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Angels, Thieves, and Winemakers: Second Edition by Joseph Mills

Press 53
$14.95, paperback
ISBN: 978-0979304996
September, 2015
Available from your local bookstore or

"To Joseph Mills a glass of wine reveals a little of 'the almost infinite risk in being who we are.' Angels, Thieves, and Winemakers is, then, a collection of revelations, truths to be found in and about wine. Witty, mordant, melancholy, funny, these bright poems fix and illumine the many moods we may encounter in a bottle of happy red. I shall recommend this volume most heartedly, saying, 'Here, I think this / will help make things a little better.'"
—Fred Chappell, former North Carolina poet laureate

“ is a must-have for all wine lovers. No ideology here, just perspective. Mills has a keen sense for why wine is so improbably important to so many of us, and on page after page, the wine lover will say, 'Oh yes, that's me.'"
—Dave McIntyre, Washington Post

“In writing about wine, Joe's sensitivity, humility, creativity, and imagery are perhaps the closest I've come to experiencing wine, without actually drinking it.”
—Nikitas Magel from VintnerReviews


A full wine rack
is a Saturday morning,
the first day of summer vacation
a tank of gas,
a promise of good dinners
and future celebrations.

Look, the shelves say,
There's plenty,
Don't worry.
You're safe.

Joseph Mills grew up in Indiana, and, in the first thirty years of his life, he kept moving farther and farther West, earning literature degrees at the University of Chicago, University of New Mexico, and the University of California, Davis. He spent a year in Bordeaux where he met his wife, and, after living for a couple years in the San Francisco Bay area, they moved to North Carolina. Joe teaches at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where he holds an endowed chair, the Susan Burress Wall Distinguished Professorship in the Humanities. In addition to his five poetry collections, he is the co-author (with wife Daniele Tarmey) of A Guide to North Carolina’s Wineries. He also edited A Century of the Marx Brothers.

You Don't Know Jack by Don Ross

W&B Publishers
$17.99, paperback / $3.99, e-book
ISBN: 978-0692274231
September, 2014
Fiction: Humor
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"This book, that was going to be all about me, is not about me at all, per se. It’s about per sons I know or knew or might have known. It’s not an in depth biographical character study as one might expect from a writer of my depth and per sona. Indeed, I’ve taken quite a large tad of literary license since discovering that 'telling it like it is' isn’t (is isn’t?) always the best way to write a true story. If truth were told, writing fiction is probably closer to my true per suasion. Therefore, some of what I’m writing here and now and hereafter is, frankly, made up."

While newspaper reporter Jack Odum's inability to stick to the facts, accurately quote sources and use only accepted English words and phrases gets him fired (again), it presents the time and opportunity for him to become the best selling novelist he knows he is. Jack’s cocksure attitude, unorthodox writing style, family dynamics, and a slight psychological problem result in a work a publishing company deems both unworthy of paper and ink yet highly publishable farce? The setting is a Thanksgiving family reunion in the North Carolina Mountains attended by numerous, humorous, relatable characters. The book is Jack’s manuscript submitted to a publishing company with the attitude that, with very little help from the editors, his novel is ready for print. Jack gives us his take on life in coastal and mountainous North Carolina, family and friends, the state of journalism, and the easy act of becoming an award-winning author.

Don Ross is a former broadcaster taking his first steps into the print world. For thirty of his forty plus years in journalism, he wrote feature news as a reporter at WTVD-TV in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. He had a ninety-second time slot each night to present amusing off-beat stories that earned him a local reputation as a humorist and led to several AP, UPI, RTNDA, and regional Emmy awards and nominations. His first attempts at humor writing were at his first real TV job at WTAJ in Altoona, Pennsylvania, where he always volunteered to write a “kicker” to end the newscast on a light note. The Altoona TV job was offered after he covered news for WFBG Radio in Altoona while simultaneously obtaining a degree in International Politics from Penn State. His plans to become a foreign correspondent never panned out but he satisfies a desire for foreign travel by going abroad at least once a year. He developed an interest in world affairs and international travel during a four-year stint in the Air Force where he was a D.J. and news broadcaster with The American Forces Radio and Television Service in Pakistan and Italy. He qualified for AFRTS thanks to his experience deejaying and news reading and writing at his hometown radio station, WCPA, in Clearfield, Pennsylvania. Retired now, he lives in Wrightsville Beach with his wife, Mary, who he met while stationed in Italy forty years ago. He has two children who live in the Charlotte area and they have each given Don and his wife two grandchildren.

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