Leonard, Marianne, and Me: Magical Summers on Hydra Hardcover – May 30, 2021
By Judy Scott (Author)

In 1973, Judy Scott was intent on traveling to Istanbul, but serendipitously she stumbled onto the incomparable Greek island of Hydra and the people who would continue, over many subsequent visits, to enhance and influence her life ever after.

This memoir, based on notebooks and journals Scott kept during various times and visits to her favorite place on earth, recounts in very intimate detail her interactions and developing relationships with singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen and his beautiful muse and “love of his life” Marianne Ihlen. 


Saolomea, Saolomea!
By Anisia Uzeyman
Not a Cult Publishers (Forthcoming 2021)

Rwandan-American Filmmaker Anisia Uzeyman’s screenplay
as poetry as prose.

A mentally challenged mother and her young son navigate their way through tumultuous waters to survive the ordained gods of a city of angels.

Envisioned as a social thriller, narrated by the protagonists of a ragtag world, where The Spirits are real humans and humans are spirits fighting to survive.

SAOLOMEA, SAOLOMEA is the story of who these ‘ Spirits’ are that one would call ‘monsters’, ‘creatures’ etc... but really are more like Gods; and how they handle a single mother working to outlive the reality of worlds in deadly competition.


2020:  Our client David Thibodeau’s book Waco: A Survivor’s Story (Hachette Books) just came out on Netflix.  It stars Taylor Kitsch and John Leguizamo. Have a Look.

Waco: A Survivor’s Story
By David Thibodeau and Leon Whiteson with Aviva Layton
(Published by Hachette Books)
A Book and Six-Part Television Series on Paramount Network


25 years later, the re-issued book Waco, A Survivor’s Story and a six-part miniseries can be seen on Paramount Network (now in 2018.)  Today, it grips the nation and its audience just as choppy cable-news coverage of a tense government standoff did in 1993. Only nine people survived the massive conflagration that trapped and killed 74 others—including 21 children—in Waco, Texas, on April 19, 1993, and 24-year-old David Thibodeau was one of them. In honor of the 25th anniversary of the tragedy, Thibodeau is releasing his critically acclaimed memoir in ebook, paperback, and audio-book form for the first time. Now with a haunting new epilogue, WACO: A SURVIVOR’S STORY (Hachette Books; published on January 2, 2018) is the original and most definitive inside account of what happened on that fateful day. READ MORE>>


Check Out The Agency’s client Mandy Harvey on America’s Got Talent:

Mandy Harvey appeared week of June 6, 2017 on Season 12 of America’s Got Talent. She was advanced to the final by the “Golden Buzzer.” Mandy is an extraordinary jazz singer. She lost her hearing when she was 19. Her book is going to be published Fall 2017. (Howard Books/Simon & Schuster.) See the following notes. Very inspirational. Her book is called Sensing the Rhythm: Finding my Voice in a World Without Sound.

Links to Mandy Harvey’s appearance on America’s Got Talent:
New York Times | MSN.com


Sensing the Rythm
Mandy Harvey with Mark Atteberry
(Howard Books/Simon & Schuster)

A memoir with a message, Sensing the Rhythm is a collection of A collection of personal and powerful life lessons gifted musician-jazz singer and motivational speaker Mandy Harvey learned during her unlikely journey from normalcy into profound deafness and ultimately to a career as one of the world’s most astonishing musical artists - who has found new ways to ”hear” and sing; Mandy has recorded four albums, made numerous national television appearances, and performed at some of the country’s most revered venues. Most recently Mandy placed fourth on America’s Got Talent. See Mandy’s interviews and tour schedule at this link. https://edkeane.com/category/news/mandy-harvey/




2020:  Exciting Announcement: Congratulate our client Frank Wilderson who is on the long list for the National Book Award.  High fives please.  Check it out.  

By Frank B. Wilderson III

Winner of the the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Legacy Award, activist, critical theorist, and UCI Professor Frank B. Wilderson III's AFROPESSIMISM, a work of philosophy pitched in the tradition of Fanon and Gramsci, weaving theory with memoir to define the core ideas of a new movement demonstrating that the social constructs of slavery are an ineradicable—even necessary—part of the everyday dynamic of white-black relations, perpetuated in ubiquitous forms of anti-black violence and racial hatred. READ MORE>>


The Shawshank Redemption Revealed:
How One Story Keeps Hope Alive

A 25th anniversary history and celebration of The Shawshank Redemption, one of the most cherished American films of the late twentieth century and one of the finest movies made from a Stephen King story.
By Mark Dawidziak
(Forthcoming from Lyons Press)

A 25th anniversary history and celebration of The Shawshank Redemption, one of the most cherished American films of the late twentieth century and one of the finest movies made from a Stephen King story. The movie not only boasts a great story, it has a great backstory, starting with the dollar deal that eventually led King and co-stars Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman to put their trust in a largely untested director making his first feature film.


Working Actor: Breaking in, Making a Living (And Making a Life) in the Fabulous Trenches of Show Business! 
By David Dean Bottrell
(Forthcoming from Ten Speed Press/PenguinRandomHouse)
On-sale date: 2/19/19

David Dean Bottrell was blessed to have a remarkable and much-talked about recurring role on that iconic series, Boston Legal.  He played “Lincoln Meyer,” the psychotic, murderous Peeping Tom and kidnapper of Candice Bergen. It was a phenomenal role.  Even now, people still stop him in the street to ask him about the experience.  READ MORE>>


Rod Serling: His Life, Work, and Imagination
A Biography by Nicholas Parisi
(Forthcoming from The University Press of Mississippi)

Rod Serling, creator of The Twilight Zone, arguably is the most influential writer in television history. As narrator and host of this timeless series, Serling became one of the twentieth century’s most iconic figures. Nicholas Parisi’s Rod Serling: His Life, Work, and Imagination, interweaves Serling’s fascinating biography with rich discussions of his equally fascinating fiction. We follow Serling’s life story from the trenches of World War II to his personal wars with the major television networks. Rod Serling was a man of vision, integrity, and above all a man of passion. This is his story. (Includes a multitude of photos with ephemera from the author’s collection and research.) With a Foreword by Serling’s daughter, Anne Serling. and photos and ephemera from the author’s collection and research. READ MORE>>


Theodore Roosevelt for Nature Lovers: Adventures with
America’s Great Outdoorsman

By Mark Dawidziak
(Forthcoming from Lyons Press, 2018)

Television critic, journalist and author of Everything I Need to Know I Learned in the Twilight Zone and Mark Twain for Cat Lovers Mark Dawidziak's Theodore Roosevelt for Nature Lovers: Adventures with America’s Great Outdoorsman is a handsomely designed and richly illustrated volume that gathers our incredibly robust 26th president's thoughts on the natural sciences, the American frontier, conservation, the animal kingdom, forestry, the National Parks, exploration, and many other topics relating to the outdoors and the study of nature. Fascinated with Teddy Roosevelt since childhood, Dawidziak also included insights from such experts as filmmaker Ken Burns and historian Douglas Brinkley. The book's many anecdotes include tales about the menagerie of White House pets and, of course, the story of the Teddy Bear to Holly Rubino at Lyons Press by Charlotte Gusay at The Charlotte Gusay Literary Agency.

Along Comes The Association:
How a Group of Beloved 1960s Musicians Invented Folk-Rock and Made Rock and Roll History… in Three-Piece Suits

(Forthcoming from Rare Bird Books)
By Russ Giguere & Ashley Wren Collins

Along Comes The Association tells the story of how Russ Giguere and his fellow band members came together to create unparalleled music, unique to the time and place, and never again to be repeated. And yes, there are drugs and there are women (it was the sixties, after all), such as the lovely Linda Ronstadt and Helen Mirren. In reading Along Comes The Association, you are transported back in time to post-1963 America. Go on, try to resist the urge to roll one while floating on the musical cloud of melodic rock that Russ Giguere and his band members popularized and we still cherish to this day… READ MORE>>

Everything I Need to Know I Learned in The Twilight Zone (Illustrated with stills from the original series)
By Mark Dawidziak
St. Martin’s Press, 2016

Can you live your life by what The Twilight Zone has to teach you? Yes, and the proof is in this lighthearted collection of life lessons, ground rules, inspirational thoughts, and stirring reminders of what we were taught as children and young adults. Written by veteran TV critic, lifelong Twilight Zone fan, author, stage director, Mark Twain scholar and sometimes-horror writer Mark Dawidziak, this breezy volume is a fun celebration of the show’s timeliness, but also, on another level, a kind of fifth-dimension self-help/inspirational book, with each lesson supported by the morality tales told by Rod Serling and his writers.

The notion that “it’s never too late to reinvent yourself” soars through “The Last Flight,’’ in which a World War I flier who goes forward in time and gets the chance to trade cowardice for heroism. A visit from an angel blares out the wisdom of “follow your passion” in “A Passage for Trumpet.” The meaning of “divided we fall” is driven home with dramatic results when neighbors suspect neighbors of being invading aliens in “The Monsters Are on Maple Street.” The old maxim about More>>

A New Book of Poetry by Saul Williams
September 2015 from Gallery Books / MTV Books/ Simon & Schuster

In his greatly anticipated new full-length book of poetry, the first since The Dead Emcee Scrolls in 2006, “the poet laureate of hip-hop” (CNN) Saul Williams presents his ideas, observations, realizations, dreams, and questions about the state of modern America. After living abroad for four years, Saul Williams returned to America and found his head twirling (and twerking) with thoughts on everything from race, class, and gender, to finance, freedom, and guns, to cooking shows, dog shows, superheroes, not-so-super politicians, and everything else that makes up our country. US(a.)is a collection of poems that embodies the spirit of a culture that questions sentiments and realities, embracing a cross-section of pop culture, hip-hop, and the greater world politic of the moment. It’s a punk rock oracular testament that speaks to the rebellious teen as well as the sheltered More>>

Dancing in the Baron's Shadow
Fabienne Josaphat
Unnamed Press: February 2016

Haiti, 1965. Nicolas, a bourgeois socialist is sent to the notorious Fort Dimanche prison by dictator Papa Doc's militia, and his brother Raymond must try to save him.
Haiti, 1965. Francois Duvalier, often called Papa Doc or Baron Samedi, is a brutal dictator using extreme violence to control the impoverished island nation. Unrelenting curfews are imposed on the people of Port-au-Prince and the ever-present bogeymen, Tonton Macoutes militia, have scared away even the bravest of tourists. 

For taxi driver Raymond L'Eveillé, life under these conditions is becoming increasingly untenable. Unable to properly feed his wife and young children, or pay the rent on time, Raymond's family is on the brink of destitution. By contrast More>>

MARK TWAIN FOR DOG LOVERS (with Illustrations)
By Kent Rasmussen
Lyons Press

One of the most respected, prolific, and best-selling writers on Mark Twain, best known for his award-winning reference book Mark Twain A to Z (which Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan called their “Bible” while they were producing their documentary on Mark Twain,) Kent Rasmussen’s MARK TWAIN FOR DOG LOVERS (with illustrations), a collection of some 30 stories with delightful commentary to explain the history of Mark Twain’s connections with dogs: Including dogs Mark Twain personally knew, extraordinary dogs, unfairly put-upon dogs, fun-loving dogs, and dogs with foreign accents.

This book includes original illustrations from Mark Twain’s published writings and some photographs of Mark Twain himself with dogs. More>>


MARK TWAIN FOR CAT LOVERS (with Illustrations)
By Mark Dawidziak
Lyons Press – Spring 2016

Television critic of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, author and veteran Twain one-man show performer and editor of MARK TWAIN'S GUIDE TO DIET, EXERCISE, BEAUTY, FASHION, ROMANCE, HEALTH, AND HAPPINESS, Mark Dawidziak’s lighthearted volume MARK TWAIN FOR CAT LOVERS (with illustrations), a breezy trip through Twain’s life and his writings – in the company of cats: Includes Twain’s delightful views on cats, tales told about cats (one a b  edtime tradition concocted for his daughters), anecdotes about his favorite cats, and observations by others speaking to his devotion to cats. More>>

Mark Twain's Guide to Diet, Exercise, Beauty, Fashion, Investment, Romance, Health and Happiness. Collected and edited by Mark Dawidziak.
Prospect Park Books

Tired of diet plans, exercise regiments, investment tips, beauty suggestions and romantic advice that take you down the wrong path? Try Mark Twain's road to happiness. You probably won't end up slimmer, fitter, richer, more stylish or luckier in love, but you will have a great time in the company of the writer who understood, "We can't reach old age by another man's road. My habits protect my life, but they would assassinate you." Then again, you just might die laughing considering the the mirthful maxims and wacky witticisms in Mark Twain's Guide to Diet, Exercise, Beauty, Fashion, Investment, Romance, Health and Happiness: A Politically Incorrect Self-Help Book from America's Greatest Humorist, a breezy, lighthearted collection compiled by Twain scholar and performer Mark Dawidziak.

About Mark Dawidziak: Television critic at the Cleveland Plain Dealer since 1999, Mark Dawidziak is the author of many books, including the 1994 horror novel Grave Secrets and two histories of landmark TV series: The Columbo Phile: A Casebook (1989) and The Night Stalker Companion (1997). A recognized Mark Twain scholar, his acclaimed books on the author include Mark My Words: Mark Twain on Writing (1996) and Horton Foote’s The Shape of the River: The Lost Teleplay About Mark Twain (2003). He is also a playwright, director and actor. More>>

The Burma Spring: Aung San Suu Kyi and the Struggle for the Soul of Burma
Rena Pedersen
Published 2015 Pegasus Books

The Burma Spring brings fresh details to light about one of the true heroines of our time – the charismatic Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi who is the most admired voice for freedom in the world today. She has been the inspiration for Burma’s “spring” and her party is poised to win strong political power in the 2015 elections in her country (also known as Myanmar). That means she will not only be in the headlines throughout the next year, but for many years to come.

The Burma Spring by Rena Pederson updates the story of Suu Kyi’s life since her release from more than 15 years of house arrest in Burma and provides information from exclusive interviews with Suu Kyi as well as previously undisclosed diplomatic ... More>>

The Burma Spring: Aung San Suu Kyi and The Struggle for the Soul of Burma is featured on Greta Van Sustren's website, The Greta Wire.

BOOK-TO-FILM – Rights Optioned by Actor-Director-Producer James Franco.

Actor-director-producer James Franco has optioned two books for film for his production company, Rabbit Bandini Productions: David Shields and Caleb Powell’s I Think You’re Totally Wrong: A Quarrel (forthcoming from Knopf in September 2014) and Shields’s NYT bestseller The Thing About Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead.

The film of the former, based on Shields and Powell’s adaptation of their book, depicts a debate, nearly to the death, about life and art. Filming wrapped the last week of December 2013, directed by James Franco, who also appears as himself throughout the film; the film’s co-stars are the book’s co-authors, David Shields and Caleb Powell. The film is expected to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2015.

Totally Wrong enacts an impassioned and ongoing debate between the three actors: Powell always wanted to become an artist, but he overcommitted to life (he’s a stay-at-home dad to three young girls), whereas Shields always wanted to become a human being, but he has overcommitted to art. To settle the debate once and for all, Franco, Shields, and Powell ... More>>


Jacky’s Diary first appeared in newspapers in 1959.  It was created by Jack Mendelsohn, a multi-talented comic book writer, animation director, comic strip illustrator (Beetle Bailey, Krazy Kat, Scooby Doo, story editor for The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and co-writer of Beatles’ Yellow Submarine.  Although Jacky’s Diary did not have a long run in newspapers, it created a memorable impression on those who loved its unique perspective.  The strip was written and illustrated as if by a small child, purportedly Mendelsohn himself.  He described trips to the circus, fishing, expeditions, misunderstood history lessons, visits to members of his extended family, and all kinds of adventures that kids have, in a style simulating that of a precocious child---a delightful and amusing effort.  The publisher expects to make this collection into a super, full-color– collectible – coffee-table art book. More>>


Jack Mendelsohn is a writer-artist who has worked in animation, comic strips and comic books, film, and television, creating general mayhem for a long time in the world of humor. A multitalented cartoonist, illustrator (from DC Comics to the Muppet Babies) co-writer of the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine Jack Mendelsohn has concocted a humor book --Jacky introduces Stuff I Lern in Skool --that is pretty serious about education--a 90-page take on school as we know it these days with his “wimpy-kid-like”cartoons.  His cartoons however are way “punnier” (than the Wimpy kid variety) and often pointedly edgy, Author Jack Mendelsohn reflects on the current state of education ... More>>

In their second book Amazon.com bestselling authors of Wild West 2.0: How to Protect and Restore Your Online Reputation on the Untamed Social Frontier return with a pop-business nonfiction journey through the power of reputation and why digital technology has changed everything we know about it.  It explains why a simple premise---that reputation is power---will have an outside impact in the coming years as technological advancements change how reputation is calculated, stored, and use.  It then gives readers the tools they need to capitalize on seven distinct trends that the new reputation economy will trigger, ranging from instant computer decision-making and how to position themselves to benefit from it, to intentional digital attacks and how to defend against them.

“Mad Men at Downton Abbey” – Publishers Weekly

Leeds Castle has long been hailed as the loveliest castle in the world. Originally built in the twelfth century as a Norman stronghold, the castle once housed kings and queens but fell into disrepair for nearly a century until Anthony Russell’s grandmother, Lady Baillie, purchased it in 1926 and restored the fortress to its former glory.  It was in the castle’s fairy tale setting, surrounded by a moat and acres of sprawling grounds, that Anthony spent his childhood in the 1950s. Read More>>

“He’s a profound poet who inspires us. He challenges us to be individuals.”
 —Russell Simmons
Pardon the old saw, but in truth, Saul Williams is a poet and he knows it.  He can catch a wave of inspiration and unleash a heightened flow like the best, and likewise, much of his life gets sucked into the creative vortex. No exception.”
Kimberly Chun, San Francisco Chronicle

A superstar poet, actor, and musician in his own right, Saul Williams offers his “poem in red” mixed with a choir of one hundred young poets, students, and outsiders who might not otherwise have their voices heard, along with poets as old as legendary Abiodun Oyewole (who spearheaded the infamous Last Poets in 1968) and as young as Justin Long Moton (2011 New York City Youth Poet Laureate).  Chorus also includes work from such other notable names from the world of poetry as Major Jackson, Terrance Hayes, Jessica Care Moore, Staceyann Chin,  Suheir Hammad, Patricia Smith, Amber Tamblyn, and Beau Sia. More>>

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[Note: This title Mother Ash by award-winning Greek author Alexis Stamatis has been cancelled. Unfortunately, the publisher was unable to obtain the funding required to pay for the translation. ]

Award-winning Greek novelist Alexis Stamatis introduces the reader into the earthly paradise of Greece, with its spectacular sunsets and crisp blue ocean views. However, this beautiful façade hides a world of deception, lust, greed, death, and ultimately redemption. Alkis and his family have been tortured read more >>

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The Charlotte Gusay Literary Agency represents the film rights to this prolific and well known Irish writer’s novel Light a Penny Candle and it is now on offer for film adaptation. (First published by Viking in 1982; Signet edition now in its eighth printing.)

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Wild West 2.0 covers many issues about what can and cannot be said or done about your reputation and your privacy on the internet including First Amendment rights, free speech, libel, slander, the internet as tattoo parlour, scarlet content on the internet, trashy websites, cyber-gossip and people believing only the gossip even when presented with proof of the truth, google insurance, electronic warfare, google is not God, online stalker + lurking = sturking, bolstering or cleaning up the dirt about your online life, google as machine and indeed, that machine is US, you and me. Among much innovative thinking about the internet and savvy techno charm, Michael Fertik and co-author David Thompson tell you why it is important and how to protect and defend your reputation on the internet, including not only you, but your children’s reputation and your company’s reputation and much more.

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What does it take to go from being simply average to becoming a top-ranked sales professional? Honesty Sells has the answers—not quick fixes, gimmicky systems, tricks, or flimsy techniques. The book does not teach you how to manipulate customers to do what you want. Honesty Sells will demonstrate how an optimum model of sales behavior—one that is used by the top 10 percent of sales performers everywhere—can help you build an open, honest and profitable relationship with your customers, no matter how time-impoverished, overworked, understaffed or under-resourced they, and their clients may be.

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Bukowski in the Bathtub is a portrait of Charles Bukowski by Beat poet John Thomas. He was an intimate friend of Charles Bukowski between the years of 1965 through 1971. This book is based on the Thomas / Bukowski visits and conversations during that period. Of John Thomas, Charles Bukowski has said, “…he made a place when / there was no place / a place to go when all / was closing in… he lent the easy / saving / natural / grace…” (Excerpt from “strong man”, a poem about John Thomas printed in Black Ace / Temple of Man). Contains transcriptions of the John Thomas, Charles Bukowski conversations.
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Bestselling and well-known Greek writer Alexis Stamatis' novel American Fugue was inspired by the American midwest when he was in the United States in 2004. American Fugue was published September 2008 by Etruscan Press. Author Alexis Stamatis has published eight novels and six collections of poetry published in Greece. Two have been translated and published, two into English and Bar Flaubert - into several foreign editions, including a recently released UK edition from Arcadia Publishing.

41 Seconds to Freedom
41 Seconds
On December 17, 1996, masked members of the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (MRTA), a deadly band of insurgents, stormed the lavish birthday party of the Japanese ambassador to Peru. They seized his residence and demanded the release of four hundred of their comrades from prison – or they would kill all the hostages. One of the hostages, Luis Giampietri, a former field commander of special operations forces, would play a crucial role in a complex commando rescue operation planned by Peru’s president, Alberto Fujimori. Here is Giampietri’s riveting inside account of the unnerving ordeal, the rescue that took all of 41 seconds from start to finish, and the operation’s unexpected ramifications. By turns encouraging and cautionary, this book is an invaluable account of one of the most dramatic terrorist hostage incidents in history..


In its presentation of 17 extraordinary homes, this sumptuous book takes the reader behind the gates of some of today’s most inspiring residential estates, from the exclusive neighborhoods of Beverly Hills to the bluff tops overlooking the Pacific Ocean.



"BEACHGLASS takes you into the rooms of AA and rehab with the startling, powerful clarity of one who knows this precarious terrain all too well.  A new and promising talent, Wendy Blackburn writes with a refreshing sense of honesty, hope and renewal." —James Brown, author of THE LOS ANGELES DIARIES



hip-hop’s poet laureate…Saul Williams isn’t out to save hip-hop, but he is out to elevate the art form [and] is effectively breaking boundaries while blurring the line between poetry and rap.”—CNN

"A profound poet who inspires us." —Russell Simmons



David Shields’s NYT bestseller The Thing About Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead (Knopf/Vintage) has been optioned for film development by producer/screenwriter James Franco. Time Magazine’s Lev Grossman called the book “an edifying, wise, unclassifiable mixture of filial love and Oedipal rage.” Shields and Franco are collaborating on the screenplay in which a writer probes his family members to develop a novel based on the pains of growing up at every age. His research reveals more about his body and his family than he ever could have planned for. But the outcome is a witty and insightful commentary on what it means to grow up and die.


Charlotte Gusay’s love of the literary has deep roots. She founded and ran for many years the prestigious book shop George Sand, Books on Melrose in West Hollywood. In 1988 (two years after a new little girl came into her life), she closed the book shop and started her literary agency. Much to her delight...

Exciting Announcements:
Congratulate our client Frank Wilderson who is on the long list for the National Book Award. High fives please. Check it out.

Our client David Thibodeau’s book Waco: A Survivor’s Story (Hachette Books) just came out on Netflix. It stars Taylor Kitsch and John Leguizamo. Have a Look.

Why Most Amazon Reader Reviews are Worthless
I’ve been an agent for 40 years. Publishers may not like what I’m about to say, but my observation is that most Amazon and Barnes & Noble reader reviews are either fraudulent or, at best, useless in assessing the true merit of any given title. Debut authors are largely being shut out of a fair shake, and without them, publishing will follow the network-media misstep of avoiding/shunning the fresh voices... Read More>>