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Paul Michel at Third Place Books, Ravenna, Wednesday May 19

Tue Apr 13, 2010 2:15 am Celeste Bennett

Wednesday, May 19 at 7pm at Ravenna Third Place 6504 20th Ave NE Seattle, WA 98115 Paul Michel reads from his novel Houdini Pie: BOOTLEGGING, BARNSTORMING and a Hard-Rock BOONDOOGLE. Los Angeles, 1934: Based on a true chapter of California history, Houdini Pie explores the depths to which a family, and a city, will sink when hard luck comes knocking and there's nothing left to lose. Young Hal Gates is a celebrated pitcher for an upstart rural ball club, and the son of a notorious booze smuggler who vanished at the end of Prohibition. At his lonely mother's urging, and with the desperate backing of the municipal powers-that-be, he teams up with a crackpot geologist to mine for a mythical Hopi treasure trove buried miles beneath the downtown streets. The deeper they tunnel the more Hal learns about loyalty, treachery, hunger and hope, and mostly--in ways he never would have imagined--about love.