Saturday, May 30, 2009

French Language Publisher (or English Translator?) Needed for Haitian Author

I have a friend in Haiti who has written several books and would like to find a publisher for his first.

In April 2000, he went into hiding alone in the mountains to avoid being killed. When he finally came out, he went into a state of nervous collapse and was hospitalized. This book is a collection of poetry and creative nonfiction detailing that period of his life.

I do not know who to put him in touch with, but it would be a loss if his writings were never published. He is a visionary and works in creative and effective ways with his rural community to make it a place where the young people can thrive, rather than moving to the city. He also works with street kids and prostitutes.

Does anyone have any advice or names of publishers or agents who might be interested in this sort of material? Can you forward this to someone who might?
Many thanks.


Saturday, May 23, 2009

Finding Creatures Giveaway

SO YOU WANT TO READ A GOOD BOOK of short, smart, lyrical stories, but you just don't know how to get ahold of one?

WEEP NO MORE! It's the C. June Wolf Finding Creatures Giveaway!

Yes, my friends, I am avoiding working today on the many projects I've got going by reading discussion list mailings and browsing websites recommended by participants in said fora. And I thought, what a good idea Rosemary Jones had. I'm going to do that, too. Sorry, I am trying to hyperlink her name but it ain't working. Here's the unlinked url:

Taking a post from Rosemary's blog, I will explain the hows here:

Post a comment here on why you want a copy. I'll randomly draw a name and mail a free, signed copy to that person.

Don't post names, addresses, or personal information. I'll contact you if you win for the mailing address. Just tell me why you want to go exploring the realm of Casey's Creatures.

(I entered Rosemary's draw, by the way. She writes YA fantasy and her upcoming book is City of the Dead. Follow the url to enter hers as well.)



psst! if you want the scoop on Finding Creatures and Other Stories, you can get it at the publisher's website:

Thursday, May 14, 2009

LibraryThing Featured Author--Se Mwen!

What fun! I went to my LibraryThing page to see why I was suddenly getting friend requests and my virtual collection was being added as an interesting library, and lo! I am one of the two featured authors today! What fun!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Asian Heritage Month: A Booklist

Happy Heritage Month to all Asians and Friends! I celebrate today with a list of Asian-related books I have enjoyed, gleaned from my Library Thing catalogue.

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Title Author Date Tags Rating Comments

Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life Thich Nhat Hanh 1992 activism, Asia, meditation, Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnam ***** My all time favourite; I owe this book a debt of gratitude.

The Long Road Turns to Joy: A Guide to Walking Meditation Thich Nhat Hanh 1996 activism, Asia, meditation, Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnam ***** I use these teachings every day. Wow.

The Bone Collector's Son Paul Yee 2005 Asia, bone collectors, China, Chinatown, ghosts, historical fiction, Vancouver, YA ***** Great YA: ghosts, culture, history, dad-son conflict, open graves--the lot!

Learning True Love: How I Learned & Practiced Social Change in Vietnam Sister Chan Khong 1993 activism, Asia, Buddhism, engaged Buddhism, Maxine Hong Kingston, mindfulness, mindfulness, peace, peace work, social change, Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnam, war ***** I fell in love with Sister Khong.

Interbeing: Commentaries on the Tiep Hien Precepts Thich Nhat Hanh 1987 activism, Asia, Buddhism, engaged Buddhism, interbeing, mindfulness, peace, social change, Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnam ***** Brilliant work by the nuns and monks who developed these excellent guidelines for engaged compassionate living. Many thanks.

Land : a novel Kyong-ni Pak 1996 Asia, change, fiction, folk, Japan, Korea, Korean history *****

Native Speaker Chang-rae Lee 1995 Asia, fiction, Korea, Korean American ****

Confessions of a Mask (New Directions Paperbook) Yukio Mishima 1958 Asia, Japan ****

Old Path White Clouds: Walking in the Footsteps of the Buddha Thich Nhat Hanh 1991 Asia, biography, Buddha, Buddhism, spirituality *****

Bodhisattva of compassion : the mystical tradition of Kuan Yin John Blofeld 1977 Asia, Bodhisattva, Buddhism, China, compassion, Kuan Yin, religion, Taoism *****

The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts Maxine Hong Kingston 1977 Asia, China, Chinatown, girls, women ****

Disappearing Moon Cafe Sky Lee 1991 Asia, China, Chinatown, Chinese Canadian historical fiction, women *****

My Masters Robe: Memories Of A Novice Monk Thich Nhat Hanh 2003 Asia, autobiography, Buddhism, child autobiography, mindfulness, monks, religious instruction, religious life, Vietnam ***** Wonderful insight into the life of a young monk.

A Joyful Path: Community, Transformation and Peace Thich Nhat Hanh 1995 Asia, Buddhism, community, engaged Buddhism, peace, spirituality, Thich Nhat Hanh *****

Thomas Merton and Thich Nhat Hanh: Engaged Spirituality in an Age of Globalization Robert H. King 2001 Asia, Buddhism, engaged, engaged Buddhism, spirituality, spirituality, Thich Nhat Hanh, THomas Merton, Vietnam

Curses of the Third Uncle Paul Yee 1986 Asia, Canada, China, Chinatown, supernatural, Vancouver, YA

The jade peony : a novel Wayson Choy 1995 Asia, Canada, China, Chinatown, Vancouver *****

Fan shen. = Fanshen : [a documentary of revolution in a Chinese village] William. [from old catalog] Hinton 1974 Asia, China, Communism, revolution ***

The Joy Luck Club Amy Tan 1989 Asia, China, Chinatown, Chinese American, women ***1/2

Sunflower Splendor: Three Thousand Years of Chinese Poetry (Midland Book) Wu-Chi Liu 1990 Asia, China, poetry *****

The I Ching or Book of Changes C.F. Baynes 1967 Asia, Book of Changes, China, fortune telling, I Ching *****