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Monthly Archives: August 2010 is a website where one can register a particular book, drop it some place in the world, and see who will pick it up next and how far it will travel.

The San francisco Chronicle calls the website “a modern-day message in a bottle.”

Intrigued, we had to experiment and see for ourselves, so we “released” a copy of Delphine Pontvieux’s “ETA-Estimated Time of Arrest” into the wild last week.

In order to carry out the “Drop,” Delphine took it upon herself to make it memorable….and jumped off a perfectly functioning air plane at 14,000 feet that day.

Of course, no book or spotted cow was harmed in the process, as we did not literally drop it from the sky! We left it some place at the Midwest skydiving premises (located in Wisconsin) for someone to find it first and, or so we hope, read it, record it on the website, pass it on to the next reader and see how far it will travel.

If you are curious to see what happens with it, you can follow it right here:



A BLOC MAGAZINE (articles written in French)

PLONGEUR.COM MAGAZINE (articles written in French)

Click on the title to read the article online

PLONGEESOUT.COM MAGAZINE (articles written in French and English)

OTHER CONTRIBUTIONS (article written in English)

  • Shedd fish collecting expedition 2005


Delphine Pontvieux was cast as Joan of Arc’s mother in the upcoming motion picture directed by Lisa Azuelos, titled “Laughing Out Loud”. Read more about the story etc at :

The filming of these particular scenes took place in  the D (for Detroit).

It was a wonderful experience and the cast and crew on set was sensational. Lisa Azuelos is the most wonderful director, so full of ideas, and yet, giving her actors a lot of room to express themselves through the characters. Keep your eyes peeled for the movie release, sometime in the summer of 2011. With prominent actors such as Demi Moore, Miley Cyrus, Ashley Greene, Marlo Thomas, Thomas Jane and more, this is going to be THE movie of  next summer!

We will keep you posted,

The James Mason Classic British Book Club was founded by Rick Friedman. With over 1,700 members, this group is one of the most active discussion groups on

Rick wrote the following about ETA-Estimated Time of Arrest:

This is one of the most original, touching and gripping novels I have read in many years. Lorenzo Lartaun Izcoa is a character that I immediately felt a connection to, not an easy feat for an author.
Delphine Pontvieux is spot on in her character development as well as plot. I started reading this on a Friday- and finished early Sunday- as I could not put it down – it is THAT GOOD. The internationallocations. France and Spain, the Basque movement all provide a backdrop that distingishes this novel fromyour typical thriller- ETA is far more than a typical thriller- it is a human study of one’s conscience being tested during a very chaotic time. The supporting characters, especially Faustine- an environmentalist with a quick mind and much more and Jean-Phillipe add to this gem of a novel’s plot. I f you read only one book this year- do yourself a favor- read- ETA!
Founder- The James Mason Classic British Book Club

5-star rating

Check out : to add ETA to your “to be read” list today or to review the novel.

Check out Delphine’s guest blog post on alternative read. Some musings about the glamorous life of authors…

“What’s on your desk, Wednesday?” is on, and it is here:

Delphine Pontvieux is the “author in the spotlight” for the month of August on Alternative Reads.

You can read the whole story here:

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