I want to share with you an announcement I received from local author Tim Lewis:
I would like to invite you and any of your site visitors to attend the launch of, not one, not two, but three of my latest books. The event will be held on the evening of Wednesday 2nd June from 6pm to 8pm. It is free and light refreshments will be served. The books launch will be in the Lounge of Fayerweather Hall (the Fine Arts School) of the University of Virginia, located on Rugby Road, Charlottesville (across from the rugby ground). This is the same venue as for the launch of The Virginiad several years ago and is a very pleasant room that opens onto a patio and provides plenty of space and comfortable chairs for the event. Coffee, soft drinks and a cold buffet will be provided.
Date: Wednesday 2nd June, 2010
Time: 6pm to 8pm
Venue: UVa Fine Arts School Lounge, Fayerweather Hall, Rugby Road, Charlottesville
For further information: (434) 249-5289 OR firstname.lastname@example.org
The three books that will be launched are:
The Martyrdom of Innocents is a passionate romance that spans three decades and three continents as it takes the two main characters through a whirlwind of intrigue, double-dealing and sorrow. The book begins in the mists of the British miners strike, then finds its two protagonists participating in the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa, and finally drags them into the fight against Islamic fundamentalism. Our two lovers are caught in the machinations of the secret services of four countries, their lives torn apart in the interests of global strategy and the war against terror. This is the story of how their love proves timeless and without limit as they finally refind themselves and are freed from the terrible injustice inflicted upon them. Their love is triumphant, even as the struggle for peace and justice in the world limps on.
Work on Journey to the Center of My Being began ten years ago. After the end of a painful relationship, I left Santa Cruz in my 27-foot motorhome and headed into the vast expanses of the American High West. This fictionalized account, with its cycle of poems, is based on a real journey of self-discovery I endured as I wandered for a hundred and forty-one days and ten thousand miles across California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, South Dakota, Montana, Idaho and Oregon. In what turned out to be a deeply moving personal quest, I struck west to the Sierras, the Great Basin and the Colorado Plateau; I drove through Nevada’s ranges and high valleys, Utah’s reefs and arches, Colorado’s mountains and river gorges, New Mexico’s pueblos and ruins, Wyoming’s coalfields and grasslands, South Dakota’s Badlands and Black Hills, Montana’s forests and lakes, Idaho’s lava fields and pineclad canyons, Oregon’s deserts and basalt massifs, and California’s volcanoes and coastal peaks as I searched for myself and for some deeper meaning to the universe.
Amandla Salaam: A murder on an exotic South Pacific island. A colony of political and religious exiles, cut off from the rest of the world in some peculiar social experiment. Overseen by manipulative French gendarmes, they play out the conflicts and struggles of the mid-20th century as weird games and fantasies. Amandla Salaam is a 50-year-old woman caught up in a poisonous paradise. Pursued by her maniac husband, haunted by memories of her mother and children, she searches for inner peace and meaning to her life. The schooner is late; the islanders are angry; and the starving exiles are on the point of revolt. We enter a scene of superficial calm and tolerance, but are swiftly dragged into a nightmare world of manhunts, plots and fanatical insanity. Amandla Salaam is an allegory of the 20th century and of mankind’s self-imposed exile from its spirit and humanity. This murder mystery is a psychological thriller that examines one woman’s struggle for personal freedom from guilt, abuse and the loss of both family and hope within the context of an oppressive French colony. She is being hunted down by her manic husband and fanatical political exiles Amandla Salaam she tries to find some inner personal peace.
More information on these books, and all my other books currently in print, is available on my new website at www.return2being.com.
The Passion of Writing
I am also planning another Passion of Writing course for this June. If you know anyone who would like to participate, please let me know. I have attached a copy of the brochure to this e-mail for you. The course will begin on Wednesday 9th June, though this date is flexible around participants schedules. If someone would like to take it, he or she should contact me by phone or e-mail with the days and times they are available and we ll take it from there. I will be videoing the course, which is why it is 50% off the normal price, and why there will be 2 sessions a week.