Broad Street Café To Host The Mahogany Door Project

cover art by Lauren Gallegos

An acoustic performance of original music from the new soundtrack CD.

Broad Street Café in Durham will host an acoustic performance of original music from a new soundtrack CD when The

cover art by Lauren Gallegos

Door Project takes the stage on Tuesday, July 19, at 8:30 p.m.

The CD is the soundtrack to “The Mahogany Door,” a new fantasy-adventure book for young and teen readers by Durham author J. Mark Boliek. A musician as well as a writer, Boliek created the CD soundtrack as a way to capture the moods and themes of the book in songs. He wrote or co-wrote all but two of the songs, which range in style from rock and R&B, to country and even one full orchestral arrangement.

Katie Basden, a new name in country music, wrote one of the eight songs on the CD and will join the group as a special guest for the set, along with guest singer Ian Butts.

The process of creating the soundtrack was particularly special to Boliek because of the “closeness of friends and family” that it took to create the CD, he said. That bond will be celebrated at Broad Street Cafe when members of The Mahogany Door Project share stories and music from the book and CD during the live performance.

The event is free and open to the public. Young fans of fantasy-adventure fiction are encouraged to attend. Broad Street Café is located at 1116 Broad Street, Durham, NC 27705 (919-416-9707).

The entire Mahogany Door soundtrack CD can be heard on Boliek’s website at

For more information on book, visit. and the author’s Facebook page at

About J. Mark Boliek:

J. Mark Boliek, the author of “The Mahogany Door” and the entire Bruinduer Narrative series, grew up in Eden and Durham, North Carolina. An avid writer and athlete, he received a football scholarship after high school but chose to join the Navy instead. He graduated from Concord University in Athens, WV, in 1997 and lived in Wilmington, NC, for a while, where he began to develop The Bruinduer Narrative, a fantasy-adventure series for young readers, as well as the soundtrack CD that accompanies “The Mahogany Door.” Mark and his wife Jill now live in Durham, NC, where they own and operate Split Rail Books and Split Rail Multimedia LLC. For more information on the author and “The Mahogany Door,” visit and his Facebook page at

About The Mahogany Door:

Synopsis: JT Davis is a young man whose life was changed dramatically by tragic events. Not only did the now-23-year-old lose both of his parents when he was a boy, but he suffered amnesia during the trauma — a condition that has suppressed memories he will need to help him and his forgotten friends, Kali Logan and Michael Peterson, retrace their steps through The Mahogany Door into the fantasy Vryheid world of Bruinduer — where anything and everything can happen.  In book one of The Bruinduer Narrative, the three friends’ journey back into this fantasy world – that JT can’t remember and that Kali wanted to forget — compels them to correct a destiny left unfinished. But only if Bruinduer doesn’t collapse first.

Author: J. Mark Boliek. Publisher: Split Rail Books. Illustrator: Lauren Gallegos. Genre: fiction-fantasy-adventure. Age group: 10 and up.

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