Archive - September 20, 2011

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Meet Your Favoriate Peace Corps Writer!
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New Survey Published on Peace Corps Service
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Peter Hessler Wins MacArthur Foundation 'Genius' Award
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Review of Tony D'Souza's Mule: A Novel of Moving Weight

Meet Your Favoriate Peace Corps Writer!

On Thursday, September 22, 6 p.m. The Peace Corps writers in Washington, D.C. for the 50th Anniversary will meet up at the Black Rooster Pub, 1919 L Street (around the corner from the Peace Corps Office). The meeting place has been arranged by Peace Corps Writers, so if you are in D.C. drop by anytime after six p.m. I’ll be there!

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New Survey Published on Peace Corps Service

In advance of the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps this Thursday, Civic Enterprises and the National Peace Corps Association released today A Call to Peace: Perspectives of Volunteers on the Peace Corps at 50 A new report based on the largest ever independent survey of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs). The survey found that 93% of RPCVs believe the Peace Corps has improved global perceptions of the U.S. The report can be obtained at: www.civicenterprises.net or http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org/2011/09/acalltopeace/

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Peter Hessler Wins MacArthur Foundation 'Genius' Award

It was announced today that Peter Hessler (China 1996-98)–who lives now in a small town in Colorado– is one of 22 recipients of the $500,000 ‘genius awards’  given by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. He is one of 12 men and 10 women selected this year. The MacArthur award, which has been bestowed on 850 people since the program began in 1981, comes to five annual payments of $100,000. According to Robert Gallucci, the president of the MacArthur Foundation, “Fellows are selected for their creativity, originality and potential to make important contributions in the future.” Peter was given the award for his writings about China, the subject of his first three books. His first book, the memoir River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze is about his Peace Corps tour. It is believed that Peter is the first RPCV to win this lucrative and prestigious award. Next month, Peter, his wife, who is also a writer, and . . .

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Review of Tony D'Souza's Mule: A Novel of Moving Weight

Mule: A Novel of Moving Weight by Tony D’Souza (Ivory Coast 2000—02; Madagascar 2002—03) Mariner Books September 2011 304 pages $14.95 Reviewed by Mark Brazaitis (Guatemala 1990-93) AFTER YOU READ Tony D’Souza’s Mule: A Novel of Moving Weight, you’ll never approach late-night driving the same way again. You’ll imagine you’re carrying thousands of dollars worth of marijuana in your backseat. You’ll check your speed every five minutes. Am I driving too fast? Too slow? You’ll look for cops everywhere. It’s a testament to D’Souza’s talent that one feels such a powerful connection to James, the novel’s drug-running protagonist, even if the closest one might have come to his lifestyle is smoking an occasional joint in college  — or laughing at a soon-to-be president’s claim that he didn’t inhale. James isn’t in the illegal drug business by choice. In a troubled economy, his work (as a freelance writer) simply dried up. . . .

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