No Ballyhoo by Canadian-Italian-Turkish novelist Mauro Mevlud Martino is a kaleidoscopic look at New York life from the perspective of three generations in the Big Apple starting from the early 1900s to modern day. The novel is a microscopic look into the Polish-Jewish Cohen family beginning with Leonard Schwartz Cohen who had a prized pickling business from which he sold his famous dills from street carts of Krakow, Poland and later in Brooklyn, NY.
„Hemingway in its diary like style and homage to the life of this rich city, it is a tribute, a piece of the multi-layered cake that is NY life and all its multi-faces and flavors.“ – Vanessa McMahon (author, filmmaker and producer)
Science Fiction, Fantasy, Crime, Thriller, Mystery, Suspense, Horror
Experimental fiction, Literary fiction, Poetry, Historic Fiction, Biography/Memoir
“When I get a little money, I buy books. If any is left, I buy food and clothes.” — Erasmus
The Special Extensive Edition of the Official Torture Report of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation of the Central Intelligence Agency Interrogation and Detention Program, including also the additional views, minority views & additional minority views.
“A portrait of depravity that is hard to comprehend and even harder to stomach.” – The New York Times
“The Senate intelligence committee’s report is a landmark in accountability … It is one of the most shocking documents ever produced by any modern democracy about its own abuses of its own highest principles.” – The Guardian
A single cash prize of thousand USD ($1,000 USD) will be awarded to the one entrant (winner) whose entry is selected by the prize judge. Entries selected for the shortlist will be published in the Wisehsoue International Poetry Award’s Anthology.
“There is no friend as loyal as a book.” — Ernest Hemingway
“A young girl with a checkered past and a mysterious magic power is drafted into a mission to save her kingdom… a fun, well-crafted story that fantasy readers should enjoy. The conclusion is open-ended enough to suggest at least one sequel; let’s hope Johanson delivers. An engaging, compulsively readable fantasy.” — Kirkus Reviews
“Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.” — Joyce Carol Oates
… too late to prevent the brutal murder of a former beauty queen with an inquisitive nature and a fatal attraction for the wrong men. It is a race that will pit them against corrupt officials and that will test Mark’s closest friendship. It will become a race for Ariel’s life…
“I am simply a ‘book drunkard.’ Books have the same irresistible temptation for me that liquor has for its devotee. I cannot withstand them.” — L. M. Montgomery
“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” — Oscar Wilde
Who polices the police? The suspended commander of an elite police unit is found dead. It soon becomes clear that it was a hit for hire and that there is no shortage of suspects. Was he killed by someone he had investigated? Or by some of the people he accepted bribes from to protect them from investigation? Or by one of the people he had embroiled to help him in his protection racket?
“The one way of tolerating existence is to lose oneself in literature as in a perpetual orgy.” — Gustave Flaubert
“My alma mater was books, a good library…. I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.” — Malcolm X
“I cannot live without books.” — Thomas Jefferson
“Reading brings us unknown friends.” — Honoré de Balzac
“A good book is an education of the heart. It enlarges your sense of human possibility what human nature is of what happens in the world. It’s a creator of inwardness.” — Susan Sontag
“Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” — Mark Twain
“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” — Jorge Luis Borges
CHEEGHA – „Waziristan remains a mystery and a puzzle for most of the world. Reports of violence and terrorism are frequently associated with its name. For people living here, life has become a hell of uncertainty. A drone strike could kill them or their family members one day, a suicide bomber the next or action by the Pakistan army the day after. Is this all there is to Waziristan? Ghulam Qadir Khan, sets out to show us the true face of Waziristan. He takes us to the heart of this society…. Unlike the previous authors, Ghulam Qadir is the only one from the area itself…“ Professor Akbar Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies, American University, Washington D.C.
Editorial L’Aleph was founded in 2006 with the aim at publishing primarily works of trans-national writers in different world languages without boarders. L’Aleph was inaugurated in cooperation with the Else-Lasker Schüler Society and the Exil-Archiv based in Wuppertal with a strong commitment to writers’ empowerment. Look up here…
]Elementá[ was founded with the aim at publishing primarily works of talented writers with entrepreneurial and experimental spirit. ]Elementá[ was established with a strong commitment to the empowerment of passionate writers of very different genres. ]Elementá[ is an exploration by writers and readers in the multiverse of books. Look up here…
The Awakening, originally titled A Solitary Soul, is a novel by Kate Chopin, first published in 1899. Set in New Orleans and on the Louisiana Gulf coast at the end of the 19th century, the plot centers on Edna Pontellier and her struggle to reconcile her increasingly unorthodox views on femininity and motherhood with the prevailing social attitudes of the turn-of-the-century American South. It is one of the earliest American novels that focuses on women’s issues without condescension. It is also widely seen as a landmark work of early feminism, generating a mixed reaction from contemporary readers and critics.
Published now in the Wisehouse Classics series, The Call of the Wild is a short adventure novel by Jack London published in 1903 and set in Yukon, Canada during the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush, when strong sled dogs were in high demand. The central character is a dog named Buck. The story opens at a ranch in the Santa Clara Valley of California when Buck is stolen from his home and sold into service as a sled dog in Alaska. He progressively reverts to a wild state in the harsh climate, where he is forced to fight to dominate other dogs. By the end, he sheds the veneer of civilization and relies on primordial instinct and learned experience to emerge as a leader in the wild.
The fables were in the first instance only narrated by Aesop, and for a long time were handed down by the uncertain channel of oral tradition. Socrates is mentioned by Plato as having employed his time while in prison, awaiting the return of the sacred ship from Delphos which was to be the signal of his death, in turning some of these fables into verse, but he thus versified only such as he remembered. Demetrius Phalereus, a philosopher at Athens about 300 B.C., is said to have made the first collection of these fables. Phaedrus, a slave by birth or by subsequent misfortunes, and admitted by Augustus to the honors of a freedman, imitated many of these fables in Latin iambics about the commencement of the Christian era. Aphthonius, a rhetorician of Antioch, A.D. 315, wrote a treatise on, and converted into Latin prose, some of these fables. This translation is the more worthy of notice, as it illustrates a custom of common use, both in these and in later times.
MAGGIE: A GIRL OF THE STREETS is an 1893 novella by American author Stephen Crane (1871-1900). The story centers on Maggie, a young girl from the Bowery who is driven to unfortunate circumstances by poverty and solitude. The work was considered risqué by publishers because of its literary realism and strong themes. Crane – who was 22 years old at the time – financed the book’s publication himself, although the original 1893 edition was printed under the pseudonym Johnston Smith. After the success of 1895’s The Red Badge of Courage, Maggie was reissued in 1896 with considerable changes and re-writing. The story is followed by George’s Mother.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL is a novella by Charles Dickens, first published in London on December 1843. The novella met with instant success and critical acclaim. A Christmas Carol tells the story of a bitter old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation into a gentler, kindlier man after visitations by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. The book was written at a time when the British were examining and exploring Christmas traditions from the past as well as new customs such as Christmas cards and Christmas trees. Carol singing took a new lease on life during this time. Dickens‘ sources for the tale appear to be many and varied, but are, principally, the humiliating experiences of his childhood, his sympathy for the poor, and various Christmas stories and fairy tales.