Archive - February 15, 2011

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Cynthia M. Phoel (Bulgaria 1994-96) comes to The Big Apple to read!
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The National Archives and Record Administration
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RPCV Writer Shelton Johnson (Liberia 1982-83)

Cynthia M. Phoel (Bulgaria 1994-96) comes to The Big Apple to read!

Cynthia Morrison Phoel (Bulgaria 1994-96) is the author of Cold Snap: Bulgaria Stories and she will be reading in New York City in March. If you can, see her on the 8th of March at 7:30 p.m. at the famous McNally Jackson Books store, 52 Prince Street. In May, on Sunday the 15th, at 7 p.m. Cindy will return to New York (this time the East Village) and appear at Sunday Salon 43 East 7th between 2nd and 3rd Avenue. The co-founder of this amazing showcase for writers is RPCV Nita Niveno (Cameroon 1988–90). Paul Theroux (Malawi 1963–65) writes of Cynthia’ s book: “I am greatly impressed with Cold Snap, a look at Bulgarian Life — family life, school life, frustration, even passion and desire. Cynthia Phoel writes from inside this culture, convincingly and with real insight.” And reviewer Dona Seaman (has in part) this to say: Phoel’s first collection of stories and . . .

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The National Archives and Record Administration

Please note:  This posting is more than 10 years old. Please visit the National Archives website for current information.   The National Archives and Record Administration (NARA) is the custodian of permanent public records. These are the public records generated by the public business of the United States but are no longer necessary to execute that business. The mission of NARA is to at once preserve original documents and also to make them available to the public. Only about one percent of all such documents are ultimately retained and archived. The ultimate decision to retain or destroy a public record belongs to the National Archivist. This designation is called “scheduling.” After a public record is scheduled, it may be stored in Federal Record Centers, managed by NARA. At the time dictated by the schedule, the record is either destroyed or permanently transferred to the vaults of the National Archives.  NARA . . .

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RPCV Writer Shelton Johnson (Liberia 1982-83)

YOU MIGHT HAVE SEEN Shelton Johnson prominently featured in the Ken Burns documentary film on our National Parks. What you might not have known is that Shelton Johnson served with the Peace Corps in Liberia in 1982–83, and that he is the author of Gloryland, a novel that is quietly gaining a lot of attention. Dick Joyce (Philippines 1962–64) who coordinates the RPCV group in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and is a former graduate school classmate of mine, brought it to my attention. The novel was published by Sierra Club Books in 2009 and we’ll be reviewing it shortly on our site. Shelton Johnson is from Detroit, Michigan and has worked for the National Park Service since 1987. Currently he is a ranger in Yosemite, and lives with his wife and son just outside the Park. He has presented his original living-history program about a buffalo soldier as venues around the country. Shelton is also a helluva writer. . . .

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