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The Hundred-Foot Journey Club

Monday, January 20th, 2014


“A hundred-foot journey begins in that moment when you bravely drop what is familiar and cross over into a new realm that is far out of your comfort zone. It is a profound journey, however small in physical distance, that materially changes the course of your life for the better.”


That’s the intro to a new club I have created. The idea is simple.

Anyone who has made or dreams of making a hundred-foot journey can join. My goal is to build a community of like-minded people who understand that even the smallest events and initiatives can transform one’s life for the better. If you have a hundred-foot journey story you’d like to share, please write it up or make a short video and send it to me. Every month my team and I will pick the tale we find most moving, and, upon anointing our hundred-foot honoree, will send them a signed copy of The Hundred-Foot Journey book. I look forward to hearing from you.

To learn more or submit your story, visit my new website, The Hundred-Journey Club, and visit our regularly updated page on Facebook.






Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Today, my novel, Buddhaland Brooklyn, goes on sale. That follows Sunday’s New York Post review, naming my little book this summer’s “Required Reading.” It has also made the July-August cover of the presitgious American Poetry Review; the punch-above-its-weight literary magazine has excerpted Buddhaland Brooklyn’s entire Chapter Ten. The literary blog, Book Hog, says, “Mr. Morais’ brilliant depiction of his wonderful cast of characters is very true to life….you will love this wonderful story.”

I hope those who enjoyed my first novel, The Hundred-Foot Journey, will give me a second chance, and those that have never read my fiction, will give Buddhaland Brooklyn a test run. Reverend Oda promises to not to waste your valuable time.


First Lit Blogger Weighs in on BUDDHALAND BROOKLYN

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

“You will learn something new (although Mr. Morais explains that his novel is not a doctrinal explanation of Buddhism). You will laugh (Americans in all their crude, crazy glory, can provide great insight and sensitivity). But, most of all, you will love this wonderful story.” Book Hog review of BUDDHALAND BROOKLYN, June 30.

When the last page of a book is turned, there is usually another book patiently waiting to be opened at our elbow. Those of us who are professional scribblers feel that way about book criticism. The pages in newspapers devoted to book reviews have sadly been decimated, but in their stead have risen book-adoring lit bloggers, who have filled a critical hole in the all-important literary criticism business. They are, just like with the newspaper business of old, of varying quality – but all share, with their followers, a genuine love of reading. Bless them. They do the nation a great service, keeping the light of literature alive.

This is all a longwinded wind-up to the fact that on the nail-biting eve of BUDDHALAND BROOKLYN‘s July 17 availability, the first lit blogger in America has weighed in on my second novel. It’s Jacki, otherwise known as the Book Hog. Check her out. Please. For the good of America.


Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

First wave of readings for BUDDHALAND BROOKLYN are coming in. Here the roll out so far.

Thursday, July 19
7:00 PM
Talk, Reading, Q&A, Signing
1805 Walnut Street
Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Saturday, July 28
2:00 PM EST
Reading, Talk, Q&A, Signing
Milford Historical Society
608 Broad Street
Milford, PA 18337

August Date/Time TBA
Talk, Reading, Q&A, Signing
686 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Thursday, September 20
7:00 PM CT
Talk, Reading, Q&A, Signing
811 Elm Street
Winnetka, IL 60093

September Date/Time TBA
Market Square
680 N. Western Avenue
Lake Forest, IL 60045

Sunday, October 14
7:00 PM EST
Sunday Night Fiction
85 E. 4th Street
New York, NY 10010

Lunch TBA
Talk, Reading, Q&A, Signing
40 Locust Lane
Bronxville, NY 10708

Buddhaland Brooklyn Literary Endorsement

Friday, May 11th, 2012

“In exquisite prose, Buddhaland Brooklyn illuminates the hearts of wholly different cultures — an isolated Buddhist monastery; bustling New York – and also the universal truths of human life. Reverend Seido Oda’s journey from shut-down, haughty priest to compassionate religious leader is a profoundly moving one making for a complex, beautiful book that lingers in the imagination long after the last line is read.” — Robin Black, author of If I loved you, I would tell you this

Roberta Rubin, one of America’s finest booksellers, gets top prize

Thursday, March 29th, 2012
One of the finest booksellers in the country is Roberta Rubin and her Book Stall at Chestnut Court in Winnetka, Ill. It was Roberta’s sheer passion for THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY, way before everyone else in America, that helped put my little book on the map. It is she who got The Hundred-Fooot Journey on the prestigious IndieBound list.
          I owe her so much – as do many other writers across the nation. So imagine our delight when Publisher’s Weekly just named her and the Book Stall, PW’s Bookstore Of the Year.
           Way to go, Roberta!

New Trend: Restaurants and Book Stores Teaming Up

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Cape Cod Times/Christine Hochkep

In East Sandwich, a town in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Titcomb’s Bookshop and Momo’s Food Emporium are cleverly teaming up to start a “Food & Book” series. As the Cape Cod Times reports:

The first gathering is Jan. 25. Momo’s Food Emporium on Route 6A in East Sandwich will cook recipes from Richard Morais’ debut novel, “The Hundred-Foot Journey” (Scribner Book Company, $15). The book, rich in detail and well-researched anecdotes, is about a boy from India with lowly beginnings who ends up taking on some of France’s greatest chefs.

“We’re going to mimic the opening night meal described in the book,” says Neila Neary, owner of Momo’s.

The evening will feature passed hors d’oeuvres. Neary says attendees will have a chance to socialize, collect recipes and learn a bit about how spices are used in Indian cooking. Momo’s four chefs will also prepare Indian dishes to sell in the specialty shop’s takeout case.




Monday, January 2nd, 2012



Happy New Year folks. May we all enjoy a quality vintage in 2012. I think we’re all overdue for a good year.

As to my 2012 calendar, besides a move to New York, I have the joy of overseeing the birth of my second novel. On July 17, 2012, Scribner publishes BUDDHALAND BROOKLYN.

Here’s a taste of what to expect:

Featuring rich descriptions and a cast of eccentric characters, this is a contemporary fable about a Japanese Buddhist priest who ends up finding himself in the unlikeliest of places. Growing up in a quaint mountainside village in Japan, Seido Oda’s boyhood is spent fishing in clear mountainside streams and helping his parents run their small inn. At the age of eleven, Oda is sent to study with the monks at a nearby Buddhist temple. This peaceful, quiet refuge in the remote mountains of Japan is the only home the introverted monk has ever known until he approaches his fortieth birthday and is ordered by his superior to cross the ocean and open a temple in Brooklyn. 

Ripped from the isolated, serene life of his homeland temple, Oda encounters a shock to the system in New York—a motley crew of American Buddhists whose misguided practices lead to a host of hilarious cultural misunderstandings. It is only when Oda comes to appreciate the Americans, flaws and all, that he sees his own shortcomings and finally finds that sense of belonging he has always sought.

A lively and vivid novel, this entertaining and edifying meditation on the meaning of true acceptance stirs from the very first page.




Contributing Editor, Barron’s

Monday, September 12th, 2011

It’s official. On Sept. 26th, I start as a Contributing Editor at Barron’s, America’s premier financial magazine (owned by Dow Jones). I am once again working with my old buddy and one of the most talented and decent fellows in American journalism today: Barron’s president and editor, Ed Finn. An added bonus is the fact I will also be working with an old Forbes colleague, Fleming Meeks, and a new colleague, Phil Roosevelt, plus many other talented folk. Even my old fishing buddy, Jack Willoughby, is at Barron‘s.

Ed and the others asked me to come on board to help build-out Penta, Barron‘s personal affairs magazine. Penta, well-edited by Phil, is a fantastically fun and engaging publication that I can say, with all sincerity, I enjoy and want to be associated with. Highest quality, beautiful writing, terrifically fun subjects – and a franchise that I believe has huge upside potential. As the Buddhist monk, Reverend Oda, lead character in my upcoming novel Buddhaland Brooklyn, might say, “This is good omen.”

A Largehearted Boy

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Do you know the Largehearted Boy website? Terrifically smart and cool website that cross-promotes literature and music, and, in a 21st century way, reminds me of that BBC classic, Desert Island Discs, on Radio 4 in Britain. (Celebs are asked to come on to talk about what music or books they would have by their side if they were stranded on a desert island.) Largehearted Boy similarly just asked me to add my “book notes.” Check it out here. Was a lot of fun to think of The Hundred-Foot Journey in musical terms.

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