Guest Post: The Danger in Bohemia by HE Kollef

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Hello! My name is H. E. Kollef and I’m here to tell you a little bit about my new book, The Danger in Bohemia, which came out from Dreamspinner Press on March 23rd. I’d also like to say thank you to It’s About the Book for having me on!

The Danger in Bohemia was written in two countries (The Czech Republic and South Korea), neither of which I live in anymore. Most of the story takes place in Prague, where I lived for almost two years as an English teacher. Prague holds a very special place in my heart. It was my first time living abroad for so long, the first phase of my independent, grown-up life. I fell in love with the city and all its gothic romance. The Danger in Bohemia is almost as much a love letter to Czech culture, food, and Prague itself…

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Book Launch Day! Announcing…The Danger in Bohemia

So let me start off by saying: NEVER plan to be traveling on the day your book gets launched! Big mistake.

That out of the way…

TODAY IS THE DAY!

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The Danger in Bohemia has been published!

Dreamspinner Press ebook | Dreamspinner Press paperback | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | ARe

 

I can’t believe it’s here already. It has been a really crazy year–moving yet AGAIN from South Korea to the UK, starting an intense Master’s program, and seeing my first officially published novel! I’ve been running for so long that this has really smacked me in the face. If that makes sense.

Thank you to everyone at Dreamspinner Press who has been supportive of me, and to my friends and family who made this possible. I can’t say how much I appreciate everything you’ve all done for me.

I’ve had a few advanced reviews already. Here’s a small sampling!

At a Glance: Very well written, with a good pace, some surprises, and is a definite page turner.”  -http://www.thenovelapproachreviews.com/review-the-danger-in-bohemia-by-h-e-kollef/

“…the story has good bones, an interesting premise with likable characters, and a suitable bad guy. I’ll look forward to checking out something else from the author.” -https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29247246-the-danger-in-bohemia

 

 

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Introducing the new editor at the #CityLis Blog!

#CityLis has a new editor, James Atkinson (@jamesatkinson81)! He’s fantastic, and I’m looking forward to what he’ll do with the blog. Get in contact if you have any ideas for the blog–here’s an excerpt of what James is looking for:

Students!  Have you visited another library or an LIS exhibition that you would like to tell us about?  Have you been to a conference?  Or read an interesting book or article?  Get in touch and share your reviews and reports.

Alumni!  Let us know what you have been up to since you left – current and future students would love to hear about the profession that awaits them.

Academics!  Lecturers and PhD students – you won’t get let off the hook!  Let us know what you’re up to and we’ll add it to the Reflections and Research section.

– See more, including how to contact #CityLis, at: https://blogs.city.ac.uk/citylis/2016/02/25/citylis-news-blog-an-introduction-to-the-editor/#.VtDBWZOLSRu

Dear Commander 9, 10, 11

Hey y’all,

I’ve got three new Dear Commander poems up, for those of you who enjoy outsider prose from the perspective of an alien observer.

Here’s an excerpt from 11. If you’re digging it, click here and it’ll take you to the rest.

11.

Dear Commander:

Earth is stronger in faiths and powers

than most other Z* class planets

with their scientific development.

Religion influences too many of their decisions

and hampers their progress in all things.

It is irrational. Dangerous.

I know this

and I am glad we abolished it in our home

and yet

today I saw a dark-haired girl

kneeling in the grass behind

a building with broken windows

she knelt and stretched her arms to the ground

for some time

and when she rose there was

a beauty in her face I’ve never seen before

as if the trees were breathing through her

and the sky was soaking up her light

and even the building was…was…

An author/middle school teacher was just detained because of a book he wrote.

Y’all need to please go read this right now:

In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment for a Novelist

“A 23-year-old teacher at a Cambridge, Maryland, middle school has been placed on leave and—in the words of a local news report—”taken in for an emergency medical evaluation” for publishing, under a pseudonym, a novel about a school shooting.”

The Thought Police are arresting writers now. Great reaction. Rather than focusing on gun control, let’s target the people who write fiction. Fiction! Do writers need to be afraid, now? Do we need to censor ourselves for fear of our own government? I can think of a few countries where that’s happened before, and a few regimes. 

“He is currently at a location known to law enforcement and does not currently have the ability to travel anywhere.”

Has he even been arrested? Are they just unlawfully detaining him? For all that our politicians enjoy protecting our 2nd Amendment rights, there seems to be no concern for the First Amendment any more. 

Anyone have more information about this?

 

EDIT: Just found this article at the LA Times. It seems there might have been some faulty reporting around this issue–or not. We’ll see in the next few days, hopefully.