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Authors and artist sign books at Barnes & Noble in Arlington Heights

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  • Kathleen Rietz

    Kathleen Rietz

 
By Deb Donovan

Two local authors and an illustrator will sign a wide variety of books at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 13 W. Rand Road in Arlington Heights.

Michael J. Bellito, who teaches at Harper College, has written two novels about growing up in Arlington Heights. Jackie Pilossoph, a screen writer from the North Shore, introduces her chick lit novel written from a man's point of view. And Kathleen Rietz, formerly of Schaumburg, created the compelling pictures in a children's book about a dog who gets cancer.

Bellito, a Wheeling resident who taught at Hersey High School, will sign his new book, "First Time Around," and "Ten Again." In "First Time Around," a junior high boy falls in love for the first time in the early 1960s. And here is a description of "Ten Again" from the publisher's website: "This snapshot of a bygone era shows the last generation allowed to be kids taking full advantage of it -- and having the time of their lives."

Pilossoph's "Hook, Line and Sink Him" is about two men and a woman who make a business out of getting clients' boyfriends to the altar. Of course, their own love lives are complicated.

Kathleen Rietz will sign "Champ's Story: Dogs Can Get Cancer Too!" a picture book that helps children deal with this all-too-common disease in people as well as animals.