Archive - October 20, 2011

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Useful Web Sites for Writers
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Review — A VILLAGE SON REMEMBERS by Mark Lewis (The Gambia 1970-72)

Useful Web Sites for Writers

The recent issue of the Authors Guild Bulletin has some useful information for all writers. You might want to check out Book Country. It is a website created for writers of genre fiction. Writers can post their own work on the site–an opening chapter or a full manuscript–and get critical comments from other users. To discourse plagiarism, the copy-paste and print mechanisms on the site have been disabled. A project of Penguin Group USA, the company plans to generate income by letting users self-publish their books by paying for printed copies. The books will carry the stamp of Book County. Penguin hopes the site will attract agents, editors and publishers scouting for new talent. Other sites for writers include Ravelry, a site for knitters and crocheters that has more than 1.3 million registered users, Writers Cafe, Protagonize and Mibba. Molly Barton is in change of the site. Bloom said Book . . .

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Review — A VILLAGE SON REMEMBERS by Mark Lewis (The Gambia 1970-72)

A Village Son Remembers Mark R. Lewis (The Gambia 1970–72) Self published 104 pages 2010 Reviewed by David H. Day (Kenya 1965–66; India 1967–68) I HADN’T GIVEN IT MUCH THOUGHT AT FIRST, but the torn and singed pages of what appears to be a personal journal on the cover of this slim paperback provides a clue to just one of the traumatic incidents punctuating Mark Lewis’ Peace Corps assignment in The Gambia. This reviewer was  soon led through a series of incidents that, on one hand, for their sheer shock value, astounded, and prompted me to recall one of our great Peace Corps mantras in coping with the vagaries of life in exotic places: flexibility. And is Lewis ever flexible! His equanimity in the face of the unexpected is exemplary. Even before the group departs the States, there was a snafu and Lewis was visited during training by two FBI . . .

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