Join Marc Romanelli as he discusses his children’s novel THE IMAGINATION WARRIORS!
In Romanelli’s debut children’s novel, a young New Yorker and a talking feline go on a spiritual adventure.
Daisy May is a special cat. Not only can she talk, but she also has the gift of precognition. But although she leads a comfortable life in New York City, she feels unfulfilled. When her owner’s 9-year-old granddaughter, Philomena, invites her to come to Lamy, New Mexico, to investigate a mystery, the cat decides to put her psychic powers to good use. Philomena is an adventurous, independent child whose paleontologist father is often away from home. She’s been keeping watch on a painting of a Native American man that hangs in a Lamy saloon, whose details—such as the number of teepees in the background—have been changing.
She takes Daisy May to meet her artist friend, Noshi, whose latest work, an image of a Native American princess, has been similarly mutable. Daisy May, Philomena, and Noshi declare themselves to be “Imagination Warriors,” and they find that they’re able to use the power of thought to enter Noshi’s painting; inside, they find conduits to other pictures and paths to other places and times. But will they ever figure out what’s going on with the pictures, and make their way home?
About the Author:
Marc Romanelli has been a professional photographer for the last 40 years. His creative interests are wide ranging: he has been a cinematographer working for PBS and HBO, additionally he has extensive image and motion collections with most of the photo agencies including Getty Images, Offset, Tetra, Dissolve and now Adobe Premium and Mint Images.
He recently self published an internationally and regionally awarded children’s book entitled, “The Imagination Warriors” geared toward ages 9 to 14. Mr. Romanelli has photographic peregrinations have taken him to Senegal, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Australia, Indonesia, New Zealand, Guatemala, Morocco, Mexico, Europe, South America and India. Mr. Romanelli lives with his wife and their two children in Lamy, NM.
Marc likes to say that “Imagination is the ultimate Photoshop of the Mind”.
Join the editor and contributing authors of the latest anthology SANTA FE NOIR, as they expand the lens on The City Different through their stories, each of which are set in a distinct neighborhood or location within town. The event will be followed by a screening of “The Third Man”.
From the introduction by editor Ariel Gore:
The stories in this collection reflect a fundamental truth about this city: history depends on who’s telling it. Too often the story of Santa Fe has been told only by the conquerors and the tourism PR firms. In Santa Fe Noir, you will hear the voices of the others: locals and Native people, unemployed veterans and queer transplants, the homeless and the paroled-to-here. When I asked the contributors you’ll read in these pages if they had a Santa Fe story to tell, they invariably shrugged and said something to the effect of, “Oh, I’ve got a story all right. But it might not fit the image of Santa Fe you’re looking for.”
I said, “Try me.” They came back with the stories that never make the glossy tour brochures: the working class and the underground, the decolonized and the ever-haunted; the Santa Fe only we know . . . Conquered and reconquered, colonized and commodified, Santa Fe understands—from historical genocide to the murders of family members—the intimacy of violence.
“The book’s diverse group of writers will provide readers with unexpected perspectives on this centuries-old city and its people.” —Publishers Weekly
Participants will include: Ariel Gore, Darryl Lorenzo Wellington, Elizabeth Lee, Katie Johnson, and James Reich.
Set in postwar Vienna, Austria, "The Third Man" stars Joseph Cotten as Holly Martins, a writer of pulp Westerns, who arrives penniless as a guest of his childhood chum Harry Lime (Orson Welles), only to find him dead. Martins develops a conspiracy theory after learning of a "third man" present at the time of Harry's death, running into interference from British officer Maj. Calloway (Trevor Howard) and falling head-over-heels for Harry's grief-stricken lover, Anna (Alida Valli).
First City Comedy- Santa Fe’s newly formed Indigenous comedy company premiers: “The Landlords”! Squatters be warned, we are here to collect the rent! Featuring stand up from: Adrianne Chalepah, Josh Fournier, Deanna Mad and Isiah Yazzie, plus sketches, audience participation and a special guest!