This is the second novel I read written by Author Ricki Dragoni. Author Ricki Dragoni spins a intriguing nightmare with his novel ‘The Swift’.
The main protagonist, Coach Mike wakes up August 8, 2022 to find nothing working, no electronics period. Nothing from a flashlight to any utilities working in town. The word of mouth information has it that the military will be evacuating the town of Storm Lake by sundown. The military arrives in antiquated vehicles not seen since the Vietnam War.
The first thing the military does is throw up a barb wire fence around the town. Then the evacuation starts. The military separates the town’s people into two groups, one group to green transport trucks and the other into a fenced in pen. Then they are gone with no explanation on what happened, leaving them in the pen.
After escaping the pen, those who are left decides to travel to the military base at Fort Dodge to find their families and answers. They must travel at night because the sunlight now burns their eyes. All process food is contaminated. The only things palpable is water, alcohol, and fresh meat. The trip is taking a toll on them, they are wasting away. In between them and their objective is the Swift. The Swift appeared shortly after they start the trip. The Swift is a group of vicious, brutal, creatures that are lightening fast with hands of sharp claws. Some can breathe fire. You shutter when you hear their high pitch screams knowing death is close at hand.
The story will draw you into the adventure and terror as Coach Mike strives to be united with those he loves. The ending is a fantastic twist to the story. No spoilers here. You have to read the novel to find out what Coach Mike finds out what actually happened to them.
You can find out more about Ricki Dragoni at the following links: https://book2read.com/r/B-A-HRGE-CYES
Larry Stumbo is on the radio show ‘The Culture Buzz’ with John Busbee KFMG 98.9 FM, streaming globally http://www.kfmg.org 11A-1P Central Time.
Greetings, Cultural Catalysts:
Make plans out of the summer heat and in the cool confines of an air-conditioned performing hall as a variety of productions and concerts will whisk you away for some cultural escapism. Feed the body as well as the soul by attending area farmer’s markets – there is a bounty of fresh produce and product to procure, while soaking the in the special culture that only an Iowa farmer’s market can deliver. Biking has never been better in Central Iowa with the wealth of wonderful trails to travel. So much to consider…
Featured Cultural Offering:
ª The Curate Concert Series. With the number of established restaurants in the downtown Des Moines footprint, this series offers a chance to dine downtown before a show or just catch the show and the experience. Michelle Malone talks about her career. She will appear on Aug 2.
” Michelle Malone’s Slings and Arrows is her very best album…. She has one of the most remarkable voices I’ve ever heard. She’s uniquely able to blow the roof off the place with a loud raucous number, and then to turn right around and whisper a soft song that will break your damn heart.” -PASTE MAGAZINE
Other Cultural Considerations:
1. Thursday, August 2, 7 p.m. – Chad Elliott & the Redemptions. A Warren Cultural Center favorite, Chad Elliott returns to the stage, this time with his band The Redemptions. With a rocking band behind his artfully crafted songs, Elliott dives into his love of roots-rock, soul and blues music. Like the dark earth of his Iowa origins, Chad Elliott’s life filled with love and loss serves as fertile ground for his music. With a new album set for release on August 10, you’ll hear a bit of the old and a bit of the new. Don’t miss this show! A Premier Series Show. $15 http://www.warrenculturalcenter.com/page/3
NOTE DETOUR – Beginning May 29, State Highway 25 will be closed for construction south of I-80 Exit 86. To detour the construction, take Exit 93 at Stuart, and travel south on P28 until it intersects with Highway 92. Then take Highway 92 west into Greenfield.
2. Monday, August 6, 6:30 PM, Between Gravity and What Cheer By Photographer Barry Phipps. Artisan Gallery 218, 218 Fifth Street, West Des Moines
Inspired by such seminal work as Robert Frank’s The Americans, Phipps new book, Between Gravity and What Cheer, is a unique vision of the Midwest and Iowa. Without condescending or overemphasizing the decline of small town America, Phipps documents rural communities as they are now, noting abstract shapes and colors as he photographs business districts with quirky and/or artful signs, streetscapes and landscapes, buildings with ghosts of paint from previous lives, and the occasional resident.
3. The Celtic Music Association celebrates the return by popular demand of The High Kings for a concert on Aug 2, 2018 at Hoyt Sherman Place Theatre in Des Moines. To say that The High Kings are charting a new course for Irish ballad music – equal parts rousing and reflective, energetic and insightful – is an understatement. They are, essentially, marking out a new and bright era for Irish folk music, and aiming to bring a broad demographic along for the journey. With 2016’s Grace & Glory, the band widened their appeal and fanbase, as Finbarr Clancy affirmed. “There is something for everybody on the album, and any doubters out there might just discover there’s a whole lot more to us than perceptions would have them believe. Previous High Kings albums have been stepping-stones, but this one sees us on top of things.” http://hoytsherman.org/calendar/events/event-63/
4. The 48 Hour Film Project creation process happened this past weekend and now prepares for the screening of the dozens of films spawned by this fast-paced exercise in quick conception to completion filmmaking. Listen as Katie Ortman, from producer Des Moines Social Club, gives an overview of what fans of short films can expect when Greater Des Moines experiences a slate of world premieres Aug 1 and 2 at the Fleur Cinema & Café, http://48hourfilm.com/desmoines
5. Des Moines Young Artists’ Theatre continues its show, Bring It On: The Musical, a dynamic musical from the creators of Hamilton, Next to Normal, and Avenue Q. Based on the popular film series from Universal, Bring It On: The Musical is an explosive musical about competitive cheerleading, fierce rivalries, and learning who your real friends are. Performances are through Aug 5 in the Stoner Theater at Des Moines Performing Arts. Tickets are $18-23 and are available through the Des Moines Performing Arts ticket office, website (www.desmoinesperformingarts.org), or by phone (515.246.2300).
6. Ankeny Community Theatre presents its comedy, Over the River and Through the Woods, Aug 3-12 | Comedy | Rated PG
Nick, a single, Italian-American guy from New Jersey, has had Sunday dinner with both sets of grandparents for years. He finally lands his dream job which will take him away from his beloved, but annoying, grandparents. Thus begins a series of schemes to keep Nick around. Frank, Aida, Nunzio and Emma do their level best, and that includes bringing to dinner the lovely – and single – Caitlin O’Hare as bait. Written by Joe DiPietro.
To buy tickets, go to http://www.midwestix.com/organizations/ACT or call (515) 244-2771.
For all other inquiries, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Auditions and Other Participation Opportunities:
1. Carousel Theatre in Indianola will present King Arthur’s Quest, from Missoula Children’s Theatre. Auditions: Aug 6, 2018. Rehearsals: Aug 6-10. Performance: Aug 11, 2018 (2 performances). Auditions, rehearsals, and performance at the Indianola High School Auditorium. Cast: 60 Students, ages 5-15
2. This is the fifth year for Iowa Author Fest. Founder and event organizer Larry Stumbo welcomes Iowa authors who may just be learning about this networking and selling opportunity.
The Iowa Author Fest be held at Capital Square, 400 Locust Street, on Sat Sep 15th from 9:am to 3:00pm. Larry explains, “We have had a good core of supporting authors every year. Depending on other events and weather, we have had 25 to 40 participants, and some of the differences are new authors just getting their feet wet on the event scene and the authors I know are glad to help the new author.”.
Contact Larry Stumbo: IaAuFe@outlook.com for more information.
Greater Des Moines Independent Book Store Happenings:
The Culture Buzz shares many authors and their books with its audiences. We encourage you to visit your local independent book store regularly. The folks at these destination locations know books, and welcome the chance to help anyone connect with titles and subjects they seek. Check these sites, as their calendars are always filled with enticing activities and news.
1. Beaverdale Books, Des Moines. http://www.beaverdalebooks.com/
2. Plot Twist Bookstore, Ankeny. https://www.plottwistbookstore.com/
3. Pageturners Bookstore, Indianola. http://www.pageturnersbookstore.com/
4. Artisan Gallery 218, 218-5th Street, Historic Valley Junction, West Des Moines (select author events), http://www.artisangallery218.com/
Cultural Exploration Resources:
The Culture Buzz will begin including carefully vetted but comprehensive listings where you can do some advance online exploration before scheduling destinations in the region. These are two great websites to know about:
1. Art Beacon Des Moines is Central Iowa’s home for promoting the visual arts. Our calendar of events highlights exhibitions, art talks and calls for art. Subscribe to the Art Beacon Weekly, our online newsletter filled with links to the latest art happenings. Find us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. http://artbeacondesmoines.com/
2. A Gentle Guide to Des Moines Theatre is Central Iowa’s source for knowing what productions by which companies are available when. In short, you can know what’s playing before it happens rather than after the fact. Timothy Rose created this site with its comprehensive theatre calendar for you, the cultural consumer. He includes articles and more, making this a worthy destination when curious about what’s happening in Central Iowa’s theatre scene. http://www.gentleguidedsm.com/
As always, I appreciate news and information from you out there in the cultural trenches and am ready and willing to pursue a story or interview to share with my audiences.
Creatively yours, John Busbee
Wednesday, Aug 1, 2018 – THE CULTURE BUZZ – 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Central Time
Broadcast regionally on KFMG 98.9 FM
Streaming globally through http://www.kfmg.org
11:00 AM – The new issue of Iowa History Journal is out and it again is bursting with captivating stories of Iowa’s history. The cover story was written by Iowa Gold Star Museum Curator Michael Vogt, who joins this conversation to talk about Japan’s efforts to bomb Iowa during World War II. http://iowahistoryjournal.com/
11:17 AM – Author Elizabeth Garber helps us dig deep into her captivating memoir, “Implosions: A Memoir of an Architect’s Daughter.” Elizabeth’s candid and revealing book is anchored by her famous father’s impact on her life.
“An alternately wistful and searing exploration of a troubled legacy.”
-Kirkus Reviews, starred review
11:34 AM – Ken Bensinger has exceptional insights into the world of soccer, and his new book, “Red Card: How the U.S. Blew the Whistle on the World’s Biggest Sports Scandal” reads like a action thriller, filled with compelling story lines and anchored by well-researched facts. Ken scores big with this book, and this interview is a lively testament to his standard-setting book.
“A gripping white-collar crime thriller that, in its scope and human drama, ranks with some of the best investigative business books of the past 30 years.”
– David Hirshey, The Wall Street Journal
11:54 AM – Jen Chapin’s “Feed Your Baby” is from her recent album RECKONING.
12:00 PM – Ankeny Community Theatre is set to open its next show, the comedy “Over the River and Through the Woods,” this Fri Aug 3. Cast member Don Rothweiler (“Nunzio”) shares his thoughts and preparation process on the show for its two-week run.
12:10 PM – James Beard Award for Writing and Literature author Paul Greenberg is a regular contributor to the Times and many other publications, Mr. Greenberg is the winner of a James Beard Award for Writing and Literature, a Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation and the writer-in-residence at the Safina Center. He has been feature on Fresh Air with Terry Gross, TED and PBS’s Frontline. His new book, “The Omega Principle: Seafood and the Quest for a Long Life and a Healthier Planet,” reads like a great story, is filled with eye-opening facts and understanding, and is a great book for anyone seeking a better life and a better Earth.
“Paul Greenberg goes searching for the secret to longevity, and what he learns is, in many ways, more interesting. The Omega Principle should be read by anyone who cares about human health or the health of the planet, which is to say everyone.”
– Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction
12:22 PM – The Iowa Author Fest returns this September under the continued guidance of its founder, Larry Stumbo. Listen to the update about a new location and Larry’s call for Iowa authors to join this great networking, selling and meeting event.
12:33 PM – Robert John Ford brings his new musical, “Six-on-Six the Musical,” to vibrant life through his Epic Stage Productions partnership with the Urbandale Community Theatre. Director and Choreographer Alison Shafer and cast member Craig Irvin (“Gregory Green”) lead a lively conversation about the challenges and rewards of a musical that celebrates the transition of the dominant girls’ sport – basketball – from its six-on-six roots to the modern game.
12:42 PM – With the considerate touch of a creative presenter always wanting to “get it right,” Jen Heins is producing the Curate Concert Series. With the number of established restaurants in the downtown Des Moines footprint, this series offers a chance to dine downtown or just catch the show and the experience. Listen as Michelle Malone talks about her career. She will appear on Aug 2.
12:58 PM – Michelle Malone track, “Just Getting Started,” from her new album SLINGS AND ARROWS.
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Everyone Come and Join in on the Fun for
Iowa’s Original Writers Anthology 2015 LAUNCH
|Date:||December 09, 2015 04:45PM — December 24, 2015 03:45PM|
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During our first year at Davenport Writes, we met with a lot of local Iowa authors. Each of them had a fairly simple dream:
They want you to read their stories.
And that’s essentially how our annual anthology was born. We’ve been collecting stories, editing, and working on cover art for most of the year (the idea began in May!) and now the culmination of that work is easy for you to pick up.
It’s available everywhere.
When you’re ready to meet some new authors, or visit with some old favorites, this new anthology is your doorway into their life.
It’s Iowa’s Original Writers Anthology. It’s I.O.W.A.
By purchasing this book, you’re directly helping Local Iowa Authors increase their visibility and reach their dreams. Thank you for your support.