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Please find CCLAP’s latest podcast featuring Delphine Pontvieux and other authors reading excerpts from their short stories included in the latest anthology :

American Wasteland: bleak tales of the future on the tenth anniversary of 9/11.

http://www.cclapcenter.com/2011/09/cclap_podcast_78_live_from_the.html#more

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A new article

 


The past few weeks have been prolific in terms of publication for Delphine Pontvieux.

Hot on the Heels of “Amsterdamned if you do : an anthology about settings” comes a new anthology, also published by CCLAP publishing, the Chicago Center For Literature and Photography. It is titled “American Wasteland: bleak tales of the future on the tenth anniversary of 9/11.”

(The information below is copied from the CCLAP website)

WHAT IS IT ABOUT:

With all the talk of “hope” and “honor” that was bound to arise during the tenth anniversary of September 11th, the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography (CCLaP) thought it was important to also remind the future of what the last ten years have REALLY been like. That’s why the center put together this latest anthology, which took a dark science-fiction conceit as its core and then invited a series of writers across the nation to pen stories set within that alternative universe. In this case, the stories (by Ray CharbonneauDelphine PontvieuxJohn Reed, Matthew Christman, Mark R. Brand and Lawrence Santoro) look back from a fictional twentieth anniversary of 9/11, but one where John McCain won the 2008 and ’12 elections, then Sarah Palin in 2016 and ’20; and with no government bailouts, no withdrawals from the Middle East, and no attempts to move away from an oil-based economy, the US has become a much bleaker and more terrible place, a nation that is now used to rolling electricity blackouts two or three days a week and that is just about to go to war with Mexico, where the permanently unemployed squat in half-finished McMansions out in crumbling suburbs that almost completely lack both gasoline and fresh fruit. A sobering reminder of what life under Tea Party rule would likely be like, “American Wasteland” is an antidote to the false cheeriness and optimism that has come with the tenth anniversary of 9/11, a more realistic look at all the mistakes this nation has made between then and now.

WHERE TO ORDER:
The book is coming in PDF versions for both American and European (A4) laserprinters; an EPUB for most mobile devices, including iPhones and iPads; and a special MOBI edition just for Kindle owners, which they can transfer directly to their device with their USB cord. (There will also be a version directly at the Kindle Store soon for a flat five bucks, for those who would rather wait.)
This electronic book has been released under a “pay what you want” system; if you want to pay nothing, that’s perfectly fine, and you too will receive the same full-length version as everyone else. 
A hardcover version is also available.  The “Hypermodern Editions,”  are limited-edition, handmade, hardbound paper editions designed for collectors but kept reasonably priced ($15 plus shipping for recycled paper, $20 for one with cotton sheets), featuring such creative little touches as fabric-bound covers with decorative interior sheets, a Colophon and provenance statements, and a color photo of the ebook’s front cover glued to the hardbound frontispiece, all of it held together with hand-done external Coptic stitching. 

ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY

http://www.cclapcenter.com/wasteland/ 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Here is a new interview of Delphine Pontvieux published in the Jairus Reddy Blog for Hobbes End Publishing in the UK.

http://hobbesendpublishing.wordpress.com/2011/09/13/delphine-pontvieux-interview/



 

 

 

here is the link as well: http://thekindlebookreview.blogspot.com/2011/09/eta-estimated-time-of-arrest-by.html


FROM CCLAP CENTER IN CHICAGO:

So fresh on the heels of CCLaP’s really successful quadruple book release party the other week, the center has yet another live event coming up soon — namely, the release party for our newest anthology, American Wasteland: Bleak Tales of the Future on the Tenth Anniversary of 9/11, our first chance to officially partner up with one of my favorite places in the city, Quimby’s Bookstore over in Wicker Park.

AMERICAN WASTELAND  is essentially CCLaP’s attempt to remind the future of what the ten years after September 11th really were like, worried as I am by the whitewashing of it all we’ve recently been seeing just even here approaching its tenth anniversary, cautionary tales about quasi-fascist governments but told here through the filter of alt-history science-fiction. Here, perhaps I should just quote from the event’s press release to give you a better idea of what the book is about…

“…In this case, the stories look back from a fictional twentieth anniversary of 9/11, but one where John McCain won the 2008 and ’12 elections, then Sarah Palin in 2016 and ’20; and with no government bailouts, no withdrawals from the Middle East, and no attempts to move away from an oil-based economy, the US has become a much bleaker and more terrible place, a nation that is now used to rolling electricity blackouts two or three days a week and that is just about to go to war with Mexico, where the permanently unemployed squat in half-finished McMansions out in crumbling suburbs that almost completely lack both gasoline and fresh fruit. A sobering reminder of what life under Tea Party rule would likely be like, American Wasteland is an antidote to the false cheeriness and optimism that has come with the tenth anniversary of 9/11, a more realistic look at all the mistakes this nation has made between then and now.”

Anyway, the party at Quimby’s on Friday, September 9th will feature a performance from CCLaP regular Mark R. Brand (he of sci-fi novella Life After Sleep), and also readings from two other local writers who have been great friends and supporters of the center now for years, and both of whom I’m glad to finally start getting involved more with official CCLaP activities, Delphine Pontvieux (author of the Basque-separatist political thriller ETA: Estimated Time of Arrest) and Lawrence Santoro, a well-respected genre author (mostly of fantasy and horror) who lives down in the Hyde Park area with all the other U of C intellectuals. We’re getting going about 7 pm that night, with performances starting around 7:15; here’s a link to the Facebook event, and one to its iCal file, for adding automatically to your own home calendar if you want. Hell yes there will be free beer! Hope to see you then!

We hope you can attend the event and listen to Delphine Pontvieux as she reads an excerpt of her work published in the AMERICAN WASTELAND ANTHOLOGY, a short story titled “AGUA BENDITA.”

The anthology’s release date is set for September 11, 2011.

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