Vine Award

It’s a thrill (and a nice morning surprise) to learn that I am on the short-list for the ($10K!) Vine Award for Canadian Literature in the Non-Fiction category. Lots of interesting books on all the short-lists. It’s an honour just to be nominated. But...

Working Together podcast

I had the pleasure of talking about the history of the kibbutz and especially the lessons for contemporary communities to Stefan Morales for his new podcast, called “Working Together“. It was a great conversation with Stefan, who is passionate about...

Quill & Quire review

So yesterday I got my first review in Canada—and an influential one at that—a starred review in the book-industry trade magazine Quill & Quire. And to me great relief, reviewer Mark Sampson raved about Chasing Utopia. The full review isn’t online yet, so...

The taxman cometh

Here’s an interesting short news item about potential changes to Israel’s tax system aimed at privatized kibbutzes. In short, the proposal will restrict “collective” tax rates to those few kibbutzim who have maintained their communal...

Cover story

Speaking of blurbs, I also got a look at the (almost) final front and back cover design for the book — and it’s gorgeous. I was thrilled by the integration of my photo (overlooking the Hula Valley), the title and subtitle fonts, and the four wonderful blurbs...

Good Reads giveaway…

Anybody in Canada or the U.S. who wants to win an advanced copy of my book via GoodReads, should sign up below. Spread the word! Goodreads Book Giveaway Chasing Utopia by David Leach Giveaway ends June 30, 2016.See the giveaway details at Goodreads. Enter...