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Darrell Kastin

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Darrell Kastin was born in Los Angeles, California. His maternal ancestors came from the Azores, settling in the United States at the end of World War II. He has spent considerable time on the islands over the years, using them as a setting for many of his short stories. His novel, The Undiscovered Island was published in 2009 by Tagus Press. It won the Silver Prize in the 2010 IPPY Awards. His short fiction has appeared in The Seattle Review, The Windsor Review, The Crescent Review, The Blue Mesa Review and elsewhere. he is a former used bookstore owner, and a former rare book scout. In 2007 Kastin released a CD of original songs titled Lullabies For Sinners--combination of folk and blues. 2011 he recorded a CD in Lisbon, Portugal, of Port ...more

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Darrell Kastin If I ever get stuck on something I move on to something else. It's never a problem for long.
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Shadowboxing With Bukowski

Shadowboxing With Bukowski is neither fiction nor memoir, but partly both; a blend of the two. The events take place in the mid-1980s, in San Pedro, California, L.A.'s harbor. I wrote the book hoping to capture the time and locale, the places and characters, in particular Charles Bukowski who was frequently around, and who was good enough to help us out when we needed it most.
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Darrell Kastin Hi Irene,

Have you checked out The Undiscovered Island yet?
It's received a nice review: http://www.easyreadernews.com/story.p...
You can read an excerpt at www.darrellkastin.com

If you care to check it out. Let me know what you think, if you do.



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