Spotlight: Author Janice Kimball

Janice Kimball
Janice Kimball

Janice Kimball has lived at least three lives.  The first was as a mother and wife.  The second is as an award-winning artist and talented textiles designer.  And the third – which often vies with the second – is as a writer with a very distinctive voice.

Kimball’s book Three in a Cage is an uplifting story that tackles the real meaning of family, and – except for the “translated” musings of a talking parrot – is at its heart a true account set on the shores of Lake Chapala.   The author calls her style “creative non-fiction”.

Three In A Cage coverThe tale revolves around an eclectic trio of roomates. Jani is the owner of a Mexican art studio, where she lives with native weaver Francisco and a chatty parrot named Max Bird. The story soon unfolds to reveal that they came together through happenstance, and that all three had tragic pasts.

Jani was once a self-described stalker’s wife, a woman who constantly feared for the safety of her children at their father’s hands. Her nightmares condemned her to a lifetime of insomnia and branded her with what later came to be known as post-traumatic stress.

Francisco, smuggled across the border at age fourteen to seek wages sufficient to help support his twelve younger siblings and mother back in Mexico, fell into tragic circumstances which left him a wandering, virtual amnesiac for years.

Max, an unusually articulate and insightful parrot, was kidnapped as a fledgling by poachers to be sold illegally. He has a crippled foot and clipped wings.

Together, these three attempt to build a new shared life  on the ruins of their “ lost identities.” As they comfort each other and build a mutual trust, their wounds begin to heal and they become bound to each other as tightly as any family of shared blood.  The route to their new lives, however, is sometimes circuitous.

This is an allegorical tale about an escape from the confines of traditional thinking which enables this earthbound trio to “fly without wings.” It’s a book to which ‘children’ aged 8 to 80 can connect equally, and its lesson is one that benefits well from Kimball’s retelling.

Find Three In A Cage here on Amazon.

All Our Words Needed Saying


Janice has joined other women writers as a contributor to the anthology All Our Words Needed Saying (here on Amazon).

She is also the author of a 2014 limited edition book titled The Joy of Art, an illustrated guide to its creation, exhibition, and sale.

 


Max Bird makes a cameo appearance in the award-winning anthology Mexico: Sunlight & Shadows as in a piece by Janice titled The Golf Cart LadyFind it here on Amazon.

Mexico Sunlight & Shadows

 

Moveable feasts

Collected short stories and poems offer readers a virtual buffet of writers and works, and  the five collections featured below serve up tasting menus of prose and poetry by 26 Riberas Authors.  A delightfully wide array of genres, subject matter, and styles will leave any reader hard-pressed not to find at least one new favorite among them.  And, the Riberas Authors catalogue of nearly 100 Amazon titles allows readers to go back for a full serving of their favorites.


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The women authors of this book describe themselves as “border crossers and boundary breakers” and “women who have lived their lives with a certain boldness”.  Their work says the same.

By Nina Discombe, Judy Dykstra-Brown, Harriet Hart, Teresa Kendrick, Gloria Marthai, Susan Q. Miller, Zofia Barisas, Dory Jones, Gloria Palazzo, Amelia Stevens.

Find it here on Amazon.

 

All Our Words Needed Saying


All Our Words Needed Saying

These 21 stories, each followed by a poem, address points of change in women’s lives; power, sensuality and the erotic; motherhood, childbirth and abortion; and grief and loss.

By Zofia Barisas, Carol D. Bradley, Ilsa Picazo, Patricia Hemingway, Janice Kimball, R. J. McMillen, Glenda Roman, Margaret Van Every.

Find it here on Amazon.

Embracing The Fog


Embracing the Fog.  Four writers explore the lives of characters at life’s crossroads in short stories set on four continents and spanning more than a century. The authors’ distinctive voices lend an engaging variety of perspectives to the crossroads theme.

By Robert Bruce Drynan, Mel Goldberg, Antonio Ramblés, James Tipton.

Find it here on Amazon.


Mexico Sunlight & ShadowsMexico Sunlight & Shadows.  A collection of 22 short stories and essays by all about life in Mexico.

Authors include Janice Kimball, Judy King, Antonio Ramblés, James Tipton

Find it here on Amazon.

 

 

Romancing the Muse


Romancing the Muse. 

By the Not Yet Dead Poets SocietyJudy Dykstra-Brown, Bill Frayer, Mel Goldberg, James Tipton, Margaret Van Every, Michael Warren, Kenneth Salzman

Find it here on Amazon.

Check out the complete listing of RiberasAuthors by genre here.

(Post by Antonio Ramblés.)

 

Welcome author Zofia Barisas

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Zofia Barisas

RiberasAuthors is proud to announce the addition of Zofia Barisas to its Authors Gallery.   If you’ve read any of her pieces in El Ojo del Lago, you’ll want to check out her other writing…

Read more about Zofia, and find links to her work and reviews on Amazon, here.

Tennessee Williams’ Mexico link

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Tennessee Williams in 1945 at age 34

American playwright and poet Tennessee Williams visited Mexico on more than one occasion, but didn’t come to the Ribera until 1945, when he summered here as the guest of American poet Witter Bynner.  By then more than twenty years had passed since Bynner had first met and befriended D. H. Lawrence during the English writer’s 1923 Chapala stay.

During his Mexico sojourn, Williams continued work on the draft of a play to which he gave several successive working titles, the last of which was A Streetcar Named Desire.  The work won him the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1948.

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Statue of John Huston, Isla Cuale, Puerto Vallarta

Mexico, though, clearly left a big impression on Williams.  In that same year, he adapted one of his short stories into the play Night of the Iguana, but more than a decade would pass until it was first performed in 1959.  It opened on Broadway to acclaim late in 1961, and was released as a motion picture in 1964 starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, and  directed by John Huston.  (Today Huston’s statue sits on Vallarta’s  Isla Cuale, Liz and Dick’s former house is now a boutique hotel, and a local movie theater named after Tayler which once showed G-rated films shows only porn flicks!)

Williams considered the best setting in which to write as “a remote place among strangers, with good swimming.”  The Ribera de Chapala may no longer be remote, its burgeoning writers’ community makes night of the iguana posterstrangers increasingly few and far between, and the lake’s reputation as a swimming hole has been usurped by ubiquitous swimming pools, but anyone who doubts that this intimate corner of Mexico still has the power to inspire writers need only look for reassurance to its fourth generation of English language writers!

(Post by Antonio Ramblés.)

 

Wall to wall books

Book cover wallpaperIf all of the Amazon books by Riberas authors were displayed side by side on the shelves of a single bookstore, they would take up an entire wall!

Now there’s a RiberasAuthors page on Pinterest which does exactly that!  It displays covers of more than 100 books publish by more than 40 authors (more author and book listings continually added!)

Check it out the complete display here on Pinterest!

New life for legacy works

Many  Ribera Authors’ books first appeared in print as limited editions that survive today only in private libraries and used bookstores.

Thanks to Amazon, editions of these works are becoming available to readers worldwide and appear for the first time on Kindle.

The late James Tipton‘s  collection of short poems titled Washing Dishes In The Ancient Village is only one of his earlier books later republished on Amazon.  (Each poem appears both in English and Spanish.)

Here’s a 2009 YouTube clip of Jim discussing the work’s genesis and reading from it.

Browse local authors – and find links to their Amazon books and reviews – in our Authors Gallery.