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Queen Victoria and the African Princess

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Special Chapter for Lust, Lies and Monarchy Black lives matter! In the mid-19th century, Gezo, king of Dahomey in West Africa, was notorious as the largest dealer of slaves in the world. His vast army of 50,000 soldiers, many of whom were female, regularly invaded neighbouring territories. The old and weak were killed, and the remainder kept captive before being ... Read More »

THE NEW YORK TIMES REVIEWED EATING ETERNITY!

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“Entertaining, wide-ranging and gorgeously illustrated, Eating Eternity — despite its weird title — is a book you’ll want to lend to a friend. (But insist on its return.)” We are very pleased that Miranda Seymour chose to review our book, Eating Eternity: Food, Art and Literature in France, in The New York Times Book Review! EATING ETERNITY Food, Art and ... Read More »

How Was the Beloved Character of Kuma-Kuma Chan Born?

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  “I used to be a designer at a stationery manufacturer. One day I drew a little bear and put it on letterhead. Although the letterhead didn’t sell well, my bear lived happily on in my heart. In 2001, I named him Kuma-Kuma Chan, and wrote about him. As time passed I forgot about him. When I thought about him ... Read More »

What I enjoyed editing Inspired!

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Museyon’s newest title, Inspired! : True Stories Behind Famous Art, Literature, Music, and Film by Maria Bukhonina was conceived with an interesting premise. Each chapter focuses on what inspired an artist, what they created as a result, and how it continues to inspire. The chain of inspiration began for me as I edited this book. When I read about Andy ... Read More »

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