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My life was shaped to a large extent by books, three in particular: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith; My Life, by Isadora Duncan; and Walden, by Henry David Thoreau. I read these books many times over, relishing in the authors' vision of the world. What did I learn? Don't be afraid to dream. Don't be afraid to be different from others and carve your own path. Don't be afraid to seek your truth and live it.

Books are the foundation of a life well lived. With books we can explore the far reaches of our world and the immense valleys and mountains of our minds and hearts. Our travels can be enchanting, exhausting, despairing, and joyous. We can cry and we can laugh. Authors, do you know the importance and potential of the words you put in print?

For me, publishing books is about sending words and ideas into the world to become that foundation. I look for manucripts that say something important, that offer a small piece of what we all need to make sense of our lives. And I believe that the design of a book should complement its content and help convey its message. That's why each book we publish is unique.

I am very proud of all the books in our catalog. Each one touched me in some way when I first read it. I invite you to read one and see for yourself.

Our most recent releases are presented below, or browse our categories shown on the left.

Christine Brooks Cote
Founder and Publisher


In this beautifully presented book, poet Naomi Beth Wakan joins founder of Shanti Arts and photographer Christine Brooks Cote to offer glimpses into their “now and here.” Wakan wrote tanka—a format of five-line poems originating in Japan—in response to photographs by Cote. Wakan chose this particular format because it starts with an objective description of the image— “Early morning / the dew still resting / where it settled”—and then pivots to the poet's subjective reaction—“would we could wake refreshed / to look at things in new ways”. Cote’s photographs are the perfect inspiration for a poet—“you’re looking at my life and what I love; you’re seeing bits and pieces of places I have been; and you’re catching glimpses of the best moments of my life.” The title, Now and Here, comes from Henry David Thoreau: " . . . all these times and places and occasions are now and here.”


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Shanti Arts is very proud to offer Joyce Tenneson's new book, Radiant Beings: The Magical Essence of Flowers. Tenneson is internationally lauded as one of the leading photographers of her generation. Her work has been published in books and major magazines and exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide. She is the author of sixteen books including the best seller, Wise Women, which was featured in a six-part Today Show series. She is the recipient of many awards, including Fine Art Photographer of the Year in 2005 (Lucie Awards) and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Professional Photographers of America in 2012.

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$42.95 if shipping outside the US

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The Light Above: A Memoir with Margaret Fuller
Maria Dintino

Lee Woodman

Rebecca A. Durham


Heart Speaks, Is Spoken For
Marjorie Maddox
Karen Elias

Difficult Joy
Brian Glaser

Skipping Church
Suzanne Kelsey


The Sublime Landscape
and Beyond

Michael Baldwin & Johnny Bowen

Another Language
Joseph Murphy

Always Dao
William Irwin


Art Is Fleeting
Rachel Rodman

Wiping Stars from Your Sleeves
David James

A Landscaped Garden
for the Addict

Judith Skillman


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