Author - John Coyne

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NYTIMES Reviews Kristen Roupenion’s New Book (Kenya)
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Let’s honor the life of a great American who took an unconventional path by Michael Gerson
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Peace Corps HQ in Addis Ababa Remembers CD Harris Wofford, 1962-64 (Ethiopia)
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RPCV Kristen Roupenian (Kenya) book tour
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Chris Matthews (Swaziland 1968-70) Ends Hard Ball Tonight Remembering Harris Wofford
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Congressman John Garamendi Remembers Senator Wofford (Both Ethiopia)
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Harris Wofford, civil rights activist who helped Kennedy win the White House, dies at 92
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New Books by Peace Corps writers — October, November, December 2018
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HONORABLE EXIT By Thurston Clarke (Tunisia)
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RPCV Patricia McArdle: PCV, Diplomat, Novelist, Solar Cook (Paraguay)

NYTIMES Reviews Kristen Roupenion’s New Book (Kenya)

  Sunday’s January 27, 2019 NYTIMES Book Review has a glowing review of Kristen Roupenian (Kenya 2003-05) new collection of stories, You Know You Want This. The review, done by author Lauren Holmes, writes about “A collection of dark tales from the author of the story ‘Cat Person.’ Of the 12 stories in Kristen’s debut book are considered “exciting, smart, perceptive, weird and dark.” For example: one story is about an increasingly precarious sex game, another about an 11-year-old’s birthday party gone wrong. There’s a princess fairy tale (and yes!) a guy in the Peace Corps who’s tormented by his students. That story, entitled ‘The Night Runner’ begins with this sentence: “The Class Six girls were bad, and everyone knew it.” While Kristen is famous for “Cat Person” published in The New Yorker, that story in tone an approach is not unlike all the stories in this collection, which I have just . . .

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Let’s honor the life of a great American who took an unconventional path by Michael Gerson

Thanks for the ‘heads up’ from Neil Boyer (Ethiopia 1962-64) Let’s honor the life of a great American who took an unconventional path By Michael Gerson Columnist January 24 at 5:38 PM Many of the most interesting and consequential Americans of the 20th century found greatness in politics, military service and diplomacy. Only one took the path of the recently deceased Harris Wofford. After a precocious childhood that included extensive global travel and a stint in the Army Air Forces during World War II, Wofford went to India for several months to absorb teachings about non­violent social change from disciples of Mohandas K. Gandhi. He soon became one of the main conduits of that theory for the American civil rights movement and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Wofford found a place advising then-Sen. John F. Kennedy’s 1960 campaign. Nearing Election Day, the young activist urged Kennedy to call and comfort Coretta Scott . . .

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Peace Corps HQ in Addis Ababa Remembers CD Harris Wofford, 1962-64 (Ethiopia)

Thanks for the ‘heads up’ from Kim Mansaray (Sierra Leona 1983-85) current CD in Mongolia. Kim got the photo from Obie Shaw (Central Africa Republic 1990-93) current CD in Ethiopia.  Photograph of HIM Haile Selassie with first PC Ethiopia CD, Harris Wofford, at reception for G1 in 1962 This photo is on the wall of the wall of the Peace Corps Office in Addis Ababa  

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RPCV Kristen Roupenian (Kenya) book tour

  If you want to see and hear Kristen Roupenian (Kenya 2003-05), author of You Know You Want This: “Cat Person” and Other Stories, here are the remaining spots on her cross country Book Tour.   January 24th 7:30 pm Booksmith at the Bindery 1727 Haight St San Francisco January 25th 4:30 pm University Bookstore University Temple United Methodist Church The Sanctuary 1415 NE 43rd Street Seattle, WA February 25th 6:30 pm New York Public Library Mid-Manhattan Library 476 5th Ave New York, NY February 28th 7:00 pm Harvard Bookstore 1256 Mass Ave Cambridge, MA • You Know You Want This: “Cat Person” and Other Stories Kristen  Roupenian (Kenya 2003–05) Gallery/Scout Press January 2019 $24.99 (paperback), $12.99 (Kindle) You Know You Want This brilliantly explores the ways in which women are horrifying as much as it captures the horrors that are done to them.    

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Chris Matthews (Swaziland 1968-70) Ends Hard Ball Tonight Remembering Harris Wofford

During the Kennedy/Nixon campaign Martin Luther King was arrested in Georgia. King’s wife, Coretta, then pregnant with their third child, feared her husband would be killed in jail. Her fear turned to terror after he was yanked from his cell in the middle of the night and taken to a maximum-security prison in Reidsville, Georgia. By the time she reached Wofford, a friend since the 1955-1956 Montgomery bus boycott, she was hysterical. Wofford helped hatch a plan. “The idea came to me… . Why shouldn’t Kennedy just call Mrs. King? She was very anxious. Why can’t Kennedy call and say, ‘We’re working at it; we’re going to get him out. You have my sympathy.’ A personal, direct act.” With encouragement from Shriver, Kennedy placed the call during a campaign stop in Chicago. King was released the next day after Robert Kennedy, his brother’s campaign manager, made another call – this . . .

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Harris Wofford, civil rights activist who helped Kennedy win the White House, dies at 92

Harris Wofford, civil rights activist who helped Kennedy win the White House, dies at 93 By Elaine Woo January 22 at 1:42 AM Harris Wofford, a Democratic senator from Pennsylvania, university president and lifelong crusader for civil rights who made a crucial contribution to John F. Kennedy’s slender victory in the 1960 presidential contest, died Jan. 21 at a hospital in Washington. He was 92. The cause was complications from a fall, said his son, Daniel Wofford. The scion of a wealthy business family, Mr. Wofford attracted national media attention as a teenager during World War II. He helped launch the Student Federalists group, an organization that sought to unite the world’s democracies in a battle against fascism and to keep the postwar peace. Mr. Wofford became one of the first white students to graduate from the historically black Howard University Law School in Washington. He was an early supporter of . . .

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New Books by Peace Corps writers — October, November, December 2018

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 from your purchase that will help support the site and the annual Peace Corps Writers awards. We are now including a one-sentence description — provided by the author — for the books listed here in hopes of encouraging readers  1) to order the book and 2) to volunteer to review it. See a book you’d like to review for Peace Corps Worldwide? Send a note to Marian at peacecorpsworldwide@gmail.com, and we’ll send you a copy along with a few instructions. • Figuring in the Figure (poetry) Ben  Berman (Zimbabwe 1998–2000) Able Muse Press 2017 88 pages $18.95 (paperback), $9.99 (Kindle) The poems in Figuring in the Figure are laden with aphorisms, puns, and witticisms meditate on shapes, angles, thinking about thinking, marriage, and . . .

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HONORABLE EXIT By Thurston Clarke (Tunisia)

  “America’s years in Vietnam were full of shame, but the last days of the war saw a remarkable effort at redemption. Breaking rules set by their higher-ups, ordinary Americans—servicemen, diplomats, spies, private citizens—moved heaven and earth to get their Vietnamese friends and allies to safety. Thurston Clarke’s Honorable Exit brings this little-known story to light with the speed and power of a riveting thriller. It challenges us to remember a time when Americans refused to abandon desperate people in a far-off country. It’s a kind of Schindler’s List for America’s lost war.” —George Packer (Togo 1982-83), author of The Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq and The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America • In 1973 U.S. participation in the Vietnam War ended in a cease-fire and a withdrawal that included promises by President Nixon to assist the South in the event of invasion by the North. But in early 1975, when North Vietnamese . . .

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RPCV Patricia McArdle: PCV, Diplomat, Novelist, Solar Cook (Paraguay)

RPCVs are amazing people, and some are more amazing than others. Especially those who also write (sorry, I’m bias.) Thanks to Greg Engle (Ethiopia CD 2012-14) for the ‘heads up’ about Patricia McArdle an RPCV who has had an amazing life and is an amazing writer. I found Patricia’s email address (thanks to the NPCA 2016 Peace Corps Community Directory) and contacted her in California. Patricia wrote back to tell me about her long career in the foreign service and how she came to be first published. Patricia, right out of school, was a PCV health educator in Acahay, Paraguay (1972-74). She came home to join the U.S. Navy as an officer and went to Morocco from ’74 to ’77 where she was one of the first two female Naval Officers at a remote U.S. communications base. Next she attended the Thunderbird School of Global Management, receiving her MBA, and . . .

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