Report on the Ritual Cafe’ Book Signing

On November 29th, this past Tuesday, I had a book signing at the Ritual Cafe’, for A Birthday Story!, my children’s book.  The event went well as the host, Ritual Cafe, welcomed us.  They had a table ready for our use, and gladly offered additional assistance.  Thank you all for your help.

I sold a copy of the book, and because of the promotion I was running (first person to bring a copy of the flyer gets a book) I gave away a copy of the book to a visitor from Denver, with two young children.

I will be launching a press release the 9th of December in several cities.  Listen for it and let me know in the comments your thoughts on it.  Is it the reason you ran out and bought the book.  How about your friends, did you have to beg to get them to Barnes and Nobles with you to purchase this book for all occasions?  Which media source did you hear it on or read it in.

I will be writing again.



The Perkup Book Signing

Habara gani!

On Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016 Perkup’ Cafe hosted a book signing for my children’s book,  A Birthday Story.   Thanks to Delores, her employees and customers for the successful event.  One of her customer’s left me with this comment after perusing the book: She likes the book because it’s good for conversation with her grandson. she can see  discussing the birthday party that he might like to have, the colors he likes and the kind of cupcakes he likes best.  I think this says that it’s a book for all genders and ages.

The cafe’ venues have proven to be  successful for book sales.  I thank Kristen Maniscalo with Xlibris for the suggestion and the list of referrals.

The publishing company  ( Xlibris) and I have just finalized a promotional package for December to help increase sales.

I’m working on a short story, while I work on getting sales for the book.  I thought I would pull together a collection of poetry to submitted to contest, but decided I didn’t have the time to complete the one or two that I might include, before the contest deadlines.  I looking to next year for having the collection ready.

I let you know how the signing at Ritual Cafe’ goes, on Tuesday, November 29, 2016.  The time is 3:00 p to 5:00p.

Until next time.


Ritual Cafe’ Book Signing – 11/29/2016

Another book signing for you who cannot make the Perkup Cafe’ signing on Tuesday,  November 22nd, 2016.

I will be hosting a book signing, for my children’s book, A Birthday Story, at the Ritual Cafe’, 1201 Locust St. D, Des Moines, IA, on Wednesday, November 29, 2016, 3:oo p.m. to 5:oo p.m.  Wednesday is “Hump Day”.  The book signing at Ritual will help you to  get thru to the week end.



Perkup Cafe Book Signing 11/22/2016

Habari gani! Another book signing date!

Earlier today I talked with Delores at Perkup Cafe and was welcomed by her  for a book signing on November 22, 2016.   A Birthday Story,  my children’s book, will be available for purchase and signing at the cafe from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Perkup Cafe is located at 2700 University Ave #328 in West Des Moines and is open from 7.00 2:00 p.m.  Please stop by. If you can’t the book, a great gift, is available on, and B& or can be ordered in the B&N store.


Book Signing 11/10/2016

I got a date for my book signing at Grazali’s Mediterranean Cafe.  A Birthday Story, my children’s story about Kyeisha and the planning of her 8th birthday party will be on sale and signed by me at  Grazali’s between 1:00p-2:00p, on November 10, 2016..  Grazali’s is located at 1205 25th Street, Des Moines, IA,  across from Drake University.  Books are great gifts for all occasions.  In fact my slogan is a “a children’s book for all occasions.”  (A book seller gave that to me)  Really though, this book about a birthday party, is not only for those having birthdays, but for occasions all year round.  See you there!

November 4, 2016 Blog Post

Habari Gani!

AGNI (ag-ni) is an online literary newsletter and bi-yearly journal  published by Boston University.  As a subscriber, I receive copies of both the newsletter and journal.  In a recent copy of the newsletter, Sven Birkets editor of the journal discussed his definition of voice. It,to me, is an excellent description of the  concept.  I deleted the newsletter.  It was an old one from last month.  If you’re interested, try contacting Sven Birkets at AGNI on-line.  He might be willing to send you a copy of the article.

I have been thinking about a moral issue, that affects children.  It’s the issue of lying and whether or not a child can be safe without lying. I’d like for you to comment on this question in the blog’s comment section.  What are your thoughts on it and why?

Bye! ljm

P.S.  In this year of the 18th anniversary of the death of Kwame Ture I dedicate this blog  in memory of the SNCC (Student Non-Violent Coordinating Students) who are no longer living.