resident Grant pens his first
in a series of poetry books
will hold a book signing
and launch April 14 in Madison
(April 2012) Its like I was almost
there. Many readers have uttered that phrase after having enjoyed
a particularly vivid chapter in a favorite book. Descriptions of colorful
leaves, crisp air, and splashing water can leave readers feeling like
they have just returned from a visit to the place described.
Jim Grants first book of poetry, Madison, Indiana: A Peace
of History, takes a more literal approach in appealing to his
audiences senses. In addition to the more than 50 poems that vividly
bring to life the people and places of Madison through the written word,
the book also includes visual art by area painters and photographers.
by Lela Bradshaw
Grants love for
Madison has resulted in
a collection of poems.
Inside the pages, readers will find color illustrations
by many area artists including Rick Bennett, Robert H. Saueressig and
Theresa Strohl. For those who appreciate the power of the spoken word,
each copy of the book includes a code that will allow purchasers to
download an audio recording of the book.
Grant explains that, Ive always enjoyed radio theater
and so he put his experience in voice overs to use in recording the
book with himself as the narrator. Perhaps more surprisingly, the book
also gives readers a chance to create their own taste of Madison by
including family recipes in some of the final pages. Through his book,
Grant hopes to share the same pictures that people will recall
from their own experiences in Madison.
Grant lived in Madison during the early 1980s before moving to California
to raise his children. Twelve years ago he returned to be closer to
his aging parents. His love of the area is reflected by how deeply involved
he has become in community life.
In addition to serving as president of the Madison Fudge Factory and
Guest Suites, he is also part owner of the Madison Trolley, a member
of the advisory board for John Paul Park, and is active in marketing
for Thornton Terrace.
Jim is very much a part of the fabric of our community,
says Village Lights Bookstore co-owner Nathan Montoya.
On April 14, the Village Lights Bookstore will play host to a book launch
for Madison, Indiana: A Peace of History. The event will
run from 4-7 p.m. and will give guests a chance to meet and chat with
the author as well as pick up signed copies of the book. Throughout
the evening, Brook Reindollar and Yvonne Davis will be playing on the
stores Steinway grand piano.
Refreshments, including fudge, will be available. Montoya notes that
as owners of the book store, he and wife, Anne Vestuto, are picky
about who we present when it comes to hosting author events. He
describes the book saying, Its a lovely thing. Were
very happy to be a part of it.
Montoya said that while some qualities are very particular to
Madison, the book presents a snapshot of the town that can be
enjoyed by residents and tourists alike. He believes that Grant has
done a real service to the community with this book.
It was during Grants time working with the Madison Bicentennial
Celebration that the idea for the book came about. Ive written
poetry since I was a little boy, Grant explains. He notes that
after some of his walks through Madison, he would come home and write,
four, five, six, or seven poems in an evening. His inspiration
for some poems came from conversations he had with older residents who
had spent many years in town, while others drew from the strength of
character he found projected from cracks in old buildings.
Grant has four other books of poetry prepared in the rough
and is currently writing a fifth. He advises aspiring authors to, Live
your dream write a lot, get your thoughts out and be creative.
Work hard, develop your character, and find a way to express it.
Madison, Indiana: A Peace of History
will be for sale at a variety of area locations including the Madison
Fudge Factory, the Clifty Inn gift shop, Kings Daughters
Hospital & Health Services, Lanier Mansion gift shop and the bookstores
at Hanover College and Ivy Tech Community College.
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