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News: Stella Pierides’ poetry book In the Garden of Absence (Fruit Dove Press) won a Merit Book Award of the Haiku Society of America 2013 for books published in 2012.

From the Gasteig,Muenchner Buecherschau.

Gasteig, Muenchner Buecherschau,More photos from the Buecherschau, as promised. The event has been well attended, with visitors browsing the book stalls, relaxing in the chairs provided, and reading into the late hours! It looks like everyone feels at home here, eager to get to know books and authors, touch and feel the texture of book covers and pages.

One of the free events I attended was a daily half-hour interview (part of series) for a radio book magazine, the Bayern 2 Diwan. The interviewee, French author Hélène Grémillon, spoke about her new book, In the Time of Love and Lies (German distributors’ title; in French the title is La Garçonnière), set in Buenos Aires in the late 1980s. Very interesting book, with a thrilling plot (a love/crime thriller) and characters (such as a psychoanalyst, and his wife, a tango teacher and murder victim), in addition to the wonderful setting…

Grémillon claimed that in Buenos Aires, there are, and have been, great numbers of psychoanalysts per capita. Imagine that! Even at the time of the Junta, she pointed out! While I am aware of the important connection between Argentina and psychoanalysis, I have not thought of it in terms of numbers. You can understand that, though it is a few years since I last worked as a psychotherapist, my curiosity peaked. So, addicted as I am to checking, I looked it up.

An article on CNN said so too. Indeed, the country has the unusual distinction of being home to more psychologists (i.e. when we include psychanalysts and psychiatrists) per capita than anywhere else in the world. While there are no WHO statistics for 2011, psychologist Modesto Alonso and colleagues estimated 202 psychologists per 100,000 for Argentina in a 2012 study. Compare that with WHO’s 2011 numbers for Austria being 80 per 100,000! And, as it happens, almost half the country’s psychologists are concentrated in the capital city of Buenos Aires.

Bayern 2 Diwan,But why this interest in the vicissitudess of the psyche? Theories abound. From the influence of the European immigrants, bringing with them the particular culture and society values of twentieth century Europe, through the interest in exploring the psyche of suffering, to the interest in the expression of the self – after all the tango is seen in these terms too – it seems that psychoanalysis not only flourishes in Argentina, but the country is a torchbearer for it. Particularly surprising that this continues to be the case, at a time when most of the other countries fall for the lures of the short and quick approaches to psychological healing.

I read in The New York Times:

“And in a sign of its wide acceptance, President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and her cabinet chief took time out in April to meet with leaders of the World Psychoanalysis Association, which was convening then in Buenos Aires.” (2012).

In this context, Grémillon might be taking too bold a step in her novel: the main character, the psychoanalyst Vittorio, is also the main suspect in the murder of his wife…

I am reminded of a description of magical realism I found on Wikipedia relating to the Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez’s style, by literary critic Michael Bell, as involving:

“a psychological suppleness which is able to inhabit unsentimentally the daytime world while remaining open to the promptings of those domains which modern culture has, by its own inner logic, necessarily marginalised or repressed.”

Holding in mind and in the text both, the rational and the shadows… Might this acceptance and celebration of reality and (i)magi(c)nation as parts of one and the same world, be at the root of this society’s welcoming attitude toward the psychological exploration of the human mind?

In any case, I am looking forward to reading this book.

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Munich Book show 2014,Muenchen Buecherschau, Sharing photos from the evening before the opening of the  Muenchner Buecherschau 2014. Delighted to be taking part this  year. Can you spot our books?

 

 

 

 

 

Muenchen Buecherschau 2014,Munich Book Show,In the Garden of Absence (Fruit Dove Press, 2012)

Feeding the Doves (Fruit Dove Press, 2013)

The Heart and Its Reasons (Fruit Dove Press, 2014)

We’ll be taking more pics, next time with people in them, so watch this space…

Munich Book Fest,Muenchner Buecherschau,

Muenchner Bücherschau Good news! Fruit Dove Press is taking part in the 55th Munich Book Show, at the Gasteig, in Munich, which takes place from the 20 November – 7 December 2014. Various interesting events are planned: authors’ readings, interviews, talks, and above all the opportunity to leaf through wonderful books. Look for Fruit Dove Press here

If you are around, drop in and take a look. We very much looking forward to the events, especially listening to authors talk about their work.

Auf der Muenchner Buecherschau

Wir von Fruit Dove Press, Neusaess, freuen uns sehr, an der 55. Muenchner Buecherschau 2014 (20. November – 07. Dezember) teilzunehmen. Von uns ausgestellt werden folgende englischsprachigen Titel von Stella Pierides:

  1. In the Garden of Absence (Haiku; Fruit Dove Press, 2012), ausgezeichnet mit dem Memorial Merit Award der Haiku Society of America 2013, fuer 2012 erschienene Buecher (3. Preis)
  2. Feeding the Doves (Kurzgeschichten; Fruit Dove Press, 2013)
  3. The Heart and Its Reasons (Kurzgeschichten; Fruit Dove Press, November 2014)

Die Kurzgeschichtensammlung Feeding the Doves wurde exzellent rezensiert. Die neue Sammlung The Heart and Its Reasons erscheint rechtzeitig zur Muenchner Buecherschau. Wir freuen uns auf Ihren Besuch.

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The Heart and Its Reasons: A Book of Nine Short Stories

Book,The Heart and Its Reasons,Fruit Dove Press,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the Garden of Absence (Micropoetry/senryu/haiku)

In the Garden of Absence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feeding the Doves: A Book of Short and Very Short Stories, and Haibun.

Feeding the Doves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Murder at the Buechershau!

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Gasteig,Muenchner Buecherschau,More photos from the Buecherschau, as promised. The event has been well attended, with visitors browsing the book stalls, relaxing in the chairs provided, and reading into the late hours! It looks like everyone feels at home here, eager to get to know books and authors, touch and feel the texture of book covers and pages.

One of the free events I attended was a daily half-hour interview (part of series) for a radio book magazine, the Bayern 2 Diwan. The interviewee, French author Hélène Grémillon, spoke about her new book, In the Time of Love and Lies (German distributors’ title; in French the title is La Garçonnière), set in Buenos Aires in the late 1980s. Very interesting book, with a thrilling plot (a love/crime thriller) and characters (such as a psychoanalyst, and his wife, a tango teacher and murder victim), in addition to the wonderful setting…

Grémillon claimed…

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Enter to Win!

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Book,The Heart and Its Reasons,Fruit Dove Press, Exciting news!  “The Heart and Its Reasons” is now in the Goodreads  Book Giveaways programme! There are 3 copies (print) available.  Giveaway dates for entering: Oct 23-Nov 18, 2014.

This is how it works: Find the book in Goodreads here. Scroll down the  page, and click the enter to win button there. Goodreads will help with the rest!  After the 18th of November they will notify us the list of winners and we’ll  post the books directly to the lucky three!

Good luck to all who enter!

The Heart and Its Reasons

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The Heart and Its Reasons: Nine Short Stories, by Stella Pierides

Publication Date:  22 October 2014 Available

Book,The Heart and Its Reasons,Fruit Dove Press,  Steering a path around islands of the past and the present, mythology  and history, locals and expatriates, refugees and emigrants, loneliness  and aloneness, the fragrance of herbs and the stink of prejudices, the  stories in this book traverse the multifarious landscapes of the heart.  Setting course by Greece – a country filled with the light and darkness  of its past, with wounds still oozing from its wars – the stories explore  a space that is both familiar, unfamiliar, and uncannily universal: the  haunted, multilayered, enticing, and bewitching chambers of the  heart. The sutures keeping it together are pride and longing: for  mother, for father, for home; for recognition, for acceptance, for love,  for truth; for a better world.

From the Back Cover

Pierides reads and renders our soul with the spectacular clarity of the Greek classics and the depth of the world’s greatest introspective writers. Masterfully portrayed characters, whether they find themselves at crossroads or in seemingly everyday situations, wrestle the often Procrustean tendencies of time, traditions, and heartaches, to ultimately glimpse surprising answers to riddles old and new. These eloquent, hypnotic stories translate the experience of Greek expatriates, contemporary hermits, war veterans, daughters, mothers, and many others, into the universal language of a perpetually searching, truth-thirsty humanity. At once actual and mythic, they blend individual memory and the memory of history, to generate a distinct portrait of the European spirit…

—Mia Avramut, writer, Essen, Germany

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Wistful and bittersweet: a collection of engaging stories. Stella Pierides does not shy away from depicting suffering and loss, but a distinctive feature of her work is how she shows her clearly-drawn characters gradually making sense of even the most chaotic of lives. She calls upon her Greek heritage and pan-European outlook to tackle themes of youth and age, the burdens of history, and the irrepressibility of hope.

Katie Low, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

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Cover painting: ‘Port Isaac: Golden Light’ by Maria Pierides

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Perfect softbound / 104 pages, 90gm cream interior paper / Full-color laminated cover / 129 mm x 198 mm trim size / ISBN: 978-3-944155-04-3

Available from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.de

In the Garden of Absence

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In the Garden of Absence by Stella Pierides

with an Afterword by Michael Dylan Welch

In the Garden of Absence

Awarded third place in the Haiku Society of America Mildred Kanterman Memorial Merit Book Awards 2013 (for books published in 2012). 

From the judges commentary in Frogpond, journal of the Haiku Society of America:

“A charming collection… This intersection of the past and present is within all of us, and Pierides mines it well. A very satisfying read.”

(Vol. 37: 1, p. 170)

From the back cover:

In the Garden of Absence takes you on a journey echoing the author’s childhood. Yet it does so in the context of adult concerns, uncertainties, and anxieties—as well as pleasures. This book explores the existential fear of loneliness, the many facets of absence, and glimpses a path towards bearing absence and being creatively alone.

“Readers of any book of poetry can assume that each poem has substantial personal meaning for the writer. The poems in this collection go one step further, offering personal meaning to the reader. Stella Pierides pays attention in simple ways (and sometimes vast ways) to her surrounding world, noticing the warmth of a hen’s eggs on Mother’s Day, that only a dog makes eye contact on a crowded train, or in observing the tiny dark holes in a pin cushion as she extracts its pins.”

Michael Dylan Welch, from the afterword, “Presence in Absence

Book cover image: “Welsh Hill,” a painting by Maria Pierides 

Book cover design: Maria Pierides and Rubin Eynon

Formatting: Thomas Geyer

Reviews, comments + Essays:

Awarded third place in the Haiku Society of America Mildred Kanterman Memorial Merit Book Awards 2013 (for books published in 2012). 

Previous praise for the Book:

– “In Pierides’s meditations, imagination takes center stage, as do imaginary gardens, real toads, and their negative space… The result is a welcome debut in which the reader will find much to admire.”

In Briefly ReviewedFrogpond, 36-1, Spring 2013 (Click here, please scroll down).

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– “This is an engaging collection…”

Modern Haiku 44.2, 2013 (in the “Briefly Noted” section).

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— “A Poetic Gem… In the Garden of Absence is a lovely little book that sparkles with a quiet brilliance – every word shines.”

Debbie Strange on Amazon.co.uk

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– “In the Garden of Absence is a stunning book. From homely to somewhat obscure, Pierides touches a chord. Her poetry is the essence of haiku and an inspiration for many of us. In the Garden of Absence A must-read book of poetry.”

Sondra Byrnes on Amazon.co.uk

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–“… everything, from cover to cover, the cover image, the design, the graphical presentation, the empty space around the haiku, also the introduction… all very aesthetically (one more Greek word) appealing and pleasing! Thank you for taking me on this Magical Journey!”

Freddy Ben-Arroyo, Haifa, Israel

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–“… I really enjoy reading it, and already have some favorites…”

Annie Juhl, Svendborg, Denmark.

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–“I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed reading your book this afternoon while sipping on a chai latte. A few that I particularly like are: “between my ego and yours”, “the horses neighing”, “your vacant stare”, “moment of stillness” and “shooting stars”. The whole book is really lovely… the beautiful cover, the feel of the paper and the afterword by Michael Dylan Welch. Thank you for sharing your beautiful poems with me!”

Lauren Mayhew, Boston, USA

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–“Stella Pierides pays attention in simple ways (and sometimes vast ways) to her surrounding world, noticing the warmth of a hen’s eggs on Mother’s Day, that only a dog makes eye contact on a crowded train, or in observing the tiny dark holes in a pin cushion as she extracts its pins.”

Michael Dylan Welch, Sammamish, Washington, USA

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–“I cannot recommend ‘In the Garden of Absence‘ by Stella Pierides highly enough. A great Afterword too by Michael Dylan Welch. … The book is entrancing.”

Sheila Windsor, Worcester, UK

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An informative, literary, well-written essay, “Presence in Absence” by Michael Dylan Welch, first written in October of 2012 and included in In the Garden of Absence as an afterword, can be read at Graceguts, by clicking here

Available from:

Print edition:

Amazon.co.uk

The print edition can also be ordered from your local bookshop: ISBN: 978-3-944155-00-5  (Germany) Fruit Dove Press, Paperback, 76 pages.

-Price: USD: 10.00 + p&p; GBP 6.50 + p&p; EUR 8.00 + p&p

e-editions:

e-editions are now available from Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/263461

(Apple iPad/iBooks, Nook, Sony Reader, Kobo, and most e-reading apps including Stanza, Aldiko, Adobe Digital Editions, others), PDF and kindle

Publication information: – ISBN: 9783944155012 e-book

- Published by Fruit Dove Press at Smashwords. Price: USD 5.99

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