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FLuX & David Good: Good: From the Amazon Jungle to Suburbia & Back

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Kalamazoo Public Library presents Writers Block, a forum where independently published local writers can tell the world about their work. This edition features FLuX & David Good, co-authors of Good: From the Amazon Jungle to Suburbia & Back.

About the Book
This is the story of the incredible journey of David Good, the son of an American anthropologist father, and indigenous Yanomami mother who calls the Amazon rainforest her home. Overlapping the story of what David’s mother’s early years were like being raised in the rainforest, the book follows David from childhood to adulthood as he searches for identity, love, acceptance, and the one thing truly missing from his life, his mother. Growing up in a predominantly white population of the US without a mother or a deeper connection to his South American roots, David struggles with issues of identity and relationships. His and his mother’s stories intertwine in a heartbreakingly beautiful climax when they are reunited in the jungle. Beautifully illustrated and co-authored by award winning artist and storyteller, FLuX, Good is a vivid and breathtaking visualization of a highly unusual life’s journey.

About the Authors

FLuX: Award-winning contemporary artists FLuX is a master of trumpe nouveau, a new, first-of-its-kind oil painting style an technique that combines Trompe L’oeil contemporary hyper-realism in oils, with art nouveau traits of artists like Alphonse Mucha & Winsor McCay. He also creates hand-drawn and painted digital work in Trompe Nouveau Style.

His work has been exhibited around the world in collections with notable artists such as Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Kara Walker, and Chuck Close. His commercial clients include Apple, Swatch, Focus Features, Paramount+, FX, Puma, Diesel, Peace Tea, and the Internet Band. His graphic novel work includes Good: From the Amazon Jungle to Suburbia & Back and musician-interview comics for Lemon Magazine. He has received numerous awards including Creativity International, Communication Arts, and Society of Illustrators, and has been featured in publications such as Gestalten’s Illusive, The Book of Illustration and Spectrum.

David Good: David Good is a member of the Yanomami tribe, author, explorer, filmmaker, and founder of the Yanomami Foundation. He is currently a PhD candidate in microbiology at the University of Guelph, Ontario. His research focuses on the gut microbiome of Yanomami communities still living a traditional lifestyle of hunting-gathering and gardening.

A member of the Explorer’s Club, he coordinates expeditions to Yanomami territory to support programs in health, biocultural research, education, and cultural preservation. His unique ancestry and scientific training provide a rare opportunity to advance our understanding of the human microbiome, while building global awareness on the importance of protecting these few remaining isolated indigenous societies.

Recorded 04/12/2024

Categories: Writers’ Block: Local Authors

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