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Man Has Premonition of Own Death

An Ancestor's Strange Demise and Other Mortal Matters


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Man Has Premonition of Own Death by Nicholas Digiovanni
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Nicholas DiGiovanni's contemplation of the un-ignorable reality of death is really a celebration of the relationships we form over time with the people around us, with our own histories, and with living itself. I can think of few authors able to write about death this honestly while maintaining the warmth, thoughtfulness and humor that make life worth living. "Man Has Premonition of His Own Death" is a welcome reminder for readers of all ages that we discover the meaning of life through living it deeply and fully. Michael N. McGregor, author of "Pure Act: The Uncommon Life of Robert Lax"

Author Biography

Nicholas DiGiovanni was born at the Fort Dix Army Hospital while his father served in the Air Force at Maguire AFB. His father was then assigned to duty at a base near Lincoln, Nebraska, and his parents moved with their new baby to Fremont, Nebraska, for a year. The author has spent the rest of his life being grateful that his parents did not stay in Nebraska - where he believes he would have wound up as assistant manager of an Agway franchise - and moved back to their home town of Yonkers, New York, a gritty industrial city on the lower Hudson River where DiGiovanni grew up, went to school, and absorbed the history of his family and his city - including the strange and sad tale of his great-uncle, 23-year-old carpet-mill worker Thomas Crooks, who (according to a 1920s newspaper article) had a "premonition of his own death," falling to his death in a vat of acid just minutes after turning to his bride-to-be after a lunchtime picnic and declaring "I am going in, but I shall be carried out!" DiGiiovanni is a novelist, essayist, award-winning journalist, blogger and teacher of creative writing. His novella "Rip," a modern-day parody of Washington Irving's "Rip Van Winkle," was published in 2011 by Black Angel Press. His fiction has appeared in Paterson Literary Review, Identity Theory, The Caribbean Writer, and elsewhere. A sampling of his essays on mortality and memory appeared in "Songs of Ourselves," the anthology of personal writings by a variety of writers that was published by Blue Heron Book Works in 2015. DiGiovanni has been the recipient of five fiction-writing fellowships at the prestigious Virginia Center for the Creative Arts DiGiovanni founded the highly regarded Delaware Valley Poetry Festival, held annually in western New Jersey from the late 1990s through the late 2000s, which featured many widely-acclaimed poets including former U.S. poets laureate Robert Pinsky, Rita Dove and Louise Gluck and Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Muldoon.
Release date NZ
June 6th, 2017
Illustrations, black and white
Blue Heron Book Works
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