Saturday, 13 December 2008

A Tale of Blackmail, Turnip Tossing, and the Cold-Blooded Murder of an Incredibly Irritating Old Man

UK author Gina Collia-Suzuki is set to turn tragedy into comedy with the release of her new novel, 'The Wonderful Demise of Benjamin Arnold Guppy.'

Bristol, UK (PRWEB) December 13, 2008 -- When Gina Collia-Suzuki moved out of the city with her husband, in search of a more peaceful and relaxed lifestyle on the southwest coast of England, the last thing she expected was to find herself living next to nightmare neighbours from hell. After suffering years of systematic abuse, and receiving little or no assistance from anyone working within the legal system, you might expect the novel inspired by these events to be a sombre exploration of the effects of living with nightmare neighbours, but it's far from that. The resulting work of fiction, which charts the exploits of Benjamin Arnold Guppy and his equally malevolent wife, Pat, in their attempts, invariably doomed to failure and highly comical in nature, to extort money from their young neighbours, is a satirical tale of the transformation of an ordinary thirty-something woman into a calculating killer, and the demise of the man responsible for that change.

'Some messages have more impact when delivered with humour,' the author said. 'Guppy's a horrid character, there's no doubt about that, but he's also an absurd one. He makes you laugh and cringe at the same time.'

Guppy, a sour-faced old swindler with a penchant for clucking like a chicken and more than a passing interest in the local postman, is relentless in his attempts to achieve his goal, and his victim, unlike the author, who insists that she has never murdered any of her neighbours, struggles to come to terms with her situation before ultimately realising that murder is her only means of escape.

The book, published by Nezu Press, will be available in January 2009. For more information visit the Nezu Press site.

Sunday, 30 November 2008

Accepting Japanese Art History Submissions

We are currently accepting submissions from authors of Japanese art history books. It is our hope that we shall eventually be able to offer readers a selection of titles covering various periods and artistic movements. Please view our submissions page here. Providing illustrations at this stage is not necessary, but if you are intending to include illustrations with your sample chapters and wish to send them electronically, please email beforehand to discuss possible methods of delivery.

Saturday, 11 October 2008

Utamaro Revealed to a 21st Century Audience

UK author Gina Collia-Suzuki is set to launch the first book to focus on the subjects and themes depicted in the woodblock prints of 18th century Japanese artist Kitagawa Utamaro.

Bristol, UK (PRWEB) October 11, 2008 -- Beautiful courtesans parading with whitened faces, star-crossed lovers sacrificing everything to be together, and dashing heroes fearlessly laying down their lives for the sake of honour. Utamaro's prints have it all. The characters who appeared in Utamaro's works captured the imaginations of the people of 18th century Japan, and they are set to do the same amongst modern readers following the publication of this new book; one of only a handful of in-depth studies written in English about the artist, and the only one to focus specifically on the subjects depicted.

Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806), who produced in the region of 2,000 woodblock prints during his lifetime, is one of the most well-known and admired figures in the history of Japanese art. Renowned throughout the world for his portraits of beautiful women, his influence upon the work of Western artists has been beyond measure.

The author, an artist in her own right, has been a collector of Japanese woodblock prints, and more specifically those of Utamaro, for many years. At the age of sixteen she was taken under the wing of world-renowned Japanese art history scholar Jack Hillier, and has since devoted more than two decades to studying Japanese prints.

"You can't help wondering why the Mona Lisa is smiling," said the author, "when you look at a painting you want to know more about the artist's subject, to make a connection, and for me it's always been the same when looking at Japanese prints. They are incredibly beautiful things to look at, but they also tell a story, often about real people, sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic. That's always fascinated me."

"Utamaro Revealed", published by Nezu Press, with a retail price of £22.48, will be launched officially on October 25th 2008. Further details are available here.