Extraordinary Adventures of Mullah Nasruddin named Lammy Finalist

Extraordinary Adventures of Mullah Nasruddin named Finalist in 27th annual Lambda Literary Awards

 

June 1, 2015 — The prestigious Lambda Literary Awards (the “Lammys”) has honored Extraordinary Adventures of Mullah Nasruddin, authored by Ron J. Suresha and published 2014 by Lethe Press, as a Finalist for Excellence in Bisexual Fiction.

LammyfinalistThe author wishes to thank his husband, Rocco, for his unending support.

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Extraordinary Adventures Named Lammy Finalist

Lambda Literary Awards give nod to Extraordinary Adventures of Mullah Nasruddin

March 4, 2015 — The prestigious Lambda Literary Awards has honored Extraordinary Adventures of Mullah Nasruddin, authored by Ron J. Suresha and published last year by Lethe Press, a Finalist for Best Bisexual Fiction.

LammyfinalistIn a Facebook post, author Ron J. Suresha wrote:

Praise Mullah! I’m quite thrilled to announce that my book of bawdy Turkish folklore, Extraordinary Adventures of Mullah Nasruddin was named a Finalist in the Bisexual Fiction category of this year’s Lambda Literary Foundation Awards. (The book was submitted in Bi Nonfiction but was switched over …)
I’d especially like to thank Steve Berman for his support of this long-running project for a book I doubt anyone else would have taken a chance on publishing.
As well, the Bear Bones Books novel Salvation, by Jeff Mann and the BBB anthology The Bears of Winter, edited by Jerry L. Wheeler, were named Finalists in the Gay Romance and Gay Erotica categories. I’m so very proud to have had a hand in the publication of these two excellent books.
Mazel tov also to my friends, colleagues, and associates who were also honored. See you in May!

Additionally, the author wishes to thank his husband, Rocco, for his unending support of this peculiar work.

When asked for a comment, Mullah Nasruddin said, “I owe this honor to my beloved little gray donkey, Karakacan, without which I would have just been considered another old wise fool.”

The book is the sequel to The Uncommon Sense of the Immortal Mullah Nasruddin, by the same author and publisher, which was given two national storytelling awards.

The awards will be announced June 1st in a gala ceremony in New York City.

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Listen and laugh: Mullah Nasruddin audiobook available

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Published on: August 22, 2014
NSR Nasruddin audiobook cover rev
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Listen and laugh!

Mullah Nasruddin audiobook available on Audible.com

narrated by Ted Brooks

The Uncommon Sense of the Immortal Mullah Nasruddin
Stories, jests, and donkey tales of the beloved Persian folk hero
by Ron J. Suresha

  *   An Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice Award Winner
*   A Storytelling World Honor Book

Noted voice talent Ted Brooks captures the wit, wisdom and uncommon sense of humor of Mullah Nasruddin, the beloved folk character known in his native Turkey as Nasreddin Hoca and by other names throughout the Middle and Far East, in this award-winning, unabridged collection of more than 365 authentic stories and jokes.

Once, when Nasruddin was acting up in school by distracting his classmates with endless antics, jests, and donkey tales, his irate teacher cursed the boy: “Whatever you do or say, wherever you go or stay, whether it’s night or day — people will only laugh at you.” Now, eight centuries later, children, adults, and wise fools everywhere are still telling and laughing at Mullah stories.

This entertaining and insightful retelling brings the famed Persian legend into the 21st Century. Storytellers, folklorists, Sufis, comedians, wisdom seekers, and everyone who loves to laugh will be enriched and enlightened by the timeless wit and wisdom of Mullah Nasruddin.

Check out the audiobook of Uncommon Sense on Audible.com

  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins 
  • Format: Unabridged
  • $19.95 or Free with Membership
  • Lethe Press / Audible.com

 

 

Extraordinary Adventures of Mullah Nasruddin

Forthcoming December 2014 from Lethe Press:

The long-awaited sequel to the award-winning book,

The Uncommon Sense of the Immortal Mullah Nasruddin:

 

Extraordinary Adventures of Mullah Nasruddin

Naughty, unexpurgated stories of the beloved folk hero from the Middle and Far East

by Ron J. Suresha

 

Nasruddin and his hairy ass
Nasruddin and his hairy ass — not final cover art

 

The following excerpts from the sequel have been previously published on this website with the “Naughty Nasreddin” category and tag. Click any story title to see the story.

If you’re old enough to understand the word “unexpurgated,” you’re old enough to read this book.

 

 

 

Release of revised edition, Immortal Mullah Nasruddin

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Published on: October 22, 2013

Lethe Press is pleased to announce, in October 2013, the revised edition of:

The Uncommon Sense of the Immortal Mullah Nasruddin

Front cover of The Immortal Mullah Nasruddin
Front cover of The Immortal Mullah Nasruddin

 

Features of the new edition:

  • Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice Award
  • Storytelling World Honor
  • New part titles
  • 7 stories replaced
  • Bibliography expanded and updated
  • New cover and text typefaces
  • Brief quotes of new reviews
  • Revised Foreword, Introduction, Glossary, and Acknowledgments.

Order the softcover or eBook now from Amazon.com.

Also available as an audiobook from Audible.com.

Immortal Mullah Nasruddin — Now on audiobook

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Published on: August 20, 2013
Immortal Mullah Nasruddin — Now on audiobook from Audible.com!
Immortal Mullah Nasruddin on Audible.com audiobook
Immortal Mullah Nasruddin on Audible.com audiobook

Listen to a sample and order the audiobook now.

The Uncommon Sense of the Immortal Mullah Nasruddin: Stories, Jests, and Donkey Tales of the Beloved Persian Folk Hero

The Uncommon Sense of the Immortal Mullah Nasruddin: Stories, Jests, and Donkey Tales of the Beloved Persian Folk Hero, the award-winning 2011 book from Lethe Press, is now available as an audiobook from Audible.

Narrated by professional voice talent Ted Brooks, this new unabridged recording of hundreds of Mullah stories and jokes will have you smiling in the wink of a donkey’s eye and keep you laughing for hours!

Order the audiobook from Audible.com now.

Anne Izard Award for Immortal Mullah Nasruddin, NM Spectrum

NM Spectrum notes Izard Award goes to Immortal Mullah Nasruddin

New Milford Spectrum, 6/14/13
New Milford Spectrum, 6/14/13

Notice of the Anne Izard Award for Immortal Mullah Nasruddin, New Milford (CT) Spectrum

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New Milford author to receive Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice Award

A collection of Turkish folktales by New Milford author Ron Suresha has been named a recipient of the 2013 Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice Award. The Uncommon Sense of the Immortal Mullah Nasruddin, published by Lethe Press in 2010, received last year the Storytelling World Honor Title award and is now designated to be honored with a second prestigious storytelling commendation.

According to the Awards co-chair Carol Birch, a ceremony of stories and storytelling, including a presentation by Suresha, will be held 10:00am Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at the White Plains Public Library, 100 Martine Ave., White Plains, New York. The morning program is open to the public with a local bookstore supplying books and an area for authors to sign their titles.

Every two years, an (Augusta) Baker’s Dozen (13) of titles are chosen for the ANNE IZARD STORYTELLERS’ CHOICE AWARD that was established in 1990 to honor Anne Izard, noted storyteller, librarian and consultant, who had died that same year. The award was established in her name by the Westchester County Library System (New York), where she served as the Children’s Services Consultant for many years. The award highlights distinguished titles in the field of storytelling published for children and adults, and promotes the riches of storytelling to even wider audiences. Books considered for the 11th award had to be original material, reprints, or new English translations published in North America between January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2012.

Selection Criteria:

While mindful of the established standards of excellence in literature, the primary intention of this award is to honor books that can be used with confidence as resources for storytellers.

Stories must be entirely successful without depending upon illustrations, graphic elements, or audio-visual media. Collections, as well as individual picture book versions of stories, will be considered. Folk tales should be distinguished by an outstanding style, which makes the particular version notable. Authenticity, scholarship, and documentation will be taken into consideration, but are not the sole criteria. Distinguished examples of original stories should preserve, promote and/or honor an oral tradition. Non-fiction narratives, including poetry and biography, will be considered. Books which deepen and enrich a storyteller’s understanding of the meaning and uses of story, as well as books pertaining to folk traditions, aesthetics, methods and study of storytelling are eligible.

Here is the complete list of this year’s Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice Award recipients:

  • Bateman, Teresa. The Leprechaun under the Bed. Illustrated by Paul Meisel. Holiday House, 2012.
  • Claflin, Willy. Rapunzel and the Seven Dwarfs: A Maynard Moose Tale. Illustrated by James Stimson. August House, 2011
  • Ellis, Elizabeth. From Plot to Narrative: A Step-By-Step Process of Story Creation and Enhancement. Parkhurst Brothers, Inc., 2012.
  • Ford, Lyn. Affrilachian Tales: Folktales from the African-American Appalachian Tradition. Parkhurst Brothers, Inc., 2012.
  • Gotschall, Jonathan. The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012.
  • Hamilton, Mary. Kentucky Folktales: Revealing Stories, Truths, and Outright Lies. University Press of Kentucky, 2012.
  • Lyon, George Ella. Which Side Are You On: The Story of a Song. Illustrated by Christopher Cardinale. Cinco Puntos Press, 2011.
  • MacDonald, Margaret Read. The Boy from the Dragon Palace. Illustrated by Sachiko Yoshikawa. Albert Whitman and Company, 2011.
  • Pinkney, Andrea Davis. Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America. Illustrated by Brian Pinkney. Hyperion Books an imprint of Disney/Jump at the Sun, 2012.
  • Pullman, Philip. Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm. Viking Adult, 2012
  • Strauss, Linda Leopold. The Elijah’s Door: A Passover Tale. Illustrated by Alexie Natchev. Holiday House, 2012.
  • Suresha, Ron J. The Uncommon Sense of the Immortal Mullah Nasruddin. Lethe Press, 2011.
  • Van Dusen, Chris. King Hugo’s Huge Ego. Candlewick, 2011.

Suresha, a native of Detroit, Mich., moved with his husband from New London, Conn., to New Milford in 2011, and is a licensed Justice of the Peace. An award-winning author or editor of a dozen books, Suresha is currently completing a sequel to his acclaimed collection of Turkish folk tales of the legendary Mid- and Far-Eastern hero and teacher, Mullah Nasruddin (also known as Nasreddin Hoca, Djuha, and by other names), forthcoming 2013 from Lethe Press, an indie publisher based in Maple Shade, N.J.

Order the book from Lethe Press

 

Second printing, Immortal Mullah Nasruddin

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Published on: August 14, 2012

Lethe Press is pleased to announce the release of the second printing, March 2012, of

The Uncommon Sense of the Immortal Mullah Nasruddin

Immortal Mullah Nasruddin, 2nd printing, front cover

 

Features of the second printing:

  • Storytelling World Honor
  • Part titles
  • Brief quotes of new reviews
  • Bibliography expanded and updated
  • New cover and text typefaces

 Order the book now from Queerbooks.com

Immortal Mullah Nasruddin receives “Storytelling World Honor”

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Published on: February 25, 2012

The Uncommon Sense of the Immortal Mullah Nasruddin

has been named

“A Storytelling World Honor Book”

STW official announcement

Lethe Press
118 Heritage Ave., Maple Shade, NJ 08052 USA
http://www.lethepressbooks.com
February 25, 2012

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The Uncommon Sense of the Immortal Mullah NasruddinLethe Press is pleased to announce that one of its books, The Uncommon Sense of the Immortal Mullah Nasruddin, by Ron J. Suresha, has been chosen as an Honor Book in the Storytelling Collections category of the 2012 Storytelling World Awards.

The folk humor collection detailing the exploits of the 800-year-old Turkish “wise fool,” published last year by indy publisher Lethe Press of Maple Shade, NJ, was chosen as “A Storytelling World Honor Book” in the annual national refereed competition for valued resources in the “Storytelling Collections — All ages” category.

The winners and honors for each year’s Awards are displayed on the back cover of the April/May issue of Storytelling World / Storytelling Magazine, or are showcased inside the issue by categories. The resource title, author (performer), and publisher are provided, along with a short byline describing the item. The book cover and information are also published permanently on the Storytelling World website, http://www.storytellingworld.com.

Here is the Storytelling World official announcement.

The author, Ron J. Suresha, and Lethe Press publisher, Steve Berman, wish to thank award administrator Dr Flora Joy and the Storytelling World award committee judges for recognizing the book for its contribution to the storytelling community as a special folkloric resource.

The official announcement about all of this year’s award titles is expected to be was made public in March. Lethe is expected to reprint the title this year to include mention of the new honor.

The book, with a preface by Connecticut Storytelling Center director Ann Shapiro, has already received critical acclaim from Midwest Book Review, which called it “A fine pick and very highly recommended”; an extensive analysis in the scholastic journal Storytelling, Self, Society, and a positive review from the popular Green Man Review.

The Uncommon Sense of the Immortal Mullah Nasruddin
Stories, jests, and donkey tales of the beloved Persian folk hero
by Ron J. Suresha
Lethe Press, January 2011    •    Paperback: 232 pp.    •    Includes glossary and bibliography
ISBN-10:  1-59021-175-8    •    ISBN-13:   978-1-59021-175-5    •    Softcover price: $18.00 USD
Categories: Humor / Folklore / World Literature / Middle Eastern Studies

 

Distributed by: ASP, Baker & Taylor, Ingram

 

Also available for Kindle, iBook, and all electronic-book formats @ Smashwords.com. For more information, and to order, go to

http://www.MullahNasruddin.com or  http://www.LethePressBooks.com

Editorial and Distribution Inquiries, Press Inquiries/Review copies:
Steve Berman, publisher: editor @ lethepressbooks.com

Naughty Nasruddin reading at DC LGBT Book Fair, Sat. Aug. 6th

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Published on: August 1, 2011

The Naughty Adventures of Mullah Nasruddin and His Hairy Ass

Time
Saturday, August 6 · 6:00pm – 6:30pm

Location
The DC Center for the LGBT Community

1318 U Street NW

Created By
This event is part of the OutWrite LGBT Book Fair: www.outwritedc.org

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Ron Suresha will tell authentic, bawdy, queer Turkish folktales and jokes, based on work from his most recent book from GLBTQ publisher Lethe Press, The Uncommon Sense of the Immortal Mullah Nasruddin: Stories, jests, and donkey tales of the beloved Persian folk hero, which Midwest Book Review acclaimed as “a fine pick and very highly recommended.” More at: www.MullahNasruddin.com.

Facebook Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=114942898597383

Please come visit Ron at the Lethe Press table at the Outwrite Book Fair, Saturday

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