We are pleased to announce three unique new eBooks soon to be available in our catalogue! Eye Exams, by Richard Krause, is a collection of witty aphorisms that will catch you off-guard, make you smile, and pause with new understanding of the world around you and the people within it. Metamorphosis is our long-awaiting anthology of short stories by fifteen talented writers, and each will linger with you long after you’ve finished reading. Simple Gratitudes, by Hannah Greenberg with Rivka Gross, is a beautifully written series of chapters based on daily life that will invite you to step back, take a deep breath, and find ways to bring the sacred into your own everyday experiences.

Each will be available in paper formats later this year.

 

Eye Exams_final digitalcover2FEye Exams, A Book of Epigrams, by Richard Krause.

He started out carrying a notebook walking the streets of New York City, riding the subways, or just sitting in his taxi cab at night with a notepad on the front seat, writing what he saw and what occurred to him. Every morning he’d sit down and the shorts would be copied or new ones would come. At first, he looked through all he had read to find them. How could they come from him? Who was he to write them? But except for a few, he soon realized they were his and decided from then on, he would go where his mind led him.

Eye Exams is the production of the last four or five years, his struggle with the world outside and within. His sole object is understanding. The twists he imagines make them his, part of the aesthetic that confers value. Occasionally something comes out unadorned as a simple truth. He is surprised by that, feeling he has no more right to it than anyone else. Some that come from within are so thoroughly his own nature that he has to look on them as estranged. Writing these confers a certain immunity. He cannot be touched with shame or embarrassment, any more than he can be entirely proud of them.

For any readers still with him, the author hopes you will find something here you either were or were not looking for.

Metamorphosis, An Anthology edited by Propertius Press

Metamorphosis, A collection of stories. Edited by Propertius Press.

An old woman boiling laundry in her yard on a remote mountain top suddenly sees a rabbit and thinks dinner is on the way. A young student dealing with the aftermath of rape lashes out, opening a deeper wound. A poet, in despair over making a living, finds the keys to another world – whether real or imagined. A couple of brothers paint remarkable frescoes on the ceiling of a church. The individuals who make up the stories in this collection encounter the unexpected, and don’t necessarily live to tell about it. Working around the theme of life-changing experiences, these twenty-one tales were selected from over two hundred submissions received over a period of three years.

We recommend you take them in slowly, one at a time.

Coming soon!

In the preface to the beautiful and inspiring work, Simple Gratitudes, Hannah Greenberg begins, “It’s neither riches nor social status that makes our tenacious hanging on to life worthwhile. Rather, it’s our integration of challenging “sensibilities,” of deep feelings which might be sweet, but which are necessarily sharply disconcerting, that stretches us and that enables us to grasp the best qualities of this world. “Gratitude,” not “entitlement,” remains the proven route, within our mortal existence, to serving The Almighty and to finding joy in our service.

What’s more, it both behooves us to see the entirety of our commonplace experiences as spiritual, and to elevate all of our spiritual happenstances. So much work has yet to be completed in our process of releasing personal and social expectations and in replacing those anticipatory notions with simple faith. Simple Gratitudes invites us to live by working for The Boss.” With simple but clear-minded and visually rich descriptions, the author elevates normal everyday happenings to a spiritual plane that lies deep in everyone’s heart in a way that transcends religious creed, race, and time itself. No matter where you are or your pattern of belief, you will find her words resonate with gifts of a universal truth.

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Author Howard Winn will be featured at Poughkeepsie Public Library
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Meet the Author: Howard Winn

Howard Winn will read from his book Acropolis. After returning from WWII, a small group of male soldiers enters Vassar College, courtesy of the GI Bill. The story details the clash of cultures between privileged and working classes combined with personal struggles with PTSD, survivor’s guilt, and simple readjustment battles amid the creative intellectual world of higher education. Winn is an Emeritus Professor of English at SUNY Dutchess and a widely published poet and fiction writer.
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Acropolis, by Howard Winn We are proud to announce our newest release, a work of fiction based on the experiences of a group of soldiers who came home after World War II and entered Vassar College as students through the GI Bill.

Mr Winn has crafted an exciting and culturally relevant tale, using the lens of working-class men, who might never have thought of attempting to obtain a higher education but for the opportunities given to them for their service. After fighting the “Good War,” a small group of soldiers enters Vassar College, previously a women-only institution, courtesy of the GI Bill, and each attempts to settle in to a civilian life. The clash of cultures between privileged and working classes combined with personal struggles with PTSD, survivor’s guilt, and simple civilian readjustment struggles, amid the creative intellectual world of higher education, makes for an engaging tale. As these young men struggle to recapture lives disrupted by war encounter the beginnings of the McCarthy era, each finds himself facing unexpected challenges. The response of the students and the Vassar administration to politically-motivated attacks upon academic freedom, free speech, and independence of thought blur long-held beliefs of patriotism and service, as the men are exposed through their college studies to the philosophies of Reinhold Niebuhr and others who question the nature of war, nationalism, and aggression, as well as the conflict between personal ethics and group patriotism.

Available now in our bookstore as an eBook or paperback!

Now available in eBook and paperback!

We are proud to announce our latest publication, a novel by Jewel Hopson, entitled Parade of Shades.

Check it out in our bookstore!

For the better part of her young life, Karen Baker reacts to people who either praise or resent her tawny complexion. When her mother abandons the family, she is left to help raise her younger siblings as her father unfortunately is absent even when he is at home. A biracial woman from a mentor program shows her new ways of looking at things and a positive change begins in Karen. However, Karen quickly learns everything has a price. Lacking a sense of belonging, Karen feels misunderstood in high school and defensive in college. Her failed romances with men of various ethnic groups make things even worse. As she journeys through her life, she gives up the idea that light skin and long hair are the main definitions of beauty. She also stops believing college graduates are better than people who do not have advanced education. Similar to Passin’ by Karen E. Quinones Miller and Good Hair by Benilde Little, this novel explores African-Americans’ internal color and cultural discrimination.

Propertius Press is looking for early readers for books scheduled to be released this year. We will have a limited number of eBook copies available from July 15th through August 30th for folks who are interested in reading and offering a review of one or more works.

If interested, kindly drop a comment below and email us at the address on the submission page. Alternately, feel free to message our Facebook page. Thanks and happy reading!

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Now Available for Pre-Order in all ebook formats and print!

To Pre-Order, please visit our Bookstore!

Lucky Southern Women, a new novel by Susannah Eanes, will be available for book reviews starting Friday, January 10, 2014. If you are interested in obtaining a free pre-publication copy, please send us a note in the comments or email us at propertiuspress@gmail.com.

Pre-publication review copies are available for the next 21 days only. The book is scheduled for release on February 1st.

by Susannah Eanes

Coming soon – the new novel of love, suspense, and redemption from Propertius Press!

The rural landscape entwines around the lives and loves of two strong, yet troubled women, a beautiful contrast to the beliefs they absorbed as children. Only in moving beyond the past can they forge a way ahead not only for themselves, but for their loved ones. In so doing, each finds something vital that will give them the power and resilience they need to meet the greatest challenge of all.