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Lovers, Dreamers & Thieves


  • From: Flint Hills Publishing

  • Date: April 20, 2023

  • For immediate release

  • Download Copy (PDF)



Award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and novelist Marcia Cebulska will launch her newest book entitled Lovers, Dreamers, and Thieves, at the Topeka Shawnee County Public Library on Tuesday, May 2 at 7 pm. Introduced by her publisher, Thea Rademacher, Cebulska will read from the book, sign copies, and answer audience questions. The event is free and open to the public.

“Cebulska has written a visceral knockout of a memoir packed with vibrant, unforgettable family members,” commented New York Times best-selling author and former Topekan, Harriet Lerner. Lovers, Dreamers, & Thieves focuses on the characters of Cebulska’s early years when she was growing up in her family’s bakery in a Polish neighborhood of Chicago. Cebulska herself describes the people who shaped her writing and her life as the “warm, rowdy, lovable, and sometimes criminal characters of my early life, including a grandfather who staged fake Polish weddings, a great-grandmother who was a blacksmith, and a cousin who collects nun dolls. But also, a father taken away in handcuffs, a mother in love with a priest and an uncle in the Mafia.” The result, according to Washburn professor and poet Charles Anthony Silvestri, is “both fun to read and profound.”

Marcia Cebulska’s critically acclaimed plays have been performed at thousands of venues worldwide and her screenwriting aired on PBS. Topekans will be familiar with her plays Dear John, Visions of Right, and Now Let Me Fly which have been performed locally. Her guided journal Skywriting was published in 2019 and her first novel, Watching Men Dance, in 2020, both by Flint Hills Publishing. Cebulska lives in the Potwin area of Topeka with her husband Tom Prasch, a history professor at Washburn University.

Contact the author for interviews: Marcia Cebulska (785) 379-1909 |

Copies of Lovers, Dreamers, & Thieves are available for review.

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