Literary Type 3/06

Tony D’Souza’s (Cote D’Ivoire 2000–02, Madagascar 2002–03) Whiteman has begun to receive positive reviews. In the Library Journal reviewer Evelyn Beck of Piedmont Technical College in Greenwood, South Carolina, writing about the main character says, “Jack’s adventures as an honored outsider are alternately amusing, sexy, moving, and, when war erupts, frightening.” She recommended the book for all public libraries.
     More good news on the novel comes everyday for Whiteman:

  • Entertainment Weekly is running a review and picture.
  • On the Amazon.com page for the novel, there are links for Tony’s recommendations — “10 African novels to Read” and “7 African Films to See.”
  • The April issue of Vanity Fair has mention of it.
  • Outside Magazine, a mention in May
  • Poets & Writers just selected the book as a Best First Fiction and will run a passage and an interview with Tony in their May issue.

Bill Barich (Nigeria 1964–66), a former New Yorker writer, who moved to Dublin years ago has a new book on horses and racing in Ireland. Barich, who is famous for his 1981 classic horse-racing book Laughing in the Hills, now turns to steeplechase racing with this book, A Fine Place to Daydream: Racehorses, Romance and the Irish that follows a steeplechase season from October to March, culminating in a weeklong series of races at Cheltenham, England. The book came out this month from Knopf.
     A Fine Place to Daydream was the lead featured book in the March 16th USA Today article “Some other tales of the Irish: Celebrate the Emerald Isle’s literary tradition with these books” by Deirdre Donahue.

Amy Mehringer (Cape Verde 1998–2000) has a short story, “In Apartment 1-A,” coming out in April in the Bellevue Literary Review. Amy is the Communications Manager at the prestigious Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University.

Jayant Kairam (Cape Verde 2004–06) who wrote one of the “A Writer Writes” essays in this issue on  his country of service has another article on Cape Verde in the Spring 2006 issue of Glimpse, the very fine cross-cultural magazine that provides a forum for sharing the experiences of young adults living and studying abroad.

Monique and the Mango Rains: Two Years with a Midwife in Mali written by Kris Holloway (Mali 1989–91) will be published next September by Waveland Press. This true story is about the life and death of a midwife as seen through the eyes of a Peace Corps Volunteer who worked with her in Mali. Carol Bellamy (Guatemala 1963–65 & Peace Corps Director 1993–95) in endorsing the book says, “It should be required reading for anyone considering the Peace Corps and for any student of anthropology, international studies, or women’s health. It is a tale of the potential of cross-cultural friendship and the power of intercultural exchange.”
     Holloway writes that a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to a new rural women’s health clinic “Cabinet de soins Monique,” begun in Mali to honor Monique and continue her work.
     We’ll let the Peace Corps community know when the book is in print.

Gene Stone (Niger 1974–76) author of the instant best-seller The Bush Survival Bible is writing a new one entitled, Duck! The Dick Cheney Survival Bible: 250 Ways to Find Cover from the Man Who Calls the Shots, Pulls the Strings, and Shoots the Lawyers. By the time you read this, I’m sure, the book will be written and published as it’s due out from Villard April 11th. Here are a few items from Duck’s Table of Contents:

  • 12 ways to tell if you’re Dick Cheny
  • 10 other famous dicks 
  • 9 people who hate Dick Cheney 
  • 6 terrible vice presidents 
  • 9 things about Halliburton you don’t know 
  • 8 people worse than Dick
  • 8 lies Dick hasn’t told yet
  • 5 countries where Cheney would be a successful leader
  • 9 steps if your significant other starts acting like Cheney
  • 5 ways to serve quail

Coming in June is a new book by Harriet S. Mosatche and Karen Unger (Liberia 1978–80) entitled Where Should I Sit at Lunch? The Ultimate 24/7 Guide for High School Survival: Everything teenagers need to know about surviving the four most dramatic and difficult years of their lives. Karen Unger is a freelance writer and editor, a writer at Poughkeepsie Day School and the co-author of Too Old for This, Too Young for That! Your Survival Guide for the Middle School Years, Free Spirit Publishing.

    In early March, Senator Chris Dodd (Dominican Republic 1965–67) was interviewed by Don Imus about the Senator’s new legislation, a bill called Combating Autism. In talking with Imus, Dodd remarked, “There’s this terrific book written by a woman from Hartford called Girls of Tender Age.” From there Dodd went on to describe Mary-Ann Tirone Smith’s (Cameroon 1965–67) memoir of her life with her autistic brother during a time when autism was not yet diagnosed. Dodd said the memoir was a great and eloquent story that revealed the staggering problems of a family with a developmentally disabled child. He also qualified all this by telling the I-Man that he wasn’t in the business of promoting books.

    Susan O’Neill (Venezuela 1973–74) has just published her second story on “Amazon Shorts” — Amazon’s attempt to make literature iPod friendly. Her new short-short story is entitled, “Walking Funerals and High-Heeled Pumps.” Readers can download the story for 49 cents. Susan’s first story “The Bingo Game” is also available on Amazon.

    Babu’s Song by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen (Tanzania 1989-91) was named a finalist for the 2006-2007 South Carolina Picture Book Award.
         Currently a resident of Washington State, Stephanie will join the faculty of the Whidbey Island Writers Association’s MFA program in August.
         Stephanie and her family will appear in Jean-Michel Cousteau’s April documentary for PBS, A Voyage to Kure, which was filmed while they lived on Midway Atoll.

    The New York Times Sunday Book Review of March 12th reviewed The Bora-Bora Dress by Carole Lexa Schaeffer (Micronesia 1967–69) with illustrations by Catherine Stock. Reviewer Emily Jenkins said the book gives the girl in the story, as well as its readers, a new appreciation of the beauty of the world.

    This April marks the tenth anniversary of National Poetry Month, and to help celebrate, Alfred A. Knopf is sending free — via email — poems by some of it’s illustrious poets to anyone who registers on it’s website.
         What began eight years ago as a modest project to send a poem a day during the month of April to a list of about a thousand friends and supporters, has grown to an active community of 25,000 subscribers.
         It’s fast and easy. Anyone can register and sign up as many people as they like. The poems are free and can be faxed, forwarded, printed, or posted.
         Included at the bottom of each email will be a direct link to the poetry site, which will also feature essays, author Q&As, and beautiful downloadable broadsides designed by Knopf’s talented team of inhouse artists. The wonderful world of poetry is only a click away.
          New this year, Knopf will also be pod-casting “iPoems for your iPod.” They’ll have writers reading some of their favorite poems, such as Toni Morrison, Joan Didion, Mark Haddon, and John Updike, in addition to poets who will be reading from their own work.