Denise Lutz to Release Debut Novel ‘Thumbs’ and Hold Photo Exhibit in Birmingham
Metro Detroit native, pilot and car enthusiast Denise Lutz returns home to celebrate the release of her debut novel, ‘Thumbs’, and to unveil her ‘Heaven on Earth’ collection of original nature photography a la Robert Kidd Gallery at 107 Townsend St. in Birmingham city center on Friday, September 9 from 6-9 p.m.
The book signing and photo exhibit celebration is open to the public and will include light appetizers, wine and champagne, and live music performed by Oliva Dear. Lutz was married to longtime automotive executive Bob Lutz, who at various times worked at GM, Ford, Chrysler and elsewhere.
The comedy thriller “Thumbs” tells the story of Catherine, who is desperate for more attention from Jack, “her rich, smelly husband of 80 years, the self-proclaimed inventor of sexting… whose new hobby of retirement involves him with a blackmailing personal assistant, a domineering German housekeeper, strange Italian sausages, assassins wearing cheeky boots, and a sadistic, vindictive killer.
“Denise Lutz has a lightning-fast wit, a razor-sharp wit and a fabulously dark sense of humor that would make masters of the art from Hitchcock to Hiaasen laugh admirably,” says Erin Chandler, Founder and editor of Rabbit House Press, the book’s publisher. editor.
The Robert Kidd Gallery event will mark the official release of “Thumbs.” The novel costs $24 and will be available at rabbithousepress.com, Ingram Publishing, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other local bookstores. Lutz will sign copies of all books purchased at the event.
The “Heaven on Earth” exhibit will feature 20 original, signed, limited-edition 1-on-1 photographs taken at his historic Kentucky Glen Lake farm, as well as locations in Michigan and Switzerland over the past few years.
“I’ve always loved the outdoors; nature is its own exquisite palette. Whether I’m traveling or taking a leisurely stroll around my old Kentucky home, the ordinary becomes quietly extraordinary when I focus on the light,” says Lutz.
“I believe good photography evokes a wide range of emotions that tell the full story of simple, yet magical moments frozen in time. I hope people will be drawn to mine and, like me, feel the rich aromas of fresh cedar, grass, soil and farm air.
All net proceeds from the sale of Lutz’s photographs will benefit award-winning photojournalist Linda Solomon’s nonprofit Pictures of Hope, an internationally acclaimed program in metro Detroit that helps children struggling with conditions lives by putting a camera in their hands to express their thoughts, feelings, hopes and dreams through photography.
“My photographs evoke peace, calm and tranquility, and focus on the beauty that surrounds us in the same way that children who participate in the Pictures of Hope program are able to find beauty in the midst of difficulty,” says Lutz. , a longtime friend. of Solomon. “It fills my heart to know that my photographs can help improve their lives in some way.”