Archive - May 2017

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Books Nominated for 2016 Maria Thomas Fiction Award
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Books Nominated for 2016 Paul Cowan Non-Fiction Award
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Books Nominated For 2016 Award for Best Short Stories Collection
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Books Nominated for 2016 Award for Best Travel Book
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Books Nominated for 2016 Best Poetry Book
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Books Nominated for 2016 Special Award
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Peace Corps Writers Awards Nominations for 2016
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Fox News fires RPCV Bob Beckel (Philippines)
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Mike McCone takes on the U.S. Ambassador in Malawi
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Mike McCone, early Peace Corps CD, dies in California

Books Nominated for 2016 Maria Thomas Fiction Award

2016 Novels Nominated for The Maria Thomas Fiction Award The Girl in the Glyphs David C. Edmonds (Chile 1963-65) A Peace Corps Writers Book January 5, 2016 American Sahib Eddie James Girdner (India 1968–70) CreateSpace March 2016 Blood Upon The Snow  Martin R. Ganzglass (Somalia 1966–68) A Peace Corps Writers Book March, 2016 Judenstaat Simone Zelitch (Hungary 1991–93) Tor Books June 2016 Torment [historical fiction] Jack Britton Sullivan (Guatemala 1993–96) self-published September, 2o16 Bob Stevenson Richard Wiley (Korea 1967-69) Bellevue Literary Press September 2016 Road to the Sea Tim Schell (Central African Empire 1978–79) Serving House Books Two Pumps for the Body Man by B.A. East (Malawi 1996–98) New Pulp Press March 2016 KMEDJZIK: Charles & Louise, Book 2    by Woody Starkweather (Kazakhstan 2004–06) Birch Tree Books November 2016 If you have a novel published in 2016 by a PCV or Peace Corps Staff that you wish to nominate, email: jcoyneone@gmail.com   . . .

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Books Nominated for 2016 Paul Cowan Non-Fiction Award

2016 Books Nominated for The Paul Cowan Non-Fiction Award A Time for War: Veterans’ Stories from One American Town: Scituate, Massachusetts Ronald Wheatley (Nigeria 1963–65) Hellgate Press January 2016 African Witch: Modern Tale of Magical Harm Christopher West Davis CreateSpace January 2016 Visions of a Lost and Future World Jane Stillwater (South Africa 2007) CreateSpace May 2016 Hyena’s Tree Thomas J. Larson (Benin 1974–76) THEAQ LLC June 2016 Kingdoms in the Air: Dispatches from the Far Away by Bob Shacochis (Eastern Caribbean 1975-76) Grove Atlantic June 2016 The Embassy: A Story of War and Diplomacy Dante  Paradiso (Kenya 1993–95) Beaufort Books November 2016 Uprooting Terrorism Everywhere Charles Cox (Ecuador 1965-67; APCD/Peru, Brazil 1970-75) BookLocker.com December 2016 The Lynching: The Epic Courtroom Battle That Brought Down the Klan Laurence  Leamer (Nepal 1964–66) William Morrow June 2016 Grampa Joe: Portrait of a Quiet Hero Biography Troy D. Montes (El Salvador 2004–06), editor Patriot Media Incorporated May 2016 Letters from Susie: . . .

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Books Nominated For 2016 Award for Best Short Stories Collection

2016 Award for Best Short Stories Collection Making Love While Levitating Three Feet in the Air Jeff  Fearnside (Kazakhstan 2002–04) Stephen F. Austin University Press December 2016 Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet, Volume II Cliff Garstang (Korea 1976–77), editor and contributor; Mark Brazaitis (Guatemala 1990-93, staff 1995-96), contributor; Pamela Hartmann (South Korea, 1973–75), contributor Press 53 September 2016 Brevité: A Collection of Short Fiction Stephen Mustoe (Kenya 1983–84) Peace Corps Writers May 2016 In the Valley of Birds by Rebeka Fergusson-Lutz (Romania 2001-03) CreateSpace Publishing August 2016 Phobos & Deimos: Two Moons, Two Worlds by John Moehl (Camaroon 1974–80) Resource Publications August 2016 The Wetback and Other Stories Ron Arias (Peru 1963–65) Arte Publico Press September 2016 On the Wide African Plain: And Other Stories of Africa Rick Fordyce (Ghana 1978—80) Merrimack Media August 2016 Off To The Next Wherever by John Michael Flynn (Moldova 1993-95) Fomite Publisher April 2016 If you . . .

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Books Nominated for 2016 Award for Best Travel Book

 2016 Award for Best Travel Book Moon Colorado Camping: The Complete Guide to Tent and RV Camping Joshua  Berman (Nicaragua 1998–2000) Avalon Travel Publishing April 2016 Sailing between the Seas: The Panama Canal Leita  Kaldi Davis (Senegal 1993–96) CreateSpace March 2016 Tales of a Silver-Haired Volunteer: Going Far and Giving Back Carole  Howard (staff spouse: Ivory Coast, Togo, Senegal 1972–75) Gatekeeper Press May 2016 Tales of Family Travel: Bathrooms of the World by Kay Gillies Dixon (Colombia 1962–64) Peace Corps Writers October 2016 A Minor Odyssey Keekee Minor (India 1966–67; staff: CD/Marshall Islands 1991–92) Bar Nothing Books July 2016 If you have a travel book published in 2016 by a PCV or Peace Corps Staff that you wish to nominate, email: jcoyneone@gmail.com  

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Books Nominated for 2016 Best Poetry Book

2016 Award for Best Poetry Book Lips Open and Divine Matthew A. Hamilton (Armenia 2006–08; Philippines 2008–10) Winter Goose Publishing April 2016 Double Chai Quilt: Selected Poems 1980–2016 Steve Rapp (Benin 1986–88) Harvard Bookstore April 2016 If you have a book of poetry novel published in 2016 by a PCV or Peace Corps Staff that you wish to nominate, email: jcoyneone@gmail.com

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Books Nominated for 2016 Special Award

Inclusion: The Dream and the Reality in Special Education Jeanne D’Haem (Somalia 1968–70) Roman and Littlefield July 2016 Proverbial Laughter of the World: Afghanistan to Zimbabwe by Nicholas Hoesl ( Afghanistan 1965-67) LaughterDoc Publications September 2016 The President’s Butler (satire) by Laurence Leamer (Nepal 1964-66) Foggy Bottom Books September  2016 One Million Frogs: Lessons About Entrepreneurship Learned the Hard Way Rhett Power (Uzbekistan 2000–01) and Peter Gasca Mill City Press June 2016 White Moon in a Powder Blue Sky: A Primer in Healing from both Sides of the Veil in Memoir, Sonnets and Prose    Julie R. Dargis (Morocco 1984–87) Indie House Press July 2016 Visions of a Lost and Future World   Philosophy/Ethics Jane Stillwater (South Africa 2007) CreateSpace May 2016   If you have a special book published in 2016 by a PCV or Peace Corps Staff that you wish to nominate, email: jcoyneone@gmail.com  

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Peace Corps Writers Awards Nominations for 2016

Peace Corps Writers Book Awards Nominations are now being accepted by Peace Corps Writers for its awards for best books published during 2016 and written by PCVs, RPCVs, and Peace Corps staff. Do you have a favorite to nominate? Or did you write a book that you would like to have considered? Please recommend your candidates for the following categories: Paul Cowan Non-Fiction Award Maria Thomas Fiction Award The Moritz Thomsen Peace Corps Experience Award (for best memoir on the Peace Corps experience) Award for Best Poetry Book Award for Best Travel Writing Award for Best Children’s Book Award for Best Book of Photography Read MORE ABOUT OUR AWARDS. Send in your nominations by June 30, 2017 to: jcoyneone@gmail.com  

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Fox News fires RPCV Bob Beckel (Philippines)

Fox News this Friday announced that it had fired “The Five” co-host Bob Beckel (Philippines 1971-72) for a remark he made to an employee of color. “Bob Beckel was terminated today for making an insensitive remark to an African-American employee,” a network spokesperson said in a short statement. Douglas Wigdor and Jeanne Christensen, lawyers handling a growing racial discrimination lawsuit filed by current and former Fox employees, said in a joint statement that Beckel told one of their clients, a black IT worker, that he was leaving the office while the employee serviced his computer because the employee is black. When the IT worker filed a complaint, Beckel attempted to intimidate him to withdraw it, Wigdor and Christensen said. “As with our other 22 clients, we intend on holding 21st Century Fox accountable for these actions and will be filing multiple other complaints in other matters next week,” Wigdor and . . .

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Mike McCone takes on the U.S. Ambassador in Malawi

  WHEN MIKE MCCONE arrived in Malawi as the new Peace Corps Director in August of 1965 he met PCV Paul Theroux who was teaching in Blantyre at the teacher’s college, Mike told me when I interviewed him for an article I wrote about Theroux for the January 1998 issue of RPCV Writers & Readers.  Theroux asked for McCone’s permission to resume publishing the Volunteer newsletter, The Migraine, which the previous director had banned because the first issue had an editorial by Paul critical of U.S. policy on South Africa. McCone told Paul he could publish the newsletter. Theroux put together the next issue of The Migraine which was full of prose and poetry, facts and fiction, plus opinion pieces. In this issue, Paul had a two-paragraph editorial critical of U.S. policy in Vietnam. As a routine matter, McCone sent a copy to the U.S. Embassy in Blantyre. Two weeks later, when he was on . . .

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Mike McCone, early Peace Corps CD, dies in California

  Mike McCone, executive director of the California Historical Society during crucial years that were to determine its survival and later board chair at Heyday Books in Berkeley, died May 9 after a sudden onset of leukemia. McCone’s death was confirmed by his companion of 20 years, Charlene Harvey. Mike was 83 and had been living in an assisted living facility in San Francisco. Among the institutions for which he worked during his nonprofit management career, besides the historical society, were the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Grace Cathedral. Mike McCone was one of those famous Mad Men of the early Peace Corps days, but unlike the Washington types, Mike cut his teeth in the agency overseas. He worked on the staff as a deputy in Sierra Leone, and then director in Malawi, Malaysia, Sarawak and back in Washington. He was with the Peace Corps from 1961 to 1967. . . .

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