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...

The final design…

And one more change. The journey from inspiration to publication for this book has been long and winding. I’d count it at six years of researching and writing — and 27 years of thinking about my experiences as a young, naive kibbutz volunteer.The path to a final...