There are few things in this life that make me happier than seeing a friend share his gifts with the world. I was privileged to watch it all unfold again, at Donald Levin's book launch event for Cold Dark Lies, the latest installment of the Martin Preuss Mysteries.
Held at the creatively conceived Color & Ink Gallery in Hazel Park, this was a wonderful event filled with art, music and literature. Sunshine streamed in the gigantic windows, laughter from friends and family filled the space, music rocked the rafters, and we reveled in storytelling at its finest.
Donald read just enough from the book to give us the flavor of the novel, and become enticed by the story, without giving it all away. He read several passages, and even shared a section about my favorite character, Toby, Martin Pruess' son.
After the reading, the audience asked questions and what could have easily been a compelling course on the craft of writing, given Donald's history as a college professor... it was far better. Instead, we delighted in a comfortable conversation with friends about mystery, life, love, and the element of surprise.
After a brief intermission, and some snacks, we were thrilled by the musical talents of Donald and his author pal, Thomas Galasso. With three pieces that were representative of the novel, we enjoyed acoustic guitar and banjo; with Thomas offering vocals. This certainly was not your average book launch party... but then, Donald Levin is not your average author!
There were two major highlights of the day for me... first, I bought an authorgraphed copy of the book (yes, I'm a serious fan... squeeee!)
Second, after the party tapered down, Donald and Thomas allowed me to get up close and personal with their music. You see, being deaf in my left ear means that I hear the world differently... Donald allowed me to feel his music by placing my hand on the guitar as he played. Truly a gift I will always cherish!
Thank you, Donald Levin for a tremendously entertaining afternoon! I wish you continued success and I eagerly await your next literary adventure!
Visit Donald Levin's website HERE to learn about ordering his book and upcoming events where you can meet him.
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