Ron reads “Nasruddin’s nail” from Extraordinary Adventures of Mullah Nasruddin

XNS coverSquareAuthor Ron Suresha reads the folk tale “Nasruddin’s nail” from his book, Extraordinary Adventures of Mullah Nasruddin

Storytelling World Magazine Honors Immortal Mullah Nasruddin

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Published on: July 5, 2013
Immortal Mullah Nasruddin wins honor in Storytelling World magazine
Immortal Mullah Nasruddin wins honor in Storytelling World magazine

Storytelling World Magazine Honors Immortal Mullah Nasruddin

In the April/May 2012 issue of Storytelling World magazine: the announcement of the Honor given to Immortal Mullah Nasruddin, and the front cover art at the top of the page!

Thanks to Ann Shapiro from the Connecticut Storytelling Center for sending a copy of the magazine!

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


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.

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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

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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
February 25, 2012


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,

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 @ For more information, and to order, go to or

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

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