Sep 162011

Please find CCLAP’s latest podcast featuring Delphine Pontvieux and other authors reading excerpts from their short stories included in the latest anthology :

American Wasteland: bleak tales of the future on the tenth anniversary of 9/11.

Sep 152011

A new article


Sep 142011

The past few weeks have been prolific in terms of publication for Delphine Pontvieux.

Hot on the Heels of “Amsterdamned if you do : an anthology about settings” comes a new anthology, also published by CCLAP publishing, the Chicago Center For Literature and Photography. It is titled “American Wasteland: bleak tales of the future on the tenth anniversary of 9/11.”

(The information below is copied from the CCLAP website)


With all the talk of “hope” and “honor” that was bound to arise during the tenth anniversary of September 11th, the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography (CCLaP) thought it was important to also remind the future of what the last ten years have REALLY been like. That’s why the center put together this latest anthology, which took a dark science-fiction conceit as its core and then invited a series of writers across the nation to pen stories set within that alternative universe. In this case, the stories (by Ray CharbonneauDelphine PontvieuxJohn Reed, Matthew Christman, Mark R. Brand and Lawrence Santoro) look back from a fictional twentieth anniversary of 9/11, but one where John McCain won the 2008 and ’12 elections, then Sarah Palin in 2016 and ’20; and with no government bailouts, no withdrawals from the Middle East, and no attempts to move away from an oil-based economy, the US has become a much bleaker and more terrible place, a nation that is now used to rolling electricity blackouts two or three days a week and that is just about to go to war with Mexico, where the permanently unemployed squat in half-finished McMansions out in crumbling suburbs that almost completely lack both gasoline and fresh fruit. A sobering reminder of what life under Tea Party rule would likely be like, “American Wasteland” is an antidote to the false cheeriness and optimism that has come with the tenth anniversary of 9/11, a more realistic look at all the mistakes this nation has made between then and now.

The book is coming in PDF versions for both American and European (A4) laserprinters; an EPUB for most mobile devices, including iPhones and iPads; and a special MOBI edition just for Kindle owners, which they can transfer directly to their device with their USB cord. (There will also be a version directly at the Kindle Store soon for a flat five bucks, for those who would rather wait.)
This electronic book has been released under a “pay what you want” system; if you want to pay nothing, that’s perfectly fine, and you too will receive the same full-length version as everyone else. 
A hardcover version is also available.  The “Hypermodern Editions,”  are limited-edition, handmade, hardbound paper editions designed for collectors but kept reasonably priced ($15 plus shipping for recycled paper, $20 for one with cotton sheets), featuring such creative little touches as fabric-bound covers with decorative interior sheets, a Colophon and provenance statements, and a color photo of the ebook’s front cover glued to the hardbound frontispiece, all of it held together with hand-done external Coptic stitching.