Pushkin Press

21 Jan 19
Royal Russia News

On 19th January 1944, troops of the 2nd Shock Army of the Leningrad Front broke through the blockade of New Peterhof and liberated the city from Nazi occupation. As a result of the January Thunder offensive in the days which followed, all the suburban Imperial palace-museums of Leningrad were liberated: Peterhof, Pushkin (Catherine and Alexander […]

21 Jan 19

Yup! Today, January 21st is Blue Monday. A term (in the northern hemisphere) that describes a Monday in January, typically the third Monday of the month, that is characterized as the most depressing day of the year. To battle the blues, I decided to embrace them. I’m showcasing some titles from my TBR review queue […]

21 Jan 19

No Place to Lay One’s Head, by Françoise Frenkel (translated by Stephanie Smee), is a memoir written immediately following the author’s escape into Switzerland from Nazi occupied France in 1943. First published in 1945 by a Geneva based publishing house, the few copies printed were quickly forgotten. Rediscovered in 2015 the book was republished and subsequently […]

19 Jan 19
Literary Potpourri

My thanks to Steerforth Press/Pushkin Press and NetGalley for a review copy of this book. Maddy Alone is the second book in Pamela Brown’s Blue Door series. (Find my review of the first book, The Swish of the Curtain here). This one was first published in 1945 (the author must have been just out of […]

17 Jan 19
Miss Cleveland is reading...

Welcome to the blog today where I have exciting news about the 2019 Read For Empathy Guides, and a special guest post from Jon Biddle, a Read for Empathy book collection judge, about the judging process, and why Read For Empathy Day is so important. So, over to Jon… As a member of staff at one of […]

16 Jan 19
Richmond Hill Reading @ The Roebuck

We met in The Roebuck for our first meeting of 2019 and had a great time working out a reading plan for the next three months. As usual, we followed our now standard pattern of: 1st week – Short stories (SS); 2nd week – Poetry (P); 3rd week – Novel (N), though occasionally a non-fiction […]

16 Jan 19
Big Band Temple 1927

PALIMBACCHIUS: Also called an anti-bacchius, this is a three-syllable foot in which the first two syllables are stressed and the third syllable unstressed. It is very rare in English prosody, though Gerard Manley Hopkins and Ezra Pound make occasional use of it.   PALIMPSEST (Grk, “rubbed away): A surface such as a piece of parchment […]

15 Jan 19
Global Literature in Libraries Initiative

The 2019 GLLI Translated YA Book Prize Committee – amazingly served by Annette Goldsmith, Gene Hayworth, Kim Rostan, Laura Simeon, and Elaine Tai – is honored to announce the 2019 inaugural shortlist. Please help us celebrate these fine translations and the publishers behind them by encouraging your teen readers to explore the world through the […]

14 Jan 19
Russia News Now

Excellent living conditions are not limited to the big Russian cities like Moscow and Saint Petersburg. The organization SuperJob conducted studies on roads and found that distant provinces like Tyumen and Naberezhnye Chelny have superior infrastructure relative to the Megacities. Thus, provincial cities are avoiding the ill effects that often accompany urbanization and should be […]

14 Jan 19
Lizzy's Literary Life

Because my whims wax and wane with the moon (or the next literary longlist, book festival programme, social reading opportunity, etc), I am in the habit of purchasing material for that whim, then moving onto the next thing, leaving an unread stack behind. Over the years this has resulted in an ever-increasing TBR. This year […]

10 Jan 19
Lizzy's Literary Life

I expect published authors to spin a good yarn, but to illustrate their own books as well?  Well, Wegelius, who is a freelance illustrator, has done just that. (Some people get all the gifts.)  The Legend of Sally Jones is a graphic prequel to his bestselling novel The Murderer’s Ape.  Both are translated from Swedish […]

09 Jan 19
At the BookShelf

Nataliia Budianska via Shutterstock Fiona Shaw, Northumbria University, Newcastle In this confusing and often conflicted world, children’s author Gillian Cross has summed up what it is about reading fiction that is so important: “Good stories help us make sense of the world. They invite us to discover what it’s like being someone completely different.” As […]

08 Jan 19
Upside-Down Books

2018 is done! Which means you have the delightful chance to see what I got up to in the final month of that year and I’ll soon be coming out with my wrap-up for the whole year itself. I can’t wait!