The International Day of the Book

The International Day of the Book

Come Celebrate The Book as Literature, The Book as Art, The Book as Music Sunday, April 22nd, 12-5 at Howard Avenue, Old Town Kensington, MD. Celebrate the Book. Street Festival. Under Tents Rain or Shine. This year's festival is dedicated to Richard Martin 1948-2006. - April 20, 2007

The Iron Snake by John Gaudet, An Unforgettable Saga of a Railroad in Africa that Changed the Lives of Millions

A novel that foreshadows what will happen fourteen years later with the outbreak of WWI and the bitter fighting between British and German colonial troops in East Africa. Gaudet captures the spirit and essence of the Victorian Africa of the British, of the Africans, and of the world. - January 07, 2007

How the Internet Saved the Lunatic Express in 1898

The telegraph served as the first e-mail system and opened the first possibility of long-range, two-way messaging. This Internet of the Victorian age served well for emergency transmissions for over 150 years, especially down railway lines such as the Lunatic Express in Kenya. - October 11, 2006

Is the Railroad to Nowhere in a Race with the Lunatic Express?

The Railroad to Nowhere was a $700 million line item proposed by Mississippi's powerful Senate delegation in the emergency spending bill. It didn’t work, but it reminded us of the Victorian railway in Africa called the Lunatic Express. Justified as a way to combat emergencies, it even cost the same amount. A new novel by John Gaudet, The Iron Snake, due out this fall from Brandylane Publishers, Richmond VA, is based on the saga of this African railroad and the people affected by it. - October 06, 2006

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