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Empire Windrush (ed.) Onyekachi Wambu 1998 BB Archive

The publication of Empire Windrush: 50 Years of Writing About Black Britain, edited by Onyekachi Wambu, in 1998, unleashed a new wave of books and expanded academic discourse on the impact of black British writing. […]

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Bridport Literary Festival 2015 News Archive

Bridport Literary Festival was first held in 2005, having grown out of the internationally renowned Bridport Prize, founded in 1973, to raise funds for the fledgling Bridport Arts Centre. While the bigger book festivals like […]

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International Translation Day News Archive

International Translation Day 2015, held at the British Library, opened with buzzing euphoria. It is rare for a single book, let alone a translation, to generate such widespread excitement across the publishing industry. Joel Dicker’s […]

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The Sponge Divers Yachar Kemal 4Translation

Yachar Kemal worked as a journalist for Cumhuriyet from 1951-63 before turning to fiction which he wrote under a pseudonym, (real name Kemal Sadık Gökçeli). As Turkey’s most prominent novelist, his books have been published […]

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Patrick Modiano: public novelist, private man Spotlight

Patrick Modiano is a private man who remains aloof from the Parisian literati; a refreshing antithesis to the self-promoting writer blasting forth at every opportunity. “Writing is a strange and solitary activity. There are dispiriting […]

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On the Wilder Shores of Love: A Bohemian Life News Archive

On the Wilder Shores of Love: A Bohemian Life, a collection of autobiographical writings by the travel writer Lesley Blanch, opens The Authors’ Club autumn season of events with Georgia de Chamberet discussing the life […]

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Ways With Words Book Festival News Archive

Ways With Words Book Festival in Devon has been held annually for about two decades. It is extremely well run by friendly staff and the surroundings are idyllic. I stayed in a comfortable double room […]

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Fabrizio Gatti On the Road with Illegal Immigrants 4Translation

Although not a recent release, Bilal: On the Road with Illegal Immigrants remains as timely today as when it was first published. In 2011 I was commissioned to report on a Bilal: Sur la route […]

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Florent Massot, Independent Publisher Interview

Book Blast interview with Florent Massot, independent publisher Independent publisher, Florent Massot, the visionary maverick who first published Virginie Despentes and Valérie Trierweiler; Kurt Cobain and Mike Tyson in French, talks to Georgia de Chamberet. […]

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Top 5 Reads from Grub Street Book Blast Presents

Writing is a tiring business requiring energy and sustaining snacks. Chekhov had a weakness for oysters, Proust knocked back espressos, Sartre went nuts for halva and H. P. Lovecraft relished spaghetti bolognese smothered in parmesan […]