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Bulletin #64 – Oct 2013

Publisher: Lee Pollock, Executive Director of The Churchill CentreEditor: David Freeman, Ph.D.

Churchill Bust to be Dedicated in Statuary Hall

Historic Ceremony Will Take Place in the United States Capitol

statuary_hallHistoric Statuary HallThe Churchill Centre is honored to announce that it has been invited to donate a bust of Winston Churchill to the U.S. Capitol for permanent display in the Congressional art collection, alongside images of great figures from American history. Very few non-Americans are represented in the Capitol building and this will be the most significant recognition accorded to Churchill by the United States government since 1963 when he became an Honorary Citizen. Read More >

Last Call for Washington: Full Conference Details

30th International Churchill Conference Will Have Record Attendance

Conference_LogoThe thirtieth annual gathering of The Churchill Centre is due to start in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, 31 Oct. We are expecting record attendance at this year’s conference, a testimonial to the range and calibre of speakers on our program including Andrew Roberts, Sir David Cannadine and Paul Reid.  The theme of the conference is “Winston Churchill: Perspectives on Leadership.”  To view the complete conference program, CLICK HERE.  To register online, simply CLICK HERE.  Walk-up registration will also be accepted at the conference headquarters in the Park Hyatt Hotel at 24th & M Streets, NW, Washington starting at 9:00 am on October 31. Read More >

Meet the Churchill Book Dealers [Part 2 of 3]

Introducing Those Who Specialize in the Sale of Churchill Books:
Chartwell Booksellers, New York City

photo1Barry Singer and Daughter Sara Shelve Volume I of the Official BiographyWe continue our series profiling rare book dealers who specialize in the works of Winston Churchill. This month we spoke with Barry Singer of Chartwell Booksellers located in the shopping arcade of the Park Avenue Plaza in New York City.

CB: Who Are You?

BS:  I am Barry Singer, the founder and proprietor of Chartwell Booksellers, which I opened in 1983.  To the best of my knowledge, mine is the only standing bookstore in the world devoted to the works of Winston Churchill. Read More >

Forthcoming in Finest Hour, Autumn 2013

Theme of the Issue: Gadflies, Gods and Presidents

FH160p1_copyFinest Hour No. 160 features a cover story by Ronald Cohen, who has put together a comprehensive bibliography of Churchill’s one and only novel Savrola: A Tale of the Revolution in Laurania.  The color illustrations of some of the book’s many editions that accompany the text indicate that Churchill had little success in his subsequent efforts to dissuade people from reading it. Elsewhere, Richard M. Langworth tackles the leading myth that “Churchill First Advocated Use of Lethal Gas” while there is a triptych of articles discussing Churchill’s dealings with three US presidents: Wilson, Hoover and FDR.  Justin Lyons looks at “Winston Churchill’s Critique of Woodrow Wilson”, and Dantan Wernecke describes “Herbert Hoover’s Critique of Winston Churchill.”  Finally, June Hopkins writes about her grandfather Harry in “Churchill & Hopkins: ‘The Main Prop and Animator of Roosevelt Himself.'” Read More >

Celebrate Churchill’s Birthday at Ditchley Park

Join The Churchill Centre on 30th November 2013 at Ditchley Park, Oxfordshire

Ditchley_ParkDitchley Park, OxfordshireDuring the Second World War when the moon was full, the Prime Minister took his weekends not at Chequers (thought too vulnerable to enemy air attack) but at Ditchley Park the country home of Ronald and Nancy Tree north of Oxford.  Further from London than Chequers, Ditchley was also more protected by trees. Furthermore, as Sir Martin Gilbert records, “the broad gravel drives at Chequers looked, from the air, almost like an arrow cut in the lawn and pointing at the house.”  Churchill’s Private Secretary, John Colville, noted that the Prime Minister “does not object to chance, but feels it a mistake to be the victim of design.” Read More >

Nexus 7 Launched With Sir Winston Churchill

Google Introduces Nexus 7 Tablet in the UK With Churchill’s Words

winston-churchill_ChandorNever Give In!With the blessings of the Churchill estate through the Curtis Brown Literary and Talent Agency, Google launched a marketing campaign for its 7″ tablet known as Nexus 7 that incorporates some of the most famous words spoken by Winston Churchill.  The speech Churchill gave in Washington to a joint session of Congress on Boxing Day, 1941 and his “Never Give In” address made to the boys of Harrow School the previous October feature in a one minute television commercial.  The advertisement tells the story of a schoolboy who uses the tools on the Nexus 7 to research and prepare a class presentation that requires him to overcome his fear of public speaking.  To view commercial CLICK HERE. Read More >

Churchill Family Story Bound For Budapest

Autobiography of The Churchill Centre’s Patron Lady Soames Finds Eager Audience in Hungary

churchill_lany_torteneteThe memoirs of Winston Churchill’s youngest daughter, Mary Soames, have been published in Hungarian thanks to the enthusiastic efforts of translator Veronika Bánki. After translating The Churchills by Celia and John Lee in 2011, Bánki received as a gift from the authors a copy of Lady Soames’s newly-published memoir A Daughter’s Tale. “From the first moment,” Bánki recounted, it “was clear that I was going to translate the book–with or without a formal commission.”  She began work in the summer of 2012 with the intention of making the finished product an “homage marking the 90th birthday of the author.” Read More >

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