Who hasn’t dreamed of a life in the perfect French chateau? Shortly after the events of 9/11, author Casper Silk (aka Germaine Shames) and her British partner considered making France a second home and set out to find the quintessential Gallic village. Hate crimes had recently spiked in urban France, but Silk had difficulty reconciling the […]
An Interview with Singer/Songwriter Jasmine Tommaso Jasmine Tommaso’s singing breaks my heart. Her talent for conveying vulnerability and strength at the same time, and for giving her all every time, makes each song a journey. Jasmine, the daughter of renowned bassist Giovanni Tommaso, has long had a passion for music and began vocal and piano […]
An Interview with Composer Federico Ferrandina You, Fascinating You, a novel based on the epic story behind a timeless love song, will soon come full circle on the stage as a dramatic musical. I returned to my roots in Theater to write the book and lyrics. Because music resides at the very heart of this […]
An Interview with Linda Ashley, Ph.D. “Dance, dance, or we are lost!” Pina Bausch In the highly competitive and youth-dominated world of professional dance, most performers retire in their thirties and early forties. For a dancer whose very identity is bound up in performance, what more does a life in dance have to offer? The […]
Silk and Subterfuge… For the past several years I have been dancing with a shady male alter ego, channeling his dark visions and lofty ideals into novels, and hiding my double identity from all but a few close friends. In short, dear reader, I am the mind and soul behind the mysterious Casper Silk, author […]
A Look Back In Gratitude Year’s end has become a time of lists—top news events, best books, memorable quotes… Having lived 2012 at full tilt with my sights on the horizon, I’ve kept no list, but my writings—both on this blog and elsewhere— suggest what has mattered to me and who has shared my journey. You, […]
Dr. Peter Cleave on Avoiding the Hamster Trap Dr. Peter Cleave has one of those storybook CVs that reads like Gulliver’s Travels, epic adventure of a restless mind. An accomplished anthropologist, Rhodes Scholar and Oxford Ph.D., an iconoclast and risk-taker, Peter has eked out a unique niche in the Performing Arts as a musician, playwright […]
Dear Reader, I may not know you personally, but chances are we have “met” through our shared love of books. You know me in a way few friends ever will: through my stories and my characters, the themes with which I grapple book after book, my running “lover’s quarrel” with language and the prose that somehow […]
Ballerina Ursula Verduzco on Reaching Beyond the Dream Ursula Verduzco has not had the glamorous career she dreamed of as a little girl. An artist of tremendous heart, she has nonetheless triumphed as a dancer, choreographer, entrepreneur and patron of the arts. Ursula Verduzco trained at Ballet Austin Academy and the Joffrey Ballet School in New […]
Barbara Conelli on All Things Dolce Who hasn’t dreamed of living la dolce vita in some achingly quaint corner of Italy? Italophile Barbara Conelli is one of those rare “artists of life” with a knack for finding sweetness wherever she goes. A bestselling author, seasoned travel writer specializing in Italy, and acclaimed radio hostess, Barb […]
We're so jazzed! The Historical Novel Society recently named You, Fascinating You Editor's Choice, calling the book "faultless" and "most highly recommended."
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Italy discovers the Vittorio De Sica connection behind You, Fascinating You!
Russian danseur Stanislav Belyaevsky, who has danced many of the same roles as Baryshnikov, contributed the cover image for You, Fascinating You. www.artballetphoto.com
The stage adaptation of You, Fascinating You was table-read at Tucson's historic Temple of Music and Art on July 8. Heartfelt thanks to Old Pueblo Playwrights for making this possible.
Prominent NZ anthropologist, Dr. Peter Cleave, reviews You, Fascinating You on video through a social science lens.
Author Adam Sydney talks with Casper Silk—aka Germaine Shames—about the art of letting go.
Dynamic danseur and history buff, Darrell Wood, reviews You, Fascinating You from a male point-of-view. Visit Darrell's blog, NYC Dance Stuff.
Barry Eva, radio host extraordinaire, tickled Germaine with questions in this wide-ranging interview on A Book and a Chat.
The vivacious Barbara Conelli, bestselling author and radio host and lover of all things Italian, recently invited Germaine to speak with listeners about—what else?—Italy. Watch for her forthcoming book Dolce Amore.
How is writing a novel like climbing Mt. Everest? Find out at the Daily (W)rite
Dance writer Catherine Tully recently interviewed Germaine on her blog 4dancers.