Holidays Unfolding: The Continuing Adventures of Rabbit and Kitty Boy is published by Elm Grove Publishing and can be purchased through all of the major book carriers.
Get ready for the next thrilling installment of Rabbit and Kitty Boy, penned by Edward S. Louis based on the wonderful, enigmatic paintings of Kristy Deetz.
In Holidays Unfolding our adventurous cavaliers scramble through a dystopian calendar of traditional and non-traditional holidays where dreams and reality merge into one. Rabbit ventures beyond the safe confines of the artist’s domain, leaving his searching friends confounded as the year dwindles and holidays pass.
Deetz’s intricate paintings play with dark humor, visual puns, symbols, and metaphors, with allusions to art history and spiritual conundrums. Louis again provides the engaging, thought-provoking narrative, challenging of our reluctant protagonists and their faithful readers to bring Rabbit home safely.
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“Unfolding dialogues in a landscape of the imagination. This is how I would describe this new book by Kristy Deetz and Edward Louis. ‘Holidays Unfolding’ chronicles the continuing adventures of the fictional characters Rabbit and Kitty Boy. Following the true ekphrastic process the paintings were first produced by Deetz as part of her ongoing series ‘Through the Veil’ and then the stories were written by Louis as descriptive and lyrical responses to these works of visual art. There is of course, out of necessity, a collaborative effort taking place. A unique dialogue is going on here, between artist and writer, Deetz and Louis, as well as between Rabbit and Kitty Boy. Somehow this harks back to other dialogues in imaginary landscapes. Literary journeys and adventures, along with drawings and sculptures. It dawns on me now, that this landscape of the imagination created by Kristy Deetz and Edward Louis is well within the terrain created by other great story tellers, from Antoine St. Exupery to Samuel Beckett.”
Richard Emery Nickolson, Professor Emeritus,
Herron School of Art & Design, IUPUI, Indianapolis, Indiana
“Beautifully horrific…Horrifically beautiful…More Orwellian than Rockwellesque, Holidays Unfolding: The Continuing Adventures of Rabbit and Kitty Boy flip quintessential American holidays into dystopian cyphers that recount Rabbit’s year-long search to find his way back to safety, home and friends. The stuff of hallucinations, Deetz’s unsettling images paired with Louis’ circular narratives describe compelling, but competing themes of chronic anxiety and steadfast hope. To escape the danger and repair the fabric of being – simply read to the end – wake from the nightmares to dream of fantastic new adventures with Rabbit and Kitty Boy.”
Reni Gower, Curator/Director, Wylie Contemporary, Inc, Professor Emerita, VCU Arts,
Dept. of Painting & Printmaking, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia