WINNER Performing Arts: Film, Theater, Dance, Music 2023 Best Book Awards
A sweeping history of three generations darkened by the long shadow of the Holocaust, The Cello Still Sings is a vivid, moving, and true story of personal discovery. As a child Janet is haunted by the eerie hush surrounding her parents' experiences. George and Katherine, two professional musicians and Holocaust survivors, bury the memories of who and what they were before, silencing the past in order to live. Music is their lifeline.
After five decades of secrets, Janet finally unravels her Holocaust heritage when she stumbles upon a clue. After the war, George performed morale-boosting programs throughout Bavaria in a twenty-member orchestra of concentration camp survivors. Although Janet also becomes a cellist, her father never discloses that two of the programs, in 1948, were led by the legendary American maestro, Leonard Bernstein.
Janet's father was more fortunate than others. When he was rounded up for hard labor, narrowly missing deportation to the death camps of Auschwitz, a music-loving Nazi guard gave him gloves to protect his cello-playing hands. Janet's memoir of the Holocaust is deeply personal and illuminating. Through humor and colorful story-telling, she weaves her parents' life into her own and captures the intensity of their life experiences. The lingering scars are healed through the sustenance and power of music, and their music-making unites people from generation to generation.
WINNER Best Interior Design 2023 International Book Awards
“What did it take to become King of Soca?”
The iconic Machel Jesus Montano: a small-village Trinidadian boy who grew up to become Winer Boi, then HD, and, ultimately, MONK Monté. In 2022, the acclaimed, award-winning King of Soca celebrates forty years in Calypso and Soca music—with a career that began at the age of seven—and now has legions of adoring fans worldwide.
This unique biography details how Machel achieved remarkable success and longevity in the cut-throat industry. Who better to tell the tale than the ultimate insider: his mother, manager, confidante, and now biographer—Elizabeth “Lady” Montano? In this book, you will read a first-hand account of Machel’s rise to stardom, including never-before-revealed insights into:
The Winer Boi, HD, and Monk Monté years – His evolution, spiritual development, and re-inventions – His collaborations and experimentations – The historical Calypso and Soca landscape that shaped his career – Photographs, newspaper articles, and more from his massive archive.
Machel’s story brings to light what it really took him to rise to and remain at the peak of a music career that spans four decades as one of the most popular Soca artists in the world. Whether you are a fan of his 45+ album discography and energetic, fast-paced style, or simply interested in how a successful career is built, this engaging biography will surely provide valuable information and insights.