Literary Type — March 2000

    Mary-Ann Tirone Smith (Cameroon 1965–67), author of the best selling An American Killing, has just sold the sequel, Kill Her. Her first novel, the wonderfully funny, The Book of Phoebe, is soon to be reissued by Backinprint.com.

    Dan Buck (Peru 1967–69) has a new website that is a directory of some 400 daguerreotypists and photographers, both foreign and host country, who worked in Bolivia from the 1840s through the 1930s. The URL is: http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/dbuck.

    Grand Canyon Celebration by Michael Quinn Patton (Burkina Faso 1967–69) has been nominated for the 12th Annual Minnesota Book Awards. Winners will be announced on Friday, April 14th at the Minnesota History Center. The event will be broadcast live on St. Paul Cable Channel 35 and Metro Cable Channel 6.

    Tom Hazuka (Chile 1978–80) is the author of the upcoming novel In the City of the Disappeared, which is due to be published this coming June by Bridge Works publishers. The book is based on his Peace Corps experience and is his second novel. In 1998 Bridge Works also published, The Road to the Island, which they will publish in paperback also this June. Hazuka has co-edited two short story collections, Flash Fiction, published by W.W. Norton in 1992, and A Celestial Omnibus: Short Fiction on Faith, published by Beacon Press in 1997.

    William F.S. Miles (Niger 1977–79) who is a professor in the Department of Political Science of the Northeastern University in Boston had an essay, “Rodrigues: Where Jesus and Rambo Converge” published in the June, 1999, issue of Contemporary Review. Issue 77 of the quarterly. Transition published his essay “Jews in Paradise,” based on his 1999 Indian Ocean encounters in Mauritius and Rodrigues.

    Southern Trails Publishing is going back to print on September 1, 2000 with Festival of Conception by Craig Carrozzi (Colombia 1978–80). The nonfiction story takes place in Salvador da Bahia de Todos os Santos, Brazil, and revolves around three expatriate adventurers who are looking to stay and work in Bahia. This trade paperback features eight original surrealistic drawings by a Marin County, California artist.
    Because of his baseball book, City ‘Scapes, Craig has been invited to work a game as a “color man” on a local radio broadcast. The exhibition game will be held on March 16 in Phoenix, when the Oakland A’s meet the California Angels.

    Occasional columnist for The Washington Post, Kitty Thuermer (Mali 1977–79) had a charming piece in the Sunday, February 6th issue about her father who was interned during WWII in Berlin while working as an AP reporter. Angus Thuermer found an old tree branch and carved it into a baseball bat, and made a ball from cork and medical tape. Over 130 newsmen and diplomats played ball under Nazi eyes. The bat now is in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
         Other Thuermer wartime memorabilia are in collections in museums in Washington. The story he filed while watching Hitler’s troops march into Poland is archived at the national Newseum. His collection of wartime censorship marks in Berlin are with the U.S. Postal Museum. But Angus Thuermer left his gift for fine language, travel and adventure to his daughter, Kitty.

    Weighing in early with high praise for the yet-to-be-published novel Louise by Simone Zelitch (Hungary 1991–92) is Bob Shacochis (Eastern Caribbean 1875–76):

      Love and talent are what the world most wastes, what humanity seems destined to toss out again and again into heaping piles of sorrow, and love and talent are what Simone Zelitch writes about with all the sureness and authority and inventive power of an old master. Remember the genius with which Jane Smiley retold the story of King Lear and his daughters on a thousand acres of Iowa farmland? It is with the same such genius that Ms. Zelitch transforms the biblical story of the widow Naomi and her daughter-in-law Ruth. Louise left me stuttering with admiration and blind with awe.

    Across African Sand by Phil Deutschle (Nepal in 1977–80) is his account of a solo bicycle trek across 3000 miles of the Kalahari and Namib deserts in southern Africa.
         Phil is presently living in Red Mesa, Arizona in the Navajo Nation, where he teaches science at an all-Navajo high school. The majority of his students have no phone, no electricity, and no running water. He is currently at work on his third book, a lighthearted account of travels with his young daughter through the Peruvian Andes and the upper Amazon.