|Literary Type May 2000
Want to publish your Peace Corps book cheaply? Heres a way.
The March/April, 2000 issue of Book, The Magazine for the Reading Life carried a piece on Paul Theroux (Malawi 196365) who lives most of the time on the island of Oahu in Hawaii where he is a beekeeper. He has more than two million of them. His eighty hives contain approximately thirty thousand bees each. Theroux started the business four years ago producing Oceanic Ranch Pure Hawaiian Honey. I got the idea from Sherlock Homes, Theroux told the magazine. When he retired from being a detective, Watson visits him in Sussex and says, What are you doing here? This is the fruit of my life, how I am going to spend the rest of my life, Homes says. Ive always had that in my mind, to be a bee keeper.
Following a family tradition, Jason Carter (South Africa 19982000) is writing a book with National Geographics support (they will also publish it) based on his recent Peace Corps experience in South Africa. Jasons great-grand mother, Lillian Carter (India 196769) wrote Away From Home: Letters to My Family, published by Simon & Schuster in 1977.
This summer at Fishtrap Rich Wandschneiders (Turkey 196971) writers retreat in Wallowa Lake, Oregon will featire Workshops from July 1013, and a Gathering from July 1416. The Workshops are limited to twelve participants each with admittance on a first come, first served basis (no jurying of manuscripts).
In case you missed in the March issue of our on-line newsletter, the Mid-Atlantic Creative Nonfiction Summer Writers Conference at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland this year will feature a special workshop for Peace Corps Writers.
The Washington Monthly filed for nonprofit status in April. Founded by Charlie Peters (PC/W Staff 196167), this 22,000-circulation political magazine has been the incubator for new ideas and new journalism. Two former editors Nicholas Lemann and James Fallows are attempting to re-establish the magazine as a nonprofit and search for funds to keep it going. Peters, now 73, who writes the Tilting at Windmills column for the monthly, and has published several books, has given them his blessing. For the Peace Corps, Peters was chief of the evaluation division in Shrivers Peace Corps.
Jeff Westbrook (Peru 197374) published his first novel, La Comida, in December 1998. What makes this novel unique is that Jeff published it on-line with Electron Press (www.electronpress.com). You can get a brief synopsis of the novel by going to the publication index section. Additionally, a 3,500 word excerpt from LA COMIDA is also available (free) at the web site. The novel itself costs $4 and can be downloaded into Palm Pilot format as well as onto the computer or floppy disk. Westbrook studied at the University of California at Irvine writing program and is also an accomplished artist. One of his painting was used as the cover art for La Comida, and several of his other paintings are featured in the February 1999 edition of Electron Press online magazine.
Hostelling International has on-going storytelling gatherings, each known as a Travelers Circle in several cities in the U.S. Tthey are a free, informal way for travelers and local community members to share stories of a larger world. Mark Laxer is working with Hostelling International and the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) to get more RPCVs involved in the storytelling gatherings. RPCVs are welcome to visit Travelers Circles websites for Washington DC (www.killyourtv.com/travelcircle), and Austin TX (members.tripod.com/tcaustin), and in San Francisco, send email to email@example.com.
Heres a short piece that I heard on NPRs All Things Considered. It is by Bill Miles (Niger 197779), who teaches political science at Northeastern University in Boston and has, as he says:
An African House Problem.
Ive packed my bags to settle a horse problem in Niger, and this time Im taking my ten year old son along.