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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

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JANUARY FEBRUARY 2015

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AFSA NEWS

THE OFFICIAL RECORD OF THE AMERICAN FOREIGN SERVICE ASSOCIATION

“IN THEIR OWN WRITE” IN PERSON

AFSA Hosts FS Authors Book Market

January 7

12-2 p.m.

AFSA Governing

Board Meeting

January 8

AFSA Book Notes

Outpost: Life on the Frontlines

of American Diplomacy

Amb. Christopher R. Hill

January 19

MLK Day

AFSA Oces Closed

February 2

Deadline for Nominations

AFSA Governing Board Election

February 4

12-2 p.m.

AFSA Governing

Board Meeting

February 6

Deadline for Applications

AFSAMerit and Community

Service Awards

February 16

Presidents’ Day

AFSA Oces Closed

February 28

Deadline for Nominations

AFSA Dissent Awards

March 1-5

AFSA Road Scholar Program

On Nov. 13, AFSA’s main

floor conference room

was transformed: Foreign

Service authors displayed

their books to sell, shoppers

meandered and mingled, and

new connections were made.

The first-ever AFSA Book

Market was a resounding

success.

Following the growing

popularity of the Novem-

ber

Journal’s

“In Their Own

Write” section, which features

descriptions of books written

by Foreign Service authors,

AFSA introduced this new

event and invited all of the

featured authors to sell their

books at AFSA. Seventeen

authors, some from as far

away as Texas and Georgia,

turned up to introduce them-

selves to readers.

The event saw a steady

streamof visitors from all of

the foreign a“airs agencies and

related organizations, as well

as a fewwho showed up via

word of mouth. Authors were

able to reach new audiences

and connect with old friends

and former colleagues.

The books covered a wide

range of topics, from in-depth

accounts of overseas experi-

ences to biographies of Civil

War heroes, from calorie-con-

scious cookbooks to cultural

analysis.“In Their OwnWrite”

books from authors who were

unable to attend the Book

Market were displayed, as well.

Robert Mearkle, author of

the novel

The Feller from For-

tune,

told the

Journal

he found

the Book Market “impressively

organized and well advertised.”

He added,“[It] showcased

some impressive and enter-

taining literary talent among

State’s ranks.”

GregWillis attended on

behalf of his father, Nicholas

Willis, nephew of the first

woman tomake the Foreign

Service a career and the

author of

Frances Elizabeth

Willis: Up the Foreign Service

Ladder to the Summit—Despite

Continued on p. 46

AFSA hosted

its first-ever

Book Market in

November, giving

Foreign Service

authors and

readers the chance

to sell, shop and

mingle.

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