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Some are Born Free

by Marc Livanos Everybody knows everyone. When you do something, the telephone lines light up like a Friday night football field. It is early spring, so most trains just pass this town on their way to Chicago. Old men sit on benches catching-up on bushels of corn, sorghum and winter…

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The Penmen Profile: Fiction Writer Julie Buntin

by Rebecca LeBoeuf Julie Buntin debuted her first book, “Marlena: A Novel,” in April. Buntin explores weighty topics including love, addiction and loss in the lives of two teenage girls. “‘Marlena’ slayed me,” bestseller Anton DiSclafani said in response to the book. “Gorgeously written, with a sense of place so…

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Author Michael Alden Wants You to Get More

by Pamme Boutselis New author Michael Alden is the CEO and founder of Blue Vase Marketing. He has taken the lessons learned in his own hardscrabble climb to success and developed a book to help others move forward in their own lives. Alden’s book, “Ask More, Get More,” will be…

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