Pacific Grove, CA Author Publishes Poetry

It’s About Time, a new book by Tom Firek, has been released by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc.

It’s About Time is an odyssey through history, geography, geology, geometry, and home spun philosophy. In its poems, you will discover contagious compliments of characters, events, and places delivered with levity through Firek’s own particular imagery. From Plato to baseball to panning for gold, It’s About Time presents image-rich, narrative poems that explore themes of time, identity, and everything in between.

About the Author

As a child, Tom Firek enjoyed sports such as baseball, football, and wrestling, but he turned down opportunities to pursue athletics beyond high school to concentrate on education. After 8 years in college while working in factories and steel mills of Detroit, Firek decided to reject the idea of a degree and begin a career in retail. He spent thirty-two years as a small business owner in the retail and construction field before retiring and working as an independent construction inspector and expert witness for the State of California and special interest clients.

Firek became an avid reader from the time he learned to read and developed an interest in writing years later as an inspector investigating and writing reports. The discoveries and reflection afforded through investigative report writing whetted his appetite to communicate through writing, and he stumbled into poetry writing by accident when, as a lark, he attempted to rhyme a story in the same genre of Longfellow’s “Paul Revere’s Ride.” This experiment resulted in his first piece, “The Chase,” which appears in this collection. As a consequence, he has become totally, unabashedly, head-over-heels consumed by writing poetry. He currently resides on the Central Coast of California with his wife and Havanese dog.

It’s About Time is a 100-page paperback with a retail price of $12.00 (eBook $7.00). The ISBN is 978-1-6366-1473-1. It was published by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For members of the press, to request a review copy, visit our virtual pressroom at or to buy the book visit our online bookstore at


Coconut Grove Arts Festival To “Paint Outside The Lines” With New Elements In 2022

Each year, the Coconut Grove Arts Festival (CGAF) expands its collection of artists to provide people with a broader perspective and endless layers of artistic meaning. Festival organizers theoretically began putting paintbrush to canvas as they started planning the 58th iteration of the festival. They weren’t afraid to “Paint Outside the Lines” with the addition of newer elements meant to offer inspiration in a more inclusive and interactive festival that’s accepting of all art forms, allowing guests to be in touch with all their senses. “This festival is rated among the top-three outdoor art fairs in the country by Sunshine Artists. Their metric is based on actual art sales and voted by the artists themselves,” said Nathan Kurland, CGAF chair.

Coconut Grove will be infused with over 300 jury-selected artists on Presidents’ Day weekend 2022. Large-scale art activations spanning across 15 mediums, ranging from classic and contemporary to the unconventional and eccentric, will line the streets of Coconut Grove overlooking Biscayne Bay. “Our devotion to the celebration of art has always been front and center as we bring together the finest artists to showcase their work. All art lovers and collectors are encouraged to take the opportunity to interact with the artists and take home a creation that will not only enhance their home but will forever conjure the memory of their time at our festival in the charming village of Coconut Grove,” said CGAF president and CEO, Monty Trainer.

World-renowned artist, David Le Batard, better known as Lebo, has been invited to be the 2022 commemorative poster artist. His ability to pull from a broad spectrum of creative mediums including, murals, paintings and sculptures, makes him the ideal creative choice to convey this all-encompassing experience.

Tickets go on sale online on Black Friday, November 26, 2021. The 2022 sponsors include Bayside Marketplace, Blue Moon, Peroni, LaCroix, NBC6, Telemundo51, MDC – Miami Culinary Institute, The Ritz-Carlton, Hotel Arya, The Mutiny Hotel, Picture Perfect, Miss Merch, Coconut Grove Sailing Club, Refine Health & VitaliTEA. The following new elements will be part of the experience:

• The Stacks – In place of a traditional stage at Peacock Park, the festival has built a six-container-high pyramid serving as a crow’s nest for the resident DJ and musical performances. The Stacks double as a giant canvas where muralists will be painting these containers throughout the festival weekend, giving the music a unique and colorful interactive element.

• The Inner Artist – Who doesn’t want to tap into their inner Picasso? That’s where the Inner Artist experience at Regatta Park will quench their thirst for creative expression. It’s where people can create their own art, encounter unique art styles and immerse themselves within the art for that perfect Instagram-able moment.

• The Collectors’ Club – If you are serious about art, you need to be part of this club! The Collectors’ Club is the oasis within festival grounds, offering complimentary cocktails and bites, an art concierge and private restrooms – all nestled in air-conditioned comfort; access to The Collectors’ Club will be limited and available online only.

• Kitchen Combat – Gone are the days of boring cooking demos. Kitchen Combat pits the best chefs and mixologists in the Grove against chefs from other parts of South Florida in what can only be described as “The Grove versus the World!” The combat arena will feature giant LED screens to watch all the head-to-head action in hi-definition. If you’re lucky enough to be in the audience, you will be given the task of voting for the winner of each round of combat.

Saturday, February 19 – Monday, February 21, 2022.

The streets of Coconut Grove.

Admission is $20 per person per day and can be purchased at

The Coconut Grove Arts Festival is not just about art; it’s also the social event of the year. Over 120,000 attendees from across the region pass through the gates of The Coconut Grove Arts Festival to experience one of the nation’s top outdoor, fine-arts festivals that dates to 1963. This iconic South Florida event presents more than 300 internationally recognized artists who were selected during a blind-jury process based solely on artistic merit. The jury panel is comprised of collectors, influencers, and educators in the local arts community. Original pieces are displayed in the following categories: mixed media, painting, photography, digital art, printmaking & drawing, watercolor, ceramics, glass, fiber, jewelry & metalwork, sculpture and wood. It offers culinary experiences and has featured celebrity chefs including Giorgio Rapicavoli, Ralph Pagano, and Allen Susser. The festival has been honored to have some of the world’s premier artists officially create the commemorative poster, including Romero Britto, Guy Harvey, Clyde Butcher, Maria Reyes Jones, Jacqueline Roch, Xavier Cortada, Rick Garcia, Lisa Remeny, and Alexander Mijares to name a few.

The festival is operated by the 501(c)(3) Coconut Grove Arts & Historical Association and produced by EngageLive, LLC. Proceeds go towards funding year-round arts programs and scholarships benefitting 20 graduating seniors from local public magnet arts high schools each year. The association also maintains the Coconut Grove Arts Festival Gallery and presents special exhibitions throughout the year at Mayfair in the Grove.

Inver Grove Heights, MN Author Publishes Spy Novel

The Crude Killer: A Spike Eastman Novel, a new book by Mick Burkard, has been released by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc.

Spike Eastman is former Air Force finance and intelligence officer and CIA operative for the early years of the war on terror in Afghanistan. Spike now has a comfortable life with his wife Shauntel, a successful entrepreneur in her own right, as an executive at an international construction materials company. Their idyllic life of ten years is about to be tossed into the fray as a new and deadly virus emerges shortly after the defeat of COVID-19, the Mega-Acute Respiratory Virus, or MARV, which claims the life of his mother.

The sudden onset of MARV and loss of his mother drives Spike to investigate the origin of the virus. Through the assistance of an old classmate who works with the CDC, Spike learns of some unsettling anomalies, leading him to call in the aid of Shauntel and Jimmy Celestini, a successful hacker. They discover a Russian oil oligarch, Boris Fedderov, is responsible for MARV’s creation and spread.

Tim Blust, Spike’s former recruiter from the CIA, attempts to recruit Spike for a special mission to track down Fedderov. However, Spike decides this is a mission he needs to complete on his own and sets off for Russia to find Fedderov and bring him to justice.

About the Author
Mick Burkard and his wife Sandy live in Minnesota. They enjoy traveling, visiting their grown children in San Diego, and walking their Golden Retriever. Burkard serves on the boards of the local youth football association and NaVOBA, a national veteran’s entrepreneur non-profit.

The Crude Killer: A Spike Eastman Novel is a 316-page paperback with a retail price of $21.00 (eBook $16.00). The ISBN is 978-1-6366-1393-2. It was published by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For members of the press, to request a review copy, visit our virtual pressroom at or to buy the book visit our online bookstore at

Cedar Grove, NC Author Publishes Suspense Novel

Angel Stones, a new book by D. Davis, has been released by Newman Springs Publishing, Inc.

In Angel Stones, time has come for another step in mans never ending development. The problem is, governments, some organized religions and technology stand in the way and must be dealt with. The story centers around Bill, a spiritually disillusioned engineer, David, freelance reporter with a cat named Satan, a woman with an unknown past, and a widowed American Indian. Their lives are profoundly changed, directly and indirectly by a spiritual individual, only known as Adam, who, at various times, gives them small pure white stones that radiate energy and feel warm to the touch. All are being watched by two separate shadowy government operatives. Also watching is an unforeseen outside entity that steps in to alleviate all problems.

Angel Stones can be read and enjoyed by almost any age. After reading it you may find yourself looking at the world and life in a slightly different way. Read at your own risk.

About the Author
D. Davis is the youngest of four brothers. His father abandoned the family when he was very young, so the four boys grew up a little on the rough side and were raised by a hard-working mother. After marrying his high school girl friend Donald worked as a mechanical designer for numerous companies, wrote and illustrated technical manuals at one. Donald taught high school for several years and retired from the NC department of transportation. He also taught martial arts, enjoyed sailing and is a reasonably good pen and ink artist. Donald now enjoys country living with his wife, dog and 2 cats. He now, as always, looks at life from a slightly different prospective.

Angel Stones is a 294-page paperback with a retail price of $18.95. It is also available as an eBook. The ISBN is 978-1640965232. It is available on,, and Apple Books. For more information and links to buy the book please visit the author’s website at