On this day in 1540 the Jesuit order was established by Ignatius Loyola. Read more here.
A contender for the best photograph of a Sam Cabot reader. Thanks to Alana Sacriponte. Anyone else have a photo of someone reading SKIN OF THE WOLF or BLOOD OF THE LAMB? If so, go to Sam’s Facebook page and post it. Thanks.
. . . so how about breaking the 1000 “likes” threshold for Sam Cabot on Facebook? In celebration of the publication of SKIN OF THE WOLF, Sam Cabot’s second thriller, Carlos and SJ would be especially happy if Sam also passed the 1000 mark on Facebook. So, please encourage your friends to “like” Sam. You can find Sam’s Facebook page here.
Aaron Bennett maintains a list of werewolf books on Amazon.com. You can find the list here. The #1 book on the list is THE WEREWOLF BOOK: THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SHAPE-SHIFTING BEINGS by Brad Steiger. Perhaps a future edition will include Sam Cabot’s contribution to the genre, SKIN OF THE WOLF.
Although SKIN OF THE WOLF isn’t exactly a “werewolf book,” it should appeal to anyone interested in shapeshifting or people who have the ability to turn into wolves (and other animals). Adam Lipkin wrote a very nice consideration of the best werewolf books, both fiction and nonfiction, for the Bookslut blog. You can read it here.
The Catholic Encyclopedia entry for the father and son explorers, John and Sebastian Cabot, can be found here. Note the striking family resemblance between father and son, even in beard grooming, hat, and coat preferences. One of the characters in Sam Cabot’s SKIN OF THE WOLF hitched a ride to Newfoundland with John Cabot in 1498.
Giovanni Antonio di Carbonariis, one of the characters in SKIN OF THE WOLF, sailed with John Cabot to North American aboard Cabot’s ship The Matthew, a replica of which can be found in the harbor of Bristol, England. The website for the replica ship can be found here and the Wikipedia entry on the ship can be found here.
One of the characters in Sam Cabot’s SKIN OF THE WOLF, Giovanni Antonio de Carbonariis, was part of the 1498 voyage of John Cabot to North America. The University of Bristol is the home of The Cabot Project, a comprehensive international effort to document the Cabot’s voyages. You can find the project website here. And you can learn much more about Giovanni Antonio de Carbonariis here.
A scholarly article published in 2012 supports the claim that Italian merchants actually financed some of the first British expeditions to America, including those by John Cabot (Giovanni Caboto). You can read about the new evidence here. John Cabot “discovered” what we now know as Newfoundland and thereby claimed Canada for England. As we hope interestingly, John Cabot’s voyage to North American plays an important part in the life of one of the characters in SKIN OF THE WOLF.
You can also learn more about John Cabot here.
Also, perhaps interestingly, one half of Sam Cabot (namely Carlos Dews) is chairperson of the Department of English Language and Literature at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy.