Renee began Throwback Thursday at Its Book Talk as a way to share some of her old favorites as well as sharing books that she wants to read that were published over a year ago. Books that were published over a year ago are almost always easier to find at libraries or at a discounted sale price. As I have been sifting through my TBR list and purging those books that no longer hold my interest, I came across several from years past that I’d love to share with you!
Published: August 20th 2009
Publisher: Eio Books
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.45
Ki Longfellow, author of the acclaimed The Secret Magdalene, has now written the astonishing life of Hypatia, famed throughout the Mediterranean world, a beauty and a genius, yet for 17 centuries ignored by history. As the Roman Empire fights for its life and emerging Christianity fights for our souls, Hypatia is the last great voice of reason.
A woman of sublime intelligence, Hypatia ranks above not only all women, but all men. Hypatia dazzled the world with her brilliance, was courted by men of every persuasion and was considered the leading philosopher and mathematician of her age…yet her mathematics, her inventions, the very story of her life in all its epic and dramatic intensity, has gone untold. A heart-breaking love story, an heroic struggle against intolerance, a tragedy and a triumph, Hypatia walks through these pages fully realized while all around her Egypt’s Alexandria, the New York City of its day, strives to remain a beacon of light in a darkening world.
“A mind may know a thing, the spirit may embrace it, but the voice that chatters in the head clings ever to shameful beliefs. ”
Ki Longfellow, born on Staten Island, New York, to a French-Irish mother and an Iroquois father, grew up in Hawaii and Marin County, California, but ended up living in France and England for many years. She is the widow of a British national treasure, the complete artist Vivian Stanshall.
In England, she created and sailed the Thekla, a 180 foot Baltic Trader, to the port of Bristol where it became the Old Profanity Showboat. It remains there today as a Bristol landmark. On it, she and Vivian wrote and staged a unique musical for the sheer joy of it. “Stinkfoot, a Comic Opera,” garnered a host of delighted, if slightly puzzled, national reviews. The Old Profanity is on its way to becoming “The Last Showboat,” film.
Her first book, “China Blues,” was the subject of a bidding war. “China Blues,” and her second novel, “Chasing Women,” introduced Longfellow to Hollywood… a long hard but ultimately fascinating trip. (“China Blues” was reissued by Eio Books in 2012.)
When Vivian died in 1995, Ki stopped writing, living on Standing Room Only Farm in Vermont. Time may not heal, but it tempers. Eventually Ki began writing again, but her subject became the moment at age 19 that informed her life… a direct experience with the Divine. She chose the figure of Mary Magdalene to tell that tale in her novel “The Secret Magdalene.” Nancy Savoca, a brilliant independent film maker (winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize with her first film, “True Love”) traveled all the way to Vermont to option the book as her next film.
Ki’s second book on the Divine Feminine is “Flow Down Like Silver,” a novel about the numinous and gifted Hypatia of Alexandria, a tragically ignored historical figure of towering intellect who searched through intellect for what the Magdalene knew in her heart.
Recently, a huge departure from her all she’d written before, Longfellow found herself writing a tale of supernatural horror called “Houdini Heart.” This book was selected by the Horror Writers of America as one of a handful of books to be considered for their 2011 Bram Stoker Award for Best Horror Novel.
In the Spring of 2013 the first three titles of her Sam Russo noir murder mystery series was published by Eio Books: “Shadow Roll,” “Good Dog, Bad Dog,” and “The Girl in the Next Room.”
In December, 2013, she released a tale of one woman’s attempt to survive lost in the Sonoran Desert: “Walks Away Woman.”
She’s at work on the third and last book in her Divine Feminine series. Meant to be one thing, it’s become quite another thing. Writers may think they know what they’re going to write, but they can be very wrong.
She lives wherever she finds herself. Currently that’s a sailboat in Puget Sound.
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