Newsletter: January 2019

I’d like to start the New Year with some thoughts on the continued flow of immigrants to our southern border. I introduced Guatemalan filmmaker and immigrant storyteller, Luis, to you in my last message, “Luis Argueta: Telling the Stories of Guatemalan Immigrants, published in Revue Magazine. For more than ten years, Luis’s films have depicted the challenges facing immigrants, especially from Guatemala. I was pleased to orchestrate an effort to send letters of support for Luis’s nomination for the Harris Wofford Award for Global Citizenship as someone who was influenced by, and embodied, many values of the Peace Corps. Harris […]

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Newsletter: November 2018

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, and God knows many of us in the U.S. have a lot to be thankful for. We always gather our entire clan together to give thanks and to remember the growing number of people who don’t have the basics here in the U.S. and abroad. My personal favorite group to help the homeless here in Phoenix is the Andre House, so I participated in the “Give a Book Get a Smile” program by taking my latest article, which is part of the “Crossing Class: Invisible Wall” anthology down there, as well as 200 other books […]

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Book Review – Latin America: The Art Of Political Murder: Who Killed The Bishop?

The Art of Political Murder: Who Killed the Bishop? By Francisco Goldman Reviewed by Mark D. Walker “The Long Night of White Chickens” was my introduction to the author and I’ve been a fan ever since. His mother is a Catholic Guatemalan, his father Jewish American, and he was born in Boston, so he started off with a very interesting combination of influences. The book is a tense, almost surrealistic detective story which opens windows on the Latin American reality of State Sponsored assassinations, mara youth gangs and organized crime. The author’s insights come out of his coverage of the […]

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Book Review – Latin America: American Dirt

American Dirt By Jeanine Cummins Reviewed by Mark D. Walker As someone who has traveled through and around Mexico multiple times, I was attracted to this number one blockbuster for Hispanic Literature. Recently, I reviewed Paul Theroux’s, “On the Plain of Snakes: A Mexican Journey,” and that, plus the brutal murder of the defenseless Mormon family by the cartel in the northern state of Sonora made this a must read for me. The story begins in Acapulco, which was one of Mexico’s key resort centers, although over the years it has become increasingly violent. Lydia owns a bookstore there and […]

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Book Review – Latin America: The Adventures of Mr. Puttison Among the Maya

The Adventures of Mr. Puttison Among the Maya By Victor D. Montejo Reviewed by Mark D. Walker I read this book years ago in Spanish and decided to obtain the English version to review in order to introduce it to a broader audience. I have interacted with the author during my research for the production of a documentary on immigration, “Guatemala: Trouble in the Highlands.” He is a distinguished Anthropologist, author, poet and a native speaker of the Maya Popb’alti language. The principal character, an American traveler turns up in a remote Maya village in the Department of Huehuetenango in […]

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Newsletter: October 2018

The growing income inequality and decreasing social mobility in the U.S. and abroad is a growing concern and, as a fundraiser, I’ve been in touch with some of the wealthiest people in the world and some of the most isolated and at-risk groups. The two books I reviewed reflect this reality, starting with a New York Times best seller on charity and philanthropy, and the “Crossing Class” anthology. But first, I’d like to share my recent visit with award-winning, Guatemalan film Director, Luis Argueta, who hosted screenings of his three films in Tucson and Phoenix. He also visited some of […]

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Newsletter: September 2018

The memory of Senator John McCain strikes an important cord this week due to the politics as usual going on in Washington as of late. “I was an imperfect servant, but I was always a servant,” he said. He was willing to cross party lines for what he considered the better interests of his country. In the late 1990s when I was with Food for the Hungry, I arrived in the wee hours of the morning at Sky Harbor airport, and there was McCain, reading his newspaper alone, no staff, no body- guards, no Lear Jets. In 2012, I visited […]

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Newsletter: August 2018

International travel has been a passion of mine as a time of self-discovery and transformation, and many of my stories are part of my book “Different Latitudes,” which is why it’s now ranked number 66 for “Travel, Central America, Guatemala” on Amazon. The power of travel was also what I discussed with some of the readers at the Barnes and Noble “Authors Event” at Desert Ridge in Scottsdale on July 28th. Barnes and Noble carries my book now so I’ll turn up at other outlets down the line. Special articles and reviews: This is why I’ve written a special review […]

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Newsletter: July 2018

I have some news about a new article as well as some “Cross Border” issues. The article, “My Life in the Land of the Eternal Spring,” is about a chance encounter with my oldest daughter on a coffee plantation in Guatemala and how it impacted my choice of professions. The article has been published in this month’s Ragazine, an online, global publication: http://ragazine.cc/2018/07/mark-walker-creative-nonfiction/. Read the newsletter . . .  

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Newsletter: June 2018

Anthony Bourdain’s untimely death at the age of 61 shocked me and many of his fans, as he’d become an ambassador for the U.S. when we most needed one and used his platform to remind his audience how our lives are intertwined with those in the most remote parts of the world. No matter where he was in the world, his allegiances were clear; he gravitated to people who had been victimized by unjust political or economic systems. Read the newsletter . . .  

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