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When I was growing up, my hero was a dead Renaissance artist named Michelangelo. The Stone Cutter Genius is the result of that admiration.


Background Information

It took over 30 years to breath life into my childhood hero, Michelangelo. He was the greatest of Renaissance artists who created the masterpiece painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. By the way it is celebrating its 500th Annversary of completion in 2012 and is why I wrote the book. Then of course his first love, his sculptures such as the Pieta of St. Peters in Rome  and the Giant david of Florence, Italy. Now I present to you my Historical though fictional account of how Michelangelo life and the times he lived in come to impact the life of Arthur Colonna and his two teen sons in present day Chicago.

How I came up with this idea for a book is in itself a story. After over 30 years in education, raising five kids with my wife and now with four grandchildren I present to the world, a legendary tale based on the authentic and actual events in the life of my hero, Michelangelo Buonarroti.

To weave this epic tale into a story about a present day teacher who seeks only to teach about the life and time of Miechelangelo and yet finds himself and his two teen sons embroiled in a centuries old feud is a tale in itself. It begins with my  post graduate studies in Rome at the Loyola University. Walking in the footsteps of the Master Artist and first viewing the statue of the David planted the seed. Later when I took a group of my former students and our two yungest sons on a Tour of Italy, much of the personal experiences of the characters began to reflect those actual  events on that journey as I developed them.

Now I am working with a Hollywood writer in adapting my story into a screenplay version.

I'd love to hear what you think about the Book Trailer video. And if  you're around Milwaukee July 21-24 come to Festa Italiana and say Hi. Or in Washington D.C.Festa Italiana on Oct. 9 or the AIHA Conference in Tampa, FL from Oct. 20-22 or IBAM Chicago from Nov. 12-13.

Arthur Cola

Birth Place
Chicago, IL USA
Accomplishments

B.S. Loyola University, Chicago
M. Ed. Adm.: Unitversity of Southern Mississippi
Post Graduate work: Loyola U.Rome, Disney Corporate School, St. Mary of the Lake Univeristy.
Bicentennial Award for the original production of: What is America?

Additional Information

My other novels are: 'Papa and the Leprechaun King." It's an adult fairy tale which finds a group of "Baby Boomers" on a tour of Ireland who end up on a quest to save the Realm of the Wee Folk. Then there is "The Shamrock Crown" (Legend of Excalibur). In this legendary tale the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table comes to life as they are brought into the 21st century to help a mid-western family fulfill a quest and save the most precious relics of Ancient Camelot. Stolen Christmas: ISBN: 978-1-78299-439-8 A tale of different cultures coming together to experience a Christmas miracle. It’s a David and Goliath story in which a boy tries to save his Church from demolition by trying to stop Christmas from coming and in the process involves his sister and her secret boyfriend. Into their lives comes a white bearded stranger who brings a pastor, their families and an entire city together to experience Christmas love. His adult novels also suitable for older teens include: The Stone Cutter Genius: ISBN: 978-1-78299-244-8 Set against the backdrop of the most famous artist of the Renaissance era, the legend of the Magi Ring comes to life in the 21st century as Professor Colonna and his two teen sons accept a quest to solve the mystery of the Ring said to possess supernatural powers. The Brooch: ISBN: 978-1-78176-542-5 The lives of six sons collide in a tale of love and revenge which takes them on an adventure which begins in Britain and takes them to Italy. There they seek to find a 500-year-old jewelry piece designed by Michelangelo for the only woman he ever loved. One of the six seeks to prevent a message of love left for the world by the Renaissance artist to ever be found. Divine and Human Love is forever changed. New Series: The Doonagore Theft Trilogy A tale of three teens sent to America to escape the devastation of famine ravaged Ireland. There they mature as they encounter prejudice and anti-Catholicism and are drawn into the American Civil War. Their lives become entangled in a triangle relationship of friendship which grows into love as they cope with prejudice, loyalty, war and love which binds friend to friend, man to woman and “brother” to “brother.” Book One: Journey of Three Pure Hearts ISBN: 978-1-78407-913-0 “Bro-mance” and Romance in Victorian Era Ireland and America An adventure tale of three teens, James Shields, Aengus O’Flaherty and Meghan O’Grady in famine era Ireland who meet Father Thomas O’Malley and have their lives changed as they sail for America aboard the Cushla Machree in 1849. Their voyage creates a bond of friendship and something more as they face the rigors of a sailing ship, their own coming of age issues and the placement of trust in their priest. 2015: Book Two: Pure and Tarnished Hearts. The young Irish immigrants are summoned by the silent ringing of the cracked bell to the City of Brotherly Love: Travel with Father O’Malley, James, Aengus and Meghan as they arrive in New York City and join up with fellow immigrants to form a singing group which they name: Celtic Warriors. Despite the plots of a Secret Order, a political movement called the know-nothings and attacks on them and their Church, arson and murder they do not give up on answering the call of the bell. Their journey will touch your heart, and thrill your soul as they bring down the walls of prejudice and intolerance with song and the pen while bringing the Founding Fathers words of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” to life. 2016: Book Three: Torn and United Hearts: A Tale of the Civil War. Amidst the dark clouds of war and slavery, the faith of James Shields, Aengus O’Flaherty and Meghan O’Grady is tested; their love for one another cemented and their dream to be Americans comes to maturity on the battlefield, in the streets of New York, Philadelphia and Chicago, and in their Church. Author’s web site: http://www.legendarytalesofarthurcola.com Email: arthurcola@yahoo.com Books may be ordered at www.feedaread.com and www.amazon.com and kindle.com/arthurcola

Favorite Links

Legendary Tales
Visit my book pages and also see the three tours of Ireland, Britain and Italy which will bring you to all the sites used in my books.

Author Central of Amazon
See all my books and order information. Books are also available on kindle.com/arthurcola

Screenplays of Arthur Cola
Read the screenplays based on my books. Become involved in making them into a movie.

Blog Site
Keep abreast of my work and articles based on my books, tours of Ireland,Britain and Italy and personal reflections on writing stories.




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