Yvonne Korshak

New York, NY

Author of Pericles and Aspasia, writer on Art History, Harvard graduate and Adelphi University professor

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BOOK DETAILS

Pub Date: October 4, 2022
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Caryatid Imprint
Page Count: 500
Format: 
Hardcover, Paperback, ebook
ISBN: Hardcover 978-1959182221; Paperback 978-1959182214
Price: Hardcover $20.99; Paperback $14.95; ebook $2.99

ABOUT THE BOOK

The debut historical novel from author Yvonne Korshak, Pericles and Aspasia, set in Ancient Greece, immerses readers in a time of radical new ideals through the epic love story of a general known as "the first citizen of Athens" and a courtesan with the mind of a philosopher.

A tale of courtesans, philosophers, and cunning political statesmen during a period when democracy bloomed and of architectural wonders, Pericles and Aspasia, is a literary feat, with a love story to rival Anthony and Cleopatra’s.

Two lovers crest the wave of the golden age of Athens: Pericles, statesman and general, and Aspasia, his courtesan, a philosopher’s daughter and a brilliant woman in her own right. In a world of hierarchies, he is at the top when she arrives as little more than flotsam cast up on Athenian shores. Their love transcends social sanctions, enduring and deepening despite the grave threat it presents to Pericles’ reputation as a leader of the Athenian democracy.

The novel unfolds against the background of the arts and history of the Golden Age seen through the eyes of two individuals who lent their particular intelligence and luster to make it “golden,” Pericles, the great orator and visionary of democracy and its most influential woman, Aspasia. Their story takes them from the Agora—Athens’ marketplace—to the Acropolis, from the mercantile, raunchy Athenian Port Piraeus across the Aegean Sea to East Greece. Pericles and Aspasia—together and apart—navigate treacherous paths from venal calculations to impassioned philosophical inquiry, from high-stakes sea battles to the passions of family life. 

Pericles and Aspasia engages issues that are vital today—the paradoxes of democracy, the tensions of hierarchy, the ironies of gender, and others—but this novel is immersed in classical Athens: the city, its sunshine, its physical presence, its people and their struggles and aspirations.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Yvonne Korshak received her B.A. with honors from Harvard University, Masters in Classics and Classical Archaeology and PhD in Art History from the University of California, Berkeley.

As a professor at Adelphi University, she has taught Art History and topics in the Humanities, served as Chair of the Department of Art and Art History, Director of the Honors Program in Liberal Studies, and Director of a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute. She has written and spoken widely on topics of Greek art and archaeology and on European painting, particularly on van Gogh, Courbet, and David. Her blog, “Let’s Talk Off-Broadway,” focuses on art and theater.

She has excavated at Old Corinth, Greece, and has visited almost all the cities, towns, landscapes, and seascapes in Greece — and what today is Turkey — that figure in Pericles and Aspasia.

TALKING POINTS

  • Aspasia: feminist heroine or kept woman? The real- life Aspasia and the re-imagining within the novel.
  • How Yvonne’s real-life archaeological experience and travel has informed the writing of the book.
  • How Yvonne’s intimate knowledge of classical literature and theater experience has influenced her style of writing.
  • ​​The process of blending fiction with history. The techniques used in weaving in aspects of Ancient Athens, during the Golden Age, along with an epic love-story. 
  • Feminism in Ancient Greece compared to the current day cultural understanding of the movement today. 
  • How Yvonne’s knowledge and study of archeology shaped Pericles and Aspasia giving the reader an immersive experience.  
  • The gender divide: From Ancient Greece to today, does a democratic society truly exist for women?  
  • Did Pericles and Aspasia have a real-life romance? How was it impacted and viewed at the time and today by historians? 
  • Visiting the sites of Ancient Athens set in Pericles and Aspasia - can you walk in the footsteps of these characters today? 

TIMELY TIE-INS

March 

  • Greek American Heritage Month
  • International Women’s Month
  • National Write Your Story Day - March 14 
  • Ides of March - March 15


April

  • Tell a Story Day - April 27
  • Independent Bookstore Day- April 29 


May

  • Mother’s Day- gift guides

PRAISE 

“This immersion in Athenian life will thrill readers fascinated with the grain of lives far removed from our own–but still concerned with similar pressing issues of justice and governance . . . a stellar evocation of the golden age of Athens, rich with historical insight.” BookLife by Publishers Weekly

“The fiction debut of Korshak, a professor at Adelphi University, brings vital life to the golden age of Athens, in a story rich with character, romance, striking historical detail, and spirited public debate on topics foundational to our civilization. The novel centers, as the title suggests, on Pericles, the Athenian statesman and orator known for his democratic values and championing of learning, and his Aspasia, the courtesan whom Pericles will risk his position and reputation to love. “Look at the company he keeps, they’ll say of you,” the great sculptor Phidias says to Pericles, “whores, philosophers and sculptors.” But Korshak makes clear, in memorable scenes, that this supportive partnership didn’t just bring them comfort, happiness, and a child: it shaped history…” — BookLife by Publishers Weekly

“The story provides an entertaining way to become educated about many aspects of ancient Greek culture and society . . . An insightful depiction of a passionate relationship and a dynamic statesman.” — Kirkus

BOOK DETAILS

Pub Date: May 17, 2022
Genre: Memoir / Christian Inspirational
Publisher: She Writes Press
Page Count: 304
Format: 
Paperback
ISBN: 978-1647429003
Price: $15.99

ABOUT THE BOOK

In the age of social media, what does it mean to connect through a hand-written letter?

 

True Story: When Amy Daughters reconnected with her former friend from camp decades ago, Dana, via Facebook, she had no idea how it would change her life. Through social media, Amy learned Dana’s son Parker was at St. Jude battling cancer–devastating news, but what else do you do besides comment an “I’m so sorry,” nowadays? 

 

But more than a comment happened, Amy woke up in the middle of the night and felt called in a way she couldn’t fully explain to write handwritten letters to Dana–someone who through time and distance, had become nothing more than several hundred other faces on her Facebook account. 

 

When Parker died, Amy, not knowing what else to do, continued to write Dana. Eventually, Dana wrote back, and the two became pen pals, sharing things through the mail that they had never shared before. The richness of the experience left Amy wondering something: If my life could be so changed by someone I considered “just a Facebook friend,” what would happen if I wrote all my Facebook friends a letter?

 

A staggering 580 handwritten letters later Amy’s life would never be the same. As it turned out, there were actual individuals living very real lives behind each social media profile, and she was beautifully connected to each of those extraordinary, very real people.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A native Houstonian and a graduate of The Texas Tech University, Amy W. Daughters has been a freelance writer for more than a decade — mostly covering college football and sometimes talking about her feelings. Her debut novel, You Cannot Mess This Up: A True Story That Never Happened (She Writes Press, 2019), was selected as the Silver Winner for Humor in the 2019 Foreword INDIES and the Overall Winner for Humor/Comedy in the 2020 Next Generation Indie Awards. An amateur historian, hack golfer, charlatan fashion model, and regular on the ribbon dancing circuit, Amy — a proud former resident of Blackwell, England, and Dayton, Ohio currently lives in Tomball, Texas, a suburb of Houston. She is married to a foxy computer person, Willie, and is the lucky mother of two amazing sons, Will and Matthew.

TALKING POINTS

  • Lost Art of Letter Writing – The deliberateness of a letter, honest, believable and genuine, more than Social Media could ever be. Bringing back the beautiful connection of a hand-written letter. 
  • How can we teach our younger generation to value a pen & stationery? 
  • The stages of grief and how to remain a constant and connected friend experiencing the grieving process.
  • The power of prayer and finding purpose.
  • The evolution of friendships and connections due to social media.
  • Work from home and the disconnect it creates–how letter writing can bring back more meaningful relationships.
  • Women in Sports – Amy is a decades long sportswriter–a position with its own trials and tribulations as a woman in a male-dominated field. 

TIMELY TIE-INS

December

  • Read a New Book Month
  • National Letter Writing Day – December 7
  • National Christmas Card Day – December 9

January

  • Self-Love Month
  • Universal Letter Writing Week – Jan 8-14
  • Hunt for Happiness Week – Jan 15-21

February

  • International Boost Self Esteem Month – February

April

  • Month of Hope; Day of Hope –  April 5
  • World Health Day – April 7
  • Tell a Story –  April 27
  • Trauma Awareness Month – May

PRAISE FOR DEAR DANA

“Dear Dana is an inspirational memoir about caring for friends near and far by reviving a lost art.” — Foreword Reviews

 

“. . . a captivating study regarding writing letters to friends and rethinking how people successfully bond in the modern world. An intriguing and inspiring exploration of different forms of communication.”— Kirkus Reviews

 

“This is a book for anyone who wonders about the differences between a Facebook friend and a Real-Life friend and who yearns to see a person’s real life behind their Facebook image. It is also about the power of prayer and the abundance of kindness in our world. But ultimately, it’s about connection and how we are all connected when we come from love.”    — Rivvy Neshama, author of Recipes for a Sacred Life: True Stories and a Few Miracles

 

“Captivating . . . I laughed and I cried as I followed the pleasures of real mail, and the lesson hit home: Whether written or spoken, our words matter. They have the power to illuminate someone’s darkest day.” — Laurie Buchanan, PhD, author of Note to Self: A Seven-Step Path to Gratitude and Growth and The Business of Being: Soul Purpose In and Out of the Workplace