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In the spirit of the holidays, publisher Open Books will be holding a special charity drive in honor of Hoosier author Susie Duncan Sexton’s paperback release Secrets of an Old Typewriter. Open Books will donate $1 to the Symphony Animal Foundation for every copy sold between December 6 and 9 from all online retailers ( Sexton, an ardent animal rights proponent dedicates a section of the book to the important role that animals and animal rescue have played in her life. Secrets of an Old Typewriter (ISBN 9781452414003) was released in paperback in early September. The prior year, the book was released in a digital edition for all eReaders including Kindle and Nook. Join our event page by clicking here.

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Symphony Animal Foundation (SAF) was founded by Laraine Russo Harper and was inspired by and is named in memory of her two St. Bernards, “Beethoven” and “Mozart”. Beethoven worked as a therapy dog for 8 years, and passed at the age of 14 1/2 years. Mozart died of bone cancer at age of 11. Symphony Animal Foundation is a no kill facility which provides a safe haven for all animals.

SAF board member Bob Wannberg commented, “This is so very appreciated! Our five acre facility just opened, and we should be able to handle at least 100 animals or so. Our ten acre permanent facility has pads already down, we already have horses at the five acre, one-year lease facility, and someone is living on the property full-time. This will help us tremendously as we need food, supplies, etc... what we had has been greatly diminished because of taking care of our fosters. We also are very short on spay/neuter. This support and awareness mean the world to us!”

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To participate in this event, order Secrets of an Old Typewriter in paperback from any online retailer between December 6 and 9. At the conclusion of the event, Open Books will tally the books sold during that period and send a contribution to the Symphony Animal Foundation. The gift will be made in memory of Bob’s late brother, the Los Angeles-based poet Scott Wannberg.

Susie Duncan Sexton grew up in 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 Columbia City where she has worked as a teacher, a museum curator, a publicist and a health lecturer.

Open Books publisher David Ross noted, “We are thrilled to be part of this effort, and I would add that Susie’s book is perfect for gift-giving. She covers the waterfront from classic film to Baby Boomer nostalgia to small-town American life to politics and celebrities as well as her first love: animal rights. This book of essays is fun reading for all!”

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She currently writes monthly columns Old Type Writer for local blog Talk of the Town and Homeward Angle for the Columbia City Post and Mail newspaper. She has contributed to the literary journal Moronic Ox, and her poetry was selected by Wayne State professor M.L. Liebler to be featured in Poetic Resonance Imaging: Behind the Door. She also has been featured in Writing Raw and InD'tale magazines. Her first book Secrets of an Old Typewriter (ISBN 9781452414003) was released as an ebook by Open Books ( in September 2011, and the book has now been issued in paperback (September 2012).

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neat comments!

Margaret Deardoff Stepp: "Met Ms. Duncan-Sexton in Fairmount at the James Dean Festival. Instantly loved her!!! Absolutely enjoying Secrets of an old Typewriter. Thanks, Susie!(She even signed my book!!!)"

Patricia Sheridan: "I can't wait to get my copy!!! I am looking forward to reading it! Thank you, Susie and Open Books!!!"

InD'Tale Magazine: "Yay!! Thanks, Roy! And, please send Susie our love!"

Bob Wannberg: "Roy and Susie, thank you so much for thinking of Scott and I and offering this fantastic event in his memory to Symphony, our 'No Kill' Animal Foundation; the help is so much appreciated and needed; and I thank you for all you do for the animals everywhere!"

Laura Papp Gater: "This is perfect! I knew I didn't buy your book Saturday night for a good reason (other than the fact that I had no money! lol) ... so I will buy it to benefit the animals!"

Colleen Martin Houston Landay, Director Of Volunteers for Symphony Animal Foundation: "Hey everyone, jump up and buy this book! What a great Lady for giving to SAF...Thank You, Susie!"

Scott Eggers: "Great cause! One of our products for 2013, Designer Skin 'Charmed' signifies our cruelty-free philosophy when building products. A portion of every bottle sold is going to a local Humane Society in the name of animal lovers everywhere."

Julie Jo: "I will definitely make a purchase on that date ♥"

Eddie Wyatt: "What a great photo! LOVE it."

Nancy Hartman: "Hi Susie, love your picture!"

Pam Wong: "Love this picture!!"

Mary Shaull: "Wow! She's famous! Proud of her and of you for being her main cheerleader....GREAT photo! Cool car. Cool T-Shirt, Even the shoes and jeans are exactly perfect. OMG we even dress alike!"

Laraine Russo Harper: "Roy and Susie: I can't thank you enough for helping Symphony's cause. I am anxiously awaiting the purchase of Secrets of an Old Typewriter. On behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves, thanks again!"

Trish McGinty: "‎...I just want to tell you I really appreciate all the amazing things you do... ♥"

Myla Ofima Sumabat: "You are the most, Susie Sexton!"

Stephanie Simpson: "Thanks for the post!! Beautiful message!!!!!!"


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