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The Gilded Chalet
SWZ87Over the past two centuries neutral Switzerland has acted as a haven to those seeking shelter from two world wars, taxes, even celebrity. Among the outsiders who found rest and refuge in the Alpine landscape have been the myriad authors who were drawn to the country for its promise of peace and the freedom to create. In his new book The Gilded Chalet, Padraig Rooney explores the allure of Switzerland through the artists and writers who lived and worked within its protective borders.
Plotted: A Literary Atlas
Good literature and skillful storytelling have ways of leaving readers wistful with desire to join imaginary worlds. This yearning has inspired many stage, film and television adaptations and recently resulted in a collection of maps created and compiled by pop cartographer Andrew Degraff in Plotted, A Literary Atlas. Known for his colorful, engaging maps of famous movies (http://www.andrewdegraff.com/moviemaps/), Degraff decided to apply the same creativity to books. He embarked on the project with several goals. One, he wanted to tackle stories that hadn’t already been mapped, whether literally or through cinematic or television representation.
And the Winner Is...
Each fall we keep our eye on some of our favorite book awards, including the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year, the Man Booker Prize and of course, the Nobel prize for literature. Here are this year's winners, ready to be added to your list of books to read this season: Down to the Sea in Ships. In this vivid meditation on the unforgiving ocean and the age-old business of international shipping, writer Horatio Clare climbs aboard a container ship as writer-in-residence. His beautiful and terrifying narrative presents a largely unrecorded world in which crews battle pirates, withstand battering waves and endure backbreaking labor. A profoundly human portrait of the oceans and industrial commerce.
Mantel Wins the Booker, Again
Hilary Mantel became the first woman — and the first Briton — to win the coveted Man Booker Prize twice with her utterly absorbing sequel to Wolf Hall. Mantel delves into the heart of Tudor history in Bring up the Bodies, tracing in riveting detail the downfall of Anne Boleyn over nine momentous months in 1535.
New Chinese Literature
Contemporary Chinese LiteratureHoward Goldblatt, sometimes with his wife and fellow translator Sylvia Li-Chun Lin, have introduced dozens of new authors -- a who's who of contemporary Chinese literature. Their translations include Mo Yan's searing Red Sorghum, Alai's Red Poppies and Wolf Totem, a Longitude best of 2008.