OFF TO THE EDITOR
Five full drafts from conception and one major reorganization later, BOOK OF HOURS: Peter’s Parchment is off to the editor. There is no doubt he will provide a full, insightful and constructive critique with his well-pared quill. “He” is Peter Gelfan, Associate Editor at The Editorial Department.
It is a sequel. In BOOK OF HOURS: Peter’s Parchment, Brother Alphaios and archivist Inaki Arriaga discover an ancient parchment, which,if made public, could rock the very foundations of the Church. Or, if allowed to remain in the hands of its unscrupulous billionaire owner, it could provide him immense leverage against the Church for his own illicit purposes. Either outcome would render their magnificent Book of Hours—to be a gift for the Pope himself—into nothing but a hollow, bitter vessel for a religious scandal of millennial proportions.
How does one preserve history against such odds? How does one enlighten it?
Meanwhile, the same self-serving mogul has his sights set on acquiring for himself the real estate upon which the humble Monastery of St. Ambrose sits, for it occupies one of the most valuable pieces of land in the entire city. How do a handful of monks, who seek only salvation in the life beyond, cope with such an avaricious assault upon everything they know?
Brother Alpahios continues his covert wanderings through the immense city for colors and for characters. He encounters artists and immigrants, people whose stories–terrible or beautiful– leave an indelible impression and continue to shape his understanding of the world beyond the cloister.
After the edit will come more revisions, a copy edit, internal book design, cover design and many other particulars necessary for the publishing of a book.
We remain on schedule for a Spring 2015 debut.
J. S. Anderson
Photo by J. S. Anderson. Detail, Lobby of Rockefeller Center, NYC.