After Three Decades Of Italian Infatuation, Bond Counsel Publishes Book
At one point, he wrote to Ken Burns to see if the famous documentary film maker was interested in the Venice project. Burns never wrote back.
Eventually, the idea of a film morphed into an idea for a book. From 2003 through 2011, Parrott sent about 60 query letters to publishers, hoping to find one that would print the book. There was "lots of praise for my efforts, but no takers," he said. He now acknowledges that he was not even sure anyone was actually reading the sample chapters he mailed out.
Parrott said his old firm was very supportive of his passion, allowing him to use a conference room to review slides of Venice and discuss chapters of the book. In 2011, he decided to self-publish and found an editor and book designer. As they were about to publish, the editor decided — without telling Parrott — to show the manuscript to friends at Rizzoli Publications. The New York company decided to publish the book, which was officially released September 3.
Amazon, which is selling the book, describes it as "an ideal volume for lovers of Venice and architecture aficionados, combining in-depth history of this singular city with more than 100 color photographs and maps."
"Dial Parrott's view of Venice is a heroic one. From their lagoon, the bold and calculating Venetians forged a city that stands today not merely as an attraction for millions, but as a testament to architectural genius: the epitome of what we now call New Urbanism and a shining example of Western communal art."
Parrott, who left his legal career about a year ago, is now working on his second book about Italy. Meanwhile, his former colleagues are enjoying his debut effort. Gugliotti is reading the book now and says it is "extremely well researched and well written."
"Dial is a great storyteller, and he does a wonderful job of telling his favorite story, the history of Venice," Gugliotti said. It's a pretty impressive effort, he said, "from a transplanted son of the South."•