Page One: May 2008

    WE MISSED THE MARCH 2008 issue due to a medical problem I had. I’m fine now, and we are back with an issue that is full of new reviews and new books and new gossip about RPCVs who are winning awards and scholarships, and publishing with major publishers.
         But first, it times to think of what books by Peace Corps writers published in 2007 impressed you the most.

    Nominations are due for our awards
    Nominations are now being accepted by Peace Corps Writers for its awards for best books published during 2007 and written by PCVs, RPCVs, and Peace Corps staff. Do you have a favorite to nominate? Or did you write a book that you would like to have considered? Please recommend your candidates for the following categories:

    • Paul Cowan Non-Fiction Award
    • Maria Thomas Fiction Award
    • Award for Best Poetry Book
    • Award for Best Travel Writing
    • Award for Best Children’s Book
    • And for the best short piece that best describes the Peace Corps experience, the Moritz Thomsen Peace Corps Experience Award

    Send in your nominations to: jpcoyne@optonline.net

    Peace Corps Writers at Colorado RPCV Reunion
    Peace Corps Writers will hold two hours of panel discussions focusing on publishing your Peace Corps story, as well as writing fiction, non-fiction, and poetry on the opening day of the August 22–24 RPCV reunion in Ft. Collins, Colorado. For details on the conference, check out: beetstreet.org/peace-corps-register
         Peace Corps writers who have self-published their books will be able to sell them at the conference. The organizers (beetstreet.org) have arranged for a book store to handle the sales of the books. Those writers interested in selling their books should contact Elizabeth Hare [ehare@beetstreet.org] for details.

    In this Issue
    I had a very interesting talk with Jason Boog (Guatemala 2000–02) about his publishing blog and the future of writing on (and off) the Web. There are 5 reviews of new books, a list of 21 books that have recently been published, two wonderful essays that remember John Kennedy and the 60s, and a half a dozen items in Literary Types . . . all within these Internet pages. Take a look.

    John Coyne
    Editor