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Ross MacKenzie - Author

About the Author

Ross MacKenzie is the author of fantasy adventure, Zac and the Dream Pirates, winner of a Scottish Children's Book Award in 2012. He lives in Renfrew, where he grew up, with his wife and baby daughter, but spends much of his time in another world.

A Q&A with Ross about his novel The Nowhere Emporium

Where did your inspiration for The Nowhere Emporium come from?

It’s a bit mysterious, actually! The Emporium sort of popped into my head fully formed. I could see this strange old shop so clearly in my head, the sparkling black brick and the faded sign. I knew the shop never stayed in one place for very long, and of course I had to find out why, so I wrote the story.

What is your favourite room in the Nowhere Emporium? 

Actually, my favourite place in the entire Emporium is the shop-front where Daniel first meets Mr Silver. It’s dim and dusty and mysterious, filled with so many treasures and curiosities. I could spend days looking around! 

What would you write in the Book of Wonders? 

I’d have a library with every story ever written waiting on the shelves for me. But it would be a library with a twist: I’d be able to meet the characters from my favourite books face to face!
Actually, on second thought, this might turn out to be dangerous – the bad guys would probably try to escape and take over the world!

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Author: Ross MacKenzie Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 11/10/2018

Are you brave? When the mysterious Amelia Pigeon turns up at Kirby's bedroom window in the dead of night, this is the question she asks him, right before they tumble into a world of ancient malevolent spirits. Kirby isn't feeling brave at all. His mother is in a coma, and he's hardly talking to his dad. He's convinced a spider is spying on him, and now a weird girl is dragging him into unknown danger

The Elsewhere Emporium

The Elsewhere Emporium

Author: Ross MacKenzie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/09/2018

The Nowhere Emporium has been stolen. The shop from nowhere has vanished without a trace. Will it ever reappear? As they search for the lost Emporium, Daniel and Ellie encounter magical bookshops, deserted islands, and an array of magicians (both dead and alive). Meanwhile a dangerous force is attacking the Emporium from the inside, waiting for a chance to break free. In this highly anticipated sequel to the award-winning The Nowhere Emporium, readers will once again be transported into a magical realm where imagination is power and anything is possible. Loyal fans will be astonished by the new wonders beyond the Emporium's doors as the gripping mystery unfolds.

Das Wunderreich von Nirgendwo

Das Wunderreich von Nirgendwo

Author: Ross MacKenzie Format: eBook Release Date: 08/09/2017

Das Wunderreich von Nirgendwo kann jederzeit in jeglicher Stadt auftauchen. Das Labyrinth seiner Raume enthalt unglaublich viele Sensationen. Doch am Eingang muss man einen Preis zahlen, ohne es zu wissen. Als Daniel auf seiner Flucht in das geheimnisvolle Geschaft in Glasgow hineinstolpert, offnet sich fur ihn die Tur zu einer Welt voll atemberaubender Magie und lauernder Gefahr.

Piraten der Nacht

Piraten der Nacht

Author: Ross MacKenzie Format: eBook Release Date: 21/03/2011

Eine Gestalt lost sich aus der Dunkelheit. Wo eigentlich ein Gesicht sein sollte, sitzt ein leuchtender Totenkopf. Langsam bewegt sie sich auf Zac zu. Und dann ... wacht Zac auf. Zum Gluck hat er nur schlecht getraumt! Doch die Albtraume haufen sich. Nicht nur bei Zac, sondern bei allen, fast wie eine Epidemie. Und sie verandern die Menschen, machen sie gewalttatig und krank. Seltsamerweise scheint Zacs Oma mehr daruber zu wissen. Und so folgt Zac ihr eines Nachts heimlich und landet in einer Welt jenseits seiner Vorstellungskraft. Eine Welt, wo Traume entstehen und Piraten der Nacht Finsteres im Sinn haben. Wo sich das Schicksal der Menschheit entscheiden wird ...

When Stars and Stripes Met Hammer and Sickle The Chautauqua Conferences on U.S-Soviet Relations, 1985-1989

When Stars and Stripes Met Hammer and Sickle The Chautauqua Conferences on U.S-Soviet Relations, 1985-1989

Author: Ross MacKenzie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/07/2006

When Stars and Stripes Met Hammer and Sickle tells the story of face-to-face citizen diplomacy that brought together Americans and Soviets during the closing years of the cold war. Looking specifically at five conferences held between 1985 and 1989, Ross Mackenzie recounts the experiences of artists, diplomats, government officials, and interested citizens who joined together for a unique mix of political debates, artistic performances, open discussions, and socialization. Sponsored by the Chautauqua Institution, a center for arts, education, religion, and recreation in western New York, these conferences offer a snapshot of the relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union just before the collapse of the Soviet government and federation in November 1989. The meetings also point to the promising future of people-to-people diplomacy. The book both reproduces verbatim some speeches and discussions, and offers Mackenzie's accounts of episodes that took place inside and outside of the conferences. Mackenzie suggests that these conferences, coming at the time of Mikhail Gorbachev's glasnost and perestroika, may have been both a measure of the reforms' success and a driving force in continuing their momentum. Highlighting the imaginative, wide-ranging approach employed by Chautauqua, Mackenzie recounts the scope of topics discussed at the conferences, from nuclear weapons, women's issues, and global health care to American intervention in Latin America and Soviet intervention in Afghanistan. He also identifies the cross section of people drawn to participate, ranging from average American and Soviet citizens to individuals of international renown, including U.S. policymakers Paul Wolfowitz and Paul Nitze, violinist Eugene Fodor, poets Andrei Voznesensky and Yevgeny Yevtushenko, female cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, musicians Grover Washington Jr. and Tommy Cecil, and politicians Mario Cuomo and Geraldine Ferraro.

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