Awards and Articles and Celebrations, Oh My!

While we were away The Undiscovered Island won a medal from the Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY) in Multicultural Fiction category!

Here is the official info:
We are pleased to announce that Darrell Kastin’s novel The
Undiscovered Island published in 2009 by the Center for Portuguese
Studies and Culture, in our Portuguese in the Americas Series, has won
the silver medal in the 2010 Independent Publisher Book Awards for
Multicultural Fiction.

Medals were presented at a gala ceremony in New York City on May 25.
The "IPPY" Awards, launched in 1996, are designed to bring increased
recognition to the deserving but often unsung titles published by
independent authors and publishers. Congratulations to our author. For
all the winners go to their website at

The Undiscovered Island, which was sponsored in part by the Government
of the Autonomous Region of the Azores (Carlos Cesar, President), is the
twelfth volume of the Portuguese in the Americas Series. The Series
documents the variety and complexity of the Portuguese-American
experience by publishing books in the social sciences, history and
literature. For more information visit:

Unfortunately, we couldn’t be at the ceremony because we were busy being driven mad recording a CD.

Also, there is someone from the Azores did a review of my dad’s book, a very long, lovely review that was published in one of the local papers on the island of Terceira. He is also hoping to publish it in the literary review Letras, which would be amazing because Letras is one of the main literary journals in Portugal. The hope is that someone there might see it and want to translate the book. We seem to have hit a snag on that point, though. A woman from the consulate who saw us perform was very excited about his book and wanted to give us the info of someone who might be able to start the translation process, but when she found out my dad isn’t affiliated with any universities she said there was nothing she could do for us. I really HOPE that isn’t the case. I really HOPE Portugal has more class than that. I guess we will see. There also may be a possibility that at some point my dad will do some readings on the Azores (how cool is that?) and some more in Massachusetts, specifically at the Casa da Saudade (the only public Portuguese library in the country and the place that my stepmom worked before my dad swept her away to the West coast).

There’s also an interview online with my dad in Portuguese. I know most people probably won’t be able to read it but I thought I’d post it anyway.

Congrats paisinho!!!

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