Press Release: Book Launch August 23rd

I Built My House on a Volcano/Mi casa en el volcán will be released on August 23, 2014.  A Book Launch celebration will be held at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, NC , in the West End Theater, from 3:00-5:00pm.  The celebration is open to the public and will include a book reading in English and español, a book signing, and a Question and Answer session with the Author, Illustrator, and Translator.

I Built My House on a Volcano/Mi casa en el volcán is a bilingual picture book for all ages in English and Spanish, and is independently published through Wander Bear Press.  According to author Joe Cole, the story is “a parable about what happens when we follow our dreams and find more difficulties than we imagined.”  Artist Stacye Leanza took inspiration from Central American landscapes and cultures to create the color and black and white illustrations.  Spanish Translator Maria Silvia says, “The time is right for this book.  Bilingual readers are hungry for high quality writing in English and Spanish, and well-written Spanish-language books for children are difficult to find.”  Cole adds, “The narrative and the art will capture the imagination of both kids and adults.” 

Ana Baca, author of Chiles for Benito, calls the book, “A lovely and well-written story!  Joe captures the beauty of a place and its people and the beauty within when one finds and follows one's dream.”  According to Agustín Comotto, author of El mar dijo basta!, “The story is perfect, full of mystery and great illustrations.  Each reader will have his own answer about why Herman goes to live on the volcano.  Mothers and fathers: read this book to the kids before bed and share the wonderful mystery.”

The Book Launch date of August 23 marks the old Roman holiday of Vulcanalia, celebrating Vulcan, the Roman god of fire and volcanoes.


Joe Cole is a writer, philosopher, and educator based in Chapel Hill, NC.  He has a Ph.D. in Philosophy and is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC.  Stacye Leanza is an artist and illustrator based in Pittsboro, NC.  Maria Silvia is a Staff Court Interpreter for the State of North Carolina, and was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Category:             Books, Literature, Publishing



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