The Peace Corps writers in Washington, D.C. for the 50thAnniversary will have a Congressional Luncheon at the Library of Congress to dedicate the  new “Peace Corps Collection” at the library, then at 6 p.m.  on Thursday evening, September 22, most of them will be at black-rooster-pubthe Black Roster Pub (around the corner from the Peace Corps Office) to meet and talk with other RPCVs. The event is hosted by Peace Corps Worldwide.

Why don’t you stop by?

The Black Rooster Pub is known as the “Cheers” of D.C. It is located at 1919 L Street NW.

Among the writers who will be in DC for that weekend will be:

  • Geraldine Kennedy (Liberia 1962-64) editor and publisher of From the Center of the Earth: Stories Out of the Peace Corps, the first collection of Peace Corps fiction and non-fiction;
  • Paul Theroux (Malawi 1963-65), author of too many books to list, including My Other Life, about his Peace Corps years;
  • Marnie Mueller (Ecuador 1963-65) author of Green Fires Assault on Eden, A Novel of the Ecuadorian Rain-Forest;
  • Stanley Meiser (PC/HQ 1964-67) just published When The World Calls: The Inside Story of the Peace Corps and Its First Fifty Years. The only study of the agency since its inception.
  • Mary-Ann Tirone Smith (Cameroon 1965-67) who wrote Lament For A Silver-Eyed Woman, the first Peace Corps novel written by an RPCV;
  • Laurence Leamer(Nepal 1965-67) author of many books, including two on the Kennedys, and one on Willi Unsoeld, the legendary first Peace Corps Country Director in Nepal;
  • P.F. Kluge (Micronesia 1967-69) who wrote about his country-of-service in The Edge of Paradise: America in Micronesia, and the novel, Eddie and the Cruiser, later made into a movie, and an article for the Wall Street Journal that was turned into the film, Dog Day Afternoon.
  • Mike Tidwell (Zaire 1985-87) author of The Ponds of Kalambayi: An African Sojournthat Sarge Shriver told me was the best Peace Corps memoir he had ever read.
  • Tony D’Souza (Ivory Coast 2000-02, Madagascar 2002-03) whose first novel, Whiteman, received the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His second novel, The Konkans, was called a “best novel of the year” by the Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, and Poets & Writers Magazine. His new novel, out this fall, is entitled Mule and already was named one of the ‘hot’ books for the new season by Vanity Fair magazine.

There are more than 150 writers who will be in DC for this weekend.

So, stop by the bar and say hello, and maybe get one of the authors to autograph his or her book for you!