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Published on 5 July 2013 in News

Aki Sushi Says “Thank-You”

Aki Sushi would like to take this opportunity to tell all the Westchase Area Neighborhood News readers THANK YOU! Daniel, Bei Mei and their daughter Sophie really appreciate all the support they received over the past month! Westchase residents themselves; the Kohler family really enjoyed meeting so many of their neighbors and hopes to see all of you again very soon. Keep an eye out for their ad in this magazine for current monthly specials!

New Home of the Brave Anthology Has Bay-area Ties

Press 53 is proud to announce the publication of the anthology Home of the Brave: Somewhere in the Sand, edited by Tampa resident Jeffery Hess. This new edition is a follow-up to the award-winning Home of the Brave: Stories in Uniform, which earned a gold medal from the Military Writers Society of America, and featured stories by such notable writers as Kurt Vonnegut, James Salter, Tim O’Brien, and Tobias Wolff.

As editor Jeffery Hess states in his introduction, “Home of the Brave implies the American military. Somewhere in the Sand implies the desert conditions of both Iraq and Afghanistan, but also the mental state that the returning service members occupy periodically or perpetually once they return home.” These stories allow the reader to experience war and peace (if it can be found) after war.

Home of the Brave: Somewhere in the Sand, a title that came from a radio interview with editor Jeffery Hess on the Dennis Miller Show, features stories by twenty-two authors from around the United States, five of whom live and work in the Tampa Bay area, including professors from Eckerd College and South University, as well as two priorenlisted women, one of whom served as a mechanic, machine gunner, and recovery specialist in Iraq.

The cover image for Home of the Brave: Somewhere in the Sand was a photograph taken by Staff Sergeant Ruth Pagan, who serves with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, in Fort Carson, Colorado. The image, “Sunset over Kandahar,” was captured on Christmas Day during a mission to deliver duffle bags of goodies by Chinook helicopter to five different outlying forward operating bases.

A portion of this book’s proceeds will help fund the DD-214 Writer’s Workshop (established 2007), an independent workshop for military veterans that meets weekly in Carrollwood.

Press 53 books are distributed throughout the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Europe, and Australia by Ingram and their partners, and are available wherever fine books are sold, including www.Press53.com.

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