Wim Coleman and Pat Perrin

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Away She Goes coverAway She Goes!: Riding Into Women’s History

Most people take it for granted: riding a bike. In the late 1800s, the bicycle first came to the United States from Europe. This new “steel horse” was wildly popular. But for women, who either worked in factories or stayed at home, the bicycle liberated them like nothing ever has. One two-wheeled invention changed fashion, opened doors, and led to a movement in women’s rights still felt today.

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La Llorona coverLa Llorona: Retelling a Mexican Legend

La Llorona (The Crying Woman) is a sad and haunting tale from Mexico. Parents have told the story for hundreds of years to misbehaving children and to guard against vanity. Some say the story is about Spanish conquistador Hernn Corts and a native Mexican woman who served as his translator. Her loss can be compared to the loss of native Mexican culture after the Spanish conquest.

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Sequoyah and his Talking Leaves coverSequoyah and His Talking Leaves: A Play about the Cherokee Syllabary

In the early 1800s, white settlers and missionaries were intent on bringing the English language to the illiterate Native Americans. Sequoyah was intrigued by these leaves of paper with strange marks that talked. Doing what no one had ever done before, Sequoyah set about creating a written Cherokee language – helping preserve the tribe’s history and culture even today.

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Runaway Train coverRunaway Train: Saved by Belle of the Mines and Mountains

Lonely and bored with rural life in 1856, young Bella Lee Dunkinson began to hang around the local railroad. Engineer John Hardiman took a liking to the spirited girl and gave her a boy’s responsibilities helping with the engine. One stormy night, the engine was slipping dangerously on wet rails. While John was putting sand on the tracks, Bella found herself alone in the cab driving the train up a steep and dangerous mountainside?a 16-year-old female faced with a task that would terrify any seasoned male engineer. After her heroic and triumphant climb to the mountaintop, she was hailed by the miners who met her there as the “Belle of the Mines and Mountains.”

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Steam! Taming the River Monster coverSteam!: Taming the River Monster

In 1807 at the age of 13, Brenton Dixon lived in Albany, New York, and expected to become a blacksmith’s apprentice. Then one day he and his friends saw something strange out on the Hudson River, approaching from downstream. Many were sure that it was a fire-breathing monster and the sight created havoc on shore and on the water. It was Robert Fulton’s pioneering steamboat the Clermont, making its maiden voyage from New York City to Albany.

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Slave´s Education in Courage coverA Slave’s Education in Courage: The Life of Frederick Douglass

In 1845, Frederick Douglass first autobiography became a bestseller. Many readers could not believe that such a brilliant writer was ever a slave. When Douglass wrote the book, slavery had not yet ended so he kept secret how he escaped from Maryland. By 1881, the Civil War had ended slavery and Douglass felt the time was right to reveal how he escaped. This play is adapted from Douglass´ own words from The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass.

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Lullaby Tree coverThe Lullaby Tree

The Lullaby Tree is the first play in Wim Coleman’s forthcoming “Aesopeia” cycle about the life of the fabled fabulist Aesop. A no-holds-barred literary and theatrical extravaganza of ideas, The Lullaby Tree reels riotously between prose and verse, vulgarity and beauty, farce and heartbreak, earthiness and mysticism. It is meant as much to be read as it is to be staged.

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Horses coverHorses: in myths, legends, folktales, ancient stories

Horses—for ages they’ve fascinated storytellers. According to some of our most ancient tales, horses go beyond being beautiful, brave, strong, fast, and loyal. They also talk, fly, and fight to protect their riders. They have opinions of their own, and are usually wiser than their human companions. They’re magic! These horse stories have been collected from great storytellers and edited to replace obsolete words, simplify sentences, and clarify meaning.

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Terminal Games coverCole Perriman’s Terminal Games

In 1994, Wim Coleman and Pat Perrin wrote Terminal Games under the pseudonym of Cole Perriman. Published by Bantam, it was also translated into German, Portuguese, Japanese, Italian, and Romanian, was taught in courses about literature and contemporary culture at several leading universities, and was optioned by a major studio for a movie that didn’t get off the ground. Here’s the original book again, with its 90s-era technology intact. Decide for yourself how well Cole Perriman’s Terminal Games prophesied today’s infoworld.

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Comedy of Falstaff coverThe Comedy of Falstaff-A Cabaret Epic

Canto 1 of a comic verse epic-in-progress about the adventures of Shakespeare’s immortal rogue in the afterlife. When completed, this aggressively eccentric work will follow Falstaff from the moment of his death through hell, purgatory, and paradise-along the way exploring themes of human destiny, sin and redemption, and the evolution of life and consciousness. Visit our website for links to a video clip from Wim’s performance of this canto and his audio reading of an excerpt.

poetry

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Nine Muses coverNine Muses: Modern Plays from Classic Myths

Nine one-act plays based on Greek and Roman myths, each introduced and narrated by one of the classical Muses. The plays are frequently performed by middle and high school students; the book is also used as an introduction to classical mythology. One of the plays was presented at San Miguel PEN’s Winter Lecture Series. Visit our website to download an excerpt.

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Mayan Interface coverMayan Interface

A speculative, visionary, and literary adventure. A master translator of glyphs, an archeologist, a museum curator, a computer genius, and an ancient priest-king are drawn into a dangerous convergence of realities. Touches on mysticism, technology, archaeology, glyph translation, authentic Mayan history, traditional storytelling, and prophecies. Silver Medal winner-Adventure Fiction, Living Now Book Awards

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Anna´s World coverAnna’s World

Fourteen-year-old Anna Coburn faces hard moral decisions in a late-1840s America torn by slavery and war. Set largely in a Massachusetts Shaker community, the story is based on years of historical research. Anna’s World  has won medals from USA Book News, Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, and Reader Views Literary Awards. Visit our website for links to a video trailer and an audio reading, or to download an excerpt, a study guide, and the authors’ notes on utopias, the Mexican War, and the Shakers.

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Jamais Vu CoverThe Jamais Vu Papers

Real-world personalities such as cognitive philosopher Daniel C. Dennett, author Tom Robbins, neuronaut Timothy Leary, and physicist Fred Alan Wolf get involved with fictional characters in a lucid-waking adventure across multiple realities. Our most-often-quoted book, and our most unabashedly experimental one. The JVP motto: Did you ever get the strangest feeling you’ve NEVER been here before? Visit our website to download an excerpt. New 2010 edition, visit our website.

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Mystery of the Murdered Playwright coverThe Mystery of the Murdered Playwright

Elizabethan Christopher Marlowe seemed likely to become England’s greatest playwright. According to most accounts, Marlowe died in a tavern brawl over a supper bill. But the truth is much stranger-a tale involving espionage, political intrigue, and assassination. This is one of a series of five books about mysteries in history, all based on research and enlivened with fictional dramatizations. See the whole set at our website.

Non-fiction

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Taker and the Keeper coverThe Taker and the Keeper: Book 1 in The Red Monocle series

To save today’s real world, Gregory and Yolanda travel into the King Arthur legend and ally themselves with the magician Merlin. “The plot is tight, the writing is fluid, the action is packed, the suspense is palpable.” -Midwest Book Review. Visit our website for info, trailer, downloads.

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Secret World of Unicorns coverThe Secret World of Unicorns

Gorgeously illustrated book featuring scrapbook pages, postcards, news clips, and treasured mementos that weave a charming tale-plus four small unicorn figures. Young readers will discover where unicorns live, what they eat, and how to decipher mysterious unicorn hoof markings. Retold world myths and legends, plus the author’s imaginative “discoveries.”

Fantasy picture book

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