2022 Pen/Faulkner: Rabih Alameddine’s ‘The Wrong End Of The Telescope’

WINNER OF THE 2022 PEN/FAULKNER AWARD FOR FICTION

Mina Simpson, a Lebanese doctor, arrives at the infamous Moria refugee camp on Lesbos, Greece, after being urgently summoned for help by her friend who runs an NGO there. Alienated from her family except for her beloved brother, Mina has avoided being so close to her homeland for decades. But with a week off work and apart from her wife of thirty years, Mina hopes to accomplish something meaningful, among the abundance of Western volunteers who pose for selfies with beached dinghies and the camp’s children. Soon, a boat crosses bringing Sumaiya, a fiercely resolute Syrian matriarch with terminal liver cancer. Determined to protect her children and husband at all costs, Sumaiya refuses to alert her family to her diagnosis. Bonded together by Sumaiya’s secret, a deep connection sparks between the two women, and as Mina prepares a course of treatment with the limited resources on hand, she confronts the circumstances of the migrants’ displacement, as well as her own constraints in helping them.

Preview: New Scientist Magazine – April 9, 2022

COVER STORIES

  • FEATURES An extreme form of encryption could solve big data’s privacy problem
  • FEATURES The replication crisis has spread through science – can it be fixed?
  • FEATURES How fossil footprints are revealing the joy and fear of Stone Age life

Views: ‘Primal Survivor – Escape The Amazon’ (2022)

Survivalist Hazen Audel embarks on a risky journey to escape the Amazon rainforest and travel 500 miles to the Atlantic coast. Of course his voyage won’t be easy and he encounters some of the jungle’s most fascinating and frightening wildlife. From an Anteater and Anaconda to a Tarantula and Tailless Whip Scorpion, this thrilling journey will be one to remember. Join Hazen on this remarkable adventure in Primal Survivor: Escape The Amazon, premieres Thursday 14th April at 9pm, on National Geographic UK.

Travel & Culture: The Bordeaux Wine Region

The world’s finest wines, sweeping vineyards and fine food couple with a river valley dotted with castles. We sample the best Bordeaux then cruise the lovely Dordogne and Lot rivers with stops at chateaux, ancient watermills, and perched villages.

The wine regions of Bordeaux are a large number of wine growing areas, differing widely in size and sometimes overlapping, which lie within the overarching wine region of Bordeaux, centred on the city of  Bordeaux  and covering the whole area of the  Gironde  department  of  Aquitaine.

The Bordeaux region is naturally divided by the Gironde Estuary into a Left Bank area which includes the Médoc and Graves and a Right Bank area which includes the Libournais, Bourg and Blaye. The Médoc is itself divided into Haut-Médoc (the upstream or southern portion) and Bas-Médoc (the downstream or northern portion, often referred to simply as “Médoc”).

Front Covers: Romeing Magazine – April 2022

Contemporary Art Fairs: ‘Art Paris 2022’ (Video)

The Leading Spring Event for Modern and Contemporary Art

Boosted by the success of the September 2021 edition that inaugurated the Grand Palais Éphémère on the Champ-de-Mars with a record-breaking 72,745 visitors, Art Paris is back from 7 to 10 April 2022 with a strong selection of 130 modern and contemporary galleries from some twenty different countries.

Both regional and cosmopolitan, this 24th edition is characterized by its commitment in favour of the environment with two themes – “Natural Histories” and “Art & Environment”- combined with an innovative and sustainable approach to organising an art fair.

Design: ‘Structures’ By Foster + Partners (2022)

Our latest Structures book showcases the work of our structural engineering team through a selection of integrated projects including Apple Marina Bay Sands, Singapore; Tocumen International Airport, Panama; Le Dome Winery, France and more.

View the Structures book here: https://bit.ly/3uOtVja

Previews: Times Literary Supplement – April 8, 2022

Morning News: China’s Zero-Covid Crisis, Prisons Sweltering, Time Disputes

China’s zero-covid policy is being stretched to breaking point as the virus makes its way through the city. Supplies are low, residents are angry and there is no end in sight. 

The debate about air conditioning in America’s sweltering prisons will only heat up further. And how a dispute about time from exactly a century ago remains timely today.