Archive - September 9, 2012

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Mark Brazaitis wins Gival Press Novel Award
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New Books by Peace Corps Writers — August 2012

Mark Brazaitis wins Gival Press Novel Award

Mark Brazaitis (Guatemala 1991–93) has won the 8th Annual Gival Press Novel Award for his novel Julia & Rod. Mark will receive $3,000 and his novel will be published in 2013 by Gival Press. Mark is the author of four books of fiction, including The Incurables: Stories, winner of the 2012 Richard Sullivan Prize, from the University of Notre Dame Press. Of his book, Thaddeus Rutkowski, final judge of the contest, and author of Haywire, Tetched and Roughhouse wrote: This expressive, touching and at times wrenching novel tells the stories of two young people living in Guatemala during that country’s civil war. Teenagers Julia García and Rodrigo Rax meet at a school pageant and find that they are drawn to each other. Julia, the daughter of an engineer, lives in one of the few two-story houses in town. Rodrigo, who comes from less privilege, is a soccer star. But what begins . . .

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New Books by Peace Corps Writers — August 2012

The Measure of a Dream: A Peace Corps Story by Lora Parisien Begin (Tunisia 1988-90) Peace Corps Writers $16.96 356 pages July 2012 • Seven Sonnets by Julie B. Dargis (Morocco 1984–87) Createspace $5.99 16 pages 2012 • God and Conflict: A Search for Peace in a Time of Crisis: A True Story by Philip M. Hellmich (Sierra Leone 1985–89) GodandConflict.com Spirit of Peace Press $15.00 (paperback); $7.99 (Kindle) 262 pages 2012 • Every Town Needs A Castle: Especially When Built of Recycled Junk and Spunk by Dwayne Hunn (India 1965–67) Xlibris $19.99 (paperback), $3.08 (Kindle) 319 pages 2010 • I Was a Peace Corps Volunteer: Lost and Found in Micronesia by Heather Kaschmitter (Micronesia 2002–04) CreateSpace $12.00 286 pages June 2012 • The Soft Exile by Eric Kiefer (Mongolia 2006–07) Gentleman Tree Publishing $11.99 (paperback), $5.99 (Kindle) 209 pages August 2012 • The South American Expeditions, 1540–1545 by Alvar . . .

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