New book by Mike Meier “The Final Days of Doggerland” now available as eBook on Amazon

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"The Final Days of Doggerland," a pre-historic story set in Norther…


Hope Alaska

Book signing event

Erica Miller, book cover artist


Artfully exciting and compulsively readable”

— Book Viral review

HOPE , ALASKA, USA, July 30, 2022 / — In 2019, Neil Perry Gordon visited Hope, Alaska, a small town hugging Turnagain Arm on the Kenai Peninsula. This was not the novelists first time to this former gold mining site, but was to become a significant one.

It was during a two-week vacation, visiting close friends when inspiration created a story. The tale was told by Jeannine Jabaay, owner of the fabulous Hope City restaurant—The Dirty Skillet. During their conversation over delicious wine and great food, Jeannine shared the history of Hope and how it got its name.

What she knew for sure:
“Even before the Yukon, Hope is the original place that gold was discovered in the north. More than 8,000 folks came to Hope with the dream of finding their fortune in the Six Mile and Resurrection Creeks. Hotels, social halls, banks, restaurants and brothels quickly dotted the small community, with new arrivals coming daily by boat, foot and wagon. But there was no town name. Some township leaders decided that the place would be named after next person off the boat. When Percy Hope stepped foot off the boat, he had no idea that he was about to leave his legacy. Hope, Alaska is named after a young man who wanted to stake his fortune in Alaska. Little else is known about Percy Hope. His name seems to practically disappear from the history books.”

What she wasn’t sure of, but shared as fact anyways:
“After landing in town, Percy Hope tried his luck for many months in the waters of the Resurrection Creek and Six Mile Creek. Although he managed to pan a few gold flakes, he never did strike it rich. He did, however, gather enough gold to purchase an old dirty skillet. With that skillet, Percy Hope made his name by providing hearty, heaping, home-style cooked foods for the other prospectors and their families. Percy Hope’s legacy lives on here at Dirty Skillet.”

Before Jeannine could finish, an idea for a novel was born and less than a year later, Hope City – The Alaskan Adventures of Percy Hope was published. Curious to know more of Percy’s fabulous adventures, Neil wrote Cape Nome as its sequel, and just this year he completed the story of this young man’s journey by publishing Denali, the final book in the Goldfield Trilogy.

With three books in hand, Neil Perry Gordon returned to Hope, the source of his inspiration, to promote the trilogy with a book signing at the Dirty Skillet. Attending the signing was the book cover artist for all three novels—Erica Miller. Erica’s artwork provided just the right tone, offering readers a glimpse to the story within the Goldfield Trilogy.

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“The Greatest Literary Show on Earth!” JLF Colorado Returns to the Boulder Public Library, September 17-18, 2022

Internationally Acclaimed Authors, Scholars, and Poets to Participate In-Person at Iconic Literary Event Celebrating Diversity, Books, Music, and Dialogue

We’re excited to return to an in-person format this year and gather with the community, thanks to Teamwork Arts, the producer of the iconic Jaipur Literature Festival.”

— Jessie Friedman, JLF Colorado Executive Director

BOULDER, COLORADO, USA , July 25, 2022 / — Boulder, CO (July 25, 2022) – The Colorado Chapter of the Jaipur Literature Festival in partnership with Teamwork Arts and the Boulder Public Library, is proud to announce that the Festival is returning to a LIVE format this year. Attendees will participate in back-to-back sessions starting on Saturday, September 17 through Sunday, September 18, 2022, at the Boulder Public Library, located at 1001 Arapahoe Street in Boulder, Colorado.

JLF Colorado is pleased to celebrate this year with the community surrounded by the beauty of the Colorado Rockies and provide attendees with Boulder’s unique energy, excitement, and intellect – something the festival is known for worldwide.

“We’re excited to return to an in-person format this year and gather with the community, thanks to Teamwork Arts, the producer of the iconic Jaipur Literature Festival. JLF Colorado has not had an in-person event since 2019 due to the pandemic. We’re thrilled to be back at the Boulder Public Library and invite everyone in the community to join us in September,” said Jessie Friedman, JLF Colorado Executive Director.

JLF Colorado programming will highlight many diverse topics, including crime-writing, environment, international politics, racial equality and discrimination, entertainment, and fiction. Noted writers will kick off the series each day with special readings from their latest books and conversations on the creative process. Here’s a sneak peek of top authors who will be in person in Boulder:

• Andre Aciman, New York Times Bestselling Author – Call Me by Your Name
• Ahja Fox, Newly Appointed Poet Laureate of Aurora, Colorado
• Gopalkrishna Gandhi, Indian politician & Grandson of Mahatma Gandhi

Gopalkrishna Gandhi is the grandson of the two greatest champions of India’s Independence–Mahatma Gandhi and C. Rajagopalachari. His father Devadas Gandhi, a journalist, was
Mahatma Gandhi’s son. Gopalkrishna Gandhi, born in April 1945, has had a successful career as an acclaimed author, diplomat, and columnist. Gopalkrishna Gandhi will speak on his recent book, Scorching Love: Letters from Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi to His Son, Devadas.

JLF Colorado will present 60+ eminent international and local speakers. A final program will be released soon. For more information on this year’s program, visit
Register for free access to the JLF Colorado Festival, visit

About JLF Colorado:
The internationally renowned Jaipur Literature Festival, named the “greatest literary show on Earth” by Tina Brown, established its Colorado branch, JLF Colorado, in 2015. JLF Colorado is an uplifting celebration of the mind and heart, presenting diverse writers and thinkers from the Americas, Asia, Africa, and Europe. This year, the community will participate in provocative in person conversations about life and society, economics and the arts, equity, freedom, and the care of our planet. JLF Colorado is presented by the nonprofit organization JLF Colorado and Teamwork Arts in association with the Boulder Public Library, the City of Boulder, the Boulder Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Commission on Human Relations. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @belitco.

About Teamwork Arts:
For over 30 years, Teamwork Arts has taken India to the world and brought the world to India, presenting the finest of Indian performers, writers, and visual artists in the cultural and art space in India and abroad. Every year, we produce over 25 performing visual arts and literary festivals in a variety of countries, including Australia, Egypt, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, the UK, the USA, in addition to many eclectic festivals across India. We produce the world’s largest literary gathering: the annual Jaipur Literature Festival; JLF international now travels to the US, UK, Canada, Qatar, and Australia, and we have recently launched a digital series – JLF Brave New World. Our musical extravaganza, Bollywood Love Story – A Musical, continues to tour the world with sold-out shows everywhere it is held. More information at:

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Holocaust Survivor Joe Rubinstein Passes Away at 101

Joe Rubinstein on his 101st birthday, September 16, 2021. Photo by John Pregulman:

Joe Rubinstein holding a copy of the book about his life: Auschwitz #34207 The Joe Rubinstein Story (photo by Crystal Merrill 2019)

Joe Rubinstein holding a copy of the book about his life: Auschwitz #34207 The Joe Rubinstein Story (photo by Crystal Merrill 2019)

Holocaust survivor Joe Rubinstein holding photo of his beloved mother  that he had not seen since he was taken from the Radom, Poland, Ghetto in 1941

Holocaust survivor Joe Rubinstein holding photo of his beloved mother who perished in the Holocaust

“Love Life. Love God. Love each other. That’s all there is.”— Joe Rubinstein

I cannot imagine a world without Joe, but thankfully his life, legacy, and lessons will live on through the example he set for us all. Joe gave us an inspirational map on how to deal with adversity.”

— Author Nancy Sprowell Geise

CASTLE ROCK, CO, UNITED STATES, July 22, 2022 / — Holocaust survivor Joe Rubinstein passed away peacefully in Loveland, Colorado, on July 18, 2022. Joe was the believed to be the oldest known Holocaust survivor in Colorado.

Icek Jakub Rubinsztejn ”Joe Rubinstein” was born on September 16, 1920 in Radom, Poland. After Germany invaded Poland, Joe and his family were sent to the Radom Ghetto in 1941.

Two weeks later, Joe was taken from the ghetto and sent to several concentration camps. Joe never saw his family again. His widowed mother, Reska, his older brother, Dawid, Joe’s identical twin, Chaim, his younger brother, Abram, and younger sister, Laja, were all believed murdered at the Treblinka Death camp following the “liquidation” of the Radom Ghetto in 1942.

“It is my deepest prayer,” said Nancy Sprowell Geise, author of the award-winning book about his life, Auschwitz #34207 – The Joe Rubinstein Story, “that at this moment Joe is in the loving embrace of his beloved family. Although he survived decades without them, they never were far from his thoughts and heart. Even at the age of 101, Joe could not speak of them without weeping.”

Throughout his life, Joe defied the odds. He went on, not only to survive several of the most notorious Nazi concentration camps, including over two years at Auschwitz/Birkenau, but to live a long, productive, and joy-filled life. Joe and his bride, Irene, moved to the United States in 1949. Joe would become one of New York City’s leading shoe designers, working for such iconic companies as Korkease Shoes, Herbert Levine Shoes, Nina Shoes, Gelbrow Shoes, and later in California for Sbicca of California and Cherokee of California.

Joe’s philosophy of living so long: “Eat right, exercise every day and help each other. That’s what I did.”

Geise said, “For nearly 70 years Joe never told anyone about his story because he did not think anything good could come of it. After the book about his life was published, Joe was deeply touched by the many letters and feedback he got from people around the world telling him that if he found a way to live a joy-filled life after losing all he did, then they knew they could find a way to face their troubles.”

Geise is grateful that Joe finally decided to tell his story so that his family of origin will never be forgotten. “He became a voice for many who perished in the Holocaust and did not live to share their stories.”

“He was an inspiration to so many,” Geise said. “He will continue to be an inspiration for future generations about not giving in to despair and not turning to darkness. Instead, Joe saw the best in people. He lived into the idea of how we each have a choice in how we respond to adversity. Joe chose joy.”

Joe is survived by his wife, Irene, of 74 years, a son, daughter-in-law, three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

On his 100th birthday, the City of Fort Collins, Colorado, declared the day “Joe Rubinstein Day.”

Geise said, “Joe told me in one of the last conversations I had with him, that every day he thanks God that he is alive, but that he is ready when God calls him home. Joe loved to remind people that life is precious and that we should never give up on it. I am grateful that he never did.”

To learn more about Joe’s remarkable life: Auschwitz #34207 – The Joe Rubinstein Story

ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1939919120

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Photographer Michael Grecco’s “Days of Punk” Exhibition on Display in Braunton, North Devon, UK and Malaga, Spain

Poison Ivy, The Cramps, 1980 (by Michael Grecco)
Jello Biafra, The Dead Kennedys, 1981 (by Michael Grecco)
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