Archive - July 2015

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A Writer Writes: Folwell Dunbar (Ecuador 1989-92) Fear and Loathing on the Inca Trail
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Hobgoblin by John Coyne (Ethiopia 1962-64) Republished by Dover Publications
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New Books by Peace Corps Writers — June 2015
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The Whole World is Watching
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Winner of Best Travel Book — 100 THINGS TO DO IN TAMPA BAY BEFORE YOU DIE by Kristen Hare
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NPCA Trip to Cuba–Now this is a good idea
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Winner of the 2015 Award for Best Children’s Book — A HITCH AT THE FAIRMONT by Jim Averbeck
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180 Submissions for Peace Corps Commemorative Design Competition. 3 Stage II Finalists
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Another "B" Student Makes in the Peace Corps–Barbara Hunt, 71, Gets her PhD

A Writer Writes: Folwell Dunbar (Ecuador 1989-92) Fear and Loathing on the Inca Trail

A Writer Writes • Fear and Loathing on the Inca Trail by Folwell Dunbar (Ecuador 1989-92) After all these years I still have flashbacks. When I see a child blindly strike a piñata or when I smell a rotten egg, the memory, lodged deep in my scarred bowels explodes to the surface. Like Marlon Brando in the heart of darkness, I recall, “The horror, the horror.” “¡Levántate Leonardito! ¡Vamos!” the campesino or farmer yelled from the base of the hill. “Get up little Leonardo! Let’s go!” Like grilled cheese, I was pressed between a lumpy straw mattress and a stack of cheap coarse blankets. I didn’t want to levántate; I was warm and reasonably content. I pretended not to hear. Moments later though, the campesino pounded on my front door causing chards of adobe to cascade down on my head. “Deme un ratito,” I pleaded. “Give me a second. I’ll . . .

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Hobgoblin by John Coyne (Ethiopia 1962-64) Republished by Dover Publications

My novel Hobgoblin (written in 1981) is being republished in November by Dover Publications. This is how is appears now on Amazon.com for pre-order. Ancient magic and contemporary horror combine in this tale of a lonely boy’s increasing immersion into a sword-and-sorcery fantasy game. Within the isolation of a medieval Irish manor house rebuilt on the banks of the Hudson, Scott Gardiner drifts deeper into the myth-laden world of Hobgoblin as the line between nightmare and reality erodes. This novel was first published in 1981 at the height of Dungeons & Dragons’ popularity & soon after the intense media coverage of the Egbert steam tunnel incident (urban myths wherein roleplaying gamers enacting live action role-playing games perish, often in the utility tunnels below their university campuses). Here are two reviews of the first edition from GoodRead. The book, by the way, received a 3.33 of 5 Stars from 39 reviews. . . .

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New Books by Peace Corps Writers — June 2015

To purchase any of these books from Amazon.com, click on the book cover, the bold book title, or the publishing format you would like — and Peace Corps Worldwide, an Amazon Associate, will receive a small remittance that will help support the site and the annual Peace Corps Writers awards. • To Banquet with the Ethiopians: A Memoir of Life Before the Alphabet (A verse memoir) by Philip Brady (Zaire 1980–82) Broadstone Books June 2015 168 pages $24.94 (hardcover); $18.50 (paperback) • The Unspoken: The Lost Novel by Christopher Conlon (Botswana 1988-90) CreateSpace January 2015 776 pages $25.95 (paperback) . • Wise Aging: Living with Joy, Resilience, & Spirit by Rabbi Rachel Cowan (Ecuador 1966–67) and and  Dr. Linda Thal Behrman House Publishing May 2015 $16.95 (paperback) . . • Mersin-10, Turkey: Six Years in Northern Cyprus (Memoir) by Eddie James Girdner (India 1968–70) CreateSpace June 2015 374 pages $19.95 . . .

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The Whole World is Watching

There are times in our nation’s history when the “whole world is watching“. When we are very fortunate, brave Americans step forward, such as in South Carolina last week, and demonstrate how great our country can be. The world is increasingly filled with terror and violence. We see people beheaded, burned, and bombed, targeted because they were of the wrong religion or race. That horror came to America on June 17th in historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, in Charleston, South Carolina. An assassin, wrapped if only symbolically in the flag of slavery and racial hatred, murdered nine African Americans as they worshiped. The relatives of the martyrs did not respond in turn with hate or anger or call for violent retaliation. Rather at the court proceeding, one by one they displayed the courage of their faith and with a peace exceeding all understanding they forgave the murderer.  Governor Haley . . .

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Winner of Best Travel Book — 100 THINGS TO DO IN TAMPA BAY BEFORE YOU DIE by Kristen Hare

The Peace Corps Writers Award for Best Travel Book was first presented in 2001. • And the winner for Best Travel Book published in 2014 is . . . . 100 Things to Do in Tampa Bay before You Die by Kristen Hare (Guyana 2000–02) Reviewer Leita Kaldi Davis (Senegal 1993–96) said about 100 Things . . .: 100 Things to Do in Tampa Bay is not your ordinary guide book, but describes the historic district of the cigar capital — Ybor City, Latin and European influences on cuisine, the awesome Salvador Dali Museum, the Ringling Museum with its circus model, professional football and soccer teams that date from the 1970s, and surrounding meccas of St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Sarasota. The book is divided into chapters on “Food and Drink,” “Music and Entertainment,” “Sports and Recreation,” Culture and History,” “Shopping and Fashion,” with suggested itineraries and seasonal activities. No tourist . . .

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NPCA Trip to Cuba–Now this is a good idea

Now this is a good idea..the only failing, I see, is that the group (it appears) will not be going to Finca Vigia, Museo Hemingway in Havana. This  Museo is supported by The Finca Vigia Foundation, named after Hemingway’s home (which means “lookout farm” in Spanish), has for years worked with Cuban authorities to preserve the estate, restore Hemingway’s fishing boat, the Pilar, and conserve the author’s documents. One of the key figure in this foundation–connecting it directly to RPCVs is Bob Vila (Panama 1969-70) who was a PCV architect as a Volunteer, and later hosted This Old House on PBS. His current website is: www.bobvila.com. The Finca Vigía Foundation, a small American non-profit working in Havana, has navigated the shoals of US/Cuban relations to create a bi-national project that has saved one of the most significant monuments of American literature. In doing so, the Foundation has built bridges between . . .

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Winner of the 2015 Award for Best Children’s Book — A HITCH AT THE FAIRMONT by Jim Averbeck

The Peace Corps Writers Award for Best Children’s Book was first presented in 2001. Each award is given the  year following its the publishing. This year we have something special — for the first time since Peace Corps Writers has been presenting book awards in 1990 we have a repeat winner. Just last year Jim Averbeck won the same award for his book The Market Bowl that was published in 2013. • The 2015 Award for Best Children’s Book goes to — A Hitch at the Fairmont by Jim Averbeck (Cameroon 1990–94) . In 1956 at the fabulous San Francisco Fairmont Hotel, 11-year-old Jack teams up with the famous movie director Alfred Hitchcock to uncover a plot involving drugged chocolates, mistaken identities, kidnapping, disguises, and close escapes. References to actual Hitchcock films and anecdotes abound throughout, in chapter headings, settings, and focused descriptions reminiscent of camera pan-ins. Congratulations again, Jim! . . .

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180 Submissions for Peace Corps Commemorative Design Competition. 3 Stage II Finalists

The Peace Corps Commemorative national design competition received 180 submissions on June 12, 2015. From June 13 until Friday June 26, the 12 members of our distinguished Stage I Jury reviewed, 180 design concepts. This first round of reviews yielded a short list of 40 submissions. The Jury then convened in Washington this past weekend to review the short list, deliberate and recommend Finalists and honorable mentions to the PCCF board. https://www.peacecorpsdesign.net/ The Stage I Jury has recommended three Stage II Finalists: * Jonathan Benner & John Bassett (BassettBenner) * Laurel McSherry, Nathan Heavers & Rebecca May (VPI) * Travis Price, Amir Ebadi & Kelly Davies Grace (Travis Price Architects) Recommended by the Jury for honorable mention are the following: * Benjamin Cadena (Studio Cadena) * Jane Weinzapfel & Yu-Liang Hsu (Leers Weinzapfel Associates) * Janet Bloomberg, Richard Loosle-Ortega, Matthew Dougherty, Jorge Concepcion & Andrew Baldwin (KUBE architecture) * William . . .

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Another "B" Student Makes in the Peace Corps–Barbara Hunt, 71, Gets her PhD

Working for the Peace Corps inspired Playa del Rey’s Barbara Hunt, 71, to get her doctorate (thanks to William Evensen for the ‘Heads Up’ on this story from Cal State L.A.) Playa del Rey resident Barbara Hunt, 71, received her doctorate in educational leadership from Cal State L.A. on June 12, 2015. Hunt’s doctoral degree gives her the academic equivalent of a trifecta at the school, where she previously earned her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and a master’s degree in health and safety. Currently a professor of environmental science and biology at Woodbury University in Burbank, Hunt said she hopes her latest academic achievement will inspire and motivate her twin grandsons and other young people. “This shows that you can always reach out for that brass ring no matter how old you are, no matter your emotional or physical circumstances, no matter where you find yourself in life,” Hunt . . .

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