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Meet the talented artist who created the book cover for "Secrets of an Old Typewriter"! Here is her profile...

Zuzanna Orzel is from Poland & writes on her blog: "Greetings from Poland! I am happy to announce that today already appeared the book 'Secrets of an Old Typewriter' by Susie Duncan Sexton, whose cover is .... strangely familiar. :) If you are interested of buying this books I refer you here And if someone wants to buy the original cover art - I invite you to visit my site here"

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Published on September 26, 2011 06:52 • 191 views • Tags: columbia-city, david-ross, indiana, kelly-huddleston, open-books, secrets-of-an-old-typewriter, susie-duncan-sexton, zuzanna-orzel
Read original post by clicking here and view YouTube video here. Talk of the Town coverage here.

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Interview with Zuzanna Orzel, the cover artist, here.


In Susie Duncan Sexton's follow-up to Secrets of an Old Typewriter, she offers her second essay collection of provocative, funny, and heartwarming/heartbreaking observations. Entitled Misunderstood Gargoyles & Overrated Angels, this volume celebrates the underdogs and the unappreciated among us... and sets its sights on the hypocritical and the hyped among us as well. Through the context of a life fully lived-with an affinity for pop culture, an aversion to small town small-mindedness, and a passion for animal rights-Susie weaves a rich tapestry of punditry and advocacy.

Her son Roy Sexton, a marketing executive as well as semi-professional actor/singer in Southeast Michigan, observes, "My mom loves art, Doris Day, theatre, literature, William Faulkner, musicals, pop culture, Annie Lennox, classic television, movie stars, Kurt Vonnegut, thoughtfulness, kindness, love, wit, words, canasta, conversation, smoking, martinis, Mad Men and mad men, and most of all animals of all shapes and sizes, souls and temperaments. This grab bag of biographical influences (and more!) can be found here-look for the clues, play with the text, and enjoy the images and thoughts offered."

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Anyone who has ever lived in a small town certainly knows that secrets are sometimes not so secret. Duncan Sexton of Columbia City/Fort Wayne, Indiana has tickled the keys of her trusty old typewriter for nearly five decades, and that venerable machine (now actually a Dell desktop computer) continues to reveal its secrets. Duncan Sexton's writings may be about small-town life, but the ideas contained within are expansive.

She currently writes monthly columns "Old Type Writer" for a popular local blog Talk of the Town and "Homeward Angle" for the Columbia City Post and Mail newspaper. She has been a frequent contributor to the literary journal "Moronic Ox," and her poetry was selected by poet Charles Michael Madigan and by Wayne State professor M.L. Liebler to be featured in "Poetic Resonance Imaging: Behind the Door." She also has been featured in Our USA, Writing Raw, Where Writers Write, and InD'tale magazines. Her first book Secrets of an Old Typewriter is currently available as a paperback (as well as download formats) at www.open-bks.com, www.amazon.com, and www.susieduncansexton.com. The follow-up Misunderstood Gargoyles & Overrated Angels will be released October 31. More information about the book including an excerpt and pre-orders is available at www.open-bks.com and www.susieduncansexton.com.

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"I am so overjoyed by where all of this has gone in such a short period of time. And I really want to thank everyone who has supported me along the way," notes Duncan Sexton. "My first love will always be animal rights and I weave those themes somewhere into just about everything I write. However, both books - the first one and this second one - serve as a Valentine of sorts to my loving parents and to my husband and to my son. My mom and dad taught me the transformational power and joy of language and of art and of generosity, and I hope that these books, taken together, leave some small mark on this world consistent with those teachings. Readers will find many references to my parents and to the special lives they led and to the way my husband and I have tried to replicate that with each other and with our son."

Editor and fellow Open Books author Kelly Huddleston observed, "Susie Duncan Sexton is one of a kind! That much was obvious in her debut title with us. Now her old red Royal, from North Carolina's Pilot Life Insurance where her mother worked during the Great Depression, is ready to tell all again in Misunderstood Gargoyles and Overrated Angels. She is in rare form! At a recent author event as part of Ann Arbor, Michigan's Arts and Culture Series, Susie even roasted actress Shirley Jones in a reading from the new book (view YouTube video here). That's the way you do it, Susie!"

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Duncan Sexton will be appearing in Fort Wayne, Indiana on November 9 as part of the Allen County Public Library's 2013 Author Fair from noon to 4 pm More info can be found at http://www.acpl.lib.in.us/. She will also present at an author event on November 17 at 2 pm at the Whitley County Historical Museum in Columbia City, Indiana: http://www.whitleymuseum.com/.

ABOUT SUSIE DUNCAN SEXTON: Susie Duncan Sexton grew up in a very small town, Columbia City, Indiana. After graduating twelfth in her class at Ball State University (winning the first ever John R. Emens award for "most outstanding senior"), she returned to her hometown where she has worked as a teacher, a publicist, a museum curator, and a health lecturer.

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She currently writes monthly columns "Old Type Writer" for a popular local blog Talk of the Town and "Homeward Angle" for the Columbia City Post and Mail newspaper. She has been a frequent contributor to the literary journal "Moronic Ox," and her poetry was selected by poet Charles Michael Madigan and by Wayne State professor M.L. Liebler to be featured in "Poetic Resonance Imaging: Behind the Door." She also has been featured in Our USA, Writing Raw, Where Writers Write, and InD'tale magazines. Her first book Secrets of an Old Typewriter is currently available as a paperback (as well as download formats) at www.open-bks.com, www.amazon.com, and www.susieduncansexton.com. The follow-up Misunderstood Gargoyles & Overrated Angels will be released October 31. More information about the book including an excerpt and pre-orders is available at www.open-bks.com and www.susieduncansexton.com.

Describing her work, Susie says, "I willingly share nostalgic trips to the past as I have now achieved such an old age that no one remains who can question the authenticity of my memory of places, people and events that were very much never what they were cracked up to be."

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New book Misunderstood Gargoyles & Overrated Angels will be released October 31. More information about the book including an excerpt and pre-orders is available at www.open-bks.com and www.susieduncansexton.com.

View YouTube video of me reading from the new book here.

I will be appearing in Fort Wayne, Indiana on November 9 as part of the Allen County Public Library's 2013 Author Fair from noon to 4 pm More info can be found at http://www.acpl.lib.in.us/. I will also present at an author event on November 17 at 2 pm at the Whitley County Historical Museum in Columbia City, Indiana: http://www.whitleymuseum.com/.


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Secrets of an Old Typewriter  Stories from a Smart and Sassy Small Town Girl by Susie Duncan Sexton

Read about movies and nostalgia, animal issues and sociopolitical concerns all discussed in my book Secrets of an Old Typewriter - print and ebook versions available (click the title to order from publisher Open Books' website). Also available in both formats at Amazon.com, or download from iTunes

Meet other like-minded souls at my facebook fan page

Visit my author website at www.susieduncansexton.com

Join a great group of animal advocates Squawk Back: Helping animals when others can't ... Or won't

Secrets of an Old Typewriter: Stories from a Smart and Sassy Small Town Girl
Latest Homeward Angle column - about the joys of my recent book reading event in Ann Arbor, the friends with whom I caught up, and the hijinks that ensued! Plus, info on the upcoming release of my second book Misunderstood Gargoyles and Overrated Angels. View the scanned version here.

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You can view Michael Madigan's photo album of the event (including photos by Michael, Richard Reeves, Rebecca Winder, Don Sexton, and Keith Kleespie) by clicking here - and Richard Reeves' video here.


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"THE OUT-OF-TOWNERS!"


Post & Mail newspaper publisher Rick Kreps accidentally locked himself inside our bathroom 20 years ago. Obviously, we eventually released him with the help of a credit card -- or was it a kitchen knife? I forget. After about a half hour of socializing with other guests on our front porch, we all began to notice Rick's absence. We initially offered to shove food under the door in case our feverish attempts to respond efficaciously -- to his plaintive cries of "help" -- failed. DÉJÀ VU! Columbia City native and realtor, mortician, U. S. Army vet, preacher's kid Keith Kleespie nearly suffered the same fate a couple of weeks ago. Returning home from Ann Arbor, Michigan, we three senior citizens -- Don, Keith and I -- stopped at a Big Boy near the border of the Wolverine State and good ole Indiana. Mr. Kleespie, snoozing all sprawled out filling up the back seat, had seat-belted himself so cozily and thoroughly that we almost summoned a SWAT team to extricate him.

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What a stupendously adventurous afternoon we had all just shared…rolling into Ann Arbor to a divinely open-minded cultural arts center tucked inside a wooded residential area and holding an impressive audience of folks ranging in age from four to at least 97. I immediately hugged Pam Simmons -- perky organizer of the day's events -- and Facebook animal activist pal Kim Elizabeth Johnson as well as several Penny Seats pals o' mine! Michigander Roy, transplanted from Hoosierland, sang his heart out: "The Music of Home" originally crooned by Tony Perkins in the musical "Greenwillow"; "This is the Life" from "Golden Boy" starring Sammy Davis, Jr.; "Ben" a super sensation about a kid and a rat -- made popular by Michael Jackson; "Send in the Clowns"; "Little Tin Box" -- dealing with political corruption -- from "Fiorello"; "Corner of the Sky" a wistful "Pippin" number, and John Lennon's "Imagine". His introduction of his Ma, "The Old Type…Writer", included all of those glorious melodies with which he masterfully summarized my life and likes. Stunning, talented Rebecca Biber accompanied him on a Clavinova. Bravo!

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Next! My turn! I hobbled to the podium and introduced my "props" (and "characters"!) which included both Keith and Don for starters…then pulled from my pocket a beaming Shirley Jones button and lanyard. I read aloud my rather (gently) acerbic essay, "Me and Shirley…Shirley Jones", praying that Ms. Jones, in the exact same vicinity for her own book signing, would be nowhere nearby to stumble onto my performance! Honestly, the two of us "dueling divas" -- as Facebook friend Beth Kennedy (author of the blog I Didn't Have My Glasses On) dubbed Shirl and Susie -- in the same place at the same time for a second occasion within two years? Now what would be the odds of that? My 2011 piece, published in the Post & Mail, alleges that Shirley treats her female fans a bit brashly and dismissively while charmingly batting her false eyelashes at the "gentlemen callers" lining up to "meet and greet"!

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Little did I realize that I'd be video-taped for posterity by a delightful artist named Richard Reeves. I -- and LOTS of human beings -- have watched and re-watched that recent posting on Facebook. I ain't viral, but I have attracted a bit of a following, including Neil Simon? No, not THAT Neil Simon -- but a writer nonetheless. Since I may be the love-child of Jonathan Winters and Bob Hope, it took me 20 minutes to wade through my seven paragraphs. I offered up outrageous faces, wildly gestured, and seemed to be channeling pianist Victor Borge who'd regale audiences with a couple of measures of a tune, then prattle on about something or other only to reclaim his piano bench, flip out the tails of his tuxedo jacket, and resume another measure and a half prior to wandering repeatedly toward the microphone to gab and gesticulate further. Guess what? Accidental stand-up improvisational comedy is far more thrilling than living out one's life poised in front of a keyboard of whatever variety.

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"How ya gonna keep 'em down on the farm, after they've seen Par -- ee?" Not that I don't respect and revere the community into which I got born and have inhabited on and off -- for what may be centuries --, but once I get invited out of town to enjoy a ripple of applause, to witness several sincere encouraging smiles, to acknowledge what might be categorized loosely as "gales" of laughter, and to top such revelry off dining at Paesano's Italian Restaurant, it's tough to concentrate on "patching the roof, pitching the hay…feeding the turtle and walking the pig" (lyrics from the "Pippin" musical, again!) I admit I love the bright lights of show biz, even though my "opening act", deftly delivered by brilliant baritone/impresario Roy "Mario Lanza" Sexton, outdid my concoction of an offering by a country mile, to be perfectly honest! As theater critic Walter Kerr once wrote, I "had delusions of adequacy."

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Postscript: During our giddy afternoon replete with Roy's and Susie's dual performances/book signing ably assisted by John Mola/ introduction of my next book "More Secrets of an Old Typewriter -- Misunderstood Gargoyles & Overrated Angels" available October 31st (www.susieduncansexton.com) /, a glorious outdoor sign and clever indoor posters/ a scrumptious personalized cake via Marla Rondo and a variety of cheeses, I met a charming fellow named Michael "Chuck" Madigan who'd published several of my poems in a magnificent anthology "Poetic Resonance Imaging: Behind the Door". I shook hands with a handsome "Detroit Free Press" reporter! In addition, I was overwhelmed that Terry Branoff, the son of Ronald Reagan's White House secretary, brought a gift of top 'o the line jelly beans to thank me for my previous "Post & Mail" column entitled "Reagan's Jelly Beans Result in Treasure" and asked that I provide an autograph for his mom! Book signings can be a hoot! Hopefully, across town, "Mrs. Partridge", allowing bygones to be bygones, enjoyed as delightful an afternoon as I did! This just in: My book's press release gained an early honor as one of "Broadway World's" … "hottest articles" overshadowing "Duck Dynasty's Si-Cology", an Ayn Rand related treatise, a discussion of Jim Henson's art and life, and a movie starring Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep herself? Mercy, the month of September treated me quite well indeed! Hopefully, Meryl won't be too disappointed…


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thanks for the comments!

Beth Kennedy: "ooh, thanks for the shoutout, son and mother - one of the dueling divas!"

Neil Simon: "'I ain't viral, but I have attracted a bit of a following, including Neil Simon? No, not THAT Neil Simon -- but a writer nonetheless.' and I am very honored to be in there!"

Rebecca Biber: "Thanks! Nice recap of our madcap - I was way too excited about the Victor Borge reference, btw. I have always wanted to be him a little."

Mary Shaull: "an amazing woman!"

Carole Craft: "Susie never runs out of material, and good material at that! I enjoy it all."

Carol Baker: "Susie, you had me at 'delusions of adequacy'. Aaah... kindred spirits."

John Mola: "I just KNEW that I was an able assistant! What a great column!"

Amber Hoffman: "Thanks! Always enjoy!"

Kim Elizabeth Johnson: "I see I am mentioned here! Very sweet of your mom!"

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New book Misunderstood Gargoyles & Overrated Angels will be released October 31. More information about the book including an excerpt and pre-orders is available at www.open-bks.com and www.susieduncansexton.com.

View YouTube video of me reading from the new book here.

I will be appearing in Fort Wayne, Indiana on November 9 as part of the Allen County Public Library's 2013 Author Fair from noon to 4 pm More info can be found at http://www.acpl.lib.in.us/. I will also present at an author event on November 17 at 2 pm at the Whitley County Historical Museum in Columbia City, Indiana: http://www.whitleymuseum.com/.


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Secrets of an Old Typewriter  Stories from a Smart and Sassy Small Town Girl by Susie Duncan Sexton

Read about movies and nostalgia, animal issues and sociopolitical concerns all discussed in my book Secrets of an Old Typewriter - print and ebook versions available (click the title to order from publisher Open Books' website). Also available in both formats at Amazon.com, or download from iTunes

Meet other like-minded souls at my facebook fan page

Visit my author website at www.susieduncansexton.com

Join a great group of animal advocates Squawk Back: Helping animals when others can't ... Or won't

Secrets of an Old Typewriter: Stories from a Smart and Sassy Small Town Girl
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