MY SPLENDID CONCUBINE by Lloyd Lofthouse wins honorable mention at 2008 London Literary Festival

Lloyd Lofthouse, author of the historical fiction novel, My Splendid Concubine, was awarded honorable mention in fiction at the 2008 London Literary Festival recently.

Lofthouse earned a BA in journalism after fighting in Vietnam as a U.S. Marine. Later, while working days as an English teacher at a high school in California, he earned an MFA in writing. He enjoyed a job as a maitre d’ in a multimillion-dollar nightclub and tried his hand successfully at counting cards in Las Vegas for a few years. He now lives near San Francisco with his wife, with a second home in Shanghai, China. Lloyd says that snapshots of his life appear like multicolored ribbons flowing through many of his poems. Lloyd's short story "A Night at the Well of Purity" was named a finalist for the 2007 Chicago Literary Awards.

My Splendid Concubine centers around Robert Hart who was known as the "godfather of China's modernism," inspector general of China's Customs Service, and the builder of China's railroads, postal and telegraph systems, and his first real love, Ayaou, a young concubine.

The London Literary Festival is run by JM Northern Media LLC and is focused on media and the the people who make it. Founded in 1999, they produce annual events and report on the people who are making things happen in the world of digital media and beyond. In addition to their stand-alone productions, they have co-sponsored educational events in conjunction with CMJ, 2NMC, MusicFest NW, Harvard Law and many other well-known institutions.
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