Jam Cafe Launch of 'Shtetl Love Song'

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It was nice to get some more photos of the Jam Cafe launch from Nottingham photographer Kevin Davis. You can view his blog by clicking here.

It was also lovely to get a write up about the event from ace Nottingham book blogger Jade Moore.

So what the book Shtetl Love Song does is conserve the memory of the Jewish towns and of the world that existed before the war. It’s certainly opened my eyes, as before I read it I didn’t know what a ‘Shtetl’ was or that such a thing ever existed.
— Hey What's on Notts!





Jam Cafe Launch for 'Shtetl Love Song'

Great Launch at Jam Cafe for 'Shtetl Love Song'. The cafe was full and buzzing on a cold November Sunday afternoon and the music of Howard Coleman on guitar and Stella Chadwick on violin really helped to create the feeling of the shtetl.

All photos by Le Dinh Han 

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Jam Cafe launch

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Both Howard and Stella generously donated their time and talents to raise money for the National Holocaust Centre and £70 was raised in donations.

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Lukas Geniusas at 'Shtetl' launch

Lukas Geniušas, silver medallist 2010 Chopin Piano Competition and 2015 Tchaikovsky Competition

Lukas Geniušas, silver medallist 2010 Chopin Piano Competition and 2015 Tchaikovsky Competition

Noir Press and Spiro Ark are delighted to announce that Lukas Geniušas, silver medallist 2010 Chopin Piano Competition and 2015 Tchaikovsky Competition, will give a guest performance at the London launch of Grigory Kanovich's novel, 'Shtetl Love Song'.

Lukas Geniušas is a Russian-Lithuanian pianist. Geniušas began to study piano at the age of five, and in 1996 he entered the Moscow Frederic Chopin College of Music Performing.

He studied piano with professor Vera Gornostayeva at the Moscow State Conservatory. Since 2004, he has received the M. Rostropovich Foundation scholarship.

He started to perform in public in 1996, and since that time he performed with various orchestras in the best venues of Moscow, St. Peterburg, Vilnius, Wroclaw and Hamburg. He arranged solo appearances in Russia, Poland, Sweden, Germany, France, Switzerland, Lithuania and Austria

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The most encouraging development for those interested in Lithuanian fiction

'Noir Press,' writes Will Mawhood in The Calvert Journal, 'is perhaps the most encouraging development of recent years for those interested in Lithuania and its fiction.'

Of Laura Sintija Cerniauskaite's novel he writes, 'it is dense: crammed with wild, haunting imagery; impulses and yearnings that break the surface suddenly; relationships past and present that glance off and mirror each other.' 

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Noir Press signs up Jaroslavas Melnikas

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Noir Press is delighted to have signed up Lithuanian-Ukrainian writer Jaroslavas Melnikas as part of its 2018 list.

Melnikas is an award winning novelist not only in Lithuania but also in his native Ukraine. His novels and essays have also been published in French. Melnikas graduated from Lviv University and did his postgraduate studies at Maxim Gorky Literature Institute in Moscow. He worked as a magazine writer for Elle magazine.

Melnikas's books have been among the Lithuanian and Ukrainian books of the year a number of times, the book Kelias į rojų (The Road to Paradise) was nominated for the Europe Book Prize, and his novel Distant Space won BBC Book of the Year in 2013. His book, The Paris Diary (2013) became a bestseller in Lithuania.

'A dark, deeply analytical' novel

First review in for The Easiest by Rasa Askinyte calls it a 'dark, deeply analytical' novel.

Writing for The LeftLion magazine, literature editor L.P. Mills wrote that The Easiest. was a 'dark, deeply analytical take on the naivety that characterises romance novels'.

 'Aškinytė’s novel plays with a light-hearted, oftentimes playful tone, in spite of an occasionally deadpan attitude towards violence,' L. P. Mills writes.

'The Easiest marks Noir Press’ second publication, with it and its predecessor Breathing into Marble by Laura Sintija Cerniauskaite forming parts one and two of a four-part series of Lithuanian fiction released by the press. The next two novels, The Music Teacher by Renata Šerelytė and Shtetl Love Song by Grigory Kanovich, are due to be released later this year.'


'The Easiest' Launch at OneBC Fashion Store

Sunday saw the launch of Rasa Askinyte's great novel 'The Easiest'.

The launch was held at the OneBC fashion store in Nottingham, an excellent, quirky venue that matched the tone of the novel.

As guests packed the space, Ventiduo, a Nottingham based Italian band played some laid back jazz and waiters took round Lithuanian snaps.

OneBC is the unofficial hub of creatives in Nottingham city and it was great to have a wide, eclectic group of guests - writers, artists, photographers and designers.

Svaiga Seliokas, local designer gave a beautiful deadpan reading of a couple of episodes from the novel. 

The Easiest Launch - May 21st

Come and celebrate the launch of The Easiest by Rasa Askinyte.

Hosted at the wonderful OneBC fashion store located in Sneinton Market, with great live music from Ventiduo, with bar, short talk, readings and activities including the chance to recreate the cover and dwell on your past lives.

The Easiest is the seond novel from hip Lithuanian writer, Rasa Askinyte. It is the story of Blanca who works at Café France. If she actually exists. There she meets the characters of the novel, Alex and Not-Alex, Greek, the owner of the café and Anastasia her best friend. It is a story of love, of not loving and of an apartment reached only by a ladder and birds that come crashing down onto table tops.

Askinyte’s novel is lightly and lyrically told, but beneath the surface bubbles a dark and disturbing world.

‘I like to dream that someone’s chasing me. I run as fast as I can, so he can’t catch me, but still I can’t escape. Sometimes the shadow extends his arm and touches my back. My whole body quivers to his touch and I hear a quiet, calm music.’ 

Sunday 21st May
OneBC Clothing, 9 Gedling Street, NG1 1DS
Free entry

Book launch
Live Music

Bring your children