My publisher in Delhi, HarperCollins India, is publishing a rather moody and stylish cover for BUDDHALAND BROOKLYN. Rather cool, I think.
The other night a buddy and I went down to Washington D.C. to check out Minibar, the acclaimed restaurant by Chef Jose Andres. It blew me away. Had popcorn that made me roar smoke from my nostrils like a dragon and red ravioli filled with peanut butter. Plus 24 other stunningly inventive courses. In this article I wrote for Barron’s, you’ll get a taste of what it’s like, and why I think it’s a bargain at $500 a head.
Photo credit: Fleming Meeks
How extraordinary. Hassan, Big Abbas, and Madame Mallory are currently on tour of Israel and speaking fluent Hebrew. That’s thanks to Yediot Ahronot Books and my talented Tel Aviv publisher and editor, Hilit Hamou-Meir, who bought The Hundred Foot Journey. Thanks to their hard work an interview about the complicated cultural cross currents at the heart of the book recently ran in a major local newspaper.
“When Oda is sent to America to open a Buddhist temple in New York, Buddhaland Brooklyn, much like the lotus sutra which is the core of its philosophy, blossom out of muddy waters into a hilarious, thought-provoking clash of cultures where Oda is forced to confront the practice of his training in a world that in his eyes is barbaric and ill-suited to true believers. In the acknowledgements, Morais emphasises this is a work of fiction but ironically it wonderfully captures all of the beauty and difficulty of all spiritual paths where the middle way is found in walking the talk and talking the walk.”
That’s the conclusion of the New Zealand reviewer of spiritual books, Mike Alexander. Click here to read his full review of Buddhaland Brooklyn and other spiritual books Alexander covers in “Mind, Body, Spirit.”
Walter Mason and his friend, Stepahnie Dowrick, run the Universal Heart Book Club in Australia and discuss my book, Buddhaland Brooklyn, alongside The Hope. Separately, Walter Mason, author of the acclaimed travel memoir, Destinatin Saigon, has written a review of Buddhaland Brooklyn.
Very nice. Check out their sweet YouTube discussion.
The audio of The Hundred-Foot Journey, beautifully read by the classically-trainned actor, Neil Shah, is finally out. The recording is made by Blackstone Audio, the firm that also made the award-winning audio recording of Buddhaland Brooklyn that was read by actor-director, Feodor Chin.
All we need now is the movie.
But, either way, it looks like it’s time to start writing again.
LUXURY READING review of Buddhaland Brooklyn: “As a book reviewer, we all love the written word to the degree that some have and some wish to have, a book of their own, written by their own hand, someday. If I had a book I could call my own, it would be this one. Eloquent, unique, funny, tender, sad, and pristine in it’s delivery, Buddhaland Brooklyn challenges, motivates, placates, and seduces it’s readers in to reaching one conclusion. Live life fully. Simple. Understated. Perfection.” — Claudia Robinson