Christien Gholson's Blog Entries
After several hours of looking for a second-hand bookshop in Dieppe I found one. Its location had been revealed to me by an obliging dealer in antiques whose own shop was at the opposite end of town. ‘Find the church and then you’ll find what you’re looking for,’ she instructed. She was speaking literally, I surmised, and not in terms of a spiritual quest.
Sun faded paperbacks, some with nihilistic titles such as Rien by Henry Green, had been left in the shop window. Their condition had been sacrificed in order for them to entice arty customers. Not that any could be enticed when the shop was closed, as the drawn blind bluntly indicated it was. A neighbouring shopkeeper was quick to register my frustration. There were no scheduled opening times but the shop certainly would open, she assured me, ‘after lunch mid-afternoon.’ Already it was ‘after lunch mid-afternoon’, but I was encouraged all the same to wait. In any case, I had hours to kill before my ferry would leave France.
After one week of internship in the Swansea office I was very lucky to be invited to join the team at the London Book Fair on Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 of April. It was a very good experience and I got to attend a lot of conferences about people giving advice about how to write a novel and other interesting things.
I also got the opportunity to meet a lot of people working with Parthian Books as well as self-employed people with great experiences to share with me. The London Book Fair is such a big event and to see everyone very passionate about publishing, editing or just about books in general is very nice, especially for someone like me who likes to read.
After the concerns about the possibility of losing or relocating Abergavenny Library were made public, Friends of Abergavenny Library Service (FOALS) have looked for other options to avoid this loss.
Fine artist Catherine Wynne-Paton's reaction was to set up a performance and a mobile library. The performance's aim is to use an artistic and communal response to the possibility of losing the library so that people realise how vital it is to the community.
Stevie Davies presents her latest novella Equivocator in Oystermouth Library, Mumbles, on April 20th at 7pm.
Sebastian has long been haunted by the disappearance of his father, Jack Messenger: celebrated travel writer, potential spy and murder victim, his absent presence and equivocal past continue to cast inescapable shadows over his son, who must also contend with his ageing mother’s fragmented memory and his own dereliction of a partner.
On Start the Week today Tom Sutcliffe discusses the writing of war and conflict. The journalist Patrick Cockburn looks back at his years covering crises in the Middle East, especially the rise of the so-called Islamic state. The Turkish writer Ece Temelkuran looks at the difficulty of reporting in a country where press freedoms are severely curtailed and asks whether fiction and poetry are a way of telling a more truthful story. The legendary American investigative reporter Seymour Hersh first gained recognition in the 1960s for exposing the My Lai massacre and its cover-up during the Vietnam War and has spent his career uncovering wrong-doing at the highest level. But reporting is changing and the academic Charlie Beckett celebrates the rise of citizen journalism.
Parthian will be present at this year's London Book Fair. We are part of Dedalus Books’ Reading Europe promotion, a selection of novels from EU countries intended to ‘let the reader know the literature, history and culture of each country better’. They are all from UK independent publishers, and all translated into English.