A non-fiction piece, “Quarantine” by Paul Karrer (Western Samoa 197880) was in the San Francisco Chronicle Magazine on May 28th about a Korean high school girl who learns her best friend lives in a quarantined city. Every night she goes home to a city of lepers because her parents suffer from the disease.
On Friday, May 5, 2006, he had an editorial on the NPR affiliate KUSP in Santa Cruz, California entitled “No Insurgent Left Behind,” a spoof on No Child Left Behind and the Iraqi debacle.
Paul also has a contract for two non-fiction stories, “Manners” and “Handwriting” with an MP3/ iPod publishing company called KidSlam. Stories are taped and authors receive royalties per hit.
Craig Carrozzi (Colombia 197880) will travel to Iceland on June 6th to film a travelogue under the Southern Trails aegis. The Viking-settled “Land of Fire and Ice,” volcanoes and glaciers, hot pools and cold beers under the 24 hour summer light is a fit place for Southern Trails to branch out from creating books to creating a film. Jack Kerouac talked about “spontaneous bop prose,” Carrozzi talks about spontaneous hip commentary. “We don’t need no stinking scripts for our riffs,” says Craig. “That’s our plan.”
For anyone in the San Francisco Bay Area interested in a showing of the travelogue anytime after July, contact Southern Trails at (415) 422-0043 or e-mail: email@example.com.
Paul Theroux (Malawi 196365) has sold a novel Mother, and a travel book The Cold World, about the northern tip of the globe, to Houghton Mifflin. No dates yet on publications.
Joshua Norman (Togo 2000-02) was one of the reporters whose work for The Biloxi Sun Herald (Mississippi) won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service Journalism for their Katrina coverage.
Joshua says that in the days immediately after the storm surge when there was no water, food or electricity he found his Peace Corps experience had prepared him for the crisis.
There’s an important memoir coming out in June entitled The After-Death Room: Journey into Spiritual Activism written by Michael McColly (Senegal 188183). This memoir examines the AIDS epidemic from a global, spiritual, and physical perspective. It is being published by Soft Skull Press. Check out McColly.ecorp.net
Tony D’Souza has been all over the publishing world with his novel, Whiteman. A short list includes: Excerpts in Sept. 5, 2005 New Yorker; Winter 2006 Tin House; March 2006 Playboy; April 2006 Prospect Magazine (UK). The novel was listed [12/29/05] in the Wall Street Journal as “One of the Most Anticipated Novels of 2006.” He was cited in March 2006 in Vanity Fair’s Hot List. The book was a Nerve Magazine “Henry Miller Award for Best Sex Scene” nominee in March, 2006. It was reviewed [among other places] in Entertainment Weekly, March 31, 2006; New York Times Book Review, April 16, 2006; and a New York Times Book Review Editors Choice April 22, 2006.
People Magazine gave the novel a 4 Star Critic’s Choice on April 19, 2006; Outside Magazine reviewed it in May 2006. Other positive reviews were in the LA Times, and the Chicago Tribune. Tony has non-fiction pieces coming out in The New Yorker, WorldView magazine, and Salon; fiction in McSweeney’s, Subtropics, the Chicago Quarterly Review; and new poems in the Fiddlehead (Canada) and Nimrod.
Also, he is now reviewing books and films for Amazon. A busy lad.
Richard Wiley (Korea 196769) has stopped teaching at UNLV for a while at least in order to head up the Forum on Contemporary Cultures, as part of the new Black Mountain Institute, at that same university. The idea of The Forum is to bring writers of international reputation to campus to spend a semester or two talking and writing about political events. The writers will be invited in pairs, will be of unlike minds, and will take part in a series of colloquia and lectures, culminating in publication. The Forum will be launched in the fall of ’06.
Check out Katherine Jamieson’s (Guyana 199698) short essay at Creative Nonfiction’s Issue 21 (Summer 2006) of Brevity.
Katherine is an Iowa Arts Fellow in the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program. Her work has been published in Newsday, the Lonely Planet anthology Rites of Passage, and in Peace Corps Writers. She is currently working on a memoir about her time in Guyana, South America.
Charles Michener (Ethiopia 196264) is the collaborator of Joseph Volpe’s The Toughest Show on Earth: My Rise and Reign at the Metropolitan Opera recently published by Knopf. Charles Michener was senior editor for cultural affairs at Newsweek and senior editor at The New Yorker and has written widely on music for many publications. He collaborated with Robert Evans on The Kid Stays in the Picture and was coauthor with Peter Duchin of Ghost of a Chance.
George Packer (Togo 198283). author of The Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq, reports regularly on Iraq and had a piece, “The Lesson of Tal Afar” in the April 10, 2006 issue of The New Yorker.
John Flynn (Moldova 199395) has recent writings in The Paterson Review and Plumb Biscuit, and another due out in The Powhatan Review. A new short story by John entitled, “Cajolery” is currently on VerbSap.com.
Thaine H. Allison (Borneo 196264) appeared on the National Geographic Channel on April 24th. He wrote: “I play the 4 star General who works for the devil and we blow up the world as predicted in the bible. It was fun, especially since I don’t much about the bible, the devil or the military.”