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BOOK REVIEW #3 – Gareth E. Rees, Car Park Life

Gareth E. Rees’ Car Park Life (Influx press) joins Juliet Escoria’s Juliet The Maniac on the list of our 2019 favorite pieces of non-fiction.

Expecting at first a light read full of entertaining and easy anecdotes, we understood in the first ten pages how rich and enlightening our reading would become.

We do not drive, but Car Park Life immersed us in a scene that is even unknown to your typical retail store wanderer or to your classic car park daydreamer.

Gareth E. Rees’ third book is serious field research. Here begins your sociological journey.

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ITW #11 – The Novella Project (Holland House Books)

The Novella Project (tutored by Holland House Books and supported by Arts Council England) is the ambitious reunion of two teams, each working on two books published each year.

Each party (including the author) comes from under-represented minorities and/or working class backgrounds. The main goal of The Novella Project is to learn: the merry teams are composed of interns with bright dreams and ever-growing motivations. Layout, marketing, editing, typography… Many fields and duties are put under the spotlight. Of course, authors can be directly involved too.

With the precious help of Holland House Books founder Robert Peett, we were lucky enough to interview Phaidra Robinson, Mia Skevington, Yinka Olanyia and Isabel Cash, all team members of The Novella Project. Find the results of their work at the end of this article!

Teamwork, responsibilities, communication and business vision, this interview is your opportunity to learn from these publishers in the making.

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WHY I WRITE VOL.14 – silvi alcivar (the poetry store)

my poems emerge from the dark of you meeting i. then there is something more than light. there is life.

BIO: as poet and owner of the poetry store, silvi alcivar writes and sells custom poetry on-demand and as art. to date, she’s worked in places as small as someone’s living room, as intimate as a funeral, and as recognizable as tedX. in addition to selling tens of thousands of poems worldwide, she’s performed on stage and radio and exhibits art in galleries throughout the bay area. her truest passion is in teaching poetry classes for the elderly, which started in 2005 and will continue until she’s too old to do it. she’s grateful to cornell university’s college scholar program for giving her the opportunity to choose a college path of her own choosing and penn state for introducing her to the true meaning of an MFA (read: mother f*cking artist).

Picture: scott r. kline

Why I Write, by silvi alcivar.

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WHY I WRITE VOL.13 – Helen E. Mundler (Holland House Books)

BIO: Helen E. Mundler is an academic and novelist. She has published two novels, Homesickness (Dewi Lewis, 2003) and L’Anglaise (Holland House, 2018), as well as several short stories. At present she is revising a third novel, entitled Three Days by the Sea. This is a family-based story full of surprises and revelations, with a good dose of hope and renewal.

She has published critical books on A.S. Byatt (Harmattan, 2003) and Liz Jensen (Boydell and Brewer, 2016). Her current research is on rewritings of the Noah myth in climate change literature, and she recently worked on this in America as a Fulbright research scholar.

Why I Write, by Helen E. Mundler.

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WHERE TO BEGIN WITH… Dostoyevsky Wannabe (indie press)

Slow Culture just turned 3, and we’re back to basics. Since Frank Zappa and Miles Davis have their own guides, it’s due time for Dostoyevsky Wannabe to have theirs. Are we exaggerating? Certainly not.

Dostoyevsky Wannabe helped us falling in love with literature again, and are not likely to leave our seasonal and massive book wishlists any time soon. In the span of 4 years, the Mancunian small press founded by Richard Brammer and Victoria Brown edited, designed and published dozens of titles. In our opinion, it’s been a quality over quality affair all along.

Here are six titles that enchanted our life until now, one page at a time.

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BOOK REVIEW #2 – Juliet Escoria, Juliet the Maniac

BOOK REVIEW TIME! If you had the luck to stumble upon Juliette Escoria’s Black Cloud, Elizabeth Ellen’s Fast Machine or Megan Boyle’s LIVEBLOG, you’re in the right place. 

Never heard about any of these books? No worries, you’re still in the right place.

Chances are, we might even give you the urge to enrich your literary life with this major event in modern literature called Juliet the Maniac

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