Join Dan Close for a discussion of his latest work, a historical novel entitled The Glory of the Kings. This story
recounts the adventures of two Ethiopian brothers who in 1895 join the
army of Emperor Menelik II and go off to fight against the European colonizers bent on conquering the
ancient mountain kingdom.
About the book: The year is 1896. The European colonizing effort known as ‘The Scramble For Africa’ is at its peak. Against the threat of invasion, Ethiopian Emperor Menelik II, King of Kings, Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah, issues a proclamation of war and rallies his troops to the defense of the Motherland.
In the far south of Ethiopia, in the small mountain town of Bekoji high on the Arusi Plateau, two brothers – Bedane and Chala Negassa – answer the Emperor’s call to battle. Too young to join the army, Chala is assigned to guide Haile Mikael Tesfaye, the Bishop of Ba’le Province, and help him journey north to the battle to pray for the success of the troops.
This, then, is the tale of the adventures of Bedane, Chala, and Father Haile, as the Bishop likes to be called. The characters are fictitious. The historical events are real.
Dan Close's background in education includes teaching in a variety of places across the globe, including Long Island, Manhattan, the Bronx, St. Croix in the Virgin Islands, Shiprock in Navaholand, and at 9000’ altitude in the little mountain town of Bekoji, fabled home of Ethiopia’s Olympic-gold-medal-winning long-distance runners.
He is the author of several books, including What the Abenaki Say About Dogs, A Year On The Bus, and Stories From The Arusi Hills (which was selected for the official 50th Anniversary Peace Corps Collection of the Library of Congress). His previous works have been favorably reviewed by writers as diverse as Jodi Picoult and Rusty DeWees.
He currently lives in Underhill, Vermont and, when he isn’t writing something, he can be found stacking wood, muttering about the state of his garden, driving hither and yon, and wondering what’s going to happen next.