Memoirs of a Dilettante Volume Two Cover Reveal!


         Post-holiday blues got you down? Running out of books to read because you’ve burned them all to keep warm in the polar vortex? Wondering what a Dilettante is? Answers to these questions (possibly) and more you never asked can be found in the latest installation of the memoirs of one Helena Hann-Basquiat, blogger, femme somewhat fatale, author, artist, musician–you name it, she’s dabbled in it. But what are these Memoirs, you ask? Keep reading.

         Memoirs of a Dilettante Volume Two is the second collection of reminiscences, following Helena Hann-Basquiat, a self-proclaimed dilettante who will try anything just to say that she has, and her twenty-something niece, who she has dubbed the Countess Penelope of Arcadia.
         Speaking of Arcadia, this volume delves into Helena’s childhood, as she revisits what she calls the Arcadia of the mind — that place that keeps us trapped and holds us back from our potential. Some of her most personal stories are included here, interspersed with hilarious stories of misadventure. It’s not a novel, really, and it’s not a memoir, by the strictest definition. But most of what follows, as they say, is true. Sort of. Almost. From a certain point of view.
         Discover Helena’s tales for the first time or all over again, with new notes and annotations for the culturally impaired — or for those who just need to know what the hell was going through her mind at the time!
Cover art by Hastywords.

Helena is going to be running a crowdfunding/pre-order campaign at Pubslush, a community focused solely on indie writers, and has set up a profile there to launch Memoirs of a Dilettante Volume Two.

For more information, and to follow the progress, Become a Fan at
Find more of her writing at or or connect with her via Twitter @HHBasquiat.

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The enigmatic Helena Hann-Basquiat dabbles in whatever she can get her hands into just to say that she has.
         She’s written cookbooks, ten volumes of horrible poetry that she then bound herself in leather she tanned poorly from cows she raised herself and then slaughtered because she was bored with farming.
She has an entire portfolio of macaroni art that she’s never shown anyone, because she doesn’t think that the general populous or, “the great unwashed masses” as she calls them, would understand the statement she was trying to make with them.
         Some people attribute the invention of the Ampersand to her, but she has never made that claim herself.

         In 2014, she published Memoirs of a Dilettante Volume One, several e-books which now make up Volume Two, as well as a multimedia collaborative piece of meta-fictional horror entitled JESSICA. Memoirs of a Dilettante Volume One is available HERE in e-book for Kindle or HERE in paperback. Helena writes strange, dark fiction under the name Jessica B. Bell at

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