Books containing compelling narrative writing combined with appealing fine art by a single creative individual are rare. That makes the forthcoming nonfiction narrative collection by Aberjhani, titled "Dreams of the Immortal City Savannah" (ISBN 978-9388125956), Cyberwit.net Publishers) as well as the artwork from it featured here at Fine Art America/Pixels.com, highly collectible. In addition, the rarity makes them likely to continue increasing in value.
The images in the book are black and white versions of color prints which may be viewed by clicking here: Art from and Inspired by Dreams of the Immortal City Savannah
Previous announcements concerning a book including art by Aberjhani stated it would be one of art and poetry titled "Incandescent Wonder," so the news regarding "Dreams of the Immortal City Savannah" took some by surprise.
"The inclusion of my art and photography in Dreams of the Immortal City Savannah surprised me as well," said the artist-author, "but I've been working on the narrative part of this title for a decade and have been posting updates about it on Facebook and my primary website for the past two years. The art and photography help complete the book in a lot of ways I never expected. I'm glad for the inspiration that prompted me to include it."
The recently-posted art titled "Historic Triumph of Dr. Abigail Jordan" corresponds with the 2019 update of the story in DREAMS titled "The Bridge and the Monument: A Tale of Two Legacies." Aberjhani was in the process of completing edits for the book when he learned Dr. Jordan, who for a decade led efforts to erect the famous African-American Family Monument on River Street in Savannah, had passed in January. She is one of three people to whom the new book is dedicated.
"Learning about Abigail Jordan's passing was quite a shock because so little upon her death was done to publicly acknowledge this great woman whose devotion to eradicating racism and promoting cultural literacy in Savannah has blessed the city so much. The unveiling of the monument in 2002 made headlines around the world. How media in the city neglected to properly acknowledge Jordan's passing is somewhat mystifying but hopefully we will correct that by adding her name more prominently to the monument itself in the form of a plaque or historical marker."
Pre-sales for the first limited edition of "Dreams of the Immortal City Savannah," due out May 1, 2019, are currently available for ordering here:
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--Bright Skylark News Notes
With a focus on the practice of compassion as an indispensable tool for nonviolent conflict resolution in the 21st century, the Charter for Compassion launched a new blog by Aberjhani on February 3, 2017.
"The timing of the launch," said the author, "could not be better as we are seeing escalations of contentious engagements at just about every level in every area of human activity."
The first blog entry, Considering Strategic Advantages of Compassion in 2017, was co-published at Bright Skylark Literary Productions. However, the new Charter blog will feature primarily original posts like the following:
The blog also showcases a series of digital posters illustrating central themes and principle values demonstrated by Charter for Compassion.
The organization, founded by noted author and compassion advocate Karen Armstrong, has long hosted blogs by contributors interested in helping to resolve humanity's most pressing challenges by means that promote sustainable coexistence. These include: "street therapist" David Breaux, author John Smelcer, photographer Steve Kaye, a TED ED Blog of Charter Stories, and a Women and Girls Blog.
Aberjhani has previously contributed articles to the organization's Voices Education Project and is one of its Arts Partners. On top of the current intensified political polarization in America, the need to increase responsiveness globally to such issues as climate change, domestic violence, and ending the education divide prompted the author to accept Charter for Compassion's invitation to publish the new blog.
Bright Skylark Literary Productions News Notes
In his first interview of the year 2015, Aberjhani discusses with Poetry Life & Times editors Sara L. Russell and Robin Ouzman Hislop everything from what first inspired him to begin writing poetry as a teenager to current books and multimedia works in progress. The new interview has posted just in time for World Poetry Day (March 21) and National Poetry Month (April) 2015.