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A multimedia presentation on my novel


Last spring I was privileged to have Under a False Flag used as part of the curriculum for a course in contemporary Latin American history taught by Professor Michael Hall at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Georgia. I suspect that’s how this little multimedia presentation by Tara Kemp came about. As an author, it’s both fascinating and satisfying to see how a reader approached my book. The YouTube links Tara included in her presentation are excellent background pieces on Chile before the coup and capture many of the conflicts found in the novel. Thank you, Tara!

Tara Kemp’s presentation on Under a False Flag



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Poniatowska wins Cervantes Prize

Earlier this year I wrote about Elena Poniatowska’s masterful study of the 1968 massacre of students at Tlatelolco in Mexico City. Today the jury for the Premio Cervantes, the most renowned literary prize in the Spanish-speaking world, awarded this year’s prize to Poniatowska. She is the first Mexican woman and only the fourth woman ever to win the prestigious award.

Spanish Minister of Education and Culture José Ignacio Wert cited Poniatowska’s “brilliant career in various literary genres,” above all the work she did as a young journalist concerned about human rights, the defense of freedom and the fight against corruption.

“Her work stands out for its strong commitment to contemporary history. Author of emblematic works that describe the twentieth century from an international and inclusive perspective, Poniatowska is one of the most powerful voices in contemporary Spanish literature,” said Wert.


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Reading at Seattle Public Library

I will be reading from Under a False Flag at the Seattle Public Library (Central Library, Level 4, Room 2) on Saturday, December 1 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Here’s the flier: Reading from Under a False Flag.

In anticipation, I’m also attaching a Q&A about the novel that was originally posted in a revised format on  Q&A with Author Tom Gething

I would be delighted to meet my blogging friends in person if any of you can make it. Thanks!


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“I’m not sure I should be telling this…”

Cortázar's gravestone at Montparnasse Cemetery...

Cortázar’s gravestone at Montparnasse Cemetery. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thus begins my story “Sabotage,” in which Julio Cortázar squares off with Michelangelo Antonioni. My little homage to these two artistic geniuses has just been published in the Barcelona Review. TBR is an exciting online literary magazine now in its 15th year of publication, offering contemporary writing in English, Spanish, Catalan and French. Check it out here:

The Barcelona Review


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For a reader, is this nose to the grindstone?


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Book & Paper Art by the Unicorn Diaries / Source

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Latest review of Under a False Flag

Here’s a link to the review on Amazon:

What’s wrong with this picture? – American presence in Chile in 1973

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No Place for Old Men, a parody

Signature of Cormac McCarthy

Signature of Cormac McCarthy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Don’t get me wrong. I love Cormac McCarthy’s work. One of my favorite books is The Crossing, and Blood Meridian is an American classic. But in 2005 after I rushed out to buy No Country for Old Men, I couldn’t help it. Reading the crotchety sheriff’s monologue at the end, I felt–how shall I put this–somewhat victimized. I felt a parody growing in my brain, so I excised it by putting it down on paper.

What do they say, imitation is the greatest form of flattery? You decide. It’s now available as a free download on my Sample page.

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Under a False Flag – free on July 1

Under a False Flag will be available for free downloading in its Kindle format from Amazon on Sunday, July 1, 2012. Click the cover to the right to go to the page. I hope you’ll read it, enjoy it and review it! Thanks.

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Paperback edition of Under a False Flag

The paperback edition of my novel is now available from Amazon ($12.95).  It’s still the most satisfying way to read, in my estimation. Here’s the link:

Under a False Flag


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Under a False Flag – Kindle edition released today!

My novel, Under a False Flag, about the 1973 coup in Chile, is now available at Amazon as a Kindle e-book ($2.99). The paperback edition ($12.95) is coming later this month. Check out the great cover designed by my sister, Elizabeth Gething, using the fantastic 1973 photo taken by Marcelo Montecino. (If you click on the cover in the righthand column, you’ll go to the book’s page at Amazon. Enjoy!)


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