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BENEATH AN AFRICAN SKY
Memories of a Family in British Colonial Kenya
Limited-Issue, First Edition
When Catherine Keese first set out to write this book, she was full of trepidation. “How,” she asked, “would I ever be able to remember all the happenings of our lives back then, and more importantly the nuance of it all? Could I accurately portray the magnificent, equatorial landscape we called home, or the vastness of the African sky? Could I relate what life was like under the forbearance of Africa’s natural order where man, beast, and the elements lent constant danger and exhilaration to every hour of every day? Would I be able to adequately explain the fragility of our political posture and prospects? And could I do justice to the colorful characters who shared with us the anxieties and rewards of life in a British colony? I think I was horrified that I might end up with a book that defined mundaneness—like Lionel Hardcastle’s proverbial My Life in Kenya in the TV series ‘As Time Goes By’.”
In this fascinating book, told with great candor and humor, she adds: “. . . for better or worse, I offer the story of our family in Kenya, and the fascinating, pivotal times in which we lived. While told from my personal perspective, it is the record of a Scottish family’s evolution from its working-class roots in Glasgow, through emigration, war, jubilation, illness, defiance, loss, and redemption. It is also the tale of life on a Kenya farm with all its trials and tribulations. Yet what remains for me is a picture of sun-drenched exuberance under that vast African sky—a Van Gogh painting whose bold, profuse brushstrokes and vibrant colors are the distillation of times gone by and all that happened to us. It’s a happy canvas that I gaze at a lot.”
JOHANNA: THE OTHER VAN GOGH
The Remarkable Woman Who Changed the History of Art
William J. Havlicek & David A. Glen
Limited-Issue, First Edition
Following the success of the highly acclaimed book Van Gogh’s Untold Journey, authors William Havlicek and David Glen now tell Vincent’s complete story embracing the one person hitherto—and to a large extent—ignored: Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, his sister-in-law. For without Johanna, little of the inimitable Vincent would ever have been known. Vincent’s legacy was, furthermore, solidified by the prestigious patronage of Helene Kröller-Müller, the wife of a wealthy industrialist, who was to accumulate the second-largest collection of Van Gogh drawings and paintings, now displayed in the renowned Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, the Netherlands. This well-researched, beautifully illustrated book also gives Theo, Vincent’s devoted brother, suitable recognition for the part he played in ensuring Van Gogh’s bequest.
After the deaths of Vincent and Theo, Johanna became keeper and advocate of Vincent’s immense collection of paintings, sketches, and illustrations. She was to preserve and chronicle over 520 hand-written letters (eventually more than 900 would come to light) without which we would never have come to understand the devoted relationship and interdependency Vincent had with his brother Theo, nor the remarkable beneficence that lay at the very core of the Van Gogh family as a whole. Most importantly, we would never have come to know the uncommon genius that was Vincent van Gogh.
VAN GOGH AND NUENEN
Ton de Brouwer
First Edition in English
Vincent van Gogh lived and worked in Nuenen from December 1883 to November 1885. In retrospect, his stay in Nuenen was one of the most important and most productive periods in his life. He chose to take the daily hard life of his fellow man as the starting point for his painting. With great dedication, he made 194 paintings in Nuenen, including the now famous Potato Eaters, 313 drawings, 25 watercolors and 19 letter sketches. In Nuenen, there is still much to see from the period when Vincent and his family lived here. In the town’s museum (the Vincentre), Nuenen’s history of Vincent is brought together in words and images with faithfully reproduced photographs, paintings, drawings and letters. In addition, Nuenen itself and its surroundings form a collection in itself. No less than 21 buildings and landscapes have a direct relationship with Vincent’s two-year stay in Nuenen. Of those 21 objects, 14 have been painted or drawn by Vincent at least once. The other 7 buildings were not painted by him, but were mostly the houses where many of his ‘models’ lived. Some landscapes in the immediate vicinity still breathe the atmosphere of his time, and various routes along which he walked pass through this living collection, looking very much like they did over 100 years ago.
The 2nd edition of Van Gogh en Nuenen in Dutch has been sold out for some time. But Ton de Brouwer and Creative Storytellers have now collaborated on a Third Edition, greatly enhanced with over 180 color images, and this First Edition in English. This is a wonderful story for both connoisseurs and those interested in Van Gogh, written by a passionate connoisseur and expert on one of history’s most charismatic artists.
VAN GOGH’S UNTOLD JOURNEY
The Revelations of Faith,
Family, & Artistic Inspiration
William J. Havlicek, Ph.D.
Van Gogh’s Untold Journey is based largely on Vincent van Gogh’s astonishing letters of which over 900 exist. This important work—the result of over 15 years of research—provides new insight into the artist’s true character nurtured from his abiding faith, the influence of family, and the tender solicitude he felt for mankind.
William J. Havlicek’s book holds some compelling revelations, among them the role played by Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, his sister-in-law, without whom little of the inimitable Vincent would ever have been known; and the artist’s vicarious relationship with Charles Dickens. Perhaps most revealing is Havlicek’s discovery of how the inspired words of Victor Hugo, embodied in one of his characters in Les Misérables, gave Van Gogh the idea for one of his most celebrated paintings of all: The Starry Night. This particular revelation has astonished the art world.
The book also dispels much of the myth that has come to surround Vincent’s tumultuous life. In the words of the author, “The letters reveal an unknown, adventurous, deeply compassionate Vincent whose essence seems to have been lost in the dramatic and often apocryphal stories surrounding his illness and early death. My effort therefore was to unveil these unknown aspects of Vincent—ones that are even heroic and certainly praiseworthy.”
“Dr. Havlicek offers an intimate perspective on the life of Van Gogh through an examination of Vincent’s personal letters to his family. I enjoyed learning about Vincent’s faith, his struggles in relationships with others and with God, and how he translated life’s issues into his artwork. The book itself is gorgeous, full of large color plates that accompany the text. Holding this book in your hands feels like holding something of top quality. Open the book to any passage, and the sense of quality is reinforced through the content. Dr. Havlicek writes with passion, intelligence, and clarity, creating a book with provocative insights, interesting connections, and lessons about the preciousness of life. It will inspire you!” ~ Amazon Reviewer Tiburon SC
Publishing Your Book from Concept to Completion
David A. Glen
I wrote this book specifically for aspiring, fledgling, and even successful writers, that I might share with them the knowledge and wisdom I have garnered over the years as both a writer and (small-time) publisher of books in many genres and in various formats. Gone are the days when we were beholden to the caprice and connivance of staid publishing establishments. Instead, we have today an amazing facility at our fingertips—the ability to effectively and economically self-publish, to convey our story to the world at large, and maintain a modicum of control over the integrity of our work.
Nevertheless—and to avoid those priggish publishing houses from wagging their “I told you so!” fingers at us—we must continue to maintain the highest standards in our writing and in the production of our books. self-publishing.today provides you with all the tools you need to do just that. I hope you will take full advantage of its content, become a celebrated author in your own right, and leave us with a literary legacy for all to enjoy.
~ David A. Glen, Author
A Story of Desperation, Survival, Kindness and Redemption
in the Lives of Six Exploited and Abused Kids, and how
One Man Helped to Redefine Their Destinies.
David A. Glen
Thousands of children around the world are victims of transnational organised crime syndicates and individuals that profiteer from their trafficking, enslavement, and sexual exploitation. These criminal entities not only exploit children in real environments; they have also created a highly sophisticated subculture in cyberspace on both the supply and the demand side that is extremely difficult to track and intercept. Their illicit dealings in child exploitation often involve corrupt political and governmental figures, judges, doctors, lawyers and police officers—typically those in positions of power and influence.
Based on real happenings and circumstances, this story tells of the desperate existence of six boys enslaved and exploited by a major organized crime ring, the horrors they must endure, and how they exist from day-to-day with little hope of salvation. But a chance encounter with one man—a retired intelligence officer–changes everything as he teaches them how to fight back in an effective, astute way using his knowledge of modern technology and his training in fieldcraft. Above all, he helps restore their dignity, and demonstrates how kindness, redemption and an indomitable spirit can lead them out of the dark underworld in which they live to a life of happiness and fulfillment.
THE BLUE RABBIT & OTHER DOG AFFAIRS
Michael L. Jacques, MFA
Limited-Issue, First Edition, Signed & Numbered
“Michael L. Jacques is one of those singular people whose very persona packs immense delight into the most common of experiences. And his art delivers the same experience along with a helping of vibrant color that in itself makes one smile. In The Blue Rabbit, this seems to be one of the many lessons that Michael is teaching us through the agency of his gifted brush: brilliant color orchestration, dramatic perspective, and a light-saturated palette. Yet he goes much further. Michael has taken the time to include small gems for those studying art with revealing thoughts on philosophy and aesthetics, illustrations of how he constructed a painting from concept to completion, and examples of initial studies alongside completed works. And he imbues his prose with the candor and humor for which he is known and loved! This book—like Michael’s persona itself—is straight from the heart!”
~ William J. Havlicek, Ph.D.