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New Novel by Michael Charles Tobias

Professor Parrot and the Secret of the Blue Cupboard (novel)

News Release 2011 September 27
Ithaca, NY
Contact: Victoria Weise by email:
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A New Novel Promotes the Rights of Animals

by Michael Charles Tobias

Illustrations by Adonna Khare

Published by Zorba Press
Available formats: Paperback and Ebook (PDF)
Nonfiction; 256 pages; 6″ x 9″
ISBN: 978-0927379-29-8
Price (paperback book): $ 36
Price (PDF ebook): $ 7.99
Book’s Web Page:

Zorba Press has published a revolutionary new novel for children and adults, a collaboration between author Michael Charles Tobias and artist Adonna Khare, a book that promotes the rights of animals and the sacredness of all living beings.

Professor Parrot and the Secret of the Blue Cupboard is set in the eternal present day. A Scottish lad, raised in a crumbling castle between the Grampian Mountains and the sea, is caught up in a family drama that launches his search for an elusive, even mythical uncle. That man, the ageless, princely explorer and scientist, Professor Parrot, lives with hundreds of rescued animals from every continent. When the boy manages to locate the Professor, it is only to learn that a dangerous expedition is about to get underway, and he is now part of that improbable odyssey. The mission is nothing less than a journey that — if successful — will liberate animals throughout the world, and just in time. The stakes could not be higher as mass extinctions have been unleashed to the north, west, east and south. From a Never-never land in northern Europe, a place off any known map, to the International Court of Justice in the Hague — the adventure of this motley crew of idealists led by the eccentric, brilliant Professor, is astonishing — both in its humorous and provocative insights about the emotional and intellectual lives of countless animals with huge personalities, as well as being a thoroughly delightful wake-up call to the children in all of us.

The book is adorned by 27 magnificent and original illustrations — including 12 in full color — produced expressly for this novel by the deeply lyrical, observant and spiritual artist, Adonna Khare. This is a book that readers everywhere will cherish and most likely place under their pillows for safekeeping.

The paperback edition is now available from the website.
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Michael Charles Tobias is the author of 45 books and several hundred essays, in addition to having written, directed and produced nearly 150 films. An ecologist, mountaineer, explorer, anthropologist and historian, his field research has taken him to some 80 countries where his passion for animal liberation, non-violence activism and zoosemiotic cybernetics, has resulted in his uniquely quirky approach to what he calls “pragmatic idealism” – in the tradition of Parmenides, Ovid, Cervantes, Milton, Shelley, Joyce, Hugh Lofting, Jean-Paul Sartre, Nikos Kazantzakis, and Samuel Beckett. Professor Parrot and the Secret of the Blue Cupboard is very much a sequel to Tobias’ 1836-page illustrated epic, The Adventures of Mr. Marigold. Tobias lives with his life-long partner and wife, the ecologist, author, filmmaker and philanthropist, Jane Gray Morrison.

Adonna Khare received her MFA from California State University, Long Beach, receiving the distinguished achievement in creative activity award and the Werby Scholarship. Her exhibition career has included shows in New York, Los Angeles, and San Diego. Selected works have been acquired by prestigious private collections around the world as well as permanent museum collections. She lives with her husband, daughter, horse, two dogs and cat.

Zorba Press is an independent publisher of books, multimedia books and audio books (forthcoming), and user-friendly ebooks in many formats. From the gorgeous gorges of Ithaca, New York, we publish paperback editions of The Zorba Anthology of Love Stories; The Ithaca Manual of Style; the anthology Zenlightenment!; and a wild novel about love and eros (for adults) Thoreau Bound: A Utopian Romance in the Isles of Greece. Currently, we offer about 30 titles. Our recent publications include The Terrestrial Gospel of Nikos Kazantzakis by Thanasis Maskaleris; 50 Benefits of Ebooks: A Thinking Person’s Guide to the Digital Reading Revolution; Lark’s Magic (“a funny novel for children”) and the first ebook edition of a modern classic, Michael Tobias’s extraordinary novel, The Adventures of Mr Marigold.

For more information about the book, or for author interviews and readings, contact Victoria Weise, or send a message to Zorba Press via the Zorba contact form.