Broadway Baby by Russell Miller & Judith Proffer

Broadway Baby is a whimsical love letter to Broadway. Our leading role, Baby, dreams of becoming a star. Those dreams take us on a truly theatrical journey from his crib to the playground to the heart of New York City, with nods to many elements that make live theatre so special.

Through beautiful illustrations, this picture book celebrates the importance of how theatre inspires creativity. It encourages children and Broadway lovers of all ages to create and be whatever you want to be, whoever you are, wherever you are, and reminds the readers that even the loftiest of dreams can come true. The book celebrates the importance of theatre and creativity – inclusive and accessible.

Broadway Baby will be released on November 8, 2022, published by Meteor 17 Books. It is currently available for pre-sale on Amazon.



About the Authors:

Russell Miller is a theater producer, predominantly in the running of large and prolific commercial theaters, sports and entertainment venues. Previously as a Senior International Business Director, Russell operated 12 regional UK theatres and 10 West End theatres in London. He has overseen productions including the West End revival of ‘Guys & Dolls’ with Ewan McGregor, Patrick Swayze and Don Johnson. He also oversaw the opening of ‘On the Town’ and Cirque du Soleil’s Broadway debut hit musical, ‘Paramour’, both performed at the Lyric Theatre, Broadway’s second largest theater.

Judith A. Proffer founded Huqua Press, a division of Meteor 17 Books. Previously, Judith spent 25 years with press media (LA Weekly, OC Weekly, Village Voice Media, and Sun Community Newspaper.) She is the editor of I Hope You Dance, The Power of Spirit and Song, and co-authored When We Stayed Home. Proffer has been named one of the leading “Women Who Make A Difference” in the Southern California Community and has taught writing workshops to children, adults and incarcerated at-risk youths. She teamed with Hollywood Caterer, Gwen Kenneally, to establish Magpie Mini Pies, with proceeds benefiting local non-profits.

Iconic Song “American Pie” Inspires Children’s Book “Don McLean’s American Pie: A Fable”

🎶 bye-bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee
But the levee was dry
Them good old boys were drinking whiskey and rye
Singing, “This’ll be the day that I die”
This will be the day that I die 🎶

Don McLean is one of America’s most enduring singer-songwriters and is forever associated with his classic hit “American Pie.”

He recently released a children’s book “American Pie: A Fable” inspired by the hit song. “American Pie: A Fable” tells the story of a young boy’s journey to uncover his passion for music.

“Don McLean’s American Pie: A Fable” weaves themes from the iconic song with experiences from McLean’s early life.

“As ‘American Pie’ celebrates 50 years, I’m very happy to have a children’s book based on the premise of the song,” McLean said. “Everyone has a different interpretation of it. Releasing this fable brings another perspective to the lyrics, along with some backstory for when I wrote it. I hope every child gets to imagine in their own mind what ‘American Pie’ means to them and know that dreams can become reality.”

“Don McLean’s American Pie: A Fable” is the story of a newspaper delivery boy in the late 1950s who discovers the joy of friendship and music, eventually learning that when you recognize what makes you happy, you are never truly alone.


Don McLean is a Grammy award honoree, a Songwriter Hall of Fame member, a BBC Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, and his smash hit “American Pie” resides in the Library of Congress National Recording Registry and was named by the Recording Industry of America (RIAA) a top 5 song of the 20th Century. A New York native, Don McLean is one of the most revered and respected songwriters in American history. TO learn more, go to

Easy Plant-Based Cooking for Two: Delicious Vegan Recipes to Enjoy Together

The Perfect Plant-Based Cookbook for Small Households

In Easy Plant-Based Cooking for Two: Delicious Vegan Recipes to Enjoy Together, chef Lei Shishak shares 80 extraordinarily delicious meat-free recipes for pairs. From morning beverages to baked goods, breakfast to lunch, mid-day snacks to sides, dinner to dessert, this book is a must-have for plant-forward enthusiasts, plant-based dieters, vegans, veg-curious, and anyone in between!

All 80 mouthwatering recipes are perfectly portioned for two but can also work for larger households where varied eating preferences often exist. Small-batch cooking isn’t complicated or restrictive. It cuts down on waste (and waist!) and leads to greater variety in meals. Get ready to start your small-batch, plant-based journey with recipes, including:

  • Kiwi Kale Smoothie
  • Nut and Seed Granola
  • Blackberry Thyme French Toast
  • Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad
  • Mushroom Pâté en Baguette
  • Sweet Potato Tacos
  • Sesame Soba Bowl
  • Stuffed Jerk Poblanos
  • Chickpea Mulligatawny Soup
  • Miso Green Beans
  • Rye Raisin Scones
  • Chocolate Layer Cake
  • and more!

Easy Plant-Based Cooking for Two will help you make delicious sweet and savory plant-based recipes in just the right quantities. So whether you’re newly married, flying solo, BFFs, roommates, empty-nesters, or one in a large crowd, get ready to say goodbye to endless leftovers and hello to a new, delicious plant-based dish every day.

“This book is destined to make your taste buds happy and become a cherished kitchen companion!” —Evelisse Capó, PharmD, DipACLM

“Lei offers a guide to plant‑based eating that’s approachable, fun, and delicious. This book is full of back‑pocket, big‑flavor recipes that everyone from the baker to the meal prepper will return to again and again.” —Lizzy Briskin, food editor at Real Simple

“A beautiful cookbook that combines delectable, nutrient-dense foods in imaginative ways to produce the most delicious meals for two.” —Kim Campbell, chef, and author of PlantPure Nation, PlantPure Kitchen, and PlantPure Comfort Cookbooks

“This cookbook is a real page‑turner . . . From Asian‑inspired cuisine to Italian, your taste buds will not get bored. Even if you don’t follow a vegan diet, you will find ways to incorporate these vegetable‑forward recipes into your life.” —April Murray‑Kelly, RDN Owner of OC Nutrition Coaching

“Breaking down the barrier between ‘plant‑based food’ and ‘everyday food,’ Lei Shishak proves that a meal without meat is far from lacking. . . . At the end of the day, it’s just great food, period.” —Hannah Kaminsky, author of Real Food Really Fast, The Student Vegan Cookbook, and many more


LEI SHISHAK is the author of multiple cookbooks and a CIA-trained chef with a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies. After heading pastry kitchens at notable LA and Orange County restaurants, Lei founded Sugar Blossom Bake Shop in San Clemente, CA, and has been featured in People, Riviera Magazine, Sunset Magazine, Los Angeles Daily News, and many more media outlets. She is a food editor at AllRecipes and has penned for Munchery.


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Poetry at the Point – Poetry Reading with Katerina Canyon – in Saint Louis, MO

Join us in-person at Poetry at the Point in Saint Louis, MO for a poetry reading with Katerina Canyon on October 25, 2022 at 7:30PM CDT.

Poetry at the Point is a reading series with the St. Louis Poetry Center. Katerina Canyon will be reading along with 2 other poets, Jennifer Goldring and Katherine Mitchell.  The reading will be held in-person at Focal Point as well as live-streamed.

Focal Point is located at:

2320 Sutton
Maplewood, MO 63143

About the Authors:

Katerina Canyon is an Award-Winning Poet, Best-Selling Author, civil rights activist, and essayist. She is a 2021, 2020, and 2019 Pushcart Prize Nominee. Her stories have been published in The New York Times and The Huffington Post. She is a writer who has overcome some serious obstacles and trauma.

Katerina Canyon will be reading from her latest book Surviving Home – a collection of poems that serve as a memoir of the trauma she experienced and overcame. Concisely arresting and challenging the beliefs of family and the fantasies of tradition, the poems in Surviving Home show that home is a place that you endure rather than a place where you are nurtured. With unyielding cadence and unparalleled sadness and warmth, Katerina Canyon contemplates the prejudice and limitations buried in a person’s African American heritage: parents that seem to care for you with one hand and slap you with the other, the secret desires to be released from the daily burdens of life, as well as the surprising ways a child chooses to amuse herself. Finding resilience in the unexpected, this collection tears down the delicate facades of family.

Jennifer Goldring is a poet based in St. Louis, Missouri. Her award-winning poetry has appeared in various publications. On her days off, she’s likely playing with clay, taking photos, hanging with her teenagers, or writing poems. She’s Managing Editor for december magazine. Her photography and other work can be found at

Katherine Mitchell has a BPS in Choreography, an MFA in Creative Writing and works as an Alexander Technique teacher. Her writing has appeared in 2River View, The Louisville Review and The Southern Review.

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Author Reading and Discussion with Forensic Anthropologist Ryburn Dobbs at Weller Book Works in Salt Lake City

Join us in-store at Weller Book Works in Salt Lake City, UT for a riveting conversation with forensic anthropoligist Ryburn Dobbs as he presents his Sebastien Grey series and answers all your questions about homicides on October 22, 2022 at 6 pm.

The Sebastien Grey novels were inspired by Ryburn Dobbs’s career working as a forensic anthropologist. Ryburn Dobbs taught biological anthropology and forensic anthropology at several colleges and spent ten years as a forensic anthropologist, working dozens of death investigations. In addition to his anthropological pursuits, Ryburn also worked as an investigative analyst specializing in homicides and unsolved cases. His work as a forensic anthropologist inspired him to write The Sebastien Grey Novels.

Forensic science meets literary fiction in this captivating police procedural series. The Comfort of Distanceis the first book, followed by The Boxwood Torso (Book 2) and Where the Blood is Made (Book 3.)

Event date:
Saturday, October 22, 2022 – 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Ryburn Dobbs Announces Upcoming Event at Lost City Books in Washington, DC

Ryburn Dobbs will be at Lost City Books in Washington, DC on Friday, August 12, 2022 from 7:30PM – 8:30PM to discuss The Sebastien Grey Novels.

The Sebastien Grey novels were inspired by Ryburn Dobbs’s career working as a forensic anthropologist.

Ryburn Dobbs taught biological anthropology and forensic anthropology at several colleges throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and spent ten years as a forensic anthropologist, working dozens of death investigations. In addition to his anthropological pursuits, Ryburn also worked as an investigative analyst specializing in homicides and unsolved cases.

His work as a forensic anthropologist inspired him to write The Sebastien Grey Novels.

The Comfort of Distance (The Sebastien Grey Novels Book 1) 

Deep in the forests of the Black Hills, human remains are being discovered – one bit at a time. Rumors of a rogue man-eating mountain lion are spreading through the county and panic is starting to swell. Sgt. Hank LeGris of the Custer County Sheriff’s Office is feeling the pressure; he needs to find out who the dead are, and how they got that way. Hank suspects that the bodies are the result of a more sinister predator. But in order to solve the mystery, he will have to reach back into his own dysfunctional family history and pull in the only person who can get to the bottom of these strange cases – his estranged and disordered brother, the brilliant forensic anthropologist Dr. Sebastien Grey.

When Sebastien arrives in the Black Hills, he takes his brother, and Detective Tiffany Reese, on a whirlwind tour of forensic thinking and deductive reasoning, not only solving the mystery of the human remains, but the murder of a local thug as well. In the process, Sebastien himself is forever transformed by his own success and by the charm and kindness of the lovely Detective Reese: “One day I hope you give yourself permission to be different, Sebastien. You’ll be happier.”

The Comfort of Distance is equal parts forensic mystery, police procedure and character study, with dashes of comedy and romance thrown in. Readers will be cheering at the end and ready for more. 

The Boxwood Torso (The Sebastien Grey Novels Book 2) 

A skull in one place, a torso in another. Are they connected? Thirty years ago, the authorities didn’t think so. But the ingenious forensic anthropologist Dr. Sebastien Grey is now on the case, and he believes they both belong to the same victim – an unidentified man who was shot, dismembered, scattered in two states and burned. But time is not the only thing standing in the way of the truth. A pair of professional rivals, a spy inside the sheriff’s office and a local family with a dark secret are all obstacles to untying this murderous knot.

This second book in the Sebastien Grey series finds Dr. Grey once again in the Black Hills of South Dakota and teamed up with Tiffany Reese – a shrewd and tough detective who doubles as the love of his life and the only woman who can coax him out of his awkward social isolation. Will their relationship survive the pressure of high stakes cold case work?

Where the Blood is Made (The Sebastien Grey Novels Book 3)

How can a living woman’s bones be inside a box in the morgue?

Forensic anthropologist Dr. Sebastien Grey is certain that they are. But unless he can convince the Custer County Sheriff that a long-forgotten missing persons case is a homicide, the truth may stay hidden forever.

Sebastien and Detective Tiffany Reese team up once again to solve one of the county’s most baffling mysteries. Amber Harrison disappeared ten years ago, and most people believe she left town with a new boyfriend. But others feel that the investigation was botched from the beginning. The evidence will uncover a dark conspiracy of perpetrated by the most unlikely suspects.

As if that weren’t enough, an odd man visits Sebastien and promises him a large sum of money in return for his professional opinion. But the request — help prove that Native American remains were brought onto a construction site by accident — seems far too simple to be real. Something isn’t right. Will he live long enough to find out what’s really behind the strange offer?

Ryburn Dobbs will be at Lost City Books in Washington, DC on Friday, August 12, 2022 from 7:30PM – 8:30PM to discuss The Sebastien Grey Novels. The event is free and open to the public.

Lost City Books is located at 2467 18th Street Northwest, Washington, DC, 20009.

This event will be simultaneously live streamed on the Lost City Books YouTube page!

Readers can connect with Ryburn Dobbs on Instagram, Facebook, and Goodreads.

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