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December 2004 Newletter

Dear Friends,

I hope you are having a great holiday season and are enjoying the last few days of 2004.   And for all you stitchers and fans of Hungarian embroidery, I have nice New Year's gift for you:   Piecework Magazine is publishing an article I wrote about the famous Hungarian folk artist Bori Kis Janko (1875-1954) in their Jan - Feb 2005 issue, and they are featuring a pattern I designed to go along with the article on their website.   The free Matyo doily pattern is available at the following addresses:   http://www.interweave.com/needle/default.asp or http://www.interweave.com/needle/projects/doily.asp  The Jan-Feb issue of Piecework is scheduled to be available at newsstands Jan. 4 - look for it in needlework shops or bookstores with a good periodicals section.   Piecework is devoted to historical and ethnic needlework, and as a longtime fan and subscriber, I am really excited to have an article published in this magazine.   For ordering information online, visit http://www.interweave.com.   I believe it is possible to order single issues.  

The new books I mentioned in the last newsletter haven't made it up onto the website yet, but I still have 1 or 2 copies of the following titles; please email me at donna@lmntl.com if you are interested:

Memoir of Hungary: 1944-1948, by Sandor Marai             $26.95

Description: This scathing, at times humorous, and always insightful memoir by exiled Hungarian novelist Sandor Marai provides one of the most poignant and humanly alive portraits of life in Hungary between the German occupation in 1944 and the solidification of communist power in 1948.   ...Marai draws a vivid portrait of the Hungarian peasantry and middle class during this period, while delivering a telling indictment of the communist system from which he fled. ...

Prague: A Novel, by Arthur Phillips    $11.95

Description: ...Prague depicts an intentionally lost Lost Generation as it follows five American expats who come to Budapest in the early 1990's to seek their fortune.   They harbor the vague suspicion that their counterparts in Prague have it better, but still they hope to find adventure, inspiration, a gold rush, or history in the making.

Ballad of the Whiskey Robber: A True Story of Bank Heists, Ice Hockey Transylvanian Pelt Smuggling, Moonlighting Detectives, and Broken Hearts, by Julian Rubinstein    $22.95 (hardcover)   Description: Tells the true story of of Attila Ambrus, the bank robber who became a folk hero in 1990's Hungary.

I wish all of you a Happy New Year - Boldog Uj Evet Kivanok (BUEK)!

Best Regards,

Donna Fenton

Lmntl Crafts - Hungarian folk art