Multimedia author, artist to speak at Neighbors Bookstore this Saturday |

Multimedia author, artist to speak at Neighbors Bookstore this Saturday

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Thomas "TAM" MacCalla will sign copies of his book "Rhythm & Muse" from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Neighbors Bookstore.

Thomas MacCalla, or TAM in print, is the author of a newly-released multimedia book titled “Rhythm & Muse,” Shades of Thought on Cadence and Voices Within. The collection of poems, word paintings, photo art, nature’s imagery, and syncopated sounds is crafted in print and electronic formats for reading, viewing and listening pleasure. The work features poetic inspiration, visual art and original music.

MacCalla is a resident of both South Lake Tahoe and Del Mar, Calif. He was born in Bridgeport, Conn., during the Crash of ’29 and was raised by a loving family of four siblings, with Doc and Esther as parent role models. He was educated by the Jesuits, groomed by the Marine Corps, and christened by Jacque Caesar, his life’s treasure in a growing marriage of more than 50 years. He is blessed with four talented and caring children.

According to Jewelle Taylor Gibbs, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, “‘Rhythm & Muse’ by Thomas MacCalla is a masterful multimedia work of prose, poetry and music that recounts the story of his fascinating life as an African American educator, entrepreneur, and community activist. This book reveals his creative mind, his energetic and visionary spirit, and his tireless advocacy for social change, racial equality, and a multicultural society,”

MacCalla graduated from Fairfield College Preparatory School in 1947, and received a bachelor’s degree in 1951 and a master’s degree in 1954 from Fairfield University. He earned a doctorate in education and American literature from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1964 and completed a post-doctoral program in urban planning from UCLA in 1976. He was an elementary and high school teacher, college professor, assistant school superintendent, senior university administrator, publisher and editor of a monthly newspaper, The Minority Enterprise, an entrepreneur and a dreamer.

“I always have been curious and wanting to be better. From childhood I was steeped in writing and sports, waiting for my turn at bat or on the court,” MacCalla said.

“I wrote poems for personal pleasure and professional articles to validate my role as an educator. Through “Rhythm & Muse” I want to share 75 years of life’s adventure and start a new season.”

More information with a gallery and music clips can be found at

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