For Release September 2017
A distinguished musician and compelling American storyteller announces his debut book–
SAIGON KIDS: An American Military Brat Comes of Age in 1960’s Vietnam
On-sale in September 2017 at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Books & Books and other top retailers. Publishing in conjunction with the Fall ‘17 release of Ken Burn’s PBS Documentary, “The Vietnam War”.
Miami, September 22, 2017— A new American storyteller, revealing true experiences of growing up in Vietnam, announces his debut book, SAIGON KIDS: An American Military Brat Comes of Age in 1960’s Vietnam, coming out in September 2017. Saigon will be released in conjunction with Ken Burn’s PBS Documentary.
In his debut book, prominent musician and experienced traveller, Les Arbuckle, invites readers to delve into the true memories and tales of growing up as a military brat in 1960’s Vietnam. For him, this isn’t just about the destructive war and tumult surrounding political and social issues. It’s about the exploration and understanding of experiences that a foreign land, fraught with tension, brought to American coming-of-age youths. The war, and the events leading up to it, provide an unusual backdrop to the children of military parents. Nothing about living in Saigon, Vietnam is as expected, and none of them will ever be the same again. In SAIGON KIDS, we are allowed a rare look into a long unexplored experience in history.
In SAIGON KIDS, Les Arbuckle:
• Touches upon what his childhood and expectations were like before moving to Saigon, Vietnam;
• examines how vastly different his expectations of Saigon were from reality;
• recalls the lives of his family and friends as they struggled to lead a normal life in an absurdly abnormal situation;
• recounts his first-hand experiences of disturbing, infamous acts and events that shocked the world;
• provides new information and insight to a period in history that has yet to be fully revealed. About the Author Les Arbuckle is a prominent musician and new American storyteller. In the years between his birth in 1949 and his nineteenth birthday, Les lived in Texas, North Carolina, Florida, New Mexico, California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Hawaii and Vietnam as a dependent of the US Navy. His father, Bryant Joseph Arbuckle, was a Chief Journalist who managed the Armed Forces Radio Station in Saigon, Vietnam, from June, 1962 until June, 1964. After a stint with the 50th Army Band at Fort Monroe, Virginia Les attended the Berklee College of Music (BA) and New England Conservatory (MM). He is a professional saxophonist living near San Diego, California with his wife, Joyce Lucia. He has performed with a variety of musical acts including The Brian Setzer Orchestra, Lou Rawls, Bernadette Peters, The San Diego Symphony Summer Pops Orchestra and The Artie Shaw Orchestra. His recordings for the Audioquest label feature well-known jazz musicians Kenny Barron, Mike Stern, Cecil McBee, John Abercrombie and Victor Lewis. Published by Mango Publishing Group (Miami). For further details, please contact Mango at firstname.lastname@example.org or 305.428.2299.
WE ARE STILL SEEKING SUBMISSIONS FOR:
***HOME FRONT HEARTH: Recipes from Military Families around the World
This cookbook will be published in conjunction with the Museum’s exhibit, Host Nation Hospitality. Seeking recipes and stories to go with them, or food-related stories. Deadline: June 30, 2017. Recipes/Stories should be sent to: email@example.com
***WAR CHILD: Lessons Learned From Growing Up In War
Looking for first-hand stories from all perspectives—service members who were teenagers while deployed into combat, adults who, as children, grew up in a war zone, or children who experienced a parent or sibling serving in war. Submissions can be about the recent campaigns, Vietnam, the Korean War era or World War II—and conflicts in between. All pieces should be from a child’s perspective and, if applicable, include a reflection or lesson learned from the experience. We especially would like to include stories from children and young adults whose parents are currently serving. Deadline June 30, 2017
To submit a story, please e-mail Writer-in-Residence Paul Zolbrod at firstname.lastname@example.org.
***SHOUT! Sharing our Truth: An Anthology of Writings by LGBT Veterans and Family Members of the U.S. Military Services
Seeking first-hand experiences—good, bad, and in between—as an LGBT Veteran or family member, during and/or after military service. Our goal is to create a book that tells parts of your story that which will help others who live, or want to understand, the LGBT military family experience. Stories should reflect military experiences and/or family life.
Deadline June 30, 2017. Send submissions to: email@example.com .
The War Within, the Story of Josef
Author: Patricia Walkow
The War Within, the Story of Josef, is a creative nonfiction biography of Josef, a teenage Christian Polish slave laborer, forced to work in Nazi Germany during World War II. The setting is Nazi Germany, French Occupied Germany after the end of World War II, and New York City. The span of years for the story is 1943-1954. Josef was a real person, and experienced all of the events in the story.
At the outset of the story, Josef awakens after his left leg was amputated due to an accident in the factory where he worked in Southern Germany. A talented mechanic, even at his young age, Josef has a natural ability to understand, repair and fabricate machinery. Because of his usefulness, his life is spared, although slave laborers are normally considered expendable, and when injured, are summarily executed. German citizens are prohibited from helping slave laborers. Yet, Willie, a German ambulance driver only a few years older than Josef, saves Josef’s life by taking him to the hospital and allowing him to recuperate in his own home. Willie lives with his mother, Sonya, a loyal German.
Through the course of his recuperation, Josef fights his hatred of the Germans; Sonya roils with emotion as she comes to see the injured boy as a human being, rather than an enemy, and Willie questions his own motivations for helping the young Pole. Ella, a young German girl who is a cook and maid in a nearby house, befriends Josef. She struggles with her own mother’s decision to remove her from school, forcing her to work as a servant. Josef and Ella fall in love and keep their love a secret through the war. When the war ends, they remain in French-occupied Germany, marry, and start a family. As a mixed Polish-German couple they face the ire of the Germans, and, when their eldest son develops tuberculosis, they fear losing him. Through the years, Josef and Willie deepen their friendship, and Ella and Josef decide to emigrate to the US.
This story offers a window into the ways some Germans broke the rules to help their declared enemies. It offers the reader a view into the lives of ordinary people through the last two years of the World War II, Allied occupation, near-starvation, and the agonizing decision to leave Europe and settle in a new land.
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Patricia Walkow is an author whose work has appeared in three award-winning anthologies: Corrales Writing Group 2013 Anthology, Corrales Writing Group 2014 Anthology, and Currents, Corrales Writing Group 2015 Anthology. A new set of her short stories is scheduled for publication in a 2017 anthology, titled Passages. She was a columnist for The Glendale [California] News Press, and Bethlehem [Pennsylvania] Globe Times. She has published articles in Albuquerque, the Magazine, the Corrales Comment and Corrales MainStreet News. She was editor-in-chief of Corrales [New Mexico] MainStreet News for three years.
Ms. Walkow also co-authored Where People and Projects Meet, a project-management book offering tools and techniques for managing the people side of projects, published in 2010. Her newest work, a 110,000 word biographical novel, The War Within, the Story of Josef, was published on June 27th, 2016. It is the story of a teenager who grows to manhood in World War II Germany, where he was a slave laborer.
She was awarded third place for her short story, The Far Moist End of the Earth, in the 2016 William Faulkner Literary Competition. Several of her other short stories have won awards from the New Mexico Press Women organization.
A well-respected columnist, Terri is the writer and creator of the weekly Stars and Stripes column Spouse Calls, which first appeared in 2007. Now published in print editions worldwide and online, Spouse Calls serves as a voice for military spouses and families, through personal stories, incisive interviews, news analysis, and interaction with readers.
Terri has been a member of the Washington, DC, press corps and has contributed to several other books about military life. Her work has appeared in Air Force/Army/Navy Times, The Huffington Post, and Books Make a Difference, as well as newspapers, magazines, and base publications in many of her adopted hometowns around the world.
Terri’s expertise in military life comes from long experience. Her father was a Vietnam veteran and career military man. She married her Air Force husband, Mark, in 1985. They have three children, Will, Jessie, and Wesley, born in military hospitals in Texas, Guam, and Arizona, respectively.
Terri is a cum laude graduate of Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where she studied journalism. After living in eleven states, two foreign countries, and one U.S. territory, Terri is currently based in O Fallon, Illinois, which she estimates is her seventeenth new hometown as part of a military family.
About Spouse Calls: Messages From a Military Life, she says, “This book is the story of the people we know and the life we live in the neighborhood of our American military life.”
Friday the thirteenth,
lucky or not, I wonder,
climbing aboard my Pegasus,
thinking if others are aware
We’ve spent our year,
some a few months longer.
a year shaking shaping my world,
Tet — no need to say more;
A year when “slain civil rights leader”
enters the permanent vocabulary;
A year when a devil in the City of Angels
murders another heroic brother;
now remembered names emblazon
streets and schools and stadiums
they will never see.
A year when a tormented president whose
massive right hand once grasped mine
tells his divided nation,
“I shall not seek and I will not accept
The nomination…for another term….”
I return to nowhere, to nowhere, to no one,
better than somewhere, someone?
I belong only to me.
Friday the thirteenth,
keep the runway clear of craters,
free from random rockets’ havoc,
quietly, slowly push back,
navigate the labyrinth of concrete aisles,
wheeling to start position.
engines at max thrust, rpms climbing,
brakes released, we hurtle ahead,
five seconds, ten seconds, fifteen seconds.
“Hail Mary, full of grace….”
angling toward the blue blackness,
aloft in dank air of late summer.
In a minute, an unseen voice,
“Ladies and gentlemen,
We have left airspace
Of South Vietnam.”
A tsunami of cheers washes
Home, my man, back to the world.”
Guam, Hawaii, finally California.
“The land of round eyes.”
Friday the thirteenth — lucky day.
“Baruch ator Adonai, eloheinu, meluch ha’lom, hatou
Blessed are you Ha Shem, our God, King of the Iniverse,
The Good and Doer of Good”
If using musical terms, Moments of Time by Mark Fleisher ranges through several octaves and timbres, and up and down the scale to define his inspirations and poetic voice. His observations range from uncomplicated subjects to romantic love to thoughts both personal and universal about war and conflict. Along the continuum are poems reflecting his sense of humor, often frivolous and whimsical. Moments of Time contacts the senses and stokes the emotions, but also entertains, encourages laughter, and revives nostalgic memories. Writing in an approachable and accessible manner, Fleisher remembers his youth in the 1950s and 1960s of New York City, the horrific inhumanity of Vietnam and a major personal loss to finally find new life in an unfamiliar place across the continent.
If someone should like a signed copy of either book, they can reach Mark at 505-345-0962 and/or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Intersections: Poems from the Crossroads brings together the people, places, events and even occasional dream that informed Mark Fleisher’s second publication of poetry. Fleisher is at heart a narrative poet, leaning on his journalistic background to impart clear and powerful messages as he hammers home the futility, frustration, and hopelessness of war, especially the conflict in Vietnam where he served as an Air Force combat news reporter. Readers will also enjoy the lyrical, image-filled style in the tender and sometimes wistful poems dealing with family and relationships. And although the poems in Intersections deal mostly with serious subjects, Fleisher keeps us off guard by successfully intertwining a handful of humorous works in a pleasing wry and whimsical style.