Self-Published Author Releases ‘Alien Among Anxious Artists’

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New book details the author’s adventures in Central Europe, the changes occurring there, the artistic activities in the core of Mitteleuropa, and more

A unique and engaging book masterpiece is all set to captivate readers as author Dennis Parks releases, through Xlibris, Alien Among Anxious Artists.

A humorous non-fiction narrative, Alien Among Anxious Artists describes the adventures of American ceramic artist Dennis Parks in Central Europe and depicts the changes occurring there as reflected in the lives of his counterparts during their uncertain passage from drab communist repression into benign capitalist neglect. The book concentrates on artistic activity in the core of Mitteleuropa—Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and Poland—from 1982 to 1994, while socialism was deliquescing.

Excellent writing concerning these changes has been published by academics and journalists, such as Timothy Garton Ash and David Remnick. Parks’ sources readily acknowledged that they had less leverage on the future. They were curious about the life he lived as an artist in America. Mitteleuropean artists professed that they could easily identify with a contemporary artist who lived lightly on the periphery of society—though they struggled to comprehend why a capitalist would freely choose this alternative.

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About the Author
Dennis makes his home in Tuscarora, Nevada, with his wife, Julie. He has previously published A Potter's Guide to Raw Glazing and Oil Firing with Charles Scribners Sons, NYC, and Living in the Country Growing Weird with the University of Nevada Press, Reno.

Alien Among Anxious Artists * by Dennis Parks
Publication Date: January 21, 2011
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 207 pages; 978-1-4568-4780-7
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 207 pages; 978-1-4568-4781-4
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4568-4782-1

Members of the media who wish to review this book may request a complimentary paperback copy by contacting the publisher at (888) 795-4274 x. 7879. To purchase copies of the book for resale, please fax Xlibris at (610) 915-0294 or call (888) 795-4274 x. 7879.

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