LOCAL AUTHORS. LOCAL STORIES.

 

CITY OF DARK MAGIC

Magnus Flyte

Penguin x 464 pages

$16 paper x Nov. 27, 2012

When music student Sarah Weston lands a summer job at Prague Castle cataloging Beethoven’s manuscripts, she has no idea how dangerous her life is about to become. Soon after she arrives, strange things begin to happen. She learns that her mentor, who was working at the castle, may not have committed suicide after all. As Sarah parses his clues about Beethoven’s “Immortal Beloved,” she manages to get arrested, have tantric sex in a public fountain, and discover a time-warping drug. She also catches the attention of a 400-year-old dwarf, the handsome Prince Max, and a powerful U.S. senator with secrets she will do anything to hide.

 

CITY OF LOST DREAMS

Magnus Flyte

Penguin x 368 pages

$16 paper x Nov. 26, 2013

In the sequel to City of Dark Magic, musicologist Sarah Weston is in Vienna in search of a cure for her friend, the blind young musical prodigy, Pollina, who is deathly ill. Meanwhile, 400-year-old Nicolas Pertusato, who is in London in search of an ancient alchemical cure for the girl, discovers an old enemy is one step ahead of him. In Prague, Prince Max tries to unravel the strange reappearance of a long dead saint while being pursued by a seductive red-headed historian with dark motives of her own. In the city of Beethoven, Mozart, and Freud, Sarah becomes the target in a deadly web of intrigue that involves a scientist on the run, stolen art, seductive pastries, a few surprises from long-dead alchemists, a distractingly attractive horseman who’s more than a little bloodthirsty, and a trail of secrets and lies. But nothing will be more dangerous than the brilliant and vindictive villain who seeks to bend time itself. Sarah must travel deep into an ancient mystery to save the people she loves.

 

Under the pseudonym of Magnus Flyte, Three Rivers’s own Christina Lynch joins forces with Meg Howrey to create a tale of intrigue and mystery. The book will appeal to many, as Chris describes it to be “a hybrid of genres,” a Euro thriller with sides of romance, the paranormal, and mystery.

 

A STORY LATELY TOLD: COMING OF AGE

IN IRELAND, LONDON, AND NEW YORK

Anjelica Huston

Scribner x 272 pages

$25 hardcover x Nov. 19, 2013

Anjelica Huston is one of Three Rivers’s celebrity residents, and certainly one of its most cherished. Three Rivers is a long way from the Irish estate on which she was raised and to which — between movies — her famous director father John Huston brought his array of accomplished friends. As a teenager in the 1960s, she lived in London with her mother and brother, but when she was 17, her mother was tragically killed in a car crash. Months later, Anjelica moved to New York, fell in love with the much older photographer Bob Richardson, and became a model. Living in the Chelsea Hotel, working with Richard Avedon and other photographers, she navigates a volatile relationship and the dynamic cultural epicenter of New York in the 1970s. A Story Lately Told ends as Anjelica launches her Hollywood life. The second part of her memoir — Watch Me — will pick up in Los Angeles in 1973 and follow her career in film. It will be published in Fall 2014.

 

ECHOES OF BLOSSOM PEAK: COWBOYS,

HORSEMEN, AND HISTORY OF THREE RIVERS

Earl A. McKee Jr.

CreateSpace x 374 pages

$19.95 paper x Aug. 31, 2013

Cattle, horses, mules, and music are the life of Earl A. McKee, Jr., a rugged, sensitive cowman who lives in the house where he was born over 80 years ago. Earl grew up cattle ranching with his father in the foothills of the western Sierra Nevada. He worked summers with his dad’s packing business in the High Sierra, guiding the elite of business and society while learning many of life’s lessons, including its most difficult one, on extended pack trips into the rugged backcountry from Giant Forest to Mount Whitney, Yosemite to Mineral King. Earl is also vocalist and sousaphone player in the famous Dixieland-style High Sierra Jazz Band — which originated in and is based in Three Rivers — that for 40 years has played jazz festivals across the United States and entertained around the globe. Earl is a sought-after source of colorful tales of local history, and he chronicles the many ups and downs of his amazing life in this book in his own distinct voice. “Echoes” is a lively narrative that draws the reader into this hidden corner of the Sierra foothills. Three Rivers history comes alive with each chapter.

 

SIERRA WONDERS

Karen Kimball (Editor)

Arts Alliance of Three Rivers x 107 pages

$25 hardcover x September 2013

It was more than a year in the making. It involved dozens of California artists and authors, five jurors, four proofreaders, a graphic designer, and an editor. But the hard work has paid off. Sierra Wonders is a visually stunning and timeless book that celebrates the richness of the southern Sierra Nevada Mountains. It is a must-have in the collection of anyone who appreciates nature, art, poetry, history, and storytelling all themed around the Southern Sierra’s rich natural heritage. Readers will appreciate Sierra Wonder’s colorful artwork and the wide variety of essays, stories, and poems throughout its pages. On the literary side, some selections are light-hearted, others remind us of nature’s fragility, and a few share vignettes of life in the Southern Sierra. Brilliant artwork complements the literary selections and allows readers to see the Southern Sierra interpreted through the eyes of painters, photographers, and sculptors. Three Rivers residents will recognize works by local favorites — Mona Fox Selph, James Entz, Elsah Cort, Shirley Keller, Nadi Spencer, Jana Botkin — as well as others from throughout Tulare County and around the state. All proceeds from the sale of the book will be put to good use as it is a fundraiser for the Arts Alliance of Three Rivers’s Jonnum-Young Scholarship Fund for students aspiring to be artists.

 

PIONEERS IN PARADISE: A HISTORICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD

OF EARLY DAYS IN THREE RIVERS, CALIFORNIA, 1850s TO 1950s

Sophie Britten

Dog Ear x 355 pages

$19.95 paper x Jan. 29, 2013

This book tells the history of a century in Three Rivers based on the writings and newspaper clippings of Frankie Welch. The book is divided into two parts: the first tells the story of events and places. The second part relates stories and histories of the original pioneer families.

 

GEOBLE’S CAMP

Patsy Dolson

CrossBooks x 188 pages

$19.95 hardcover x Oct. 29, 2013

In this raw and unsettling memoir by Patsy Dolson of Three Rivers, the author reveals a childhood filled with poverty, physical and emotional abuse, and unspeakable secrets. She describes how she climbed out of the depths of despair and was transformed by marriage, career, and motherhood. But she couldn’t shake her past, which caused her much mental anguish and threatened all that she loved. The author describes how the Lord restored, healed, and brought wholeness into her life.

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