Tuesday, 13 January 2009

The View From Here Round Up - January 2009

Book & Author News
New Book from Penguin in time for the inauguration of the USA's 44th President on January 20th.

AMERICA: Empire of Liberty, By David Reynolds
Published by Allen Lane, £30, 19th January 2009

'In the first new one-volume history in two decades, Reynolds unlocks the grandeur and paradoxes of what Jefferson called the Empire of Liberty. The anti-empire of 1776 became the great superpower. The country that offered liberty prospered on the labour of black slaves. He explains how faith - in evangelical Protestantism and in America itself - has been used to resolve these contradictions. We hear the words of presidents from Washington to Bush and ordinary men and women to tell the story of a country that has derived much of its energy - even its identity - from a perpetual struggle against enemies, real or imagined.'

David Reynolds is the Professor of International History at Cambridge and a Fellow of Christ's College, where he has taught American history for more than thirty years, with visiting posts at Harvard, Nebraska and Oklahoma.


Cinnamon Press has a forward list of 25 books for 2009. January releases include a collection of poetry from John Gimblett, Monkey: selected India poems with new collections from John Powell Ward, Wendy Klein and Bryan Walpert in February. The 2009 list includes three novels and two novellas, poetry in translation from Finland, their first combined poetry and art collection from Philip Gross and Simon Denison, I Spy Pinhole Eye, nine poetry collections, including the already highly acclaimed debut by Kevin Mills, Fool, three anthologies, and the eagerly awaited sequel to Three-three, two-two, five-six, Ann Drysdale’s Discussing Wittgenstein.



On Tuesday 20th January the Instituto Cervantes in London will be holding a launch event for Alberto Mendez’s Blind Sunflowers, a Writers in Translation supported title. Translated by Nick Caistor, the book won the National Prize for Literature in 2005 and was serialised in the New Yorker in 2006. Full details are available from the Instituto Cervantes website.

2009 is the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns. In this, the 'Year of Homecoming', there will be many celebrations of the works of Robert Burns through music and verse. Even British Royal Mail is joining in the celebration by issuing two new Special Stamps in a Miniature Sheet to coincide with the annual Burn's Night celebrations on January 25th. You can test your knowledge of Scotland as part of the fun in the "Think you know Scotland Quiz?" in which the questions are taken from The Scottish Quiz Book, published by Geddes & Grosset.

Other Book related news

Canongate invites you to join them for a Literature World Tour in the coming months. Writers can submit their reviews of books related to the country of Canongate's choice for each leg of the tour. See their website for details. January's location is Scotland.


Amazon.co.uk has teamed up with METRO to create the Metro Book Club. This month's Book Club title is 'Monster Love', by author Carol Topolski.

Competition: 'The 3rd Annual Ted Walters International Short Story and Poetry Competition 2009' is open. The University of Liverpool Creative Writing Society for Lifelong Learning will donate £1 from each and every poem and short story entered to the Macmillan Cancer Support, which is once again our chosen charity for the second year running. Deadline: Entries must arrive before or on the 31st May 2009.


International Short Story Competition - closing deadline 14th January
Last call for original story submissions for the Chapter One annual International Short Story Competition. The prizes are £2,500, £1,000 and £500, plus the winners, ten runners up and five highly recommended will be published in Chapter One Promotions anthology. The entry fee is £10 per story and the maximum story limit is 2500 words. All entries must be received by midnight on Wednesday 14 January 2009. You can submit and pay online or use the more traditional postal method. Our mailing address is Chapter One Promotions, 19 - 35 Sylvan Grove, London, SE15 1PD, England. Please ensure that your contact details are placed on a separate sheet. All online submissions will receive an acknowledgment receipt. Contact us at info@chapteronepromotions.com or view our website at www.chapteronepromotions.com.


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