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Do I mean the reading was pointless?

No. If you look at the picture you see me with a person I admire and like to be with, Tori Tomalia.  

If you are in the Ann Arbor area, chances are you might have read about Tori and her husband who opened an improv comedy venue, called Pointless Brewery & Theater. It has regulars who perform on Friday and Saturday. But the two of them are dedicated to community. So, Sunday is open mic night. You can read (which I did) sing, do an improv, play an instrument… whatever you come up with. It’s a welcoming place! I had a great time reading once I realized that I would need to focus on the page and would not be able to see people because of the stage lighting. Jason, Tori’s husband, crafts great beers that are for sale.  

Find you way to Pointless and try open mic.!

EDIT (after airing): StateSide. NPR. My youngest son, in particular, always has stories about listening to it and how much he likes it. When the book first came out, my husband and oldest son had the idea of seeing whether or not we could manage an interview. I didn’t think so. But my husband sent the book off to be reviewed anyway. And one night around ten, I checked my email and there it was: an invitation to be interviewed on Stateside with Cynthia Canty‬. I was elated! And nervous! What if I flubbed? I am here to tell you that Cynthia Canty and her assistant Mercedes make it very easy. Mercedes walked me back to the studio room and introduced me to Cynthia who was very friendly and wore a cool green scarf. We sat down and she said, “Just pretend we are talking to each other.” I can talk, for sure. That would be no problem. Then she asked me what I had for breakfast. I was a bit puzzled but quickly realized she and her assistant were working with the sound system. From there it did feel as if we were talking, just talking. When she asked if I would read a small section, I was elated. Reading a section of my book on the radio was surely more than I expected. A terrific experience all the way!

Nicola's Books will be holding their first winter Local Authors Event, showcasing local Ann Arbor Authors to the Community. It is their hope to bring in a larger crowd in hopes of giving local authors more exposure.

Mary Koral, along with colleagues Marilyn Churchill and Chris Lord will be the first authors piloting this new initiative.

More information can be found on the Nicola's Books website,

logoJan 17 2016 - 2:00pm
Event address:
Westgate Shopping Center
2513 Jackson Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
(734) 662-0600

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