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Troy Place signing debut novel Saturday in Portage

May 24, 2007

KALAMAZOO--An instructor at Western Michigan University will be signing his debut novel from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 26. at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 6134 S. Westnedge Ave., Portage, Mich.

The event will be the first local book signing for "Pizza Pie and Politics: How Mitchell Moon Lost His Childhood." The work, written by Troy Place, is a coming-of-age story that takes place after the main character earns his bachelor's degree. It is set in Battle Creek, Mich., and Chicago and was released in January by Publish America of Baltimore, Md.

Place, a faculty specialist in WMU's Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, teaches technical communication and report writing. He earned a bachelor's degree in English in 1996 and a master's degree in critical studies in the teaching of English in 1998, both from Michigan State University. His interests include rhetoric, research and writing, global communication, communication ethics and writing across the curriculum.

"Pizza Pie and Politics" may be purchased at PublishAmerica.com, Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com or ordered at any Barnes and Noble location.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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