Posts Tagged ‘Buddhaland Brooklyn’

Palm Springs Film Festival Appearance

Saturday, November 15th, 2014


Love books and movies? Want to be in balmy Palm Springs in January? Then come join The Power of Words:  Book to Screen, a January 8th, 2015, event that is a new part of the superb Palm Springs International Film Festival. It’s an all day affair of literary panels and movies, discussing how books make it to screen. Among the talent speaking:  Author Mark Bowden and scriptwriter Ken Nolan, on their film Black Hawk Down; and writer Amy Jo Albany and producer Albert Berger on their film Low Down. I’ll be sharing a panel with the fantastic  Kaui Hart Hemmings, author of The Descendants and The Possibilities. A few of the films will be screened on January 7th, the night before the full day symposium.

Come join us. Should be fascinating.

Buddhaland Brooklyn Teaser

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

At the wonderful Strand Books last week. Here is a brief clip, reading a scene from Buddhaland Brooklyn.



Performance at The Strand

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Esteemed Jungian analyst Morgan Stebbins will interview me about BUDDHALAND BROOKLYN at Strand Books in New York.

The night’s theme: The psychology of religion.

The date: July 11th

The time: 7pm

The address: 828 Broadway

You’re all heartily invited to come join us.


British Review

Saturday, May 25th, 2013


Review of BUDDHALAND BROOKLYN published by the York Press in Britain: “This book has everything: humour, tragedy, conflict…a beautifully-written book to savour and enjoy…I will certainly read it more than once.” For the full review, click here.

Indian Cover of Buddhaland Brooklyn

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

My publisher in Delhi, HarperCollins India, is publishing a rather moody and stylish cover for BUDDHALAND BROOKLYN. Rather cool, I think.

German Cover

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

The German-language cover for Buddhaland Brooklyn by Pendo Verlag, my publisher in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

What New Yorkers Read on the Subway

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013
I marvel at the creative ways folk use digital technologies to create new services – which sometime become intensely valuable enterprises. Check out these hackers who do nothing but check out what folk are reading on NY subways
Buddhaland Brooklyn, Richard Morais (F, 20s, black leggings, purple nails, brown scarf, concerned expression, L train)

“Mind, Body, Spirit” from New Zealand

Thursday, December 20th, 2012


“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.”


Spiritual-Literary Discussion of Buddhaland, Brooklyn

Saturday, November 17th, 2012

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.


Hundred-Foot Journey Audio Out

Saturday, October 20th, 2012


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.

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