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The International Journal of Media and Information Policy (MIPJ) (http://www.mipj.org) has announced that its Executive Editor, K.J. Wetherholt, will release The Illumination: A Novel of the Great War (2012) exclusively via Amazon Prime / Kindle until Memorial Day2012 to benefit the MIPJ’s war and veteran-related projects. Release will take place on February 24, 2012.
The MIPJ and its new publishing arm, MIPJ Publishing, acts as the nexus among media, information, and international and humanitarian affairs, focusing on international crisis, conflict, and disaster. The MIPJ has international distribution via its partnership with Ingram.
The Illumination: A Novel of the Great War focuses on war correspondents on the Western Front during and following the last days of WWI in 1918.
“My great-grandfather was a veteran of WWI, and since I can remember, I have regarded that time period with both reverence and fascination,” said Wetherholt. “It is one of those wars which has seemed to fade from memory, despite having been one of the most brutal wars ever fought, and the first truly modern war of the industrial age.
I wrote The Illumination in honor of those on the myriad fronts, focusing on both ‘total war’ and its personal impact on the men and women who lived through it. WWI was supposed to have been ‘the war to end all wars.’ The world from that point on would never be the same, and that was also true of those who fought in it.
“No matter what one has lived through, whether as a soldier or those who cover war on the front lines, he or she will always carry that experience, and is forced to deal with its aftermath,” Wetherholt continues. “The only thing one can do is to try to find a sense of peace any way he or she can. As Executive Editor of the MIPJ, it felt necessary to also mark the experience and aftermath of current wars in which the world is currently embroiled. If this book can help support such explorations, then I will feel as though some good has been done.”
Current MIPJ partners at launch include VII, MediaStorm, FotoEvidence, and Newsmotion, with Advisory Board members including Michael Ware (formerly of CNN, currently of Penance Films), Marcus Bleasdale(VII), Brian Storm (MediaStorm), and Christopher Mikkelsen and David Mikkelsen Troensegaard (Refugees United).
Special Editor of content for VII in the inaugural print / digital edition (June 1, 2012) is Gary Knight, VII Photographer, Founder, 2010 Nieman Fellow and Founder/Director of the Program for Narrative and Documentary Practice at Tufts University.
Amazon.com Kindle / Amazon Prime: The Illumination: A Novel of the Great War (Humanitas Media – 2012) (ISBN: 978-0-615-60591-3)