Monday, 27 October 2008

Upcoming Events: The View From Here Regular Round Up

Selection of Author Events & New Releases:

Delia's Frugal Food, Delia Smith, October 30th
At a time when money worries are front-page news, Britain’s most trusted cook, Delia Smith, is once again on hand with a wide range of tasty recipes that are cheap and easy to prepare. (Hodder & Stoughton)


Katherine Neville - events throughout November, in California, Colarado, Pennsylvania and culminating in Washington on November 30th. See her website for detail.
Her new novel, The Fire is now on sale, a follow up to The Eight, the best-seller of twenty years ago.

James Salter, Solo Faces, 6th November
Solo Faces to be published for the first time in Penguin Modern Classics. "It's surely a cause for celebration that James Salter, one of the great American writers of the last 50 years, has joined that select group of authors to see their books appear as Penguin Modern Classics in their own lifetimes." Guardian Unlimited.

Julian Norridge, Penguin, Can we have our Balls Back please? How the British invented sport, 6th November

* Jane Austen wrote about baseball in Northanger Abbey, forty years before its official American invention. * The Olympics were first revived by an English doctor from Shropshire forty years before the modern games took place in Athens. * Exeter College, Oxford set up the first modern athletics competition. Three Oxford men later staged a brilliant coup to found the three As and take control of British - and effectively world - athletics.

In Can We Have Our Balls Back Please? Julian Norridge reveals how many of the world's most loved sports were in fact invented by the Brits.

Michel Faber’s new novel, The Fire Gospel, 6th November
Hardback, £12.99. Canongate.

Proving, once again, that he is a master story-teller, Michel Faber expertly weaves a contemporary tale of modern-day publishing with the ancient myth of Prometheus in this breathtakingly original and beautifully written novel.


Selection of Book Festivals & Fairs


The Big Picture Party: Celebrate the Power of Picture Books, Oct 27th, London, United Kingdom


Book Week, Oct 27th-Nov 9th, Japan. Childrens Event.


28th Santiago International Book Fair, Oct 31st-Nov 16th, Santiago, Chile,

(site in Spanish)

Miami Book Fair, November 9th- 16th, 2008, USA
The mission of Miami Book Fair International is to promote reading, encourage writing, and heighten an aware
ness of literacy and the literary arts in a multi-ethnic community.
First called Books by the Bay in 1984, the two-day street fair has evolved into the largest and finest book fair in America.

Complimentary tickets for all the “Evenings With Author…” presentations, Nov. 9th – 14th, available starting on Wednesday Nov. 5th. Reserve at Maximum of 2 tickets per person per session.


31st Annual National Press Club Book Fair, November 18th, Washington D.C.
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, veteran journalists Helen Thomas and Roger Mudd, and
professional wre
stler Bret Hart will join 90 other authors to sign their books. However, no outside books are permitted. Admission is $5 for non-members. Club members are admitted at no charge. The National Press Club is located in Washington D.C. at the corner or 14th and F and two blocks from Metro Center. The event is open from 17:30 - 20:30. For a
complete list of authors, to register, and for more information, go to

Selected Other Literary Related Events


Nightmare on Larkin Street, Halloween Book and Media Sale,
Friday, Oct 31st, 11:00 - 14:00 on the steps of the San Francisco Main Library, San Francisco, CA

The most horrifying literary sales event of the season! All books & media one dollar ($1) or less. Funds raised benefit library programs. Rain cancels.


NaNoWriMo - November 1st - 30th
National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1st. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30th.

Day of the Imprisoned Writer, Sunday 16th November at 18.30, England

James Naughtie
, the distinguished broadcaster and presenter of Radio 4’s ‘The Today Programme’ will talk at this year’s UK annual church service to mark the international Day of the Imprisoned Writer which aims to raise awareness of the plight of persecuted and imprisoned writers around the world. Currently, there are over 650 writers of concern to PEN, nearly 200 of which are in prison, whilst others suffer from forms of persecution ranging from beatings, threats, censorship, exile and house arrest. Readings from the work of these writers will be read by actors Caroline Carver and Kenny Doughty.

St Bride's Church, Bride Lane, off Fleet Street, London EC4Y 8AU, UK. (Nearest tubes: St Paul’s (Central line) and Blackfriars (Circle and District lines). All welcome. Admission is free.

See link for more details.


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