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Day of Authors at Bank of Books
May 17, 2014 @ 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
11 am – 1 pm Aria Cunningham Princess of Sparta
5 pm – 7 pm Jose Mendoza The Poem of Life
Inspired at an early age by the adventures of Indiana Jones, Aria Cunningham studied marine archaeology at UC Berkeley. In 2004, she set forth to create her own adventures and helped excavate a Roman palace from 200 AD at Tel Dor, Israel.
Continuing her old world education, she travelled the expansive fjords of Norway, castle hopped from Wales to the Rhineland, and explored the funeral complexes along the Egyptian Nile. She is an avid scuba diver who has navigated shipwrecks on the ocean floor, the immense kelp forests off the Channel Islands, and the legendary Cenote caverns of the Yucatan.
Aria has a Master’s degree in the Cinematic Arts from USC and currently lives off the coast of Southern California.
Princess of Sparta
The true story behind the epic love that sparked the Trojan War and has captivated the world for 3,000 years…
Helen of Troy, arguably the most infamous woman in ancient history, was not the seductress of Homer’s poems. Her humble story began as a Princess of Sparta; honorable, loyal, with promise to become a powerful queen. Her lauded beauty was more curse than blessing, inciting lust and jealousy in the greedy kings who would make her their prize. Given in marriage to Menelaus of Mycenae, an abusive husband who neither wants nor needs her, she clings to a prophecy made to her about a great destiny, and even greater love.
Jose Mendoza “The Gardener” As a teenager, Jose Mendoza came to California from Guatemala and has made Ventura County his home since then. For most of his adult life, Jose has been a professional gardener, and he now operates his own gardening business. In recent years, he has discovered a love for poetry and has been creating poems in response to a strong spiritual inspiration.
The Poem of Life
Dear Reader, Life, love, and hope have a story, and each story has an explanation. The answer to the questions we might encounter in the journeys of our lives lies beneath the story behind the question. This is the pattern to find a truthful explanation regarding anything in life. This is a poetic self-help book written by an ordinary gardener who came to America as a teenager, searching for refuge and a better future. When reaching his destiny, he not only fulfilled his dream but also found something even greater that will bless our hearts! The Poem of Life is life itself telling us its story and love itself teaching us how to love! It is a forgotten treasure chest, full of patterns to help us understand our complicated world. It is one of the most intelligent insights into humanity. The gift of life is to be a human being, and our gift is even greater when we act like humans.