Land of Tribute

Thank you for visiting the website for my trilogy ‘Venice, East and West.’ Here I will share with you the love of an amateur historian for what proved to be a ‘Magical History Tour’ of what is called the ‘Early Modern Era,’ when the idea of ‘balance of powers,’ first came into effect on somewhat of a global scale. In addition to the glossaries of nomenclature and bibliographies of sources, I will post both writings and articles of interest relevant to this trilogy. ‘

A few words about me as a writer and my book:  After leaving Syracuse University Newhouse School of Communication to write my first book on the flute music and food of various Native American peoples,  I failed utterly, and ended up cooking to pay the rent.  I ultimately became a chef in Arizona and later California, focusing on local and indigenous foods. Re-discovering my passion for writing after the turn of the century, and actually having some deep experiences to draw upon, I decided to follow two friends on their path to manhood, and then one of them, Piero Cesare Alberti, on his road through life and life after through his sons and daughters. It has involved a great deal of expense and effort to coax real life out of dusty archives, but the journey it has been well worth it. For those of you who have read one of my books and wish to read more, I am now a month away from the last (though first)’Venetian Born’ to be published. each one should stand up to be read alone, and not necessarily in sequence, the second one, “Venetian Crucible,’ particularly relevant to our times of contagion today…

If Mark Twain’s adage is true of our present lives, that “Reality is stranger than fiction,” then I can bear witness to it being also true about the past. For the past has certainly come to life for me, and that is why I fixed my compass tight to the eleven-month odyssey logged by Piero Alberti’s Captain David De Vries in ‘Land of Tribute.’ I could never hope to invent a voyage like that. Nor could I replicate the drama of the circumstances involving Andrea Alberti’s arrest and exoneration in ‘Venetian Born.’

Although I have never blogged, nor been on any social media, I will try my best. Ask anything you want about that time and I will send you what I have. My contributions will come, of course, from all that research which I, as an amateur, and the professionals I have paid have done. A great source of ‘Land of Tribute’ was the New Netherland Institute.  Personally, I will include the information and support I left out of my book and on what Hollywood calls the ‘cutting room floor.’ It was John Steinbeck who once spent years doing research in Mexico, even learning dialects of native tongues while writing the story of Emilio Zapata, and then the screenplay for the movie. And what got cut out of both his book and the movie proved to make a very interesting book in itself!—along the lines of what the commentator Paul Harvey used to call, the “rest of the story.”

I have been supportive of the Native Americans since high school, when my American History class was taught by a wonderful man named Richard Cherico, a pure-blood Native American. It was Scooter Smith, a classmate, who called history a collection of “his story, his story, and his story, just before playing a Pete Seegar song on stage one day. So this story of mine could be called Piero Alberti’s story, a mysterious tour for you through the most magical times and places.

Again, if you haven’t read ‘Land of Tribute,’ please buy it from me here and now, or from BookLocker, or read it on Nook or Kindle, or ask for it at your book store. It is distributed by Ingram Books.