Archive - November 28, 2012

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Review of Marilyn Wheeler's Lost and Found in Macedonia
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Eye On The Sixties: Rowland Scherman by Chris Szwedo
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Our Jason Boog (Guatemala 2000-02) Reports on Simon & Schuster Opens Self-Publishing Service
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RPCV Writer John Mundahl (Venezuela 1967-69)

Review of Marilyn Wheeler's Lost and Found in Macedonia

Lost and Found in Macedonia: A Journey to Unexpected Places By Marilyn Wheeler (Macedonia 2004-06) 187 pages Park Place Publications $15.95 August 2012 Reviewed by Barbara E. Joe, (Honduras 2000-03) Lost and Found in Macedonia is the only recent Peace Corps narrative I know of, beyond my own, describing the experiences of a “mature” volunteer.  Although older volunteers may not be starry-eyed idealists, they are still beckoned by the unknown, which provides both the thrills and frustrations of Peace Corps service. The adventure of joining is precisely not knowing quite what to expect, finding surprises at every turn, with no two experiences being alike.  Like volunteers of any age, author Marilyn Wheeler found strength in her own resourcefulness in confronting new challenges.  Since I often talk Peace Corps with over-50 audiences, I’m delighted to have another book to recommend. Many parallels emerge between myself and the author.  Inspired originally by . . .

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Eye On The Sixties: Rowland Scherman by Chris Szwedo

[A note from Chris Szwedo, the producer/director/man behind Eye On The Sixties] We Did It. Last evening with a little less than an hour to go we crossed over the funding goal that we set up on the grassroots system known as KICKSTARTER. To everyone who made a contribution small, medium, or large– here’s what you did. You have via your donation virtually insured that our documentary will get a significant play on public television affiliates beginning in the summer of 2013. We now have a respectable war chest in which to operate from as marketing costs come at us. About 16 months ago Rowland Scherman and I met for the first time and without knowing each other very well made an instinctive decision to make a film about his incredible experiences and his creative output. We have been to hell and back as all creative journeys are. We have travelled to . . .

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Our Jason Boog (Guatemala 2000-02) Reports on Simon & Schuster Opens Self-Publishing Service

Simon & Schuster has created  Archway Publishing to help writers self-publish fiction, nonfiction, business and children’s books. They will run the new service with help from Author Solutions, the self-publishing company. Archway Publishing will include “editorial, design, distribution and marketing services” for its authors, all these tools coming from Author Solutions. Fiction options range from $1,999 Author package to the  $14,999 Publicist package.  The business book optons start at $2,199 and go as high as $24,999. Here’s more from the release: the following services will be Archway Publishing exclusives: Concierge Service – Authors will have the option to work with a dedicated publishing guide who will coordinate each step of the book production process. Bookseller Catalog – Archway titles will be included in Edelweiss, the leading, industry-wide online catalog available to major retailers, wholesalers, libraries, bloggers and thousands of industry professionals. The Archway Speakers Bureau, powered by Speakerfile, helps authors connect to a world of . . .

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RPCV Writer John Mundahl (Venezuela 1967-69)

RPCV writers keep writing and keep finding our site. We just heard from John Mundahl a former PCV and now a Crisis Corps Volunteer in Romania. Here’s a short bio on John and his books, most of which are published by the small and wonderful Monkfish Publishing. John Mundahl is a retired ESL teacher.  He taught for 32 years kindergarten-university at various places in the United States and throughout the world.  He has been a yoga teacher and practitioner for 30 years and was a resident at the original Kripalu Yoga Ashram in Sumneytown, Pennsylvania during Swami Kripalu’s four-year stay from 1977-1981.  He is also an Ayurvedic Health Care Educator and the author of nine books.  He served in Venezuela (1967-69) and joined the Peace Corps again in 2012 as a Peace Corps Response volunteer assigned to the Ministry of Education in Bucharest, Romania.  He can be reached at:  johnmundahl@yahoo.com.” . . .

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