BOOK NOTES: Good Writing Hot Off the (Dunery) Press

By David M. Kinchen
BOOK NOTES: Good Writing Hot Off the (Dunery) Press

I received a letter from Natalie McKelvy the other day saying that The Dunery Press that she and her husband Charley McKelvy started in 1988 is still in business. It's in Harbert, Michigan, Berrien County, just down the highway from South Haven, Van Buren County, where I was born.


Why "Dunery"? Because Harbert is smack dab in the middle of the gigantic sand dunes that run across the bottom of Lake Michigan from east of Gary Indiana all the up past the Michigan line almost to Benton Harbor. The Indiana dunes have been protected since 1966 by the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, part of the National Park system. I don't think the dunes in Michigan, which were a big tourist attraction when I was a kid, have been protected from development. I remember them in Van Buren and Allegan Counties and I think they're still a big attraction in towns like Douglas and Saugatuck in Allegan County. Maybe Charlie has something on this on his website: After all Michigan is a progressive state in the best sense. It was the first English-speaking jurisdiction in the world to abolish the death penalty. In the WORLD! In 1846:


I met Natalie in Los Angeles in the 1980s when she was a free-lance business journalist. She had just written a technical real estate tome. Since real estate was my beat at the Los Angeles Times I reviewed it for the Real Estate section. It's called "Pension Fund Investments in Real Estate: A Guide for Plan Sponsors and Real Estate Professionals" (Quorum, 1983). You mean people can make money investing in real estate? Yes, back in the day, fortunes were made by people like Fred and Donald Trump and Sam Zell in commercial real estate. Real estate remains an area of investment for pension funds and insurance companies, although it's not as big a factor as it was when Natalie wrote her book.


Charley McKelvy
Charley McKelvy

Anyway, Natalie and Charley McKelvy, both born in 1950 in the Chicago area, are great writers. I've reviewed thousands of books over the past several decades and believe me, when I say they are great writers, I mean GREAT (sorry Tony the Tiger!). The best writers in the world have come from Chicago. There's something in the water that produced people like Ernest Hemingway, Nelson Algren, Carl Sandburg, David Mamet -- and Natalie and Charley! Check out for books published by Natalie and Charley or better yet, follow the information below: print out the order form, fill it in and order their latest books direct from them.


The Dunery Press


By that we mean the just-published books by The Dunery Press:

Friends and Other Works by Natalie McKelvy and

Natalie McKelvy
Natalie McKelvy

The Celebrant and Other Works by Charles McKelvy.

Remember Natalie and Charley McKelvy and their indomitable Dunery Press?

Sure you do, and you surely will be glad to know we have both been writing up a storm, and that we are defying convention by offering books in print for your perusal, enjoyment, entertainment, edification, and elation.

Well, we are quite elated to offer our new books at the same price as our last books—$12 each, including shipping, so you’re still eligible to reap the bargains you’ve come to expect since 1988 in dealing with the durable DUNERY PRESS. We may have slipped off the publishing world’s radar screen, but we are truly one of the last cottage presses left in America, and we would dearly love to send you our latest books for $12 a pop with no postage or handling.

So what’s in it for you?

Friends and Other Works is Natalie’s compilation of timely tales of life after the bubble. Take Doomer Chick, for example. Natalie takes us to Worth, Michigan where Delilah Murphy is obsessed with the end of the world. “She found it comforting: when the world ends, so do all your problems.” But your reading pleasure will continue all the way through Natalie’s tantalizing tales of life amidst the economic ruins of modern America. Comb-bound and richly illustrated with Charley’s sketches. $12 per copy, and absolutely no shipping charge.

The Celebrant and Other Works is a direct result of Charley’s coming out as a daily blogger in January 2011. Well, what we have here is a collection of two novellas that were based on Charley’s work experience in the land of “contract employees,” and a miscellany of essays, short stories, poetry, prayers, and journalism. You can find a whole lot of it on Charley’s blog, Vector Charley at, but if you buy his book you will have it all right on your bookshelf for future reference and general page-flipping. $12 per copy, and absolutely no shipping charge.


Please order using this form, mailed to the address below. Include full payment and make checks or money orders payable to: THE DUNERY PRESS, P.O. Box 116, Harbert, MI 49115. Books are 8 ½” X 11”, photocopied, with black-and-white artwork and plastic coil bindings. All books are autographed and will be shipped by U.S. Postal Service. If you’re looking for one of our older titles, email us at:, and we’ll see if we can’t scrounge up a copy or two. Thank you!!!


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Titles from which to choose:

Friends and Other Works

by Natalie McKelvy (90 pages) _______@$12

The Celebrant and Other Works

by Charles McKelvy (228 pages) _______@$12

Subtotal: $______________

6% sales tax (Michigan residents only): $______________

TOTAL: $______________


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