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A fab event for the well-heeled and the well-read

Thursday November 11, 2010 from 2:00pm on.


Delphine Pontvieux, Franco-American author living in Chicago will be signing copies of her novel “ETA-Estimated Time of Arrest.”

Champagne and other treats will be served, enjoyable conversations will be had and books will be available for purchase.

~ Bring all your friends along ~

Please RSVP to and receive more exciting news about the event

Saks 5th Avenue 172 Worth Avenue Palm Beach, FL 33480

Press: Palm Beach Post


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This one is for those who speak Euskara!

An article written by Joseba Felix Tobar-Arbulu

Delphine Pontvieux frantziarrak idatzitako lehen liburua da, eleberria ingelesez dago. Hortaz, fikzio arloan gaude. Baina interesgarria eta harrigarria dena liburuaren sinesgarritasuna da. Nahiz eta fikziozko liburua izan, eleberriaren funtsa Euskal Herriaren egoera politikoari lotuta dago erabat. Are gehiago, zenbait gertakizun benetan gertatu ziren. Izan ere, autoreak ez du soilik Euskal Herriaren historia, kultura eta inguru soziala ezagutu, baizik eta, konkretuki, poliziak (Hegoaldekoak zein Iparraldekoak), ekintzak, sasiarteko eta isilpeko lana, militantzia, presondegia, eta abar aipatzen dituenean, irakurlea atrapatzen du Pontvieux-ek suspensezko thriller honetan.

Read the full article here:–Estimated-Time-of-Arrest_1048.html


RATING : 8.5/10

“They say that a debut author should write about what they know and Delphine Pontvieux has done just that ……. she obviously knows a great deal about rock climbing and the Basque country, and her knowledge shines through as the Pyrenees mountains and climbing them forms an integral part of this fascinating and exciting political thriller based upon the activities of the Separatist Group ETA. The story of their inception and rise without any bias on either side was handled very sensitively as well.” READ THE WHOLE REVIEW HERE:

Hello everyone,

There is a  meet and greet coming up in Chicago, at the Newberry Library Bookstore, located at  60 W Walton Street in Chicago, 60610.

Come meet the following authors, on Wednesday November 17, 2010

Bryan Gruley
Hannah Pittard
James Kennedy
Delphine Pontvieux
Tasha Alexander
Andrew Grant

The event will go from 4;45 till 7;30 pm.

There will be refreshments served , and all the authors’ books will be available there for purchase, with a 20% discount!

Delphine Pontvieux is looking forward to seeing you there, pass the word on to all your friends!

PINTXATU: no ordinary Basque cookbook

Pintxatu is a 100-page full colour cookbook of Basque pintxo recipes which brings together music, cuisine and art with the inspiration of local musician Fermin Muguruza.

Pintxatu A Fuego Negro.Zoom in‘Pintxatu’ A Fuego Negro. 

The website Miss Nyet Publishing – an independent platform for discovering new creative talent – is currently promoting Pintxatu, a brand new cookbook devised and compiled byBasque musicianFermin Muguruza.

No ordinary cookbook, Pintxatu brings together the best music, art and cuisine from San Sebastian bar  A Fuego Negro.



Not your grandma’s cookbook!

A 100-page, full color Basque tapas cookbook (Pintxos) chockfull of recipes, photos, graphic illustrations, plus a 19-track compilation CD to cook and entertain to.

“Pintxatu” brings the best of music, cuisine and art together, with every recipe written in four languages: English, Spanish, French and Euskara (the Basque language,) designed to satisfy all your sensory cravings.

The result? An epicurean feast for your taste buds, ears and eyes.

Click here to read more about it, and take advantage of our special release price.

Better yet, buy the combo pack (ETA + PINTXATU) for a decadent low price.

Delphine Pontvieux was invited for a luncheon by the ladies of the Deerfield book club this past Thursday (September 30th) to discuss her novel “ETA-Estimated Time of Arrest.”
The conversation covered many topics related to her book, and the separatist group ETA in particular, as it’s been making headlines in the US and international press over the past month when the group announced a permanent cease-fire to the Spanish government (see Basque country news category on this blog to read more on the issue). Other subjects were discussed as well, such as Basque cuisine and wine, tourism in the Basque country and the Pyrenees, and of course, the book characters’ personalities and their actions were discussed at length.
A note from the host of the Deerfield book club:
“thank you again for coming to our book club and entertaining us with your rich history of the Basque area and all the research you did for ETA.  An amazing first novel and I am sure there are more to come.  You are an amazing talent in so many areas. My friends were also enamored with you.”
Are you part of a book club? Or do you feel like gathering together with your friends some day and do something different for a change of pace?
We encourage you to choose/propose “ETA-Estimated Time of Arrest” as your next pick.  And should you want to discuss the novel with the author herself, please contact us at to make proper arrangements.

DELPHINE PONTVIEUX  is the featured author in this month’s edition of

Read the interview here:

A great feature on this website is you are encouraged to ask her your own questions. So go ahead, ask away!

Book review by the editor:

I had a certain expectation when I picked this book or any book of this genre. I thought that it would be one of those stories that wraps itself around the lead character blowing up things and people followed by maybe a love interest concluding with climatic big bang ending. I was glad that I was wrong.

ETA is not just another shoot’em up story line. This book gives you the opportunity to get involved with the main character but also get attached to the people around him. You don’t get caught up in just “his” story. This book gets you deep into the lives of Faustine and her family, as well as giving you an understanding of Lartaun’s life leading up to this moment. You can empathize with people’s need to fight for their freedom and understand the conflict of trying, on an individual level as well as a mass level, to right the wrongs and what steps to take.

It keeps you captivated till the very end. Brilliant book!

I was forwarded this fun and original video from a friend, and thought I would share it with you.

Take a look at it and you will get to (re)discover the  landscapes, cities and villages that make Euskal Herria, the Basque country, such a beautiful country, with its colorful and diverse culture.

It sure made me want to go back and check out the places I have not had the chance to visit yet!


I was forwarded this link by a Basque friend of mine and I want to share it with you as I find that it

– gives a concise summary of the history of ETA from its inception in 1959 to today

– also provides relevant information about what is going on with ETA right now

– and the steps that need to be taken to facilitate and maintain peaceful negotiations between ETA and the Spanish state.

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