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The Casey Barber event is cancelled (Sorry)

Casey Barber, author of Classic Snacks will be creating some of the recipes from her new book.  The event is at 7 p.m. Saturday March 9 at the Downtown Awesome Bookstore.  Classic Snacks is a nostalgia trip for those of us who remember wrapping Fruit Rol-Ups around our fingers and peeling the marshmallow coating off Sno-Balls. The book’s 70 handcrafted versions of classic favorite treats far surpass the flavor of their store-bought counterparts—and all are made with basic ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. Recipes include Hostess Chocolate Cupcakes, Oatmeal Creme Pies, Good Humor Strawberry Shortcake Bars, Cool Ranch Doritos, Cheetos, and more. A little background: She is a New York-area food writer and recipe developer whose work has appeared in national publications including ReadyMade, Gourmet Live, DRAFT, Time Out New York, iVillage, and Design*Sponge. In addition, she is the editor of the online magazine Good. Food. Stories. and the New Jersey pizza columnist for Serious Eats.


Sydelle Pearl Release of new book Dear Mr. Longfellow

Please join us for a reading and book signing of Sydelle Pearls new book Dear Mr. Longfellow at 2 p.m. Saturday March 9 at Awesome Books Downtown.  

SYDELLE  PEARL is the author of Elijah’s Tears: Stories for the Jewish Holidays; Books for Children of the World:  The Story of Jella Lepman; and Hope Somewhere in America: The Story of a Child, a Painting, and a President. A former children’s librarian, Pearl has been a professional storyteller for twenty years. She gives presentations at schools, libraries, conferences, and festivals. 

Spencer Dew Book launch with Guest readers Michael S. Begnal and Karen Lillis

Awesome Books Presents a book launch for Spencer Dew, author of Here is How it Happens (Ampersand Books, 2013), Thursday, March 7 at the downtown store.  Doors open at 6, reading starts at 6:30.  Guest readers include Michael S. Begnal and Karen Lillis.

“Spencer Dew writes like a quiet maniac who sees the violence under the façade of everyday things, and the beauty under the violence. With X-ray vision and fine-tuned prose, Dew discovers insights and absurdities in the Americana of box stores, elite colleges, poetry students, buffet restaurants, historic plaques, alternative radio, conspiracy theorists, installation artists, and lug-headed drug experimentalists. Here Is How It Happens explores the place where the heartland meets the rust belt meets the precarious bubble of academia, and finds redemption in the purity of longing and the shit coffee of an Amish country diner.”
~~Karen Lillis

March 2013 marks the release of Spencer Dew‘s debut novel, Here Is How It Happens (Ampersand Books). He is author of the story collection Songs of Insurgency (Vagabond Press, 2008) and the prose chapbook Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres (Another New Calligraphy, 2010), as well as the critical study Learning for Revolution: The Work of Kathy Acker (San Diego State University Press, 2011). He teaches in Louisiana and Chicago.

Poet Michael S. Begnal is the author of Future Blues (Salmon Poetry, 2012). His previous collections are Ancestor Worship (Salmon Poetry, 2007), Mercury, the Dime (Six Gallery Press, 2005), and The Lakes of Coma (Six Gallery Press, 2003).  He was editor of the Galway, Ireland-based literary magazine The Burning Bush as well as the book Honeysuckle, Honeyjuice: A Tribute to James Liddy (Arlen House, 2006). He lives in Pittsburgh and teaches poetry and composition at Duquesne University.

Karen Lillis is the author of four short novels, most recently Watch the Doors as They Close (Spuyten Duyvil Novella Series, 2012). She has been a writer-in-residence at Shakespeare and Company Bookstore in Paris and is at work on a memoir of her years behind the register at St. Mark’s Bookshop in New York. Currently based in Pittsburgh, she blogs about the small press and indie bookstores at Karen the Small Press Librarian.