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Richard Webb, Jr., foreword by Robert Steve Williams.
Hardcover, large format coffee table, 192 pages, 12 x 9
ISBN 978-1-63226-097-0 – $40.00 US / $51.99 CN
Publication date: June 26, 2018

Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald honeymooned for five months in the summer of 1920 in a modest gray house in Westport, Connecticut. It was an experience that had a more profound impact on both of their collective works than any other place they lived.

It was, for Scott and Zelda, their honeymoon. Having just gotten married and after being kicked out of some of New York city’s finest hotels, they were, for the first time, in their very own place, albeit for only five months. It was a time that Scott Fitzgerald called “the happiest year since I was eighteen.”He had, after all, just achieved success with his first novel, This Side of Paradise,and was suddenly basking in money.

The Fitzgeralds lived a wild life of drinking, driving and endless partying while living in suburban Connecticut. As it happens, living near the beach, they were neighbors to a larger-than-life reclusive multi-millionaire, F.E. Lewis.

Historian Richard Webb grew up in Westport a few doors down the street from where the Fitzgeralds had lived some forty years earlier. Fascinated with the Fitzgeralds, when Webb learned that author Barbara Probst Solomon, who grew up across the river from the F.E. Lewis estate, proposed in the New Yorker that Westport was the real setting for Fitzgerald’s Great Gatsby, he was stirred to devote much of his time to actively researching her claim.

Boats Against the Current tells the real story behind the famous novel and its tragic hero, debunking the long-held belief that the book was solely inspired by the Fitzgerald’s time in Great Neck, across the Sound in Long Island.

The book is beautifully illustrated with a fantastic array of never-before-seen photos from the Lewis family, as well as the scrapbooks of the Fitzgeralds, period newspaper clippings, and a myriad of compelling stories about Scott, Zelda and their fantastically wealthy neighbor.

A companion book to the documentary Gatsby in Connecticut: The Untold Story, Boats Against the Current also recounts Webb’s own journey of making the film with fellow Westporter and filmmaker, Robert Steven Williams.

The Great Gatsby may be one of America’s essential novels. Boats Against the Current is an essential document for anyone who has read the book and wondered at the fantastical world whose story it tells.

There was a great article about the book, the film, and the authors in the New York Times, May 18, 2018.

Visit the film and book website, Gatsby in Connecticut, for more news and information about this project.

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Waiting for Uncle John “Cuba Must be Ours” – A Novel by James Goldsborough
Hardcover, 320 pages
ISBN 978-1-63226-089-5 – $24.00 US / $31.99 CN
eBook ISBN 978-1-63226-090-1 – $12.99
Publication date: February 6, 2018

How long has the United States been trying to get its hands on Cuba?

Waiting for Uncle John, an exciting and fast paced historical novel, tells the story of how a few regiments of soldiers, armed and supported by leading American politicians, set out to capture Cuba from Spain in 1851, the first of various attempts over two centuries to seize control of the island that has bedeviled American life back to Thomas Jefferson. A story of love, adventure and politics, Uncle John reflects the turbulence of the 1850s in America, the crucial years leading up to the Civil War.

Colonel Will Crittenden, nephew of Attorney General John J. Crittenden, a Kentucky Unionist, wants nothing to do with the plan to annex Cuba and its quarter million slaves. A West Point graduate, decorated veteran of the Mexican War and bearer of a famous political name, Will Crittenden resists the various entreaties politicians make to convince him to lead their illegal expedition. But the beautiful and exotic Lucy Holcombe is a tougher adversary. “Tall and good-looking,” Lucy writes of her love affair with Will, “with cold, quiet manner and large commanding eyes – a perfect prince of knowledge, at whose feet I would sit with timid wonder and love.” Her novel, Free Flag of Cuba, becomes the antidote to Uncle Tom’s Cabin, regarded in the South as slander. Lucy goes on to become the “queen of the South,” her picture on Confederate banknotes.

Well-armed, sailing on a steamer purchased with money raised across the country from Americans believing in “Manifest Destiny,” five hundred soldiers set out from New Orleans in the summer of 1851 under Narciso Lopez, a rebel Spanish general. Nothing is secret. For months, U.S. newspapers, more jingoistic even than Congress after the U.S. victory in the Mexican War, have been beating the drums.

By what right dare Cuba defy the United States?

Next stop in Manifest Destiny: Havana. Nothing has changed.

James O. Goldsborough is an award-winning writer with a 40-year career in journalism, specializing in foreign affairs. The Misfortunes of Wealth: A Family Memoir, dealing with the disadvantages of inherited money, was published in September, 2008. Goldsborough spent 15 years in Europe as a foreign correspondent for the New York Herald Tribune, International Herald Tribune, Toronto Star and Newsweek Magazine before returning to America to resume his newspaper career as an editor and columnist. Currently, he writes a column for the Voice of San Diego, an on-line daily newspaper in San Diego that has attracted national attention for news innovations

The Paris Herald, his first novel, was published in 2014 by Prospecta Press.

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Jonathan Williams: The Lord of Orchards
Edited by Jeffery Beam and Richard Owens
Paperback ISBN 978-1-63226-087-1
496 pages
$30.00 US / $40.00 CN
Publication Date: September 26, 2017

The Lord of Orchards
selects his fruit
in the Firmament’s
breast

“Of all the Black Mountain poets (teachers and disciples alike), Jonathan Williams is the wittiest, the least constrained, the most joyous.” – The New York Times

“This master of anathema has also a sense of wonder and awe at human quality, at the surviving marvels of landscape on both sides of the Atlantic and at the metaphoric power of both words and music.” – John Russell, The New York Times

The Jargon Society publisher, Jonathan Williams, was a whirlwind of creativity—a poet of considerable stature, book designer, editor, photographer, letter writer, critic, proselytizer of visionary folk art, curmudgeon, gardener, resolute walker, and always an adroit raconteur and gourmand.

At the forefront of the Modernist avant-garde, yet possessing a deep appreciation of the traditional, Williams and his seminal press nurtured the work of hundreds of emerging or neglected poets, writers, artists, and photographers. A recordist of the peculiarities of American and British vernacular speech, he tirelessly advocated the beauty of the mundane and the strange.

Buckminster Fuller once called Williams “our Johnny Appleseed.” Critic Guy Davenport described him as a “kind of polytechnic institute,” while Hugh Kenner hailed Jargon as “the Custodian of Snowflakes” and Williams as “the truffle-hound of American poetry.”

This book of essays, images, and shouts aims to bring new eyes and contexts to Williams’ influence and talent as poet and publisher. One might call his life a poetics of gathering, and this book a first harvest.