Name: Dominic (Nick) J. Cibrario
Current town/city of residence: Racine
Connection to Racine County: I taught English and Latin at Horlick High School from 1970-2000.
Occupation: I am an author and an artist. I write novels and children’s books and design the covers. I also make sculptures and paintings that I sell.
Title of book and publisher: “The Long Road to Mount Kailash,” published by Create Space.
Synopsis of the book (plot): Carl Brecht is a retired anthropologist from the University of Chicago but he still teaches “South Asian Studies” three days a week at the university. Carl lives with his wife, Barbara, in an Illinois suburb. Barbara is a guide at the Museum of Natural History in downtown Chicago. Their relationship is strained when Carl’s Nepalese colleagues, Rama and Samira, ask him to travel to Nepal with them and go on a pilgrimage to Mount Kailash in Chinese occupied Tibet. Barbara has three horrible dreams about Carl falling off the mountain while trekking up Mount Kailash and begs him not to go on the pilgrimage. She is worried because she read in the newspaper that 60,000 Hindu pilgrims were stranded in the Himalayas due to roads collapsing and flooding because of the monsoon rain.
Is this your first book? No. I have written four other novels set in Nepal, two novels about Kenosha and one children’s book.
Why did you write the book? I wrote the book because I made the trip to Mount Kailash with Hindu friends in 2013 during the monsoon. I was deeply impressed by the adventure of traveling in the Himalayas.
How long did it take you to write the book? It took me a year and a half to write the book.
How did you get interested in writing? When I was in grade school, our class listened on the radio to Marie Applegate’s class “Let’s Write.” Many years later I took a creative writing course from Applegate at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Where is the book available?: The book is available on Amazon in print and for Kindle; directly from the publisher; or by mail by calling the author at 262-634-5386.
Is the book available at the Racine Public Library? Yes. It is also available at Northern Lights Gallery.
Website for more information: www.pomelo tree.com (novels by Nick Cibrario).