May 13th, 2013
A Culinary Journey has won Honorable Mention in the Home category of The Eric Hoffer Award for 2013. The listing is viewable here.
The Hoffer Award honors the memory of the great American philosopher Eric Hoffer. In addition to the grand prize, Hoffer honors are bestowed by press type and category, and also through the Montaigne Medal and the da Vinci Eye.
Here is the brief review from the U.S. Review of Books:
A Culinary Journey, Nancy Keeney Forster, Wind Shadow Press – Being the wife of an American Diplomat has many challenges. Add to that, living all around the world and being responsible for cooking and hosting countless dinner parties for foreign diplomats. This can be quite overwhelming for most of us. Nancy Keeney Forster shares her experiences as the wife of a Foreign Service officer. To complicate matters, when Nancy was thrust into her role as a newlywed, she had limited knowledge of cooking. She learned by necessity and began to compile favorite recipes from her time spent overseas. In addition to great recipes, this book has entertaining stories that will take you on a trip around the world, while you learn to cook. Some unusual recipes include, Curried Carrot and Beet Salad from the Philippines, Hawaiian Avocado Grapefruit Soup, and Spiced Lamb with Saffron and Almonds from Burma. If you are unable to travel as extensively as the author, this book will bring you the flavor of the food and cultures of many faraway lands.
December 3rd, 2012
On December 10th, the International Baccalaureate Organization is co-sponsoring an event with the Washington Post focused on leadership in international education. The event will be held at the Washington Post headquarters in DC and will bring together 200 movers and shakers in the educational field (including members of the State and Education Departments, foreign ambassadors, academics, CEOs, and journalists). The book, Journeys in Learning Across Frontiers, will be given to each and every one of them, as a display of the power of international education.
September 18th, 2012
On October 22nd, 2012, Nancy Forster will be in Southern California, discussing Encounters at a meeting in Newberry Park.
The following week, three of the four editors for Journeys in Learning Across Frontiers will be reading from their book at a meeting in San Jose, California, of educators from California IB schools.
September 1st, 2012
In April of 2011, four fellow teacher/mentors in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program decided to collect stories from IB students, alumni, teachers and administrators around the world. Nancy Forster, Sue Bastian, Anne-Marie Evans and Lisa Nicholson had worked with teachers and students from Africa to Asia to Europe to the Americas.
In July, 2012, their book, Journeys in Learning Across Frontiers: stories, strategies and inspiration from the IB community, was published by the IB organization. One reader has written, “I am convinced that the publication will be invaluable for both IB veterans—replenishment of commitment—as well as for newcomers who can gain so much valuable insight into the reasons for the IB.” (Ana Carlos, Middle Years Program Coordinator, JEB Stuart High School, Virginia, USA.)
For more information and to order Journeys in Learning please visit http://store.ibo.org/.
More information about the IB Program for children ages 5-19 may be found at www.ibo.org.
April 13th, 2011
The last weekend in April is reunion time at The Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. The Class of 1946 will be among those gathering and, as schoolmates gather to reminisce, Nancy will share her adventures by reading selections from her book.
January 24th, 2011
In February Nancy will be on a South China Sea cruise. She will present two lectures during that voyage: “Eyewitness Stories: Manila from American Colony to Independence (1898-1946)” en route to Manila and “Voyagers in the South China Sea 1521-1977 (Spaniards, Filipinos, Americans, Japanese)” en route to North Borneo.
November 6th, 2010
The following is a review posted on Amazon.com (November 4, 2010) of ENCOUNTERS: A Lifetime Crossing Cultural Frontiers (Kindle Edition) by retired school head, Anne-Marie Pierce.
I just clicked on the last page of Encounters: A Lifetime of Crossing Cultural Frontiers. My eyes are still teary from reading the tribute from the author’s son to both of his parents at his father’s memorial!
It was a delight to get to know three generations of such an interesting
family through those elegantly written pages. The seamless flow of the
narrative through Nancy Keeney Forster’s memories interwoven with her husband’s and others’ documents produced such a vivid tale that I felt transported with them in their peregrinations and adventures.
This book is clearly a “labor of love” in the literal sense of the word (Nancy wrote it after her husband’s Cliff accidental death), and a “tour de force” in its outcome, offering a personal account of important historical events and pertinent reflections on their current relevance. I also deeply appreciated the ubiquitous moral underpinnings. Encounters could be used equally effectively in a 20th century history class, a literature or a deontology course, but above all it is a delightful read!
November 2nd, 2010
On December 11, 2010 Nancy will be presenting her book Encounters at Book Passage, Marin County’s beloved independent bookstore in Corte Madera.
Time: 3:00 PM
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, California 94925
November 2nd, 2010
Nancy will be giving a reading of Encounters: a Lifetime Crossing Cultural Frontiers on November 15, 2010 from 7:00-8:30 PM as part of the Sausalito Library Speaker Series.
Location: City Hall-Council Chambers
420 Litho Street
Sausalito, California 94965
Map and directions here.
November 2nd, 2010
On October 25th and 26th Nancy met with two book clubs, one in Lafayette, East of Oakland, and another in her hometown of Tiburon.