Archive for January, 2010

January 31, 2010

LAURA MARIA CENSABELLA

Laura Maria Censabella writes:

Laura Maria Censabella here, former Playwriting Instructor at SLS Russia.

I have just finished the libretto for a commissioned children’s musical entitled O’Sullivan Stew based on the book by the same name.  It will be produced in Hudson, NY this coming May.

My play Carla Cooks The War will be in workshop rehearsal from mid-February to mid-March culminating in a public reading in NYC at the end of the process.
Will announce the date when I know it.

Hope all are well.
Cheers–
Laura

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January 31, 2010

MOSCOW, 01.31.10, TRIUMPHAL’NAYA SQUARE

Konstantin Rubakhin has on his blog some highly expressive and informative photos from today’s opposition meeting in Moscow:

http://mnog.livejournal.com/227766.html

January 31, 2010

ALEXANDER YATES

Alexander Yates writes:

Hello SLS!

On account of you asked–some publications news.  I attended SLS St. Petersburg in 2008 with the hope of revamping my novel, Moondogs.  The trip was very generative for me, and I’ve since sold the novel to Doubleday (forthcoming March/April 2011).  Also, after returning from Russia I wrote a story about my trip, which was a finalist for the American Fiction Prize and is forthcoming in American Fiction, Volume 11 (fall 2010).  That is the sum total of my publications, ever.  I’m thinking I’d better attend again, if I ever want to publish anything else!

Thanks for being awesome.
Alexander Yates

January 31, 2010

THOMAS SWICK

Tom Swick, two-time SLS-St. Petersburg faculty member, writes:

 I have an essay in the Winter issue of The Wilson Quarterly on the misunderstood workings and the under-appreciated triumphs of travel writers.

For more of Tom’s work, visit his, very active and informative, blog: www.thomasswick.com

January 31, 2010

GARRY KASPAROV ON CHESS AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

Garry Kasparov, the best chess player of all time — and currently, the leading opponent of Putin’s regime in Russia — on “human” and computer chess:

In 1985, in Hamburg, I played against thirty-two different chess computers at the same time in what is known as a simultaneous exhibition. I walked from one machine to the next, making my moves over a period of more than five hours. The four leading chess computer manufacturers had sent their top models, including eight named after me from the electronics firm Saitek.

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January 30, 2010

KWANI? AND BILLY KAHORA IN CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR

A lengthy, and well-written, article in Christian Science Monitror, on the literary scene in Kenya, with an emphasis on Kwani? as an example of country’s literary renaissance, and premised on the author’s conversations with our good friend, SLS’s faculty member, Billy Kahora:

http://www.csmonitor.com/The-Culture/Arts/2010/0118/Kenya-s-rising-culture-club

January 29, 2010

ANN DIAMOND

Dear SLS,

Congratulations on your new blog. I will be going there next…. but in the meantime, since you asked, here are some recent publications that might interest people in your international literary community:

http://www.geist.com/web-exclusive/interview-ann-diamond-part-1

http://www.geist.com/story/second-life-karil-kadiiski

All the best to you! Wish I could come to Kenya and say that…

Ann

www.anndiamond.net

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January 29, 2010

MIKHAIL KHODORKOVSKY’S NEW YORK TIMES OP-ED

Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s op-ed in the NYT: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/29/opinion/29iht-edkhodorkovsky.html?pagewanted=1

Today, for all practical purposes, we do not have a real parliament, an independent judiciary, freedom of speech or an effective civil society. The hopes for the formation of a new Russian economy turned out to have been misplaced: Our industrial output, other than raw materials, is not capable of competing even on the domestic market. Russia’s international role has changed drastically as well — now we are more likely feared than respected.

He is, at present, Russia’s true national leader.

January 29, 2010

ELIZABETH HALVOR

Elizabeth Halvor writes:

Thanks for this chance to mention a few things!
 
A POSTCARD FROM ICELAND, a new story of mine, has just come out in the latest issue of The New Quarterly, the MATTERS OF THE HEART issue.
 
And A FEVER IN SUNLIGHT, a new book of my poems, is slated for publication later this year, in September.
 
I wish I could go with SLS to Lamu; my sister, who […] lived in Kenya for many years, says it is the most amazing place.  
 

January 29, 2010

JOANNE C. HILLHOUSE

ANNOUNCING THE RE-ISSUE OF THE BOY FROM WILLOW BEND BY JOANNE C. HILLHOUSE

“The coming of age story is well crafted, lively and absolutely believable… a great and insightful look at Caribbean life.” – Daily Observer, Antigua
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“The plot is exciting and moves swiftly. … The characters in Hillhouse’s book feel real and, best of all, they feel Caribbean, but the story could have held up in any culture.” – Trinidad Guardian
Reader reviews
“Beautifully written, The Boy from Willow Bend is a poignant and insightful coming of age story in which every child will be able to see him/herself.” – Books and Nook Corner, http://www.myspace.com/caribbeanchyck
“I found the story of the boy in the novel, The Boy from Willow Bend, by Joanne Millhouse, to be a universal one.” – Althea Romeo-Mark, Amazon customer review
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