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About the Author: Uke Jackson

Uke Jackson, a playwright, novelist, broadcaster, bandleader and musician, was born Stephen DiLauro. His plays have been produced in different theaters in downtown Manhattan, including "Monster Time"; "The Secret Warhol Rituals"; and "Avenue Z Afternoon" which he adapted for a GM Mark of Excellence television production. His first play written as an adult, "Dristi Magic" a one act, was staged by the McCarter Theater Street Theater unit.

Over the years, he contributed short stories, essays and articles to magazines and newspapers across America, including the Miami Herald Sunday Magazine, NY Daily News, Philadelphia Inquirer, Berkeley Barb, Smithsonian, Travel & Leisure, and others. For many years, his light verse was a frequent feature in the NY Times.

During the 1980s he was a driving force behind several of the Plexus jazz art operas that were presented in Manhattan, Rome, Sardinia, and Dakar.

His River Tales project began as a public radio presentation of his storytelling with music and sound effects, in 1995. It is now available as "Tall Tales from the Watershed" thru the Delaware Riverkeeper Network This project, geared for families with children, won a Parents Choice Award and led to the American Library Association naming him one of the Top 10 recording artists in the country.

Also as Uke Jackson, he is the author of the book and lyrics (libretto) for the musical comedy "Ukulele Land!" (now available on Amazon in paperback and 99 cent ebook).

His latest book, "Beach Tales", is a collection of short stories, most of which firsxt appeared in the Miami Herald Sunday magazine. "Broadway Vampire" is his first novel. He divides his time between Manhattan and a home in Delaware Water Gap, PA. He also wrote "The Moon of Innocence" (a short novel -- 99 cents on Amazon); "Lord Byron's Coda" (A Monologue on Censorship and Sensuality for a Young Thespian -- 99 cents); and others -- with lots more to come.

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Paperback, Published in Nov 2011 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN10: 1467966185 | ISBN13: 9781467966184

Page count: 174

The Moon of Innocence is a taut story of love, passion and death among the rural peasants of Catalonia in 1963. Generalissimo Francisco Franco, the last Fascist standing after World War II, was at the height of his power. Among his other acts of tyranny, he tried to abolish the Catalan language. It is against this backdrop that the young poet Cesar and Maria, the farm girl that he loves, try to find freedom in each other. Like The Sorrows of Young Werther or Romeo and Juliet, societal conventions pave the way for tragedy. The effects on romance of wheels powered by petroleum, the homogenization of culture, and desperation born of loneliness all play a part as this riveting and surprising story unfolds. A powerful tale of love, intrigue, and loss, The Moon of Innocence will stay with you long after you put it down.

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