Thursday, September 6, 2018


From A & K Publishing


If you are one of the many people who check our site, you probably remember that we posted a notice that we were pleased to announce we will be publishing a new edition of Whimsey, the popular novel by Kaye Wilkinson Barley who is well known for her popular blog, Meanderings and Muses. We ended that notice by writing that, “she and A & K have another work in the oven, but we’ll wait for a later date to announce that one.”

Well this is the later date and this is the announcement: Kaye and her husband and co-photographer Don Barley will be travelling to France with an A&K contract in hand to photograph all the carousels in Paris and write a book about them.

Kaye explains, “I fell in love with Parisian carousels during my first visit and returned to the U.S. eager to learn more about them. Further research revealed that there is a conspicuous gap in readily available information. I intend to photograph all of the carousels in Paris, including those that move around the city, and those that disappear for a time only to reappear later. The book will capture the colorful motion of everyday life in the City of Light while chronicling the history and characteristics of these unique attractions.

Carousels are much more than amusement rides. They are emblematic of the fantastical and the fun, the wild and the tamed. With their varying degrees of ornamentation and craftsmanship, Parisian carousels have for more than a century signaled delight and merriment for children while igniting the still small spark of whimsy among adults.”

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