Apr 292010

The Mayor of Paris, Monsieur Bertrand Delanoe, paid a visit to Chicago earlier this week for the first time.

Delphine Pontvieux was one of the guests at the private cocktail party (hosted at the Chicago French market) attended by both the Mayors of Chicago and Paris.

She presented Monsieur Delanoe with a copy of her novel as a souvenir from his visit, who thanked her warmly for the unexpected present.

You can read more about the evening here:

IN FRENCH: http://www.france-amerique.com/articles/2010/04/28/le_maire_de_paris_conquis_par_chicago.html

IN ENGLISH: http://gapersblock.com/drivethru/2010/04/28/paris_mayor_visits_chicago_french_market/

And in more news, her novel is now featured on the Consulate General of France in Chicago’s page!

Apr 272010

Here are a few photos of the gorgeous region called Pyrennees Atlantiques, which includes the Bearn province, where both the Vallee d’Aspe and Vallee d’Ossau are located. The pictures feature locations where the novel takes place, including the Chemin de la Mature, a path carved across an almost vertical face by French convicts in the 18th century, as well as the scenic, yet, sinuous, RN 134 road that meanders along the bottom of the valley, the Fort du portalet, the abandoned train station of Cette-Eygun (that used to be La Goutte d’Eau back in the day), the infamous Somport tunnel, the gave d’Aspe and the city of Oloron Ste Marie. Keep in mind the pictures were taken in 2008, thus 14 years after the book’s fictitious timeline. [slideshow]

Apr 262010

Here is a new review posted in ASTERO, the online publication of the North American Basque Organizations

We should all read more fiction, especially stories told as well as this one.  Author Delphine Pontieux has written good fiction in this novel.  Her story about Lartaun Izcoa is a window into the world of the E.T.A. Basque militants.  It’s a real page-turner. read more here: http://nabasque.org/Books/ETA.htm