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Troy Place debut novel available locally and online

May 30, 2007

KALAMAZOO--"Pizza Pie and Politics: How Mitchell Moon Lost His Childhood," the debut novel by Western Michigan University's Troy Place, is available for purchase online and through Kalamazoo area bookstores.

"Pizza Pie and Politics" 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 through Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com and PublishAmerica.com, or ordered through any Barnes and Noble location.

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

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