HomeOur BooksOur PeopleOur ProcessFictionContact Us


Richard Mendelson’s “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. The book has also won two other major international awards.

We salute Richard for a job beautifully conceived and executed. To read about his earlier Val de Grace book, “Spirit in Metal,” please go to the page “Our Books.”

                          Faces of Courage

The praise keeps coming. Photographer Mark Tuchman poured his heart into “Faces of Courage, Intimate Portraits of Women on The Edge,”and the response has been fabulous. American Photo magazine named Mark’s book one of the top photo books of 2015, and it was honored at a major women's conference in Copenhagen. 

As former President 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 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.”

We are proud to announce the publication of “Voices from The Heart,” Louis Stanislaw's warm, illuminating examination of the age-old malady of epilepsy. 

In this ground-breaking work, Louis has 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 book about courage, resilience, and the ultimate triumph of the human spirit.  Here is how 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.” So do many reviewers at Amazon.com.

This book comes straight from Louis’s heart: he has 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 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 mission to lift the veil of ignorance that has so long   accompanied epilepsy. His documentary film, “On The Edge, Living with Epilepsy” is now being broadcast via the PBS network of stations. In this book, Louis goes much deeper, and with its marvelous stories and Louis's own drawings, he has brought forth a unique testament and an eloquent salute to the very best we have inside. 


           The Paintings of Barbara Winiarski

They’re warm and luminescent and full of feeling. And they are the result of an entire life cultivating the art of painting.

Yes, the paintings of Barbara Winiarski are all of that, and in “Passages” she finally draws her best work together in one sumptuous volume. Most of her subjects are members of her family, from her grandmother to her own children, and you can feel Barbara's tender, understanding heart in every painting.

We at Val de Grace Books are very proud to bring Barbara’s book out into the world. It is available in limited edition only and at the Jessel Gallery in the Napa Valley.   
Jim Holden has long had the itch to write.

An accomplished lawyer and long a history buff, Jim had an ideal subject in mind: Marin County, one of most intriguing corners of America.

Jim has resided in Marin for more than 40 years, and three years ago he decided to dig into Marin County history and lore. The result is a wonderful group of stories of the land, its natural assets like Mt. Tam, and the amazing characters that have touched Marin and influenced its history.

Here you will find Teddy Roosevelt, John Muir, A.P. Giannini, the founder of the Bank of America, an early California pioneer named Martha Buckalew, and scores of other rebels, rascals and visionaries. The book sold out in just three weeks but more are on the way. A wonderful success. Bravo, Jim!  
It Happened in Marin
Voices from the Heart

Our mission, our passion, is creating books
 of extraordinary quality and significance.  
           Val de Grace Books
             Napa, California   

The Best We Can Be

The Life and Wisdom of Joseph Phelps

The man had a gift. Whether it was in the world of heavy construction, or fine wine, or gourmet markets, or helping build the Napa Valley into the American treasure that it is today, Joseph Phelps was a leader of rare vision and skill. In this comprehensive look at his life and legacy, Joe's unique wisdom and spirit come shining through. As his fellow vintner Bob Trinchero expressed it, “Joe Phelps is the unsung hero of the Napa Valley and American wine.”

The book will be published this spring. 

Dare To Create

The Joys and Tortures of Learning to Paint

This is a wonderful book, a journey into the spirit and techniques of high quality drawing and painting. And author Monroe Katz knows his stuff: he has spent a lifetime mastering his craft, especially the difficult challenge of portraiture, of revealing the character of his subjects. Whether you are a beginner or a coming master, you will find here a wealth of teaching -- and inspiration.

The book will be published in late spring. 
Zelda, The Queen of Paris

The True Story of the Luckiest Dog in The World

Here she comes! This is the story of a zany little beast who begins life begging on the streets of India but who, with humor and grace, charms her way into the hearts of a young American family living in New Delhi. 

From those humble roots, Zelda rises to fame and glory in Paris, across the island of Sardinia, and then she arrives in California Wine Country, now known far and wide as “The Queen of Paris.” And it's all true! Zelda makes her bow in early summer. 

Coming Soon