Festival for three thousand maidens 
Richard Wiley (K-3)


About author
Richard Wiley was born in Fresno, California, and grew up in Tacoma, Washington. He graduated from the University of Puget Sound and obtained a Master of Arts degree at Sophia University in Tokyo, later studying in the prestigious Iowa Writer's Workshop and receiving a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing-fiction from the University of Iowa. From 1967-69, he served in Korea as a Peace Corps volunteer. In the mid-1980s, he was the bilingual coordinator for the Tacoma Public Schools and later the executive director of the Association of International Schools of Africa in Nairobi, Kenya. He has also lived in Japan and Nigeria. He has been a creative writing professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas since 1989. His World War II novel, Soldiers in Hiding, resulted in his becoming the first novelist to receive the Pen/Faulkner Award for Best American Fiction (1987). In 1999, he was awarded the Maria Thomas Fiction Award for Ahmed's Revenge by the Peace Corps Writers. His new novel, Commodore Perry's Minstrel Show, is scheduled for publication in 2006. Wiley co-founded the Creative Writing MFA Program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, with Douglas Unger. He also co-founded the International Institute of Modern Letters, headquartered at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and is its director of publications. He serves on the Executive Board of the North American Network of Cities of Asylum, which provides refuge for persecuted writers.

From Library Journal
This is a coming-of-age novel set in the turbulent 1960s. Peace Corps volunteer Bobby Comstock is stationed in rural Korea to teach English at a middle school. Comstock's adjustment to Korean life, his loneliness, and his coming to terms with his own haphazard personality are presented with a faint overlay of philosophy in an attempt to broaden and deepen the context. While interest in Comstock and a few finely drawn minor characters carries the reader to the conclusion, Wiley promises more than he delivers, holding out hope that Bobby will reach a kind of enlightenment--and perhaps he does, but not with enough punch to satisfy this reader. By the author of Fools' Gold ( LJ 9/15/88) and winner of the 1987 PEN/Faulkner Award for Soldiers in Hiding .
- Linda L. Rome, Mentor, Ohio
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Penguin (1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 0452267633
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.3 x 7.9 inches
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