Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A Book and a Chat with John Ames

My guest on today’s “A Book and a Chat” is John Ames author of the wonderful “coming of age” type novel “Adventures to Nowhere”.

John was raised in Tampa, before going to the University of Florida originally to train as an actor, but after a season treading the boards summer stock convinced him that a lot of theater people are crazy, so he changed his major to English.

After his graduation John built a rustic “pole” house and lived, for several years, on the edge of a spiritual community located near Gainesville, Florida. He produced and appeared in numerous short films and videos, including the interesting “Tub Interviews,” wherein all the interviewees were required to be in a bathtub. From making lamps to co-writing Renée Richards two biography books, John eventually found his way to his first novel “Adventures to Nowhere”.

About Adventures to Nowhere:

Adventures in Nowhere is the story of ten-year-old Danny Ryan, a crafty youngster with lots of problems. He has an unstable father, a sick sister, another sister who is an emotional powder keg, and a mother distracted by overwork. Worse yet, they are crammed together in a tiny three-room house. Danny thinks he is the only completely sane member of his family, and he tries his best to keep things at home balanced, but it’s a big job for a small boy. Danny thinks he might be cracking under the strain when he starts seeing a mysteriously changing house across the Hillsborough River. Thanks to the help of some quirky characters in his neighborhood, Danny manages to rise above his problems and see that life offers beauty even in the most trying of circumstances.

This book is a great page-turning read coming of age type novel along the lines of Huckleberry Finn and Catcher in the Rye that will have you reliving your own childhood.

So sit back and listen to today's interesting and entertaining show as I host today's "A Book and a Chat with John Ames".

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