Robert Newman author of Fountain at the Center of the World

Mar ’04
12:00 am

Robert Newman reads and signs Fountain at the Center of the World Friday March 12th 8PM
A stand-up comedian for sixteen years, Newman headed the first comedy act ever to play the 12,000 seat Wembley Arena, making front page news. The late Bill Hicks asked to be his tour support, and Newman performed alongside Michael Moore in London’s biggest anti-war benefit gig. He has just completed a twelve month sell-out tour of his historico-political stand-up show From Caliban to Taliban?500 Years of Humanitarian Intervention. Newman has been politically active with Reclaim The Streets, the Liverpool Dockers, Indymedia, Earth First and People’s Global Action. In the last month he gave the keynote speech at the People & Planet conference and has been a guest speaker of the New Economics Foundation.
The Fountain At The Center Of The World is Newman’s third novel, but first to be published in the U.S. The writing of The Fountain At The Center Of The World was the subject of a BBC film shown on national television in Britain, Australia and parts of Europe. Research for the novel took him onto Welsh trawlers, into refugee detention centers and tropical disease hospitals. He also learned Spanish and traveled extensively through Mexico and Central America. Released October 1st in the UK, The Fountain At The Centre Of The World is already in its second printing.
\”It’s like bootleg Chomsky The Fountain at the Centre of the World is a serious and intelligent book. It’s a novel that confronts everything that is wrong with the world and demands that which is right, and it therefore makes a lot of British fiction seem rather tender-minded in comparison.”The Guardian
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