Colin Thubron is the president of the Royal Society of Literature. Among his books are The Lost Heart of Asia, Shadow of the Silk Road, and, most recently, To a Mountain in Tibet. (December 2013)
Roads to Berlin: Detours and Riddles in the Lands and History of Germany by Cees Nooteboom, translated from the Dutch by Laura Watkinson, with photographs by Simone Sassen
Jerusalem: The Biography by Simon Sebag Montefiore
The Chukchi Bible by Yuri Rytkheu, translated from the Russian by Ilona Yazhbin Chavasse
Secrets of the Silk Road an exhibition at the Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, California, March 28–July 25, 2010; the Houston Museum of Natural Science, August 28, 2010–January 2, 2011; and the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology,
The East, the West, and Sex: A History of Erotic Encounters by Richard Bernstein
King Hussein of Jordan: A Political Life by Nigel Ashton
The Arab Center: The Promise of Moderation by Marwan Muasher
A Time to Keep Silence by Patrick Leigh Fermor, with an introduction by Karen Armstrong
Mani: Travels in the Southern Peloponnese by Patrick Leigh Fermor, with an introduction by Michael Gorra
Roumeli: Travels in Northern Greece by Patrick Leigh Fermor, with an introduction by Patricia Storace
A Time of Gifts by Patrick Leigh Fermor, with an introduction by Jan Morris
Between the Woods and the Water by Patrick Leigh Fermor, with an introduction by Jan Morris
Other Colors: Essays and a Story by Orhan Pamuk, translated from the Turkish by Maureen Freely
Travels with Herodotus by Ryszard Kapuscinski, translated from the Polish by Klara Glwczewska
In February 1862 the eldest son of Queen Victoria, the Prince of Wales and future King Edward VII, embarked on a four-and-a-half month journey through the Middle East. Among the party was the photographer Francis Bedford, who in over 190 prints produced one of the earliest photographic records of the region.
The Royal Ballet reimagines paintings—the three great Titian canvases of the goddess Diana—in dance.
On June 20th the arrestingly erudite Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, will be speaking at the Royal Society of Literature.
The small Immrama Literary Festival, dedicated to travel writing, will celebrate the work of Patrick Leigh Fermor, who died last year.
Royal euphoria peaks on June 3rd, when a flotilla of 1,000 flag-decked steamers, galleys and pleasure craft float down the Thames, headed by the Queen at the age of 85.
A challenging look at the application of chronology to both Shakespeare’s life and work will be given at this year’s Oskar Kristeller Lecture at Columbia University.