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THE WALL: Author’s Note

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1980s. El Paso, New Mexico, USA In the spring of the year I graduated from university, I visited the embankment of the Rio Grande River. The towns, and the river itself, often appear in Westerns. Upon crossing the river, I found myself in the Mexican city of Juárez. On the opposite bank, I spotted many young Mexicans sitting around. “They’re ... Read More »

THE WALL: MAJOR CHARACTERS

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Heroes and villains, politicians and spies, academics and soldiers, geeks and mercenaries, tyrants and democrats, lawbreakers and law enforcers populate the pages of Ted Takashima’s international thriller, The Wall. Jadon Green A former US Army captain and commander of the American troops guarding the wall at the US–Mexico border. Blamed for the Tragedy at The Wall—the slaughter of refugees from ... Read More »

THE WALL: EXCERPT—PROLOGUE

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Story: Captain Jadon Green has been labeled the Border Butcher after a terrible tragedy between the US military and illegal immigrants forcing their way into the United States of America at the Mexico border wall. Resigned to a life of misery and loneliness after losing not only his military career to a dishonorable discharge but also his family after his ... Read More »

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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