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Monthly Archives: April 2010

The Mayor of Paris, Monsieur Bertrand Delanoe, paid a visit to Chicago earlier this week for the first time.

Delphine Pontvieux was one of the guests at the private cocktail party (hosted at the Chicago French market) attended by both the Mayors of Chicago and Paris.

She presented Monsieur Delanoe with a copy of her novel as a souvenir from his visit, who thanked her warmly for the unexpected present.

You can read more about the evening here:



And in more news, her novel is now featured on the Consulate General of France in Chicago’s page!


Here are a few photos of the gorgeous region called Pyrennees Atlantiques, which includes the Bearn province, where both the Vallee d’Aspe and Vallee d’Ossau are located. The pictures feature locations where the novel takes place, including the Chemin de la Mature, a path carved across an almost vertical face by French convicts in the 18th century, as well as the scenic, yet, sinuous, RN 134 road that meanders along the bottom of the valley, the Fort du portalet, the abandoned train station of Cette-Eygun (that used to be La Goutte d’Eau back in the day), the infamous Somport tunnel, the gave d’Aspe and the city of Oloron Ste Marie. Keep in mind the pictures were taken in 2008, thus 14 years after the book’s fictitious timeline.

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Here is a new review posted in ASTERO, the online publication of the North American Basque Organizations

We should all read more fiction, especially stories told as well as this one.  Author Delphine Pontieux has written good fiction in this novel.  Her story about Lartaun Izcoa is a window into the world of the E.T.A. Basque militants.  It’s a real page-turner. read more here:

This is the first installment in a series of three “photographic” posts which portray the regions and places mentioned in the book “ETA – Estimated Time of Arrest.”

Today, let me show you  photographs of the French side of the Basque country, also called Iparralde in Euskara, the Basque language.

Photo credits: Delphine and Jean-Luc Pontvieux


Do you live in Chicago or the Chicago area?

Do you belong to/host a book club? (No matter whether it is a serious affair, a one-time event, or just a great excuse to get together with friends.)

Would you like the author of the book you are about to discuss to be in attendance and ready to answer all your questions?

If you do, please do not hesitate to contact for more information.

Tell your friends, family, colleagues and neighbors that Chicago author Delphine Pontvieux’s thriller is  now available for order at all Borders bookstores!

Also online at

So, next time you happen to walk by a Borders bookstore, spin your heels around, walk in with an optimistic spring in your step, and be sure to ask the bookseller to show you the way to the nearest hardcopy of “ETA – Estimated Time of Arrest” on the shelves.

Should they -gasp!- not physically carry the book at that particular location, be sure to ask them to order it for you (they will gladly oblige) and, hey, suggest them to order a spare copy for the store while they’re at it.

PS:     “Never lend books, for no one ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are books that other folks have left me.”

~ Anatole France ~

Excerpt from the guardian newspaper : A Spanish court today threw out a case against five newspaper executives accused of belonging to the Basque terrorist group Eta, leaving unanswered questions as to how a magistrate was able to close the Egunkaria paper down in 2003. Egunkaria’s editor, Martxelo Otamendi, who claims to have been tortured by police after the closure, was one of those cleared by national court judges who said that previous judicial decisions may have contravened the country’s constitution.The paper was closed down by armed police acting on a magistrate’s order in 2003 on the grounds it followed Eta’s instructions and had been partly funded by it. Read the rest of the article here:

Watch the short movie below (in Spanish). When Fermin Muguruza -the very artist who wrote the quote on the back of “ETA-Estimated Time of Arrest” dustjacket- received a prize for ‘best song in Euskara’ at the Spanish Music awards in Madrid in 2003, he denounced the forceful closure of Egunkaria, the only newspaper entirely written in Euskara at the time, by armed police acting on a magistrate’s order, and dedicated his prize to the newspaper’s editors who were arrested as a result.

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