Richard Mendelson’s award-winning “Appellation Napa Valley, Building and Protecting An American Treasure,” is a flat-out triumph. Last year the book was awarded a grand prize from the prestigious International Organization of Vine and Wine, based in Paris. The organization, comprised of 46 wine-growing nations, saluted the book’s contribution to worldwide understanding of wine and wine culture.
And now the book is sold out -- and being offered used on Amazon for over $1000 a copy! Yes, over $1000. Unbelievable, but such is the quality of Richard’s book. And don't worry: we’re printing more! In the meantime, all of us at Val de Grace Books salute Richard for a job beautifully done. To read about his book “Spirit in Metal,” please go to the page “Our Books.”
We also want to congratulate Mark Tuschman on the continuing success of his extraordinary photo expose, “Faces of Courage, Intimate Portraits of Women on The Edge.” American Photo magazine named Mark’s book one of the top photo books of 2015, and the book is being honored this spring with a major show of Mark’s art in Florence, Italy.
As Jimmy Carter and reviewers around the world have noted, Mark’s work is far more than a book; it’s a call to action, and a plea on behalf of all those millions of women and girls around the world whose voices remain tragically unheard.
As Musimbi Kanyoro, President and CEO of the Global Fund for Women, so aptly put it, “Mark’s photography pleads with the world to understand how providing proper maternal health and childcare services reduces hunger and malnutrition and empowers women and their families. His photographs in Faces of Courage speak to me of hope.”
“Voices from the Heart”
There is a lovely Old World expression: “Art comes from the heart,” and that is certainly true of everything that Louis Stanislaw has created.
Louis is a gifted illustrator, cartoonist, and filmmaker, and now he has come forth with what may be his finest work yet, a poignant, uplifting book called, “Voices from The Heart,” about men, women and children coping with one of mankind's most difficult challenges: Epilepsy.
In this landmark work, Louis has elicited and drawn together the personal stories of three dozen contributors who deal on an almost daily basis with the difficulties of epilepsy and the often violent seizures that come with it. At one level, this is a book about sorrow and heartache, but at a whole other level this is a truly rare achievement: a book about courage, resilience, and the ultimate triumph of the human spirit.
As the bestselling author Douglas Preston describes it, “Voices from the Heart takes epilepsy out of the shadows and shines the light of understanding and humanity on it
from many different perspectives -- both person and medical. Anyone whose life has been touched by epilepsy -- through family, friend, or self -- will find in this vital book an immense trove of wisdom, revelation, awareness, acceptance, and compassion. I highly, highly recommend it.”
Thanks, Doug. You nailed it. And all of us at Val de Grace Books are extremely proud to bring forth this extraordinary book. And it does come straight from Louis’s heart: he has personally struggled with epilepsy his entire life. In his early years, out of confusion and embarrassment, Louis refused to share his condition with anyone outside his family. In college, though, he came to terms with it and shared his secret with a number of close friends. They were all understanding, accepting, and supportive. What a relief!
Since then, Louis has made it his personal mission to lift the veil of ignorance and shame that has accompanied epilepsy for centuries. His documentary film, “On The Edge, Living with Epilepsy” is now being broadcast via the PBS network of stations. In his new book, though, Louis goes much deeper, and through its marvelous stories and through his enchanting drawings, Louis has brought forth a unique testament and an eloquent salute to the very best we have inside.
The book will be available in bookstores and on Amazon.com later this spring. Meantime, here is the charming cover illustration that Louis did for the book...