Scheduled at New Dominion Bookshop:
Tuesday, November 16 at 12:15 PM
Author/illustrator Wayne Simmons will discuss his new book
The Story of Jules Verne: A Watch Pocket Dog is a story for dog lovers. It concerns a young man who is totally obsessed with the out of doors. Since childhood he has maintained a relentless, unfulfilled dream: that of owning a truly exceptional hunting dog. At last, the bird dog of his dreams arrives—but instead of greatness and majesty, the man discovers a skinny, sickly foundling of questionable pedigree to agonize over. It is a true story: the experiences, the characters, especially the rocky start of a special relationship between man and dog. The story with paintings and illustrations by the author, recounts a hunter’s journey with his hunting dog over a ten-year span. Most of the events described in the book occur in the South: primarily Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas. In many ways, the book is a compilation of closely related short stories, written in sequence, about a very ordinary guy and his extraordinary “once in a lifetime” hunting dog—the dog being the thread that binds throughout.
The Story of Jules Verne is a medium-sized, coffee table style book, laced with the author/artist’s illustrations and paintings of gun dogs, horses, and wildlife. Outdoorsmen may find some of these scenes reminiscent. At first glance, the book’s distressed, golden brown hard cover appears to be authentic antique leather, the dog’s portrait placed on it, a fitting tribute to an old friend long gone but not forgotten.
“There are many fine books celebrating a canine companion. There are many excellent volumes comprised of fine art in celebration of dogs. ‘The Story of Jules Verne: A Watch Pocket Dog’ by Wisconsin author and artist Wayne Caldwell Simmons brings together in a single 100-page volume a series of superbly written and intensely personal stories of his association with a seemingly rather ordinary and unimpressive canine foundling that grew to be an extraordinary and genuinely impressive hunting dog … and a ‘must’ for anyone who has ever felt their canine companion to have been an integral part of their life.”—Reviewer’s Choice, The Midwest Book Review
About the author:
Wayne Simmons has been an artist most of his life. Sporting Art, portraits of people, people and their pets, wildlife and landscapes all have their place in his art, but it’s his dogs and their antics afield that offer recurring themes throughout his work. After graduating from the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Art-Extended, Simmons pursued a career in advertising. In 1976 he opened Simmons Advertising/Public Relations in Shreveport, Louisiana, which he operated until 2006. Today, Simmons and his wife, Gay, divide their time between their homes in Shreveport, Louisiana and Door County, Wisconsin where the artist operates Simmons Studio/Gallery on their farm near Ellison Bay, Wisconsin.