The Last Good War – Tour Blog!



There is nothing better for the book tour jitters than having the first event take place at West Point’s history department. Our moderator, Todd Brewster, is the current director of the Center for Oral History at the Academy. Prior to this, he was a political journalist for Time and ABC News. He co-authored The Century and In Search of America with Peter Jennings. I will admit that I was intimidated by Mr. Brewster’s background. I suppose I expected to be grilled.

But then there’s something about the way the wind whips around the castle like structure of West Point that proved to be invigorating. That combined with Mr. Brewster’s cordiality made Tom and I feel, well, special…”

Follow Thomas Sanders and Veronica Kavass on their national tour, as they blog their experiences on the road.  Read the rest of this entry and follow along at:  www.lastgoodwar.blogspot.com

Twitter Giveaway!

Announcing Welcome’s first Twitter giveaway!



In honor of Constitution Day, we want to hear what our founding document means to you – tweet about the article or amendment most significant to you, what constitutional issue you’re most concerned about today, or post a twitpic of yourself engaged in a constitutional activity. Include the hashtag #welcomebooks, and we’ll randomly select three winners to receive a copy of the newly published trade edition of Sam Fink’s stunning Constitution of the United States!

Check out the book here!

All tweets must be posted between Monday, September 20, 2010 at 3pm ET and Friday, September 24, 2010 at 3pm ET. The winners will be notified via Direct Message and will have until Monday, September 27, 2010 at 11am ET to respond.

A Taste of Eataly

Eataly, a new gourmet Italian market, opened up today a few blocks from Welcome Books’ office. We took a stroll over to see what delicacies were available, what snacks were to be had, and if Mike Bloomberg was still there, stuffing his face with pizza!

Lets begin: The entrance is on the scale of the Coliseum or the Vatican…

This is a monumental grocery trip…


Genevieve demonstrates how to use the futuristic grocery baskets. It doesn’t exactly scream out “rustic italian market,” but is definitely ergonomic and lightweight.


There is a lovely produce section… though you’ll forget about all this green stuff once you move into the rest of the store — literally mountains of meat, cheese, and pasta EVERYWHERE!


We’ve done a lot of work with butchers, but I’ve yet to hear of a “veggie butcher.” Apparently, there is a “veggie butcher” here! He preps your veggies, which is good if you become squeamish about chopping up baby bell peppers.


Anyway. Lets get to the meat of it.


Books! A great little selection of all the newest and prettiest cookbooks and food literature out today. Hey, whats that down there?


There is so much Italian beer that you have never heard of. Forgive me, I forgot to check the wine aisle, but I’m a beer guy.


Check the pasta aisle(s). So. Much. Pasta.


…seriously. And it looks amazing. Hand made…fresh…


…after a taste of the Gelato we pushed passed the swarms of press and foodies, and headed back to the office. Ciao Eataly!

—Zach Hewitt, Welcome illustrator

A word from Jon Ortner…

Antelope Canyon, Navajo Tribal Park, AZ

Antelope Canyon, Navajo Tribal Park, AZ

I just returned from southern Utah and northern Arizona where I presented words and images from the newly published Travelers Edition of Canyon Wilderness.

I was brought out there by Chris Eaton, the Director of the Glen Canyon Natural History Association. In coordination with the BLM, Powell Museum, and the Page Library, they sponsor an ongoing series of guest lecturers. I presented at the new BLM and Glen Canyon visitor centers in Page, AZ., Kanab, UT, and Escalante, UT. More than just visitor centers, these modern facilities have large auditoriums with digital projection systems, scientific exhibitions covering the geological and ecological significance of the area, and feature the best bookstores in the West.

The Glen Canyon Natural History Association is a non- profit organization that has the mission statement to provide education, research, visitor services, and the interpretation of the natural history of the Colorado Plateau. They work in partnership with the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Rainbow Bridge National Monument, and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument to promote and preserve the cultural and natural resources of the area.

The presentations were also made possible by the kind support of Lena Tabori, publisher at Welcome Books who has championed the creation and promotion of Canyon Wilderness from it’s inception. It is her devotion of considerable resources, both financial and creative, that made Canyon Wilderness possible.

We had a full house on May 18th at the Carl Hayden Visitor Center — standing room only.  I was so pleased to see a wide spectrum of people attending; about half were Page residents, many others were tourists, staying in Page to see the Glen Canyon Dam, Lake Powell, or to visit an area renown throughout the world for it’s colorful slot canyons. There were also a number of Hopi and Dine people in the audience, who added fascinating stories and information during the question and answer periods.

Water Holes Canyon, Navajo Tribal Reservation, AZ

Water Holes Canyon, Navajo Tribal Reservation, AZ

While in the Page area, I checked out the Hummer Adventures Tour to the recently opened ‘Secret Canyon’. A slot canyon of exceptional beauty, it is located on the nearby Navajo Reservation, and is actually the upper drainage of Waterholes Canyon. Permission to visit this canyon took several years of negotiation with Navajo Tribal Councils.  It’s color, and amazing water carved sandstone shapes rival those of nearby Antelope Canyon… but without the crowds.

I also was given a tour of the newly opened Amangiri Resort and Spa. Sequestered among dramatic sheer-walled canyons near Big Water, it offers a previously unavailable level of service, and has to be one of the most architecturally stunning resorts anywhere in the world. I checked out Blue Buddha, the new Japanese restaurant in Page, which is also highly recommended.

My brother Richard, Kate Sease, a long time Page resident, and I were also able to obtain permits to visit the Coyote Buttes South Unit, and the Paw Hole Teepees. After along and very sandy drive, we found ourselves completely alone out there. Although I have been to the Cottonwood Cove area before, I was constantly amazed at how huge it is, and how many incredible and unique geological features it holds. For a true desert wilderness adventure — go to Coyote Buttes South. But always go properly prepared.

With the addition of new resorts, hotels and restaurants, Page will continue to draw people from all over the world, that come to see the cultural, the man-made, and the natural wonders of the Colorado Plateau. I eagerly look forward to my next visit.

Jon Ortner
June 2010

(Jon) standing in lower Antelope Canyon, AZ

(Jon) standing in lower Antelope Canyon, AZ