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ALEX B. STONE LAUNCHES NOVEL
IF I COULD SLEEP


Author Alex B. Stone at Dutton's Brentwood Books
Tuesday evening, March 23, 2004, a cozy but enthusiastic crowd at Dutton's Brentwood Books welcomed Quad-Cities author Alex B. Stone for the launch of his new novel, If I Could Sleep, published by Red Heifer Press. At 80-odd years, Stone may not have brought his jogging shoes, but he still swims every day and makes a dashing impression when fielding questions from his enthralled audience. A retired veterinarian with a specialization in opthalmology, Alex Stone never wanted to be anything but a veterinarian. As he became more sedentary, however, he turned to writing "as a hobby," only to discover that he had genuine literary talent.

Author Alex B. Stone signs a copy of his new novel, If I Could Sleep, as publisher Peter Gimpel looks on.

"I couldn't believe it," recalled Red Heifer Press publisher Peter Gimpel, as he welcomed the author to the landmark L.A. bookstore. "Here was a manuscript sent to me under DVM stationery, and it was absolutely outstanding! I knew I had to publish it. This man has the makings of a great writer." (See Reviews.)

Gimpel opened the event by urging listeners how vitally important it is to support independent bookstores and independent publishers. "I am not a vanity press," he emphasized. "I am an insanity press! You have to be insane to start a high-quality, literary and scholarly publishing enterprise in today's intellectual and economic climate."

Stone then read the first chapter of If I Could Sleep, and spoke with charm and wit about writing and veterninary practice. Asked whether his practice was large- or small-animals, he answered, "Both, but as Martha likes to say, as I became older and started shrinking, the animals grew smaller, too." Martha is the author's charming wife, to whom the novel is dedicated.

Queried about the novel's focus on work-related themes, Stone remarked that he had always been attracted to the subject. In fact, meeting Joyce Carroll Oates at a short-story writers conference, he asked her why so few writers write about work. To which she replied, "Because so few writers have actually worked."

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RED HEIFER PRESS VISITS KAMLOOPS, BRITISH COLUMBIA, FOR LAUNCHING OF RUMOURS OF BEES.

November 17, 2003
The Red Heifer is just back from a week in Kamloops, B.C. where founder/publisher Peter Gimpel attended the November 1 launching of Rumours of Bees, an art book of paintings and poems inspired by . . . Bees!


Poet Alexander Forbes reads from Rumours of Bees as Peter Gimpel, and Susan Forbes listen attentively before a backdrop of Tricia Sellmer's "Swarm" series.
Digital photography by Michael Barnes.

The joint project of painter Tricia Sellmer and poet Alexander Forbes, Rumours of Bees is the latest and (with more than 28 gorgeous color reproductions) the most ambitious addition to Red Heifer's growing catalog of fine publications. Sellmer, recently returned from a prestigious six-week residency at the New York School of Visual Arts, commands an exquisite palette of color, a mastery of composition and a vision of joyous ebullience that complements Forbes's subtler glow of thoughtful, perspicuous verse and warmly engaging wit.

The launch, elegantly hosted by the Kamloops Museum & Archives, unfolded to the strains of the Live Baroque Quartet of Kamloops, a very fine chamber ensemble (complete with a theorbo!), and combined the traditional speeches, readings and booksignings with the official opening of the Museum's own outstanding exhibit of "The Birds and the Bees". The exhibit included a generous selection of Sellmer/Forbes's bee paintings and bee poems tastefully arranged in a setting of apicultural artifacts and displays.


Peter Gimpel addresses Kamloops Museum guests and patrons at Rumours of Bees exhibit opening and booklaunch

Cuyler Page, the Museum's visionary Curator and principal architect of the exhibit, gratefully acknowledged the spontaneous cooperation of the many different sectors who enthusiastically welcomed his interdisciplinary efforts. Peter Gimpel spoke of his long literary friendship with poet Forbes, of his admiration for the friendly civic and cultural spirit of the City of Kamloops, and noted how the launching of the "Birds & Bees" exhibit coincided with the traditional date for the launching of Noah's Ark.


Artist Tricia Sellmer tells an admiring audience the story of how the "Bee Project" grew into Rumours of Bees, a collaboration with poet Alexander Forbes.
Digital photography by Michael Barnes.

The event, emceed with humor and panache by UCC English Professor Constance Brim, attracted an overflow audience of patrons and dignitaries that, according to Cuyler Page, broke all prior records (see story below). Among the distinguished guests were Wolfram Sellmer, the artist's esteemed husband and business manager; Susan Forbes, the poet's lovely wife; Elizabeth Sanderson, Senior General Counsel, Aboriginal Affairs, Canadian Department of Justice; Steve Saba, the prominent West Vancouver attorney, with his lovely wife Laurel, a professor of English at UBC; Jann Bailey, President of the Canadian Museums Association and Director of the Kamloops Art Gallery; Elisabeth Duckworth, Director of the Kamloops Museum & Archives; Al Yelland, President of the Kamloops Museum Association; Dr. William Read, Associate Director of the Flinn Foundation of Phoenix, Arizona; art patrons Michael and Marina Henderson of Peachland, B.C.; Mary Ellen Grant, Manager of the Education and Volunteer Centre of the British Columbia Wildlife Park; Michael Barnes of Abacus Pre-Press of Vancouver, who did the magnificent design, layout and typesetting for Rumours of Bees; Red Heifer Press author (13 Ways of Looking at Images) and UCC English Professor Mervyn Nicholson with his charming Texas wife Susan, and, fresh from her organic farm, the eminent poet/nature writer and British Columbia Book Prize nominee Deanna Kawatski.


Poets Alexander Forbes and Peter Gimpel confer with a Burrowing Owl at the British Columbia Wildlife Park in Kamloops, B.C. Photo courtesy of Mary Ellen Grant and the B.C. Wildlife Park.

The following day, Sunday, Nov. 2, marked "Red Heifer Press Day" at Merlin's Books, Ltd. of Kamloops, with readings by three Red Heifer Press authors. Poet Alexander Forbes read selections from Rumours of Bees as well as from his latest collection, The Beauty of the City in the Last Hour of the Night (forthcoming from Red Heifer Press). Mervyn Nicholson, who, like Forbes, is a Professor of English Literature at UCC Kamloops, read selections from his groundbreaking study, 13 Ways of Looking at Images, published last January by Red Heifer Press. Peter Gimpel read selections from his collection, Twilight with Halfmoon Rising, along with some unpublished poems. Crowning the occasion was a special appearance by Deanna Kawatski, the much admired Wilderness Mother of the Nigunsaw Valley; who honored us all by reading her short story, A Bear Tale, Rooted in Truth, to an audience of enthralled listeners.


Poet Alexander Forbes admires the view in the Fraser Canyon
enroute to Vancouver airport with publisher, Peter Gimpel.

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THE RED HEIFER
LAUNCHES TWO NEW TITLES!

Peter Gimpel announcing two new books.

Peter Gimpel reads from
Professor Gansa's Dream
at Dutton's Brentwood Books

Sunday, May 4, 2003 marked the official inauguration of two new titles from Red Heifer Press. Publisher and poet Peter Gimpel opened the event by introducing Mervyn Nicholson's 13 Ways of Looking at Images, a landmark work that virtually opens up an amazing new of field of literary investigation. Gimpel stood in for author Nicholson, who is Professor of English Literature at University College of the Cariboo in Kamloops, B.C., and was, alas, detained  by academic duties.

Gimpel then read from and signed copies of his latest work, Professor Gansa's Dream, a verse parable in which a Carl-Sagan-like character is hilariously--and meticulously--taken to task for his questionable logic and extra-scientific agendas.

Participating in the event and liberally signing autographs was the brilliantly gifted Gerry McGuinness, whose eleven "visualizations" of Professor Gansa's "dream" enhance the fun and charm of the work. The inauguration was attended by an intimate collection of guests and curious passersby that included Lance Bowling, Director of Cambria Records and noted authority on Southern California cultural history, the esteemed actor and dramatic coach Daniel Chodos, and Annette Kaufman, widow of the late, great violinist, Louis Kaufman, as well as other distinguished guests.

Refreshments were prepared and provided by Peter's lovely wife, Audrey.

 

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