CENTENNIAL and FIRESIDE CHATS

My two new plays, CENTENNIAL and FIRESIDE CHATS, are now available on demand, in book form. (They are not currently available in e-formats.) If you would like to order copies, please connect to this link:
https://www.schulerbooks.com/chapbook-press
Then click on the CENTENNIAL and FIRESIDE CHATS covers.
Here are the plays’ summaries:
CENTENNIAL—
Art teacher Betty Parsons is pulled from her classroom by the principal, Dr. Kammer, to organize Caledonia High’s annual Veterans Day assembly. Dr. Kammer orders her to “keep it simple,” but that proves to be impossible as students and a teacher from a century before materialize. They turn a rote Veterans Day assembly into something real, and disturbing, and not at all simple, showing a stunned assembly audience the true costs of the Great War.
FIRESIDE CHATS—
Annie rises from a wheelchair to lead us on an extraordinary walk through her life. A spirited, rambunctious girl, Annie is struck down in 1933 by the summer plague, polio. As compensation, she finds she has been given an extraordinary gift: The ability to summon people to the in-between time. Annie uses this gift to summon the four most powerful men in the world—Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Adolf Hitler, and Joseph Stalin. They interact with Annie, her family, and each other with comic and then tragic consequences.

Candlemas Eve – Available Now!

Edward Bloor’s ninth novel, Candlemas Eve, is now available as an e-book exclusive at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and Smashwords.com. It will be available as a print-on-demand paperback from McNally Jackson Books by February 1, which is Candlemas Eve.

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Candlemas Eve begins in 1880 in the north of England, in the smoke and fire of the Industrial Revolution. Jack and Celeste Potter find themselves orphaned in a world that is unforgiving to the poor and the friendless. As a result, they embark on separate journeys—Jack emigrating to America to make his fortune, and Celeste staying behind to survive as best she can. Candlemas Eve is the prequel to Edward Bloor’s Summer of Smoke, a novel describing America’s tumultuous race riots in the spring and summer of 1968.

Summer of Smoke – Out Now!

Edward Bloor’s eighth novel, Summer of Smoke, is now available as an e-book exclusive at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and Smashwords.com.

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James Porter was a freshman in high school in 1967-1968. That was the year when his all-white soccer team got assaulted by the fans and players of all-black teams. It was the year when angry, disenfranchised blacks went out of their way to “bump” whites on the streets of Trenton, New Jersey. And finally, in the spring and summer, it was the year when all hell broke loose. Trenton and over 125 other American cities exploded into rioting, burning, and looting following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Seven years after those riots, James returns to attend a high school reunion. He hopes to re-connect with old friends, and some enemies, and with the girl who got away. He re-lives the events of that summer, long buried in his memory. He searches for answers to what really happened to his family, to his classmates, and to his city behind the smoke and confusion of that tumultuous time in American history.

Memory Lane – E-Book Exclusive!

Edward Bloor’s sixth novel, Memory Lane, is now available as an e-book exclusive at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.

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Memory Lane, America’s most popular new theme park, promises to provide its guests with “golden memories.” Choose any week—from 1950 to the present—and Memory Lane will recreate it for you in amazing detail: the foods, the clothes, the TV shows, even the schools. You will soon forget about the present and start living in the past.

But is that a good idea?

Alice hopes Memory Lane will provide a week of personal healing and of family bonding. Instead, Alice and her cousins Patrick and TJ find themselves struggling with a pair of psychotic bullies, and with the pain of young love, and with a shocking family secret that was, perhaps, better left buried in the past.

Smart, funny, and frightening, Memory Lane is Edward Bloor’s most powerful and insightful novel to date.