I was in Lithuania five times in 2019, where the translation was getting a lot of exposure and I found myself in the media, such as the cover of the weekly magazine below:
…and again in the local People Magazine (Žmonės):
I have been sitting on a Lithuanian advisory committee to the parliament, and here is a photo below of what that looks like. I travelled there in March of 2020 to sit on the committee again, and was stranded in Vilnius for six weeks after airlines stopped flying during COVID-19 lock-downs. But it was a pleasure to be there, even tutoring a pre-schooler in French before being flown home by a Canadian government charter scooping up strays in Eastern Europe.
While “stranded,” I used the time to start a new novel. See below.
In the sum of 2020, I have continued working on a manuscript called Skylark, Badger, Mole, now into its fifth year of development. Ah, the marathon of the long haul. We are in negotiations for film/TV rights to Provisionally Yours, so that might turn out. Italy and Ukraine are interested in translations of earlier books. And in the meanwhile, I am writing a new novel set in the bohemian circle of artists and writers in cafe society in the Khrushchev era. Its working title is The Seaside Café Metropolis.
I recently helped launch The Occidental Hotel, a novel by my friend, the late John Bentley Mays. For more on that, see the post in my blog.