aois21 is a publishing company for a new age of reading, so the name is a mixture of the new and the old. The word aois is taken from Irish Gaelic and translates as age or century, so, in effect, the name is a variation of Century 21.
It goes beyond that, though, when you consider the joint Scottish heritage of the word and you discover the aois-dana, which translates as “people of the arts.” From wikipedia:
The Aois-dàna were held in high esteem throughout the Scottish Highlands. As late as the end of the 17th century, they sat in the sreath or circle among the nobles and chiefs of families. They took the preference of the ollamh or doctor in medicine. After the extinction of the druids, they were brought in to preserve the genealogy of families, and to repeat genealogical traditions at the succession of every chieftain. They had great influence over all the powerful men of the time. Their persons, their houses, their villages, were sacred. Whatever they asked was given them; not always, however, out of respect, but from fear of their satire, which frequently followed a denial of their requests.
We proudly continue the spirit of the people of the arts as we move further into the 21st Century.
About the Founder:
Our company Founder, Publisher and Chief Creative, Keith is originally from Beaver, PA, just north of Pittsburgh, he currently lives in Alexandria, VA, with his wife and family. He moved to the DC area in 2002 to finish his Bachelor’s at American University. After writing for various newspapers from high school through college, he endeavored to explore the imaginary and try his hand at writing fiction. His first novel, Polk’s Soliloquy, was as much a labor of love and a grand experiment for him. He has numerous writing projects of various length he is looking forward to complete. He likes to write as a release and most of his more personal stuff stays that way, while others become part of the stories he writes.
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