Just in time for the Ali Akbar Retrospective on May 2nd, Bill McGowan has collected the Ali stories that have made him a minor literary celebrity in Antiqua, Guatemala. The Ali Files has a forward by RB Morris, illustrations by Luis De León Diaz, and some new stories.
$12 – The Ali Files
New: From Where We Came by Arthur J. Stewart
Art Stewart’s fifth volume of science-based poetry explores the the latest findings on human origins. “Reaching deep into compelling examples from human history, and the history of our natural world, Stewart delivers carefully crafted meditations that seamlessly braid fact, loss, longing, and imagination.
“As Stewart notes, the reach of modern science is indeed vast, but it is certainly not devoid of wonder. The armchair time-traveller and lab-bench scientist alike will be richly rewarded by even a casual walk through Stewart’s territory…”
$15 – From Where We Came
Tellin’ It for the Truth by Bill Landry
Knoxville News Sentinel columnist, Sam Venable, says that “the stories in Tellin’ It for the Truth are different. Some like The Harlequin Massacre and The Great River Adventure are personal, even disturbing.” He adds, “Maybe, that’s why Bill has waited almost half his life to tell them.”
Landry notes that Tellin’ It for the Truth is a collection of sixteen true stories, and as Ray Hicks’ always said, “When you hear someone say, ‘He’s tellin’ it for the truth,’ you know something good is coming!”
The book includes Bill’s favorite longer stories, some of which have never been published. It even includes an epic poem about a love sick one-armed, one-legged Pirate, named Paddy O’Dea. According to Landry, “All great stories once told are told again.”
No Landry book is complete without his humorous East Tennessee “Little Stories.” Here’s one to whet your appetite:
In Grainger County, the extension agent, Charlie Gavin, stopped by to see Roscoe Stinnett on his pig farm. He found Roscoe in the orchard under the apple tree. But, the hogs had eaten all the apples on the ground. So Roscoe was picking up a pig and lifting it up so it could snag an apple off a limb. He was doing this one right after another.
“Hey Roscoe,” Charlie said. “Boy isn’t that a lot of work picking up pigs like that, just so they can eat an apple? Doesn’t that take a lot of time?”
The farmer just looked at Charlie and replied, “What’s time to a pig?”
The Unmade Moose by Lisa Soland
The Unmade Moose is the much-anticipated sequel to Lisa Soland’s successful debut children’s novel, The Christmas Tree Angel. The sequel is an inspirational holiday story about an unfinished stuffed toy who one day meets the angel, and she tells him that he was made on purpose and for a reason. Shortly after, his long-awaited adventure begins.
Highland Brigadier: A World War II Novel by Abbott A. Brayton
Abbott Brayton follows up his successful debut novel, Outpost Scotland, with another historically and geographically accurate story of David McKenna’s World War II adventures, Highland Brigadier: A World War II Novel. McKenna’s participation in the disastrous raid on Dieppe provides the backdrop to a story that takes the reader into the complex and controversial political decisions that often direct military strategy in time of war.
The Christmas Tree Angel by Lisa Soland
This beautifully illustrated children’s book is an inspirational holiday story about an angel ornament that is given to the Brown family on Christmas Eve. Once placed on the tree, the angel meets new friends who share the news of what will become of them when Christmas is over. Determined to escape the dreaded storage box, they work together on an idea that just might bring them the freedom and purpose they desire.
The Christmas Tree Angel is suitable for third grade and up, and will inspire and bring hope to all ages.