The American novelist CG FEWSTON has been a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy in Rome (Italy), and a Visiting Fellow at Hong Kong’s CityU. He has a B.A. in English, an M.Ed. in Higher Education Leadership (honors), an M.A. in Literature (honors), and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing & Fiction. He was born in Texas in 1979.
He’s the author of several short stories and novels. His works include A Father’s Son (2005), The New America: A Collection (2007), Vanity of Vanities (2011), A Time to Love in Tehran (2015), and forthcoming: Conquergood & the Center of the Intelligible Mystery of Being; Little Hometown, America: A Look Back; A Time to Forget in East Berlin; and, The Endless Endeavor of Excellence.
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Over the years, CG FEWSTON has had the pleasure and honor of listening to and meeting best-selling novelists, artists, scholars and poets, such as Walt McDonald (Poet Laureate of Texas in 2001), Tim O’Brien (author of The Things They Carried, 1990), Richard Adams Carey, Craig Childs, Richard Powell, Timothy H. Breen, Angela Schuler, Beverly McIver, Morris Vogel, Guy Hedreen, Abigail Deville, Allen Frame, T. Geronimo Johnson, Arnisa Zeqo, Brandon Clifford, Valzhyna Mort, Lauren & Zachary Ginsberg, Emmet Gowin, John Ochsendorf, Joseph Williams, Jess Peritz, Mitchel Dvoracek, Leslie Cozzi, Sy Montgomery, Robert J. Begiebing, Mark Sundeen, Chris Bohjalian, Matt Bondurant, Jacquelyn Mitchard, Jessica Anthony, Benjamin Nugent, Diane Les Becquets, Ann Garvin, Jo Knowles, Ravi Shankar, Richard Blanco, Wiley Cash, Justin Hill, Xu Xi, Madeleine Thien, Andre Dubus III, & Bob Shacochis.
CG FEWSTON is certified as a PADI Open Water Diver (OWD), and he’s been a member of Club Med, AWP, Americans for the Arts, and a professional member and advocate of the PEN American Center, advocating for the freedom of expression around the world. CG FEWSTON has emerged as a leader in literature with a seasoned voice of reason, fairness and truth while becoming your American novelist for the 21st century.
His novel, A TIME TO LOVE IN TEHRAN, won GOLD for Literary Classics’ 2015 best book in the category under “Special Interest” for “Gender Specific – Female Audience” and has been called a “cerebral, fast-paced thriller” by Kirkus Reviews, where it gained over 10,000 shares.
A TIME TO LOVE IN TEHRAN is in the spirit of The Foreign Correspondent (2006), The Spies of Warsaw (2008) and Mission to Paris (2012) by Alan Furst, The Woman Who Lost Her Soul (2013) by Bob Shacochis, and The Quiet American (1955) and Our Man in Havana (1959) by Graham Greene.
A TIME TO LOVE IN TEHRAN was also nominated for (& lost) the following 2016 book contests: the PEN/Faulkner Award, the John Gardner Fiction Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, the Young Lions Fiction Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the Hammett Prize, and the Pushcart Prize. Heartbreaking, lyrical and eloquent, this remarkable novel confirms CG FEWSTON’s place among America’s finest novelists.
CG FEWSTON has traveled the world visiting Lucca & Rome (Italy), Dubai, Mexico, the island of Guam, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Macau, Viet Nam, Cambodia, Singapore, Thailand, Taipei & Beitou in Taiwan, Bali in Indonesia, and in China: Guilin, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Sanya on Hainan Island, Zhuhai and Beijing. He has spent several years living in South Korea, Vietnam, and Hong Kong. He also enjoys studying and learning French, Vietnamese, Cantonese and Mandarin.
He’s jumped out of a perfectly good airplane over the vast plains of Texas, won a state championship in little league baseball with the Tigers, lost a state championship in youth soccer with the Eagles, bathed in waterfalls on Jeju Island in the Korea Strait, had foot massages while eating spiders and crickets in Siem Reap, eaten Peking duck in Beijing, eaten every item on Subway’s menu, driven like a pro the mad streets of Ho Chi Minh City, been “mudding” in a buggy car in the wilds of Guilin, won big at the dog races in Macau, kayaked the coast of Hainan Island, ridden a horse across the sand dunes of Mui Ne, donated his hair to Locks of Love (Certificate of Appreciation from Locks of Love), had a private viewing of the Vatican museums, read in six months all six volumes of Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time (1913-1927), read Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949) and all four volumes of The Masks of God (1959-1968), read all of the Holy Bible (1611), fasted with only water for 22 days & 22 nights, been scuba diving among sharks and shipwrecks in Guam and Bali and Thailand, and years ago in Hong Kong on Christmas Day he met his Chinese wife who is the love of his life, and at age 35 he retired from academia to stay home to write and to raise his beautiful son named Thor.
won GOLD for Literary Classics’ 2015 best book in the category under “Special Interest” for “Gender Specific – Female Audience”…
Finalist in the 2015 Chatelaine Awards for Romantic Fiction…
Finalist in the 2015 Mystery & Mayhem Novel Writing Contest…
Praise for A TIME TO LOVE IN TEHRAN:
CG FEWSTON “delivers an atmospheric and evocative thriller in which an American government secret agent must navigate fluid allegiances and murky principles in 1970s Tehran… A cerebral, fast-paced thriller.” — Kirkus Reviews
“A TIME TO LOVE IN TEHRAN is a thrilling adventure which takes place in pre-revolutionary Tehran. Author CG FEWSTON provides a unique glimpse into this important historical city and its rich culture during a pivotal time in its storied past. This book is so much more than a love story. Skillfully paired with a suspenseful tale of espionage, A TIME TO LOVE IN TEHRAN is a riveting study of humanity. Replete with turns & twists and a powerful finish, FEWSTON has intimately woven a tale which creates vivid pictures of the people and places in this extraordinary novel…
“Literary Classics is pleased to announce that the book, A TIME TO LOVE IN TEHRAN by CG FEWSTON, has been selected to receive the Literary Classics Seal of Approval. The CLC Seal of Approval is a designation reserved for those books which uphold the rigorous criteria set forth by the Literary Classics review committee, a team comprised of individuals with backgrounds in publishing, editing, writing, illustration and graphic design.” — LITERARY CLASSICS
“Tehran, 1974—a perilous place at a momentous time, and the cruel poetry of that rendezvous has found its angel in CG FEWSTON.” — Richard Adams Carey, Assistant Director of the MFA program at Southern New Hampshire University, is an American writer best known for Against the Tide: The Fate of the New England Fisherman (1999), a nonfiction chronicle of the 1995-96 fishing season in the lives of four Cape Cod commercial fishermen. Richard Adams Carey is also the author of In the Evil Day: Violence Comes to One Small Town (2015), The Philosopher Fish (2005), and Raven’s Children (1992).
“This novel gives us the excitement of Le Carré and Fleming, but its soul is found next to Márquez and Hemingway. You will be drawn in by the espionage and intrigue. You will stay because of the humanity.” — Darren R. Leo, author of The Trees Beneath Us (2015)
“CG FEWSTON is an exceptionally gifted writer. In A TIME TO LOVE IN TEHRAN, he takes the reader back in time to pre-revolutionary Iran where hundreds of political prisoners were routinely executed. In this spellbinding novel, CG FEWSTON expertly mixes romance, lies, deceit, corruption and suspense. This page-turning novel will stay with the reader long after the last page is read.” — Kimberly Ann El-Jamal, author of Scrapbooking
“Just as Leila’s eyes pulled a suspicious Lockwood into a party in her powerful father’s home, the reader is drawn into an exotic tale of intrigue and danger set in Iran during the waning days of the Shah’s rule. CG FEWSTON’s clear and compelling prose doesn’t let the reader go until the end of his spy’s thrilling journey.” — R.J. Mirabal, author of Zero Visibility Possible (2016), Extreme Dust Storms May Exist (2015), and The Tower of Il Serrohe (2012)
A TIME TO LOVE IN TEHRAN won GOLD for Literary Classics’ 2015 best book in the category under “Special Interest” for “Gender Specific – Female Audience”…
Finalist in the 2015 Chatelaine Awards for Romantic Fiction…
Finalist in the 2015 Mystery & Mayhem Novel Writing Contest…
While in Ho Chi Minh City (old Saigon) in Viet Nam, CG FEWSTON taught as a Visiting Assistant Professor at prestigious universities, such as the Viet Nam National University in connection with the Center for International Education (C.I.E.), the University of Technology, the University of Gloucestershire with the Academy of Finance, the University of Sunderland with the University of Technical Education, and the American University of Viet Nam. CG FEWSTON held a post as Visiting Fellow in the English Department at City University of Hong Kong from 2014 to 2015. According to international rankings in 2015 and then University President Way Kuo, “CityU rank[ed] 4th in the top 50 universities under 50 years of age, 11th in Asia, and [stood] roughly at the 100 world ranking mark.”
In 2017, CG FEWSTON was Visiting Scholar at the American Academy in Rome (in Italy), which was “founded in 1895 as the American School of Classical Studies in Rome (which merged into the Academy in 1913), the Academy’s scholarly division offers fellowships in all phases of Italy’s history and culture, from the ancient world to modern times.”
Born and raised in Texas, CG FEWSTON graduated from Brownwood High School and, later, from Howard Payne University with a B.A. in English & American Literature. After receiving his first Master’s degree in Education (M.Ed.) for Higher Education Leadership and Administration (honors) from JIU in Colorado, he received his M.A. in Literature (honors) from Stony Brook University in New York where his thesis “An Unnatural Demise” was nominated for the Deborah Hecht Award (2012). While a Seawolf, CG FEWSTON was a member of University Scholars and also the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS). He received his M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Fiction from Southern New Hampshire University, where he is proud to be a fellow Penmen.
While at Southern New Hampshire University, CG FEWSTON had the honor and privilege to work with wonderful and talented novelists, such as Richard Adams Carey (author of In the Evil Day, October 2015; and, The Philosopher Fish, 2006) and Jessica Anthony (author of Chopsticks, 2012; and, The Convalescent, 2010) as well as New York Times Best-Selling novelists Matt Bondurant (author of The Night Swimmer, 2012; and, The Wettest County in the World, 2009, made famous in the movie Lawless, 2012) and Wiley Cash (author of A Land More Kind Than Home, 2012; This Dark Road to Mercy, 2014; and, The Last Ballad, 2017).
Among many others, CG FEWSTON has contributed several short stories, photographs and essays (see links below) to HCE Review (“The Man Who Looked”), Adelaide Literary Magazine – from New York & Portugal (“A Day in the Life of a Guitarist”), The Penmen Review (“The Old Man in Beijing: A Christmas Carol” & “Y2K Meditations”), Expat Living magazine (“A Night to Remember”), Sediments Literary-Arts Journal, Bohemia, Ginosko Literary Journal, GNU Journal (“Hills Like Giant Elephants”), Polychrome Ink Literary Magazine, Contemporary Literary Review India (“The Girl on the River Kwai”), Tendril Literary Magazine, Foliate Oak Magazine, Prachya Review (“The One Who Had It All”), Driftwood Press (“The Boy of Eight Summers”), The Missing Slate Art & Literary Journal (Story of the Week, “Darwin Mother”), Gravel Literary Journal, Edify Fiction, Shandy Pockets, Anak Sastra, Crab Fat Literary Magazine, Dirty Chai, Nature Writing, The Writer’s Drawer, Moonlit Road, Travelmag: The Independent Spirit, and Go Nomad. For a number of years, he was also a contributor to Viet Nam’s national premier English newspaper, Tuoi Tre. In 2009, he had a Highly Commended short story “Lazarus, Come Forth!” in the Tom Howard Short Story, Essay, and Prose Contest.
His published works include: A Father’s Son (novella, 2005); one collection of short fiction The New America: A Collection (2007) – a Finalist in the 2008 National Indie Excellence Awards; and, Vanity of Vanities (novel, 2011); A Time to Love in Tehran (novel, 2015). Forthcoming: Conquergood & the Center of the Intelligible Mystery of Being; Little Hometown, America: A Look Back; A Time to Forget in East Berlin; and, The Endless Endeavor of Excellence. One other novel (A Mirror of Love in Time) is incomplete.
More books will follow…
While in Viet Nam, CG FEWSTON was also founder and owner of Bumblebees Childcare and Kindergarten, bringing quality and premium education to thousands of children in need.
“CG FEWSTON” is a pseudonym and phonetic spelling of “CG FUSTON.” “CG” is a familial cognomen handed down multiple generations. “FUST-ON” is a surname derived from the original family name of “FUST.”
The Rhineland, a German province, is the ancestral home of the FUST family. The name was derived from the Old German word “fust” meaning “fist” and was held by a person strong in nature and character as well as combative and warlike.
After the 17th century, to escape religious persecution, many Rhinelanders settled across North America, especially in Texas—which is where the author CG FEWSTON is from.
Historically, the FUSTs would emerge in the Rhine region and in Bavaria as a noble family involved in economic, social and political affairs.
Until 1506 the name was written as “FUST” when Peter Schöffer called his grandfather “FAUST,” which is said to have inspired the story of Doctor Faustus.
And for pure, plain fun CG FEWSTON has seen every single TV and Film episode of:
ALF, Cheers, Friends* (twice), Quantum Leap, The Wonder Years, The X-Files, Seinfeld* (thrice), Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (with Jerry Seinfeld), Star Trek: The Next Generation, My So-Called Life (twice), Lost, The Sopranos, The Office (US), Freaks and Geeks, Mr. Robot, Planet of the Apes (film & television series), Rambo, Rocky*, Indiana Jones Film Series*, Harry Potter, Mission Impossible*, Star Trek (film series), Star Wars* (thrice), The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings (thrice), Dune (film & mini-series), Twilight*, Jurassic Park & Jurassic World Series*, Alien*, The Terminator*, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Entourage, Band of Brothers (twice), The Pacific (twice), True Detective, 11.22.63*, Highlander (film & television series), Smallville, Supergirl, The Flash, X-Men Film Series* (plus Wolverine Film Series*), Superman, Batman, Spiderman, The Avengers* (including the Iron Man* & Captain America* & Thor* Film Series), the Jason Bourne Film Series, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey*, The Voice*, Ballers (on HBO), Lost in Space (on Netflix, 2018), Stranger Things*, Big Little Lies*, 13 Reasons Why (on Netflix), Twin Peaks (television series & film), Game of Thrones*(thrice), Declassified: Untold Stories of American Spies, The Young Pope*, Dragons’ Den (BBC Two, UK), I own Australia’s Best Home, Amazing Interiors, Grand Designs: Australia, Stay Here, Escape to the Continent, The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes, Jamie & Jimmy’s Food Fight Club (Netflix), and the documentaries (produced by Tom Hanks on CNN) The Sixties, The Seventies, The Eighties, and The Nineties.
* watched every episode with Axton
& Books Read Aloud to Axton:
He also studied with Dr. Ann Saab at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro under the course program called “Current Problems in the Middle East: An Historical Perspective,” which peaked his interest in Middle Eastern literature and politics, which led to his novel about Iran in the 1970s.
In addition to these accomplishments, he has certificates in the following:
PADI Open Water Diver (OWD)
“Revive Your Writing!” from Clemson University
“Chinese for Beginners” from Peking (Beijing) University
“Introduction to Philosophy” from the Univ. of Edinburgh
“E-Learning and Digital Cultures” from the Univ. of Edinburgh
“Introduction to Sustainable Development” from Columbia University
“The Age of Sustainable Development” from Columbia University
“The Music of the Beatles” (with distinction) from the Univ. of Rochester
“History of the Slave South” (with distinction) from the Univ. of Pennsylvania
“Constitutional Struggles in the Muslim World” from the Univ. of Copenhagen
“Successful Negotiation: Essential Strategies and Skills” from the Univ. of Michigan
“English Composition I: Achieving Expertise” (with distinction) from Duke University
“Fantasy and Science Fiction: The Human Mind, Our Modern World” from the Univ. of Michigan
“Inspiring Leadership through Emotional Intelligence” (with distinction) from Case Western Reserve University
“Total Leadership: Better Leader, Richer Life” (with distinction) from the Wharton School at the Univ. of Pennsylvania
“Søren Kierkegaard – Subjectivity, Irony and the Crisis of Modernity” from the University of Copenhagen
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