Starting in July and continuing through the year, Korongo will publish over a dozen books, at the rate of two or three per month, many of which will be offered as freebies to our friends and subscribers. If you imagined that I am quietly whiling away my time in France, strolling along the Seine and posting pictures of castles and swans on Facebook, you were wrong. Below is just a small sample of what I've been working on. Patrick made a mighty contribution to the first book, Jungle Cowboy, which is actually his story, which means he first had to live it, and then tell it to me, and then illustrate it. (That's one of his illustrations on the cover.) And my brother John scanned and uploaded a gazillion photos to make the third book possible. We will announce the publication of these and other books right here, on this blog. If you don't want those announcements (and other blog posts) filling up your mailbox, don't scroll down to the bottom of this page and "subscribe." Believe me, I do understand, and I am working on a better solution, such as a newsletter. Oy, the life of an independent publisher. Work work work. Among the new titles:
Jungle Cowboy draws parallels between a twenty-year-old American painter who sails to France in 1919 and his grandson, a twenty-year-old Frenchman, who arrives in West Africa in 1964. Illustrated by Patrick Texier.
A Mother's Diary tells the story of a young woman from Tennessee whose life is upended at the start of the Great Depression. Forced to leave sunny Florida with her ailing husband and two young sons, Kate creates a new life for herself and her family in rural Vermont, a country whose climate and customs are foreign to her. Her diary reveals the strength and ingenuity that go into the art of homemaking, especially in hard times.
The Cooley Farm tells the story of a Vermont farm that spanned four generations. Purchased in 1909 by William and Anna Cooley, the Randolph Center farm saw many changes over the next fifty years. The Cooleys were writers and storytellers, as well as farmers, and the history of the place they called home is told in engaging prose enhanced by a rich collection of photographs.