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Podcast Episode 7
12:00pm

Try Not to Be Strange

with Michael Hingston
Hosted by Peter Schneider

Try Not to Be Strange

with Michael Hingston
Hosted by Peter Schneider
17
Thursday
Nov
12:00pm
Michael Hingston - Photo by Kate Gutteridge

Join us for a conversation between Peter Schneider and author, journalist and publisher Michael Hingston about his latest book, Try Not to Be Strange: The Curious History of the Kingdom of Redonda.  It tells, for the first time, the complete history of Redonda’s transformation from an uninhabited, guano-encrusted island into a fantastical and international kingdom of writers. 

 

With a cast of characters including forgotten sci-fi novelists, alcoholic poets, vegetarian publishers, Nobel Prize frontrunners, and the bartenders who kept them all lubricated while angling for the throne themselves, Michael Hingston details the friendships, feuds, and fantasies that fueled the creation of one of the oddest and most enduring micronations ever dreamt into being. Part literary history, part travelogue, part quest narrative, this cautionary tale about what happens when bibliomania escapes the shelves and stacks is as charming as it is peculiar—and blurs the line between reality and fantasy so thoroughly that it may never be entirely restored.

 

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