CRUMPLED PAPER – A Novel About Art and Tea

CRUMPLED PAPER – A Novel About Art and Tea is my first novel. It is available here for purchase on my Amazon Author Page.
If you are in the area and would like to pick up a copy directly from me, or if you want a signed copy with bookmark, email me at –


Every Saturday morning Glenn goes to the cafe to meet his friend Richard, a brilliant but eccentric and struggling artist. Richard cares far more about achieving his artistic vision than he does about making money. Glenn would like Richard to be able to pay his studio rent. Between pots of tea, they discuss life and art.

After Richard leaves an unintentional defect in one of his drawings, the piece of art soars in popularity and value as it is traded among collectors. Richard has no idea about the drawing’s journey and seems to be the only one not profiting from it.

Meanwhile, Richard is planning his most ambitious and daring show yet collaborating with models, musicians, poets, and fashion designers. Will this ultimate artistic expression finally bring Richard recognition, and satisfy both his critics and his accountant?

 An insightful, often humorous look into the world of art and the colorful cast of characters who inhabit it. This book explores the pursuit of beauty, how to find inspiration in everything you see, and the joy of conversation.


At the first Newark book Festival selling copies of CRUMPLED PAPER. Fun event, great location, and great weather!


CRUMPLED PAPER is now available at the Alexandria Library!


I stopped in Readers’ Garden Book Store today and found this nice display of my books and a pretty little basket of my buttons!


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“Moore’s prose, often filtered through the wry understatements of Glenn, captures both the conceptual headiness and ridiculousness of the art world. A thoughtful comic look at the art-making process.”

Click here for the full review of CRUMPLED PAPER on Kirkus Reviews.


I’m very excited that my book was chosen for the November edition of Art Lovers’ Book Club by Granville Center For The Arts 🙂

Join us for our next Art Lovers’ Book Club on Thursday, November 9, at 6:00 pm! In each session, we explore carefully curated art-themed books and passionately exchange our reflections. Set within the inspiring ambiance of the Granville Center for the Arts community room, our discussions promise to reignite and deepen your appreciation for the arts.

Our November book is “Crumpled Paper: A Novel About Art and Tea” by Michael S. Moore. Pick up your copy at the Readers’ Garden Bookstore at 115 N Prospect St, Granville, OH 43023.

We encourage you to read the book before our meetup, but it’s not required. Everyone is welcome, and snacks and refreshments will be provided.


Griffey’s Book Emporium in Delaware posted this on their site today!

“Crumpled Paper by Michael S. Moore is our latest indie/local Staff Pick! Bookseller Aria heartily recommends this insightful and layered novel about art, philosophy, and slowing down to savor the good things in life.

Signed copies from last week’s event are available here in store. Come get yours today!”


The Kimono In The Window
This is another drawing by Veronica depicting a scene in CRUMPLED PAPER. During a walk, Richard comes across this window display at an art gallery. Ideas and images start flowing through his mind and assembling themselves into a vision a future project. But he doesn’t realize that he’s been standing there so long that he is now covered in snow and almost freezing to death!


This Saturday August 5th, I will be at Griffey’s Book Emporium in Delaware for an event/signing . I will bring books, buttons, and bookmarks! Please come out for a signed copy of CRUMPLED PAPER!


Do you like anchovies?

This is a drawing by my daughter Veronica. It is the scene in my book where Annabelle suggests the Salad Nicoise. Glenn is smitten and takes her suggestion even though he hates anchovies.


I was interviewed by author, poet, and blogger Gina McKnight! Please click the link to read the full interview on her web page here – Riding and Writing.


At the Hocking Hills Book Fair with books, buttons, and tea candy!


I’m happy to introduce the new CRUMPLED PAPER button! These pretty one inch buttons depict the book’s front cover drawing. Wear one to show your love and support of art and books! These will not come with books from Amazon of course, but they are available at events or directly from me.


CRUMPLED PAPER was reviewed by writer Robert C Trube. Read the review on his website by clicking the link here – Bob on Books – CRUMPLED PAPER BOOK REVIEW


CRUMPLED PAPER is now available at the Twinsburg Public Library. This is a beautiful library about halfway between Akron and Cleveland.


Coshocton Public Library now has CRUMPLED PAPER on the shelves! My daughter lives in this town so it was important for me to be represented here. Very cozy library with arched windows, exposed brick walls, and upper level.


At the Kicks Mix Bookstore Holi-Bookday event. Six authors including myself, games, holiday treats, raffles, and door prizes. The shop cat Edgar Allen Paws made himself at home on my table right away. Very cozy shop with two floors of books.


CRUMPLED PAPER now available at the Wexner Center of the Arts. Such a great selection of art books here. I’m very happy to be a part of it!


CRUMPLED PAPER is now available in the Columbus Museum Of Art. Visit the museum and on the way out stop by the store and pick up a signed copy!


CRUMPLED PAPER is now available at the Bexley Library. This beautiful library was my most frequented spot when I lived in Old Town East.


I’m happy to announce Granville Library has added CRUMPLED PAPER to its collection and now has it on their NEW FICTION shelf. Check it out! (literally)


CRUMPLED PAPER is now available at Readers Garden Bookstore in Granville! Readers Garden is an independent bookstore in the heart of Granville, the home of Denison University. Such a pretty shop and neighborhood!


CRUMPLED PAPER is now available at The Columbus Metropolitan Library. I’m very excited about this because I have used the library all my life and even worked as a volunteer in the downtown branch in the used bookstore, and sorting donated books. I’ve taken my daughters here all my life too so it’s especially great to be a part of it now.


CRUMPLED PAPER is now available at Gramercy Books in Bexley! Gramercy is a locally-owned independently minded carefully curated neighborhood bookstore. It’s right across the street from the Bexley Library and it even has a little coffee shop attached. Perfect!


At the October Halloween Market at Otterbein University!


CRUMPLED PAPER now available at Prologue Bookshop! It is great to be in this shop that is in the center of the Short North Art District. Make this a stop during the monthly Gallery Hop!


CRUMPLED PAPER is now available at Lost Weekend Records in Clintonville! Lost Weekend specializes in vinyl records but also supports art of all kinds including local musicians, artists, and writers. It is great to be included here!


CRUMPLED PAPER is available at Kafe Kerouac! This is one of the coolest spots in Columbus. It is a coffee shop, a bar, a record and book store, a place where artists, writers, and musicians congregate to see poetry slams and art events. Maybe the last of the bohemian style cafes, and just the kind of place Richard would love to hang out in. I can’t describe how happy I am this is the first place to carry my book!


Visual packaging is very important to me! I want the book to be a physical piece of art on its own. That is why I had custom bookmarks made to be part of the package.

Made in USA. The book is printed in Delaware, the bookmarks are made in California, and the tassels are made in Florida.


Shipment of one hundred books arrives! I can honestly say this was the most exciting thing I’ve ever gotten in the mail. My cat Velvet inspected the order for quality. She said the best part was the box (cat joke)