Writing has a life of its own…

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Writing has a life of its own. Writings emerge spontaneously from living a life because I live to write life.

Kain Susan Fester © 2017



I write about a lot of different things

Writing about diverse subject matter is fun, exciting and inspirational. Mostly on this blog I present book reviews: scholarly, non-fiction and a few fiction works. But I have much more in my portfolio. To see my other writings, please visit my blog Piemonte is Life which features substantial writings about life in Piedmont, Italy: culture, food, wine, nature and more. Piedmont is famous for its wine production and it goes steadfastly hand in hand with its unique food culture and practices, being influenced from local traditions throughout the region.

And I also have a gardening blog: Spirit of the Garden. This particular blog focuses on a Monferrine garden and orchard—nature’s vitality greatly inspired me—it’s an expression of the relationship I had with the plants in my vegetable garden as well as the wide variety of fruit and nut trees I cultivated.

My writings emerge spontaneously from living a life. I live to write—the writing has a life of its own.

Thank you for stopping by,




Karin Susan Fester (c) 2017

Interested in the Seventeenth Century?

And another review will be published this year: Sophie Chiari, ed. The Circulation of Knowledge in Early Modern English Literature (Ashgate, 2015).

Philosophy Book Reviews


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Here is a list of reviews I’ve written for scholarly books concentrated on the seventeenth century. Click on the book titles to be linked to OAKTrust library at Texas A&M University.

A review of “Locke, Language and Early-Modern Philosophy” by Hannah Dawson
Fester, Karin Susan (Texas A&M University, 2010)

A review of “Rhetoric and Medicine in Early Modern Europe” edited by Stephen Pender and Nancy S. Struever
Fester, Karin Susan (Texas A&M University, 2013)

A review of “The Devil in Disguise. Deception, Delusion, and Fanaticism in the Early English Enlightenment” by Mark Knights
Fester, Karin Susan (Texas A&M University, 2012)

A review of “Time and The Science of The Soul In Early Modern Philosophy” by Michael Edwards Fester, Karin Susan (Texas A&M University, 2015)

More reviews coming in 2016 !

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Supporting rider Jonty Evans to save his Olympic partner Art

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I’m supporting Jonty Evans Irish Rio Olympics 3-day event rider and his equine partner “Art” / Cooley Rorkes Drift. An extraordinary crowdfunding campaign to save their Olympic partnership is currently in full force. In my entire life as a horsey person, I’ve never seen something like this. A rider fighting so hard to save his partner. It’s heartbreaking.

Never, never give up…


The bond between Jonty and Art is very special. I’d like to see this Irish-bred horse stay with it’s current rider Jonty Evans, who has spent many years producing the horse—it’s very hard work. Art trusts Jonty wholeheartedly, and in a sport like 3-day eventing that is extremely important and necessary. I’d like to see Cooley Rorkes Drift continue being a member of the Irish team. I also think that it would not be good for the horse to be suddenly taken away from the rider he so deeply trusts. Never underestimate the close bond between a horse and its rider. I can see no reason why this partnership should be broken. Jonty loves Art, and he’s doing everything he can to secure the ownership of his partner. If it’s a matter of money, then funding has to be found.

The sale price of the horse is astronomical — £550,000 — and it’s almost impossible for Jonty, if not most international 3-day event riders, to come up with that kind of money to secure the ownership of a horse. What is so heartbreaking is when you see a rider like Jonty who has given his “ALL” to care for and train a horse and then to see this horse, after many people suddenly took notice of this horse’s performance at the Rio Olympics and other recent competitions, being taken away from him. Jonty needs help. Jonty needs the peoples help.

Jonty and Art will NOT be able to compete at the European Eventing Championships in Strzegom, Poland in two weeks if the ownership matter is not settled, otherwise the horse will be sold. I don’t want to see this happen.  And, I’d like to Jonty and Art compete in the next Summer Olympics in the Tokyo!

Being an Olympic athlete is tough and expensive, and it can be very heartbreaking too! A horse is not like a pair of running shoes, a pair of skis, or a tennis racket that can be quickly replaced. A horse is a living creature with a soul. A horse is sentient and intelligent. And it can take years to build up a close, trusting relationship, not to mention the intense physical training endured, that is needed to successfully compete at the Olympic international level. Jonty and Art are a superb combination, but they need financial help if they are going to stay together. I also know that if Art stays with Jonty he will have a forever home where he will be very well taken care of. This is another reason why I’m strongly supporting the jontyandart.com crowdfunding campaign.

I’m tweeting and engaging with social media as much as I can, along with so many other people (!), to help Jonty Evans raise the funds needed to save Art from being taken away. The bond between Jonty and Art is special. Time is running out…

Let’s make their dream come true !

Read their StoryDONATE here   jontyandart.com

Thank you for taking the time to read this post.


Karin Susan Fester  //  Twitter  @Books_Lagniappe

Declaration: I’ve owned horses and ridden all of my life. I competed. Supported Pony Club. Sponsored kids to ride. I’ve slept all night out in barns taking care of sick horses. My horses always ate before I did. I’ve felt the pain of losing a horse I dearly loved. I’ve always made an effort to help other horse people in times of need. Horses are my passion.


A Review of “Renaissance Truths: Humanism, Scholasticism and the Search for the Perfect Language,” by Alan R. Perreiah

A Review of Renaissance Truths: Humanism, Scholasticism and the Search for the Perfect Language by Alan R. Perreiah (Farnham, Surrey and Burlington VT: Ashgate, 2014).  Review by Karin Susan Fester.

Review published in Seventeenth-Century News [2016] Vol. 74, Nos.3&4.


The distinguished scholar of medieval logic, Alan Perreiah, takes the reader on a captivating and enlightening journey. Renaissance Truths is certainly a book about logic, but more so, Perreiah wants to fill a significant gap: to acknowledge those late medieval and early Renaissance scholars who also “sought to recover or invent a language that was pure and truthful in the way of Adam’s original tongue” (16). The author investigates the rationale underpinning “meaning” and “truth” in the work of three very significant thinkers from the late medieval and early Renaissance periods, namely, Paul of Venice, Lorenzo Valla and Juan Luis Vives.

To read the entire review on Seventeenth-Century News  (pp. 112-18)  click HERE.