Jill Culiner

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in New York, The United States

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Born in New York, raised in Toronto, Jill Culiner has lived in England, Holland, Greece, Turkey, Germany and Hungary, keeping body and soul together by delivering newspapers, belly dancing, translating, tour guiding and a great many other tedious jobs. She presently resides in a small French village, similar to the not very pleasant one presented in her mystery, Slanderous Tongue.
For her non-fiction work, Finding Home in the Footsteps of the Jewish Fusgeyers, she crossed Romania on foot tracing the path of immigrants bound for North America at the end of the 19th century. The book won the Tannenbaum Prize for Canadian Jewish History in 2005 and was short-listed for the ForeWord magazine prize.
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Jill Culiner There's one moment Aldous Huxley describes in the very beginning of Chrome Yellow: his hero, the young poet Denis, is on a train; "Along this particul…moreThere's one moment Aldous Huxley describes in the very beginning of Chrome Yellow: his hero, the young poet Denis, is on a train; "Along this particular stretch of line no express had ever passed. All the trains — the few that there were — stopped at all the stations... Camlet was where he always got out, leaving the train to creep indolently onward, goodness only knew whither, into the green heart of England."
The year is 1921; England is still a place of beauty with its green hedgerows and lovely cottages; the horrors of WWI are over and no one forsees WWII. This is a time of fine literature, brilliant musical composition, artistic experiment, and architecture is still both exquisite and intelligent. And Denis is on his way to a splendid old country house where he will meet with cranky literary figures and eccentrics.
These few promising moments in a train chugging into that vanished world, are the ones I would like to experience — just to anticipate, and to see, feel, hear, smell how things were.
But, of course Crome Yellow is a satirical work: Denis will be betrayed by his own ineptitude; his lady love appears to be interested in someone else; the literary characters are there to sponge off their host; and the eccentric figures can be terrible bores. And my perfect moment will be, of course, all too brief.(less)
Jill Culiner I simply go do something else — either work on another manuscript, or stop writing altogether and work on playing music, or drawing, and working on ph…moreI simply go do something else — either work on another manuscript, or stop writing altogether and work on playing music, or drawing, and working on photography, or doing research on a totally different subject. Some books take ten to twelve years to complete, so why fret? I'm not the sort of author who churns out one book after another. I want precision and the pleasure of taking my time, and the delight of crawling into an idea and letting it come to life slowly.(less)
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Death By Slanderous Tongue

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Sans s'abolir pourtant

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Author Interview on Short Book & Scribes‏ @ShortBookScribe 8 août

I’m very pleased to be sharing with you today a guest post from Jill Culiner, author of Sad Summer in Biarritz.

Thanks, Nicola, for giving me this chance to tell your readers about my new mystery release, Sad Summer in Biarritz. Yes, it is a mystery — who was the young artist Vinnie, and how did he die? The police claim his death was accidental; his former best friend believes he killed himself; th Read more of this blog post »
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