Paul Argentini, WWII veteran, newspaperman, playwright, and novelist

VENICE, Fla.  — Sunbury Press and Random House best-selling author Paul Argentini (1926-2016) passed away on April 24, 2016. A resident of Venice, Florida, Paul was a World War II veteran Argentini_smwho was awarded the Combat Action Ribbon, and was exposed to ionizing radiation at Nagasaki, Japan. He was predeceased, in 2014, by the love of his life, wife Vera Argentini. The two teamed up for Paul’s most popular Sunbury Press title “A Treatise: The Art of Casting a Fly” (2012). Vera provided the very accurate pencil drawings of fish and flies while Paul wrote the how-to narrative.

Paul was the author of five novels published by Sunbury Press: “Charlie Caw” (2015), “The Spirit’s Cabin on Lake Eagle Talon” (2014), “A Matter of Love in the Bronx” (2013), “The Fourth Nail” (2012), and “Jim” (2011). Three more novels are under contract, including “Kiss,” “The Doubter,” and “In Time for Life,” and will be released over the next two years.

totaocaf_fcoverPaul wrote the following plays:
Full-length plays
The Decisive Point
The Secret of The Sea Island Mansion
The Essence of Being

King’s Mate- Off –Off- Off Broadway Showcase
Massachusetts Artists Foundation
Playwriting Fellowship

One Act Plays
No Gas For Nick – Berkshire Theatre Festival
Pearl Seed – Berkshire Theatre Festival
My Pen Names Mark Twain
(written and performed in sixth grade)

cc_fcTheatre Odyssey 2011 Ten-minute Play Festival
The Ordinance – First Prize Winner
Sarasota, Florida

Paul’s best-selling book published by Random House was Elements of Style for Screenwriters: The Essential Manual for Writers of Screenplays. He also co-authored, with Robert Boland, MUSICALS! Directing School and Community Theatre.

Paul was presented with the American Association for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals highest medal for crossing ice to rescue a German Shepherd that had fallen through. Paul was a chef, specializing in home-made pasta dishes, and a baker with reknown carrot and Bronx cheesecakes. He was also a cabinetmaker specializing in Queen Anne and Shaker case pieces, jazz drummer and a teacher of fly-casting. His paintings, sculptures, and photographs have been in juried art shows. He and Vera had two daughters, Lisa and Mona.

Following is a radio interview with Paul:

https://www.mixcloud.com/RadioEarNetwork/paul-argentini-o…

teosIn the interview, when asked why he became a writer, Paul stated, “I realized it was the only thing I could do well.”

“Paul always had a great sense of humor,” said publisher Lawrence Knorr of Sunbury Press. “He was a very talented and dedicated writer. We are honored to continue publishing his work and hope to see one or more of the novels made into films.”

For more information, please see:
https://paulargentini.wordpress.com/

Pet crow bonds with fatherless boy in inspirational novel by Paul Argentini

VENICE, Fla.Sunbury Press has released Charlie Caw, Paul Argentini’s latest novel, for middle grade and young adults.

cc_fcAbout the Book:
A crow that picks wildflowers and delivers them to show affection, and a fatherless boy who teaches the bird how to fly create a heartwarming story of these two disparate beings going and growing with one another. Their deep and abiding companionship keeps them close, yet they remain free to maintain all their relationships. Each protects the other in awkward situations, but they respect one another to allow the freedom to make individual choices. They confront humorous and dangerous situations with daring spirit learning a bit more of the other’s world with each confrontation. CHARLIE CAW is such a likeable story one can only believe it is true. It will find a niche in your memory for a long, long time.

Excerpt:
Charlie Partridge caught at his breath with the firing squad’s volley. His body tensed. He expected the bullets to tear through his clothes and into his flesh. He felt as if they already had.

It was the nightmare. Again.

The panorama of the cemetery flashed into his mind. There was the October mackerel sky and the flag-draped casket suspended over the blackness. Standing were dozens of people wearing mask-like faces. As he had never seen her, there was his mother sitting under the canopy: her face white and drawn, her eyes glowing briquettes, her lips held tight to a slash. There was the bass-drum monotone of the minister uttering profundities. There was the cadre of officers and the honor guard who had escorted the fallen decorated hero to this country gravesite with its majesty of flowers. There was the formal precision of the military funeral. These ceremonies were for his father, Lt. James Partridge, but he hoped they had made a mistake and it really was someone else.

More volleys followed.

Charlie wondered if such a barrage had also resounded before the hero had died. He wondered if he, too, had smelled the acrid smoke from burning gunpowder.

Charlie watched the haze settle softly among the blades of dew-damp grass. Then, closing his eyes, he saw himself start to fall as if into an abyss of reverie: it was dawn. His father whistled, as usual, as he slipped into his bedroom to wake him. As they had done so many times before, father, mother, and son grabbed a quick breakfast and the fishing gear, then the three of them were off. Shortly thereafter, he stood shivering in the gurgle and splash of the spring-fed brook where the bespeckled trout hid.

Charlie opened his eyes. A stern-faced officer bowed before Charlie’s mother. He offered her the triangularly-folded American flag. With yet another rush of tears, she took it and clutched it to her breast. Without straightening, the officer turned to Charlie seated beside her, and their eyes locked. As if taking part in a conspiracy, he signaled Charlie with a slight nod.

He watched the officer perform an agonizingly slow salute to his mother and to the flag. Charlie felt the wet at the small of his back turn cold. Then, the officer beckoned with his fingers and nodded, indicating Charlie was to follow him. Charlie stood. They walked to the far end of the headstone-studded field.

“We need to talk,” the officer said to Charlie.

Charlie stared at his medals, then at the man’s chest. “Your shirt is stained, sir,” Charlie said.

“I apologize if it troubles you,” he said pointing, “but this is a blood stain from the wound that earned me the Silver Star Medal and took my life. That’s what happened to your father,” the officer responded. “Only those who have been wounded in battle may have the honor of participating in the ceremonies for a fallen comrade. It is my privilege and honor to be here.” The officer turned toward the knot of people surrounding the open grave, then asked, “Were you and your dad close, Charlie?”

Charlie raised his eyebrows and looked up at the man, nodding his head for several seconds, then said, “Sir, I must go home. Now.”

“Sorry, son,” he said. “To leave this cemetery, you need to be brave; you need to be courageous and you need to be strong. You must allow yourself to cry. You must accept what has happened. This funeral will go on until you accept the fact that your dad is not coming back. When you acknowledge that, then this funeral will end.”

“Everything was so sudden,” Charlie said.

The officer put his hand on Charlie’s shoulder and said, “You can only deny this for so long.” The soldier’s face grew even more somber as he folded his arms and continued, “Time is another problem. When is your next birthday?”

“June sixteenth. I’ll be fourteen.”

“Fourteen! Is that so? You seem older. The fact is, your next birthday, that’s your deadline.”

“Deadline?” Charlie flexed his eyebrows. “Why a deadline?”

The officer shrugged. “Son, many brave men and women fall in battle. Each one deserves to be commemorated, such as we are doing now for your dad. But, we only have so much time for each funeral, or we’d fall way behind. We want to serve everyone their full measure of respect. Once you acknowledge that it is your father’s funeral, you will be through with the formalities, the grieving, and with us here at the cemetery. It will allow us to move on with our work, and you can get on with your life.”

“Thank you, Sir”, Charlie said. “All I know is that something important has changed in my life. It’s so confusing, and I don’t understand any of it.”

“I regret to say understanding will come with time. Meanwhile, it’s like getting measles, you just have to work through it,” the officer said. “The apparitions and demons must be worse.”

Charlie felt the muscles in his face tighten. “Yes, they’re just awful. They’re frightening.” He pulled his shoulders back and said, “Mother’s alone. I must go.” He turned and marched with the officer back to the ceremony.

The brittle, dredging notes of the bugler’s taps consumed the air as if to suffocate Charlie.

He found his arms tight around his mother with his face buried in the folded flag, her spasms pulsating through and shaking his body for an endless moment. Then, taking his mother’s lead, he tried to place the rose he found in his hand on the imposing coffin. He could not let go of the stem – it stuck to his fingers! Shake as hard as he could, the flower still clung to him, and he felt it draw him into the void beneath the casket.

Charlie Caw
Authored by Paul Argentini
List Price: $24.95
Hardcover: 154 pages
Publisher: Sunbury Press, Inc. (April 23, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620065851
ISBN-13: 978-1620065853
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
BISAC: Fiction / Young Adult / Relationships

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Charlie-Caw-978162006585…

Paul Argentini's fly fishing book now available in hardcover

MECHANICSBURG, Pa.Sunbury Press has released Paul Argentini’s latest book, “A Treatise: The Art of Casting a Fly,” which advises fly fishermen of all levels of experience how to enjoy their craft and to be more successful at it.

About the book:
totaocaf_pubDo you want to learn how to cast a fly? Read this book.

Do you want to know why your casts end up looking like eagle’s nests? Read this book.

Do you want to make longer casts? Read this book.

Do you want to start having fun fly-fishing? Read this book.

The key to unlocking the magnificent sporting world of fly-fishing is the cast. Casting is the key to acquiring this life-long enjoyment. It is so important it is 40-48the reason I focus just on casting the fly. Certainly there is so much, much more to fly-fishing. The beauty of fly-fishing is that one need take on only what is desired and comfortable. No need to learn how to make 60-foot casts if one just fishes in brooks. Just as there’s no need to dress flies if buying them fills the creel. One can spend a fortune on all sorts of plain and fancy fishing equipment, but I had my best fly-fishing fun wading in jeans and sneaks with a box of favorite flies in my shirt pocket.

What really makes this “Treatise” special is the gifted and meticulous art work of my bride, Vera Claire, in the renditions of fishes and all forms of artificial flies and lures. Her precise entomological drawings may clue the waterside fisherman on what the fishes may be eating, and increase the luck by using a similar imitation fly. The renderings are a validation of the art and skill needed to dress the vast variety of artificial flies and lures, actual and invented. They belong in a museum but work better at the end of a fly-line.

Contents:

  • Fly fishing
  • Equipment
  • The cast line
  • The ribbon method
  • More on casting
  • Line control
  • Leverage
  • Rule No. 1
  • Fly the line
  • Back casting technique
  • Rod dynamics
  • Shooting the line
  • The cast fly
  • The roll cast
  • Leaders, tippets, and knots
  • Entomology
  • The flies in this treatise
  • Compromise and adjustment

About the Author:
Paul Argentini is a Random House best-selling author  and prize-winning playwright. He lives in Florida and has two grown daughters, Lisa and Mona.

About the Illustrator:
Vera Argentini’s work is in private and corporate collections in the U.S. and abroad. A prize-winning watercolorist, she illustrated The Berkshire Flower Watch by C.E. Clark, and the weekly Flower Watch column, by C.E. Clark in the Berkshire Record.

A Treatise: The Art of Casting a Fly
Authored by Paul Argentini, Illustrated by Vera C Argentini
List Price: $29.95
8.5″ x 8.5″ (21.59 x 21.59 cm)
Full Color on White paper
86 pages  hardcover
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620065594
ISBN-10: 1620065594
BISAC: Sports & Recreation / Fishing

Contains 16 plates including over 70 drawings.

The zen of the false cast, the science of fly selection, the religion of the rod itself–it’s all here for both the wannabe angler and the wader-clad stream veteran who’s caught it all. — Ken Ringle, author of “Fly Fishing for Alligators and Other Tales”

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/A-Treatise-The-Art-of-Ca…

Paul Argentini's "Spirits' Cabin" is a WW2-era coming-of-age tale

KINGSTON, N.Y. — Sunbury Press has released Paul Argentini’s latest novel “The Spirits’ Cabin on Lake Eagle Talon,” a WW2-era coming-of-age tale set in the woods of upstate New York

About the Book:
The Spirit’s Cabin on Lake Eagle Talon is a story of Native American Lore, a teenage couple’s abiding love, and ordinary people who are called upon to do extraordinary deeds.

tscolet_fcExcerpt:
1940
The cabin was first a put-up-in-a-hurry forest lean-to before it started to look like a refuge a desperate hiker would seek out on a rainy, lightning-filled night. Joe Caruso wondered if some long-ago design had him decide to build it unknowingly in front of the site of an ancient Indian ceremonial fire pit complete with mystery and portent. Maddy Malloy had no such doubts. She knew the first time she put foot on the cabin’s site alongside Lake Eagle Talon, which was hidden in the lush, rolling Bekshire Hills of western Massachusetts. According to her sensations, its beginnings and construction lay in a design and plan arranged eons before. When Joe asked her how she knew that, she told him by the same knowledge that told her they knew each other in another time. They had only to take care they did not let their attraction to one other displease too much the jealous ancients.

“Do you feel it?”

“What?”

“Shhhh! Shhhh! The sensations. Hold my hand. I’m getting goose bumps.”

Joe wrinkled his brow, looked around slowly. “Like we’re not alone … ?”

“Yes. Like I feel sometimes when I’m in church. I get lost and this sensation comes over me.”

“Like someone is standing right in front of me, nose to nose.”

“Like … another dimension … ?”

Joe felt the awe engulf him just as it did the first night he spent in the lean-to. He sat cross-legged Indian style in front of the fire. He stared off to the side. The sight made him blink rapidly and open his eyes widely. A rattlesnake was coiled, its rattle clicking. Shika-shika-shika-shika.

Joe surprised himself. He felt not an iota of fear.

He folded his hands in front of him, and felt compelled to welcome the visitor. He could not speak. He simply nodded his head. It was as if the snake was expected.

Joe had no idea how long the snake was there. He had nodded off, then awoke to find it gone. Joe smiled, stretched out, and went to sleep.

“Maddy, do you feel as if we have been transported to another dimension?”

“Whatever it is, it is so weird. Do you still feel it?”

“Yes! Like it’s a shroud covering us with magic spirits …”

“Like we were meant to discover it so we could be guided …”

“Yes, to acknowledge all its portents and blessings …”

“Yes!”

“And tells us to follow the word! It says we are to take off all our clothes …”

“Crazy shit!” she said to Joe and didn’t talk to him for the next three days.

Argentini_smAbout the Author:
PAUL ARGENTINI is a Random House bestselling author and prize-winning playwright. He and lives in Florida. He has two grown daughters, Lisa and Mona.

Also by Paul Argentini:

Fiction

A Matter of Love In Da Bronx

The Fourth Nail – An Historical Novel

Jim – A War-torn Love Story

Non-Fiction

A Treatise – The Art of Casting A Fly (Vera C. Argentini – Artist)

Elements of Style for Screenwriters

The Essential Manual for Writers of Screenplays (Random House Bestseller)

MUSICALS! Directing School and Community Theatre (Robert Boland and Paul Argentini)

Full-length plays

The Decisive Point

The Secret of The Sea Island Mansion

The Essence of Being

King’s Mate- Off –Off- Off Broadway Showcase  (Massachusetts Artists Foundation Playwriting Fellowship)

One Act Plays

No Gas For Nick – Berkshire Theatre Festival

Pearl Seed – Berkshire Theatre Festival

My Pen Name’s Mark Twain (written and performed in sixth grade)

Theatre Odyssey 2011 Ten-minute Play Festival
The Ordinance
 – First Prize Winner Sarasota, Florida

The Spirits’ Cabin on Lake Eagle Talon

Authored by Paul Argentini

List Price: $16.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
220 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620064351
ISBN-10: 1620064359
BISAC: Fiction / Coming of Age

Also available on Kindle and Nook

For more information, please see:

http://www.sunburypressstore.com/The-Spirits-Cabin-on-Lak…

Paul Argentini's latest novel is "A Matter of Love in da Bronx: A 1950s Diary"

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A Matter of Love in da Bronx

Mechanicsburg, PA – Sunbury Press has released Paul Argentini’s new novel “A Matter of Love in da Bronx: A 1950s Diary.”

About the Book: 
“If James Joyce’s “Ulysses” is considered the greatest unread novel of the 20th Century, then it is just as likely as not Paul Argentini’s “A Matter of Love In da Bronx” will become the greatest unread novel of the 21st Century.”
— Zeilvieg P. Battiscu, The LDN Literary Review

“A Matter of Love In da Bronx” is a 1950’s love story that almost didn’t happen. Based on an actual love affair diary to which the author was privy, the story and its maddeningly frustrating theme was meticulously recorded as event by event were relayed. It was incredible that just a few short years after the end of World War II such an atavistic, feudal family system existed. The lovers’ wishes and wants were denied to them at every single turn, by family, friends, society, circumstances, and just rotten luck.

Couples at that time were just as hungry to satisfy the intense, volatile yearnings of love as they are today. Especially without an automobile—which well could have sufficed for private encounters—there was no such thing as running to a motel or hiking off to a hotel. There were no cell phones to arrange a rendezvous, and even if they could freedom was at a premium under the oppressive regime of venal, ignorant, self-centered, rigid controlling parents. The best Sam and Mary found they could do was use stolen moments for fleeting bliss in darkened doorways.

This is a paen to lovers past, present, future, wheresoever they be who combat the cruel frustration of combustible emotions using only tender hearts and the hope of a pain-free moment of bliss as in this unequaled literary truth.

A Matter of Love in da Bronx: A 1950’s Diary
Authored by Paul Argentini
List Price: $18.95
6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm) 
Black & White on White paper
390 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620062159 
ISBN-10: 1620062151 
BISAC: Fiction / Literary

For more information, please see: 
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/A-Matter-of-Love-in-da-B…

Also available on Kindle and Nook