VIRTUAL AUTHOR EVENT // Monroe Katz - Light and Shadow: An Artist's Awakening

Due to the COVID-19 this will now be a virtual event held on Zoom.

Join Napa Bookmine on Tuesday, February 16th at 7:00PM PST for a virtual author hour with author Monroe Katz to discuss his book Light and Shadow: An Artist's Awakening.

This is a VIRTUAL event and will take place on Zoom. You must RSVP to attend. Email to RSVP.

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To help us offset costs, you can also order Light and Shadow: An Artist's Awakening below.


What does it take to become an artist? What does it take to put raw paint on a canvas and create something that can stir the heart and lift the spirit?

That is the essential question at the heart of this stunning and insightful novel. It traces the evolution of Norman, a dentist perfectly able to fill a tooth or craft a crown, but whose dreams of becoming of a great artist are stymied by his emotional rigidity and his "by the numbers" dentist mindset.

But then, out of the blue, a furious hurricane sweeps into Norman's well-ordered life, in the form an ornery, cantankerous, foul-mouthed artist and teacher named Kelly. The man is repulsive and abusive, free-spirited and excessive - and exactly what Norman's needs: a mentor who reaches deep inside Norman and brings forth the artist just waiting to be born.



Monroe Katz has a rare blend of talents: a dentist by profession, and an award winning author, painter and sculptor. His difficult emergence as an artist has been a primary subject of his writing. His debut novel, Sparring with Rembrandt, chronicled his struggles growing up in the mean streets of Brooklyn, caught between his love of art and the difficult post-war demands of earning a living. A chapter was awarded a coveted first prize in the Napa Valley’s Jessamyn West writing contest.

Dr Katz’s next book was a sophisticated “how to” guide for aspiring painters and sculptors, based on his own personal journey as an artist. Dare to Create, The Joys and Tortures of Learning to Paint was hailed by the Eric Hoffer Awards as one of the best art books of 2018. Dr. Katz’s poetry and artwork have won awards as well. His Rembrandt-like portrait of a young woman named Daphne was named “Best of Show” in the annual Napa Exposition. 

With his new book, Light and Shadow, An Artists Awakening, Dr. Katz plunges his sensitive hero, Norman, into the decisive phase of his artistic journey: a rigorous and often painful apprenticeship under the wing of an intimidating but brilliant mentor named Kelly. Despite his callous ways, Kelly brings Norman exactly what he needs: a creative liberation. 

Now retired from dentistry, Dr. Katz continues his creative life with his wife Joan and their extended families close by.



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Light and Shadow: An Artist's Awakening Cover Image
ISBN: 9780981742588
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Monroe Katz - July 12th, 2020

What does it take to become an artist? What does it take to put raw paint on a canvas and create something that can stir the heart and lift the spirit?