Thursday, July 9, 2009

Mr. Bellito Signs Ten Again at Barnes & Noble!

If you went to John Hersey High School any time in the last 30 years, you may have had the wonderful fortune of being taught by Michael Bellito in the English Department. I had him for both creative writing and speech classes. He also coached the Speech team.

Mr. Bellito has recently published his first book - Ten Again - and has been touring the local library circuit doing readings and book signings. I had the great pleasure of seeing him in May at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library. I also ran into him again at the Arlington Heights 4th of July Parade this past weekend and learned that he's got a book signing at Barnes & Noble on Saturday. Trust me, you don't want to miss this.

Ten Again Book Signing by Author Michael J. Bellito
Saturday, July 11th from 11am - 3pm
Barnes & Noble
The Annex of Arlington Shopping Center
13 W. Rand Rd.
(NW Corner of Arl. Hts. Rd. & Rand Rd.; between Panera & Trader Joes)

Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Buy a copy for yourself and someone you love. Trust me.

I'm not going to go into a book review at this point because I haven't finished the book yet, but you can read my earlier comments here and here. Suffice it to say, if you grew up anywhere, but especially if you grew up in Arlington Heights, you will see yourself in Ten Again. Although he doesn't say so in the book, I can tell you that Mr. Bellito grew up in Arlington Heights and so when you hear references to the "Old People's Home" and the field behind it, know that's what today is Lutheran Life Communities (aka the Lutheran Home).

Oh, and when you see Mr. Bellito, be sure to wish him a happy anniversary. He and his beautiful bride are celebrating 33 years of wedded bliss this weekend!

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