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Rubem Alves

Machado de Assis

Glenn Alan Cheney

João do Rio


Mário de Andrade

Catholic Issues

Monteiro Lobato

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Mark Patnode

Roxanne Steed

Sayles School students


Norwich Arts Center Artists

Who Made the West:

A Ranking of the 30 Most Influential Figures in Western History

by Ian Alan Cheney

Nobody can explain history the way a high school history teacher explains it. Ian Alan Cheney's Who Made the West is a classic example of history made interesting. By analyzing the life and work of Western history's most  influential individuals, he effectively portrays the staggering progress and retrogression of civilization. Some of his choices and rankings are surprising but always well justified. This is a history for readers who want to better understand how the current state of civilization came to be but are reluctant to dive into a subject that is too often dull. Cheney makes history interesting and often humorous. This book is a trip every reader will enjoy.

Juner's Home

The Art of Yujuan Patnode

A collection of exquisite oil paintings on silk, rice paper, and watercolor paper by Chinese-American artist Yujuan "Juner" Patnode. Her work marries the aesthetics of Eastern and Western cultures.

Patnode specializes in traditional Chinese watercolor painting as well as being adept in modern formats and calligraphy. With Chinese watercolor, there are not only two different techniques (Xieyi - which is freehand done quickly and Gongbi - which is meticulous traditional realism) yet each is done with a different kind of rice paper. In each technique there are three styles: Flower and Animal / Landscape / Portrait.

As part of Chinese culture, Juner specializes in the Flower and Animal style yet is also well-versed with Landscape. Juner has been influenced by traditional Chinese Culture and Artists and has also been influenced by exposure to Eastern Culture and Artists.


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The Clash of the Races

Monteiro Lobato

Monteiro Lobato was one of Brazil's most imaginative writers. He is best known for his children's books about the bizarre adventures of a plucky little girl and her irreverent rag doll. But The Clash of the Races—the only novel he wrote for adult readers—takes an even wilder ride through Lobato's strange, intriguing perspective on humanity.

The story is set in Brazil, where a young man and woman use high-tech equipment to see into the future. They follow events in the United States in the year 2228 as Black and white voters vie to elect a president of their respective ethnicity. The run-up to the elections is close until a feminist candidate pits women against men regardless of race.

The story inevitably reflects some of the racism that was accepted as normal in the 1920s, when the book was written. At the same time, it opens racism to everyone's view as the fictional characters grapple with it.

And suddenly, a Black man becomes President of the United States. Hard to believe? Not almost a hundred years after the book was written. But three centuries later, from when Lobato tells the story, a Black president is simply not acceptable to whites.

And then things get ugly…

Ana Lessa-Schmidt's insightful and nuanced English translation of this Brazilian classic is being published for the first time. This novel shocked its readers in 1926, and it's even more shocking today. Depending on how one reads it, it is shocking because of the precision in predicting the future, it is shocking because of the warning it contains, it is shocking for so many more reasons… Whatever the case, the reader will not go through this work unscathed.

All Poetry

Paulo Leminski

Paulo Leminski's poetry promotes—with intelligence and sensitivity—an encounter between opposites: rigor and emotion, erudition and lightness, avant-garde and pop. It is not by chance that he, having flourished in the 1970s-80s, continues to influence Brazilian poets and lyricists of the new generations.

This edition brings together for the first time all the poetry published by the author from Curitiba, a cunning master of lapidary verse. Books that are now classics in Brazil such as Caprices & Re-laxities, Distracted We Shall Overcome, and La Vie en Close, in addition to rare titles such as Forty Clicks in Curitiba, are now made available, with unprecedented editorial care, to English-language readers.

This ingenious translation accomplishes the seemingly impossible, rendering Leminski's wordplay in Portuguese into similar wordplay in English.


Paulo Leminski

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A Cheney Sampler: Excerpts from Works by Glenn Alan Cheney

by Glenn Alan Cheney        Paperback: $15

Glenn Alan Cheney is the author of more than 40 books and the translator of another dozen. His hundreds of articles, essays, op-ed pieces, and stories have appeared in innumerable newspapers and magazines.

This 600-page collection include excerpts from books on Brazil's Estrada Real and Quilombo dos Palmares, cats, bees, Mohandas Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln, the Pilgrims, Chernobyl, nuns, atrocities in Amazonia,  incarceration, death and burial, the ends of the world.

The book includes essays that look into hiccups, couches, Covid, elections, wealth, statues, nuclear power, being buried alive, pawnshops, corruption, materialism, lawns, alarm clocks, lies, dogs,  chocolate, a hermitic pacifist, an old man and his Model T.

Chapters from Cheney's novels mix humor into dark themes—a lonely teenager, life in a town of crazy people, a family in trouble in Amazonia, a drifter bereft of love.  His poems punch with terseness and tangible details. The book also includes whole short stories, tales of a frog farm in Brazil, the midlife crisis of a Dodge, a baby named Moses, a barber who couldn't cut hair, a young writer grappling with a world of signs and symbols.

In A Cheney Sampler, the reader can dip into a trove of Cheney's work. It includes excerpted chapters, brief essays, a few stories, a smattering of poems, and a taste of translations.

Cheney's world is quite unlike yours or any other. It's worth a look.



Works by Norwich Arts Center Artists

Debora Aldo

Glynis J. Blanker

Virginia Chase

Glenn Alan Cheney

Karen Coombs

Rita Dawley

Mark Dixon

Michael Dubenetsky

Carol Dunn

Blaney Harris

Sandra Jeknavorian

Susan Scott Kenney

Melody Knight Leary

Gerlinde Lehner

Mary Ann Lewis

Gabe Lipman

Susan Masse

Lori Neumann

Marianne Nicholas

Susan Parish

Mark Patnode

Yujuan Patnode

Lori Rembetski

Lisa Shasha

Gretchen van der Lyke

Gabrielle Zane

The Artists


Republic of Sunlight

Poetry by Melanie Greenhouse

Paperback, 89 pages, $16

Praise for Republic of Sunlight

"Reading the poems of the Republic of Sunlight is like wandering an amusement park that doubles as a minefield.  Melanie Greenhouse is a poet of many angles and deceptively sharp edges.  There are reasons to laugh in these pages, but one feels simultaneously a current of anxiety, a growing anguish moving in from the margins. The surfaces seem safe enough but slowly, almost imperceptibly, we find ourselves in up to our necks. These poems are smart and carefully textured, embodying the kind of clear-eyed precision that we crave in poetry."  

Tim Seibles, Voodoo Libretto

"Melanie Greenhouse takes us on a journey into the Republic of Sunlight, where we are all refugees, and where the future arrives in unexpected ways.  The sheer impossibility of new beginnings projected on a larger canvas of rescue shows us a poet's talent for observation.  She has an ear for mimicry, as in a crow noticing a lost fawn and crying 'Fawn, fawn' in a way that veers and reflects back onto the subject.  There is also great irony and tenderness as she describes fifth graders in poetry class 'bursting with untapped electric power... going off to fight the language wars.'  And there is so much humor.  Wry, sexy, and funny, Greenhouse writes about a former priest turned gynecologist and many other odd juxtapositions, as in a sonnet on Whitman's brain, where the literally preserved 'cranial corridors' were 'spared America's singing a little off-key.'   It is a rare occasion, indeed, when a book of poetry makes the reader laugh out loud."

Jeanne LeVasseur, Planetary Nights