the Windy City’s colorful history. The book also brings to light everyday heroes, such as veterans and young victims of tragic fires. Historical context is provided for each of the hundreds of poignant photographs of graves, mausoleums, and monuments.

 

To learn more about the Midwest Independent Publishing Association’s Midwest Book Awards, please go to: mipa.org/midwest-book-awards/

 

To pick up your own copy of award-winning “Chicago Eternal,” visit: https://www.everythinggoesmedia.com/product-page/chicago-eternal

 

Source: www.everythinggoesmedia.com/product-page/chicago-eternal
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review 2019-04-27 17:46
My Life With Piper
My Life With Piper: From Big House to Small Screen - Larry Smith

 

 

I did not realize this is really an essay, and not a full-length book.  Part II of the audio is actually an interview with Larry Smith and Piper Kerman, about their experience related to Kerman's incarceration, her writing about it in her memoir Orange is the New Black, and reception of the Netflix-series adaptation.  The entire recording is not quite two hours.

 

It's a short listen, and interesting to get Larry Smith's perspective.  It was kind of funny to hear Kerman explain that she didn't narrate her own memoir because she didn't want to subject listeners to her "nasal New England accent."  Because I think her voice is pleasant, without any distracting features.  Larry Smith, in contrast, has an unusual delivery, with a near-lisp on his "S" pronunciations.

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text 2019-04-01 17:56
The "Chicago Treasure" Book Launch inspires and delights local families
Chicago Treasure - Larry Broutman,Rich Green,John Rabias

 

Over 250 Chicagoans came out to The Chicago Lighthouse to celebrate the release of the new book Chicago Treasure which stars local children, many of whom are preschool students at The Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Disabled. In this inclusive hardcover book, photographs of Chicago children have been digitally imposed into fairytale illustrations, classic works of art, and photography of Chicago landmarks to create a colorful world where every child, regardless of ability, ethnicity, gender, or age is free to see themselves take on great roles.

 

 

The young stars enthusiastically flipped through the pages of Chicago Treasure until they found their pictures, then proudly shared them with friends and family. Chicago Treasure creators Larry Broutman, Rich Green, and John Rabias happily signed autographs until their hands hurt for the never-ending line of eager book buyers. But the fun didn’t stop there.

 

 

VisionQuest, a rhythm and blues band made of members of The Chicago Lighthouse Adult Living Skills Program, gave a dynamic performance that had the crowd cheering for more. Elsa sang “Let It Go” with some help from talented and starstruck youngsters. Tinkerbell and Peter Pan even stopped by to pose for pictures with their new young friends.

 

 

A puppet show, face painting, balloon animals, arts and crafts, ice cream sundaes, cupcakes, and cotton candy were enjoyed by the young and the young at heart.

 

 

The Chicago Lighthouse President & CEO Dr. Janet Szlyk and Board of Directors Chairman Gary Rich spoke to the crowd about Mr. Broutman’s support of The Chicago Lighthouse over the years, which includes serving on the Board and donating proceeds from Chicago Treasure and his three other books of photography to The Chicago Lighthouse and Access Living. Access Living President & CEO Marca Bristo joined in the praise of Chicago Treasure and reminded the crowd of the necessity of telling everyone’s story. Coming to the podium after thunderous applause, photographer and author Larry Broutman shared that the idea for this innovative project came to him in a dream to which a supporter in the crowd yelled, “Keep dreaming, Larry!”

 

 

Chicago Treasure is available now from publisher Everything Goes Media, on Amazon, and in Chicagoland bookstores and gift shops.

 

Find out more at:

https://www.everythinggoesmedia.com/product-page/chicago-treasure

 

 

Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Chicago-Treasure-Larry-Broutman/dp/1893121798/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1546910366&sr=8-1&keywords=Chicago+Treasure+Larry+Broutman

 

*Photographs appear courtesy of Othervertical for The Chicago Lighthouse.

 

 

Source: www.everythinggoesmedia.com/product-page/chicago-treasure
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