Why aren’t there pictures in Cakewalk?

I’ve gotten a lot of feedback on the word pictures created in my new novel Cakewalk, a historical treatment on the first jazz clubs in the world. Professor Joseph Saulter, Chariman and CEO of Entertainment Arts Research Inc., (EARI) a noted musician and jazz scholar in his own right, remarked that he felt as if he were there at the turn of the 19th century into the 20th century.
“Cakewalk is an intriguing exploration of the history of Black people in San Francisco that will forever change your perception of the city, its place in history, and the impact of Black people on all of it. It’s a must read!” says Christine Harris of the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State.
“I just finished reading John’s book, “Cakewalk” over the weekend, and enjoyed it thoroughly. It is a great story about black achievement and the birth of Jazz, when we may be led to believe we were not players in the game at all – before the great earthquake and directly following.” Darnisha Wright of Economic Opportunity Council of San Francisco.
“Mr. Templeton’ professional literary skills are apparent from the beginning as you first open the book and start to read through the exciting chapters. The book, written in a narrative style, is loaded with hardcore facts that allow the reader to flavor the historical development of Jazz music and its link to San Francisco’s lawless Barbary Coast. It highlights the legend of Lou Purcell’s nightclub and jazz band and the fortitude, and perseverance it took to succeed in a society that blurred interracial mixing.
Each chapter fortifies the preceding one– similar to gathering and then mixing quality ingredients that culminate into a savory gumbo soup, that when consumed touches your inner soul. “Cakewalk,” a must read for everyone who appreciates historical significant revelation.” Greg Johnson (SF Marcus Bookstore)
However, one question I get because practically all of the characters in the novel are real persons is: “Why aren’t there pictures?”
The reason is that the photos are somewhere else — two places in fact. The first place is the exhibition JazzGenesis: San Francisco and the Birth of Jazz in the Visitor Information Center of the S.F. Convention and Visitors Bureau.
And we’ve added 40 photos to the new updated Volume 2 of Our Roots Run Deep: the Black Experience in California, 1900 to 1950, which also includes the 1929 membership list of the San Francisco NAACP, one of the treasures we’ve uncovered during our context statement study of black historic sites in San Francisco.
We unveil the new Volume 2 this week in time for Juneteenth. Order your copy online.

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