Archive - January 16, 2017

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Patrick O’Leary (Sierra Leone) — KFAI radio interview 1/24
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From the Peace Corps Website
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Review: THE WETBACK AND OTHER STORIES by Ron Arias (Peru)

Patrick O’Leary (Sierra Leone) — KFAI radio interview 1/24

  On Tuesday, Jan 24th, 7pm to 8pm,CST,  KFAI (“Radio without Boundaries”), 90.3FM & 106.7FM from Minneapolis/St. Paul, will interview Patrick O’Leary (Sierra Leone 1966–68) on its show “Write On! Radio”about his Peace Corps memoir From Freeborn to Freetown & Back. KFAI can be heard on the TuneIn app. From Freeborn to Freetown & Back Patrick O’Leary (Sierra Leone 1966–68) Peace Corps Writers September 2016 146 pages $14.95 (paperback), $10.00 (Kindle)

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From the Peace Corps Website

  Come Teach in DC! DC Public Schools are looking for candidates for an RPCV-exclusive fellowship to teach Arabic, American Sign Language, French, Italian, Latin, Mandarin, and Spanish (teaching certificate not required). Register to learn more from our webinar and Q&A!    REGISTER    https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USPC/bulletins/17c8c59  

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Review: THE WETBACK AND OTHER STORIES by Ron Arias (Peru)

  The Wetback and Other Stories Ron Arias (Peru 1963–65) Arte Publico Press September 2016 160 pages $17.95 (paperback)   Reviewed by Kathleen Coskran (Ethiopia 1965-67) • In The Wetback and Other Stories, Ron Arias’ tales are both loving and strange, loving because the setting is most often in a close-knit neighborhood where wisdom is often carried by children and old people, and strange because he frequently slides effortlessly into magical realism. His gift is perhaps best embodied in the title story, “The Wetback.Æ The body of a young man is discovered by children in the dry riverbed of the Los Angeles River and becomes an object of awe, admiration, and love for the whole neighborhood.Young and old gather to look at him; they undress him, admire him, name him, and help an elderly spinster take him (the body) home, unleashing a series of events that, for this reader, are strange and . . .

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