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Foreword Reviews of Don Quixote and Candide Seek Truth, Justice, and El Dorado in the Digital Age 

Foreword Reviews of Don Quixote and Candide Seek Truth, Justice, and El Dorado in the Digital Age 

Don Quixote and Candide Seek Truth, Justice, and El Dorado in the Digital Age is fanciful, intelligent entertainment, better sipped than gulped to enjoy the full effect.The picaresque novel gets a fresh spin in Stefan Soto’s time-twisting tale, Don Quixote and Candide Seek Truth, Justice, and El Dorado in the Digital Age.
Candide and Don Quixote, characters in books a hundred years apart, are very much alive when they meet by chance in tavern. Both mourn the fact that their great adventures are behind them, and decide to embark together on a final, bold journey—a search for the truth.
Soon they are on the road, bound by rail and sea for the New World, otherwise known as America. This is, however, no ordinary journey, for it traverses not only distance but also the infinite. Time has no boundaries, cell phones coexist with pirates, and the next text message might be from Sherlock Holmes.
The book is narrated by Candide, whose voice is pitch-perfect for Voltaire’s creation. Always susceptible to female charms, Candide also keeps a blog and is quick to embrace the wonders of technology. Don Quixote is also well drawn as an idealistic and melancholy knight dreaming of great deeds that will never come to pass. It’s a major achievement that these characters’ voices, though from different eras, are simultaneously clever, archaic, and appealing to contemporary ears.
As the journey unfolds, it draws in other familiar characters from the classics, all true to their originals, but all in slightly altered roles. They include Dr. Watson, Holmes’s right-hand man, who now has a syndicated television show; Cyrano de Bergerac as a forlorn railroad conductor; and Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, who run a not-quite-honest salvage business. The structure of the book is episodic, and as these characters and a host of others are introduced and bid farewell, the pace is swift.
The writing is unfailingly clever, with many rewards for those well-versed in the classics and history—as when Don Quixote explains that he invented anagrams while standing in long lines during the Franco era. Though echoes of Cervantes and Voltaire’s original works are heard, recent reading isn’t necessary; Candide and Don Quixote both adroitly fill in the blanks by recounting their histories at the hands of their respective “biographers.”
Contemporary culture is also in play, as the quest for truth leads the adventurers to contemporary Las Vegas, and brings in the crew of the original Star Trek to shed light on the latest developments in time travel.
The swift pace slows with the introduction of Elizabeth Bennett, held captive by Long John Silver.  Candide is instantly infatuated with the heroine of Pride and Prejudice, and volunteers to undertake her rescue, even though it means reuniting her with her true beloved, Mr. Darcy. This subplot goes on a bit too long and blunts the more interesting plot thread of whether and how Candide and Don Quixote are going to make their ways back to their own time zones.
Don Quixote and Candide Seek Truth, Justice, and El Dorado in the Digital Ageis fanciful, intelligent entertainment, better sipped than gulped to enjoy the full effect.

Lin Waterhouse will be presenting a program tonight at the West Plains Public Library

Lin Waterhouse will be presenting a program tonight at the West Plains Public Library, 750 W Broadway St, West Plains, Missouri http://www1.youseemore.com/westplains/. The emphasis will be on the local explosion examined in her nonfiction The West Plains Dance Hall Explosion, but will speak about Bred to the Bone: Deadly Secrets at Hunter’s Mill, and its sequel, The Ghost of Timmy Wahl: Eternal Secrets at Hunter’s Mill. There will be a PowerPoint program and books to sell and sign.

 

Thomas E. Simmons to be on Meet the Authors!

Thomas E. Simmons, author of The Man Called Brown CondorForgotten Heroes of World War II: Personal Accounts of Ordinary Soldiers Land, Sea and AirEscape from ArchangelBy Accident of BirthThe Last Quinn Standing, and the upcoming third book in the Quinn Saga, Today a War, Tomorrow a War, a Family In-between will beson Philip Levin’s “Meet the Authors,” this coming Wednesday, October 18th, at 4:30 pm. Ocean7 studio at 1016 Government St., Ocean Springs, MS The show will be broadcast in about 3 weeks on two consecutive Mondays at 7:30 p.m. http://www.doctors-dreams.com/meet-the-authors-tv-show/ “Meet the Authors” TV Show with interviews of local authors.  Broadcasts Monday evenings at 7:30 p.m. on Ocean7 station (Cableone 1007, Uverse 7, local antenna)

  

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, author of Please Say Kaddish For Me, From Silt and Ashes, and As One Must, One Can, will participate in THE GATHERING OF AUTHORS Texarkana Literacy/Charity Annual Event

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, author of Please Say Kaddish For Me, From Silt and Ashes, and As One Must, One Can, will participate in THE GATHERING OF AUTHORS
Texarkana Literacy/Charity Annual Event

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 We started this unique event in 2010, focusing on writers in and around our
area, but since has grown into something far greater.  We combine the importance
of literacy and giving into one.  Four years ago, we added St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital into our event as our Charity of choice to donate to, but later included Arkansas Children’s Hospital as well.  We bring in authors from all around to share their books, speak and do autographings at the event.  These wonderful authors have become like family to this event and together we all work hard to raise money for these two remarkable hospitals that do nothing but save children’s lives.  Please join our Gathering family and be a part of our event.

2017 GOA Dates:  Friday Oct. 27th, and Sat. Oct. 28th –
Texarkana Arkansas Convention Center

The Charity dinner will be Oct. 27th and PLEASE  RSVP.
The day of the event is Oct. 28th from 10 am – 3 pm…bring a friend and help us make a difference.

If you have questions about the event, email us at gatheringofauthors@yahoo.com   http://gatheringofauthors.com/index.html

**Should you want to make a donation toward the event, click on the  link below**  We will soon have our 501C3 status where all donations will be tax deductible.   Receipt for donations will be available then.

Washed by a Beach by Lisa Reinhard has been released!

Washed by a Beach is the story of how a young teenage girl and her mother escaped the abuse they were going through from their father/husband and then went on to build a new life. It chronicles the struggles as well as the triumphs of starting over after leaving everything behind.

Lisa Hussey Reinhard is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and Kansas City, Missouri. She graduated magna cum laude from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and earned a Master’s in education from Texas A & M /Commerce. She has been an elementary, middle school, and college teacher for over thirty years. She is the author of three unique works: Unbreakable Will, the story of her father’s coming-of-age adventure of living on the rails during the Depression; Washed by a Beach, an empowering and encouraging story for young adults and adults alike who are being and/or have been abused emotionally, mentally, or physically; and Psalms for the Single Mom, a compilation of validating, soul-searching psalms from her heart during a time of transition after divorce raising three young boys. All are works of exemplary writing that will stay with you forever. www.lisareinhard.com All are published by Argus Publishing www.a-argusbooks.com Represented by Loiacono Literary Agency www.loiaconoliteraryagency.com

The second book in the Choestoe series by JR Collins, Living Where the Rabbits Dance, has been released! 

Settlers living in the Southern Appalachian Mountains of 1827 were beginning to see changes they weren’t comfortable with. Men of questionable motives had been seen wandering the trails in search of gold; paying no mind to the needs of the local folks they were invading. Jeb Collins, a twelve-year-old settler boy of Irish decent, was growing to manhood in these mountains. He and his best friend and Blood Brother, Wolf, a full-blood Cherokee boy of the same age, cared deeply about what was happening.

With the coming of U.S. Soldiers to the mountains, death will follow. The boys soon realize their mountain peace is ending and a time of war is approaching; a war they must prepare for; a war they sense will not end well for the Cherokee. This fear makes them decide to fight the madness that is threatening their way of life before it grows. The dangers of their decision will force the boys to risk their lives doing what they feel is right. If death was the will of the Great Creator, then all was just fine with them. They were ready to do what had to be done. After all, it is their home that will be lost if the evil is allowed to spread.

The first book in the Choestoe stories, The Boy Who Danced with Rabbits, is a very spiritual book, both Christian and Native American, that seeps into your soul, igniting a desire to know these people and to mimic their ways through the deep love, devotion, loyalty, and pride they show one another.

J.R. Collins was raised in the valley he so passionately writes about. An ancestor of the first pilgrims to the area, he proudly claims heritage and roots through the people of the Appalachian Mountains that settled in the Choestoe Valley sometime in the latter part of the 1700s. He grew up hunting and running the ridges of Choestoe.

Collins is the Director of Advertising for The North Georgia News, having worked as the editor for sports stories and special events. He is a graduate of Young Harris College. Published by Argus Publishers www.a-argusbooks.com Represented by Loiacono Literary Agency www.llallc.net JR Collins www.jrcollinsauthor.com