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Arthur Cola was born in Chicago in the “little Italy” neighborhood of the near west side of the city. His family moved to Oak Park, IL where he attended Oak Park-River Forest High School. While attending Loyola University, Chicago, he met his future wife, Donna Shields. Together they have five now grown children and four grandchildren. He, his wife and family now live in Wisconsin.

He has been an educator for 35 years. During that time he was a Teacher of History and a School Principal. Upon receiving his Master’s Degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, he also served as a Lecturer for Barry University in Florida. His post graduate work concentrated on Educational administration and theology. He studied in Rome at the Loyola University Campus while conducting research for his current work, “The Stone Cutter Genius” and traveled extensively in Ireland and Britain researching cultural sites and folklore for his other novels.

Through Bon Voyage Travel (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) readers may form groups or join a current group to accompany the author to Ireland, Britain or Italy visiting all the sites where the action in his novels take place.

His literary works also include the children’s Christmas themed book, “Papa and the Gingerbread Man, An Adventure in America’s Oldest City©.” In this tale the famous cookie man is sought out by “Papa” through the streets of St. Augustine, Florida. He wishes to invite him to his grandchildren’s school Christmas party. As the chase takes place the children will be introduced to some of the most famous landmarks of early America such as Castillo San Marcos and St. Augustine Cathedral, unique restaurants such as the Columbia, and sea faring adventures on the schooner Freedom.

His first book for older folks is titled “Papa and the Leprechaun King, The Secret Legend of the Shamrock. ©” In this tale a group of Wisconsin tourists in Ireland find out that the Realm of the Wee Folk are real and end up embarking upon a quest to solve a 1500 year old mystery while saving the Leprechaun King. In the process the reader is introduced to the wonders and folklore of Ireland and the secret of the Shamrock which is sure to not only delight but also uplift the reader. It is also a wonderful introduction to traveling in present day Ireland.

The second book is an historical fantasy. “The Shamrock Crown (Legend of Excalibur).”© ISBN: 978-1-58982-619-9. This tale takes a large mid-western family on a journey from Wisconsin to Ireland and Britain as they attempt to save the most famous relics of ancient Camelot. The reader will encounter the Legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table in a way slightly different from that of Mark Twain in his tale of “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.” Arthur Cola has the family encounter the legendary characters of Camelot in the 21st Century. Together they join forces to preserve the symbol of the most important “Message” of our time and all time.

His third novel is an epic legendary tale titled, “The Stone Cutter Genius”©. This historical fiction epic with elements of the supernatural is about a teacher in Chicago, who seeks only to present the Life and Times of the Renaissance artist Michelangelo. He takes his two teen sons and his class to Italy to follow in the artist’s footsteps. Under the guise of the tour they embark on a quest to recover a missing artifact of the most famous family of Renaissance Italy while uncovering the mystery of the Legend of the Magi Ring (said to possess supernatural powers). Along the way the heroes of the tale discover how the early life of the master artist, Michelangelo, was entwined with the Medici family of Florence, Italy in the 15th-16t

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