Three Well-Crafted Books, Timely, Revealing, Enduring, Queue for Launch

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"A Slap on Three Cheeks," "The Last Living Master," and "Largie Castle", new to the U.K., from Firefallmedia in California, here now.

Author Mary Gladstone at home

Author Mary C Gladstone at home

Mary C Gladstone, a descendent of rebels and high Tories, seeking moral truth, offers her take on the second death in the press of her Macdonald uncle, in a non-fiction Scottish Downton Abbey.

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"Largie Castle: a rifled nest" by Mary C Gladstone, a descendent of rebels and high Tories, seeking moral truth, offers an open view of her Macdonald uncle and his lasting influence. The Laird-to-be died twice, in war and again by slander in the press, with the prevailing code of honor broken by an unlikely cannibal, literally. By re-creating her uncle’s life and adding to the British narrative in all its layered complexity, Mary has completed the first book in her Highland Trilogy. Scotland Magazine is featuring this non-fiction book in March, on launch.

"A Slap on Three Cheeks: circus season" is 'A smart frown on the political clown in all of us.' Its 27 poems spare none of the players in Washington’s center ring. In print and as an ebook on Amazon and as an audio from Audible and iTunes, award-winning San Francisco poet Elihu Blotnick challenges the politics of language and the language of politics. This is an instant book/audio, created in ten days, available now. The title also refers to Donald’s three faces and offers up spiky insight into historic times in America.

"The Last Living Master: black platinum, red gold," also by poet-photographer Elihu Blotnick, is a fictional memoir, offering its own plate of cultural revelations. A tour de force, the story involves a cross-country trip with a platinum photographic printer and his digitally-minded son, as they challenge each other’s art and authority across time zones. The love life of the characters gives an extra dimension to the story, in their attempt to redefine family. Behind the best images in the press and gallery world are equally powerful personalities who have mastered their idiosyncrasies. True well-told tales of Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Edward Weston, and Freda Kahlo plus the author’s own experience give extra weight to the plot. The book, to be released in June in the UK, is available now as a digital audio download on Audible and iTunes.

Elihu Blotnick won the Poetry-in-Transit contest in San Francisco, after releasing an enduring book of poems (Russian Hill, storm year), and won praise from the NYTimes for another book of his photographs and poems (Saltwater Flats): "Powerful, and very personal, images of contemporary America." Blotnick’s voice, trained in the NYU theater department, adds interpretative resonance to his readings.

Short story writer, poet, playwright and literary critic, Mary C Gladstone taught for many years at the University of Edinburgh. She also found time to write and broadcast on Scottish literature and the arts for the National press and BBC radio. She recently returned to Galloway where she grew up, to live by the sea in Scotland’s most southerly village.

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