Spirit Falls is a coming-of-age novel set in the empty hardscrabble borderland between Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and northern Wisconsin. It is an affecting story of childhood friendship growing into profound love.

Wounded is the second book of Townsend’s The Long War Series. Two young people, a brother, and sister die in a freak Lake Superior storm. Ricky Belisle, the accused murderer, is released from jail for lack of evidence.

Anticipated Release October 2016

Executioner’s Son is an examination of love and loss in a stunned and dazed Soviet Union suffering the prodigious losses of Stalin and the Great Patriotic War. Danton’s quest takes him to distant lands and cities––Moscow and Cuba and Laos.


Jon Einarsson Jon Einarsson crossed the parking lot to the The VFW Post in Iron Mountain, Michigan, a single-story building sided with local material––varnished and rounded remnant ends of sawn white pine logs––and in the local style––an asphalt-shingled single-story...
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Golden Rain, Fake New, and Dezinformatsiya

‘Fake news’ in the US 2016 Presidential election.  I have Facebook friends and relatives who repost without respite their unfiltered political or doomer or climate or religious mania.  Used to be one encountered Uncle Frank once a year on Thanksgiving or at the 4th of...
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Perfume River – The storyteller and truth

The Storyteller and Truth Robert Olen Butler and Perfume River The novel is a pack of lies hounding the truth. Carlos Fuentes Robert Olen Butler is in my estimation the finest living American author and his just released book, Perfume River, his finest novel. It is...
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On Bullshit: Liars and Storytellers

On Bullshit and On Truth I had long visualized the lexicon landscape between The Truth and The Lie as a continuum along which lay a rich and varied vocabulary––deception, denial, camouflage, working truth, baloney, etc––with full equivalents in every language on the...
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Working Truths

discerning truths within deceptions

Liars and Storytellers

a novel is a pack of lies hounding the truth
-Carlos Fuentes

Liars and Storytellers

Man’s mind is so formed that it is far more susceptible to falsehood than truth
-Desiderius Erasmus