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10-16-14 : Alix Christie Hires 'Gutenberg's Apprentice'

Fifteenth Century Start-Ups

Peter Schoeffer thinks he's well on his way to having it all — in Paris, September, 1450. But his foster father, Johann Fust, calls him away from a cosmopolitan life as an up-and-coming scribe for the Church, bidding him to return to Maintz, Germany, and work on a project his father is funding with a man named Gutenberg.

| In 'Gutenberg's Apprentice,' Alix Christie turns history we might think we all know into a page-turning thriller about the development of a new technology that will change the world Peter lives in to the world we live in. This is of course the printing press, and Christie manages the neat trick crafting a novel in a historical setting full of grit and authentic period detail that nonetheless makes readers think about the present.

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"This was the world's first tech start-up." —Alix Christie

Alix Christie brings more than research to her first novel, 'Gutenberg's Apprentice.' She brings family history. Printing runs in her family, and she's moved hot metal type herself.
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