Chicago’s 1968 Convention

 

 

Chicago 1968: Personal Reflections & Other Stories by Neal P. Gillen

Woodside Press. Available at Booklocker.com and Amazon.com for $16.95

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“We witnessed a crazed young policeman begin to hit a young man and one sitting next to him with his night stick. Incredulously it went on for about 10 seconds before his colleagues pulled him away and rushed him out of the hotel.” So writes Neal Gillen of his  personal remembrance from Chicago.

Neal Gillen’s latest book is a treasure trove of fact and fiction. Its lead story is a fascinating and detailed look at the maneuvering that took place at the Democrats’ ill-fated 1968 National Convention in Chicago. Gillen had an inside perspective before the convention as the deputy director of Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey’s delegate monitoring operation for a powerful voting block of states: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, and Michigan. During the convention, his floor responsibilities put him in the middle of the drama that occurred during that hectic August week in the Windy City. He also shares his wife’s, Mary-Margaret Gillen, perspective as counsel for the Vietnam Subcommittee of the Platform Committee. It’s a peek at history in the making that has never been reported. In many respects it’s a gripping look at how politics really works.

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Neal Gillen

There are 32 stories in all, 28 of them true stories, with the suspenseful events of the Chicago convention comprising about one-fourth of this 270 page book. The other well-written, entertaining, and comical stories reveal the realities of life of some well-know people including Ted Kennedy, Jimmy Breslin, and Donald Trump’s father, Fred. The Trump story, written in 2015, provides some insights as to why Donald never wanted to work under his father’s thumb. Gillen briefly worked for Fred Trump on a construction project in Coney Island, He describes Trump’s micro managing of every aspect of the job including his taking the coffee and lunch orders to make sure the workers remained on the isolated job site.

The four works of fiction are interesting and compelling stories that you will enjoy. A great memoir and well worth your read.

Review by Thomas Hollyday, Boston, January 7, 2019

 

 

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Great chase mystery

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Reading Dog & Bitch Island, the new novel by Robert Blake Whitehill, was an armchair pleasure.(Dog& Bitch Island, Amazon Kindle, $6.99)  Being an Eastern Shore Marylander like Whitehill, I certainly feel homesick when I discover  a Chesapeake novelist  of this caliber and sit back with a whiskey to enjoy his stuff. Unfortunately this book is an exciting page turner, so it doesn’t give me a very long sit back. But if you’ve never been in an Eastern Shore country western honky tonk, get ready to enjoy the fight at this  bar.

The story is about helping the government suits discover the perp who murdered Travis Cynter , Ben Bradshaw’s SEAL buddy.  Get ready for a chase scene, the best I’ve read in a long time, around the staid streets of Bermuda. Also, if you like submarines, here’s a story  to match the movie U-571.  And, all the time Bradshaw  chases the killers, his pregnant wife is tagging along, shooting her share of villains.

In this technical age, readers love an author who writes detail. Whitehill will inform you, as soon as he mentions a gun in the hand of a fighter, what make and model  it is and sometimes even its ballistics.  Whitehill  has won plaudits at the Hamptons International Film Festival and the Hudson Valley Film Festival for his incisive, often humorous, and definitely powerful style.

So get ready to enjoy a writer who will impress even the Clive Cussler fans. Whitehill’s books so far also include Deadrise, Nitro Express, Tap Rack Bang and Geronimo Hotshot. His website is http://robertblakewhitehill.com/                   Review by Thomas Hollyday

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Great Chase Mystery

whitehill dog and bitchReading Dog & Bitch Island, the new novel by Robert Blake Whitehill, was an armchair pleasure.(Dog& Bitch Island, Amazon Kindle, $6.99)  Being an Eastern Shore Marylander like Whitehill, I certainly feel homsick when I discover  a Chesapeake novelist  of this caliber and sit back with a whiskey to enjoy his stuff. Unfortunately this book is an exciting page turner, so it doesn’t give me a very long sit back. But if you’ve never been in an Eastern Shore country western honky tonk, get ready to enjoy the fight at this  bar.

The story is about helping the government suits discover the perp who murdered Travis Cynter , Ben Bradshaw’s SEAL buddy.  Get ready for a chase scene, the best I’ve read in a long time, around the staid streets of Bermuda. Also, if you like submarines, here’s a story  to match the movie U-571.  And, all the time Bradshaw  chases the killers, his pregnant wife is tagging along, shooting her share of villains.

In this technical age, readers love an author who writes detail. Whitehill will inform you, as soon as he mentions a gun in the hand of a fighter, what make and model  it is and sometimes even its ballistics.  Whitehill  has won plaudits at the Hamptons International Film Festival and the Hudson Valley Film Festival for his incisive, often humorous, and definitely powerful style.

So get ready to enjoy a writer who will impress even the Clive Cussler fans. Whitehill’s books so far also include Deadrise, Nitro Express, Tap Rack Bang and Geronimo Hotshot. His website is http://robertblakewhitehill.com/                   Review by Thomas Hollydaywhitehill face

Annie Crow Knoll revisited

“Drew cheered as his granddaughters barreled into view. He was surprised Jemma hadn’t dropped off after her sister sprinted. The crowd went wild when Breezy seemed to launch ahead. Drew studied the move carefully. Breezy was about to win because Jemma had backed off. While pondering this, Drew became aware of a man dashing onto the course and heading directly for the bleachers. Liam tore after the intruder and tackled him just as Breezy crossed the finish line. Drew heard no sound but saw the flash before the force of the bomb punched him back into the people and benches behind him.”

As editor of this blog I have my favorites, and without risking my friendship with any of my other writers on the site, I must say  Gail Priest ( Annie Crow Knoll, Moonrise, Amazon.com) does seem to give all of us a warm feeling of the Eastern Shore of Maryland.  She has, in her series, developed a special place that all of us can carry in our memory where fictional almost real persons live and love and worry. This brings to us a memory of our past in our own family.

Moonrise takes as its subject the millennial and perhaps even Sixties through Nineties fascination with bicycling. It adds in the current unrest in our minds with the constant bombing of crowd places and mixes the two with a strong interest in the recovery  recovery and resetting of goals in our lives. All the aspects of family support of therapy after disaster are examined thoughtfully.

This is a good book for military personnel as it covers themes important to them also. Many come home with tortured bodies in the wars of today. From Vietnam to the Middle East soldiers get terrorist bombs that main and destroy life plans. This is a book to read.

 

More books please, Gail.

 

 

 

 

 

Ron Sauder, publisher

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The Eastern Shore’s Best Literary Friend: Ron Sauder’s Secant Publishing

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While very few people know his name or his publishing company, Ron Sauder is gradually becoming the Eastern Shore’s literary best friend. From his small home office overlooking the Wicomico River, Sauder has not only committed himself to resurrecting the legacies of Chesapeake writers like Chestertown’s Gilbert Byron but also some of the Shore’s best contemporary authors through the recent establishment of Secant Publishing in Salisbury.

A native of Virginia, with a degree in English from the College of William and Mary, Ron had aspirations to become a writer after graduation, but very quickly found himself in leadership communications positions at Johns Hopkins and Emory University. In fact, it was only after his wife agreed to join the faculty at University of Maryland – Eastern Shore that Sauder found the opportunity to break away from higher education to follow his dream of starting a book publishing business focused on the literature and writers of his beloved Eastern Shore.

Perhaps even more impressive is the success story Secant has had since Sauder started his press. Over the last few years, Secant’s books, from the reprinting of Byron’s The Lord’s Oysters and Mission Boy to the best-selling to The Crab Cookbook by Whitey Schmidt, have met with remarkable commercial popularity. And the same hold true for his most current authors, like Easton’s Bill Peak’s award-winning The Oblate’s Confession and his most recent publication of Talbot County Librarian Karen Huston Karydes’s Hard-Boiled Anxiety, a psycho-literary analysis of “hard-boiled” detective novels in the 20th Century.

The Spy sat down with Ron to talk about his second life as publisher and his particular affection for Eastern Shore Writers.

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    1. Thank you for airing this delightful video interview with Ron Sauder, whose work at Secant Publishing bucks the trend of disappearing small, regional publishers. Ron’s passion for producing literary and other important books is so beneficial to the regional writing community. His quest to discover the special “voices” of Delmarva authors should be celebrated across the Peninsula.

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A book you can’t stop reading

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“The President (Johnson) , before I could lead him to Dr. Horn, pulled me aside to say, “Boy, you couldn’t find your ass with both hands.” This embarrassing remark was clearly heard by Dr. Horn, who up to that moment considered me to be an important person”

Oh, how those of us who have worked in government can sympathize with the author on this one.  Sometimes working with the great reminds us over and over just how un- great these people are. The book is fearless in telling just how the author experienced the times and people of that Vietnam era, reported honestly and thoughtfully. It’s a read we can’t put down as it will constantly remind us of ourselves, the mark of good literature.

You’ll want to make your own index of the pages too as you go along. Some of these comments and recollections are so juicy you’ll want ot refer back again and again.

Buy at Createspace at   https://www.createspace.com/4939630

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Gillen’s reputation in law and management provides a ready market for his books of which there are many. He’s a well known teacher of the art of the writing too as he assists in various workshops throughout the Maryland area. Check into the Eastern Shore Writers Association news to find his next workshop.

Frank Hopkins book signings

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I would like to invite you to three book signings I will hold in July, where I will be signing my new collection of short stories, First Time as well as my two novels: Unplanned Choices and The Opportunity. 

Bethany Beach Books, Bethany Beach, DE

Sunday July 17, 2016 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 99 Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach, DE 19930

The Den, Bear Trap Dunes, Ocean View, DE

Saturday July 23, 2016 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Bear Trap Dunes, 7 Clubhouse Dr. Ocean View, DE 19970

Touch of Italy, Ocean City, MD

Sunday July 24, 2016 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Touch of Italy, Holiday Inn at 67 St. Oceanside, Ocean City, MD 21842

 

The book signings at Bear Trap Dunes and Touch of Italy will include three members of my RBWG Critique group. Jackson Coppley, Walt Curran and myself. Appetizers will be served at both locations. Cash bar at happy hour prices available at both locations. A summary of the author’s books is presented below. The attached PDF file replicates the book summaries, including thumbnail copies of each book cover.

 

JACKSON COPPLEY

 

Tales From Our Near Future What happens when the age of high technology encountered the human need for love? Read Jackson Coppley’s compilation of three short stories to learn the answer. Science Fiction – Anthologies

                       

Leaving Lisa What if a device could capture everything imaginable about one person, that person dies and you could ask it anything…especially the questions you neglected to ask when alive? Jason Chamberlain’s wife, Lisa, dies and the machine, in her voice, sends him on a journey around the world to spread her ashes. Leaving Lisa is a story of loss, transformation, and new love. Literature & Fiction – Contemporary Fiction

 

 

WALTER CURRAN

 

Young Mariner is a coming of age novel circa 1966. The protagonist, William Connolly is a street smart kid from South Boston. A recent graduate of Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Connolly starts his first job as Third Mate on the cargo ship MorMacPride and runs afoul of larcenous officers, led by a nefarious captain. Young Mariner is the first of a trilogy of Connolly’s exploits. Coming of Age

 

Slices of Life – Cerebral spasms of the soul is a book of poems. Riding the 5:00 AM train from New Carrollton station in Washington to Penn Station in Philadelphia gave Walter many interesting characters and topics to convert into poetry. Poetry

 

FRANK E. HOPKINS

 

First Time is a collection of ten short stories by Frank E Hopkins. Each story has separate characters but are linked by the theme that each story exposes the main character to the first time they experience an event participated in by all. The stories include anticipation of the happiness they expect; the dismay and wonder they feel during the event; and the surprising ending. Fiction – Short Stories

 

Unplanned Choices is a coming-of-age historical romantic drama, set in the late 1960s and early 1970s in the New York City area during the sexual revolution and the struggle for legalizing abortion. Crime – Coming of Age

 

The Opportunity is a suspenseful crime novel set in the competitive environment of Federal governmental contracting in Washington DC and the professional networking social life of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Crime, Corruption in Federal Government Contracting.

 

The author’s contact information:

Jackson Coppley         http://www.jacksoncoppley.com

Walter F. Curran          http://www.amazon.com/author/walterfcurran

Frank E. Hopkins         http://www.frankehopkins.com

 

I hope to see you at one of my book signings.

Frank

Frank E Hopkins