|For Immediate Release: July 20, 2005|
|At a recent gathering in Hull, Massachusetts,
in what may have been the
first "bookless book signing," Andy Plotkin signed brochures depicting the
cover of his forthcoming book, "The Red Sox and the Devil's Handmaiden"
(ISBN 1-4137-8799-1). A twist of the "Damn Yankees" story, Plotkin's debut
work interweaves themes of contemporary society and ancient religious
morality against the backdrop of last fall's stunning upset by the Red Sox of its perennial Yankees nemesis, and the team's subsequent long-elusive World Series win.
| In this magical realism tale, a devout Red
Sox fan must come to grips
with his religious roots in order to prevent his own death and that of a
fellow fan. All the while, he tries to ensure the Red Sox victory--and to
prevent World War Three--even as he tries valiantly to free the Devil's
favorite handmaiden from more than five and half millennia of servitude so that she can ascend to Heaven.
| Millie Brown Clarkson, author of "Low Stress Fitness," says, "Andy's
writing brings universal appeal to quirky situations, blending poignancy,
humor, and insight into delightful literary concoctions." Racha Mourtada,
the editor of www.umbrellastories.com,
has this to say of Plotkin's writing:
"Andy's work is infused with an endearing sense of whimsy and nostalgia.
Often drawing on the touchingly personal, it also veers towards the surreal
and the magical."
|Says the author, "I think anyone who follows
Sox fans--as well as anyone wanting to know more about the famous women in
the Old Testament, will enjoy this book. Devotees of Boston's renowned
Durgin Park Restaurant will also want to read this book, since a major scene
takes place there."
| Publish America, Inc., one of the U.S.A.'s
largest publishers, will
release the book on August 29th. Located in Baltimore, Publish America
publishes more than 3,000 books a year.
| Andy Plotkin, 58, was born in Brookline,
Massachusetts, and resided in
the Boston area, including Boston, Arlington, and Sharon, for 33 years,
during which time he spent many summers in Hull. He lived short periods of
time in Presque Isle, Maine; Shreveport, Louisiana; and San Antonio, Texas.
Plotkin earned three degrees at Boston University, his last a doctorate in sociology.
| Currently, Plotkin resides in Palm Beach
Gardens, Florida, and is the
CEO of the Edna Hibel Gallery in Boynton Beach, and a trustee of the Hibel
Museum of Art in Jupiter, Florida. He has just completed "Cry of the
Rainforest," a spy novel set in Malaysia, for which he is seeking an agent.
Additional information about Plotkin and his forthcoming book may beobtained by visiting www.andyplotkin.com.
|For more information, interviews, book signings, and review copies, please
contact: Andy Plotkin 1-800-835-0131;
America, Inc. (301) 695-1707; or