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BOOKWHIP, a California company that helps promote and sell published books, has expressed interest in local author and educator Marie S.C. Castro’s memoir, “Without a Penny in My Pocket: My Bittersweet Memories Before and After World War II.”

“Your book has great potential to being adapted into a film project or even converted into a series and we believe that we can definitely work together on this,” Jossie Martinez, senior marketing consultant for Bookwhip sales and marketing, said in an email to Castro.

Marie S.C. Castro

Castro said Netflix was mentioned as a possible buyer, but added that she has not made any commitment yet to Bookwhip.

She said she wants to consult her friends about the offer before making a decision.

Castro said she also gave a copy of her book to Larry Moore, KMBC 9 news anchor emeritus in Kansas City, Mo.

“His comment was that it would make a good movie story,” she said.

She added that her book has received many other positive reviews abroad including from  Red City Review, which stated that the book is a “heartbreaking memoir that also serves as a commentary on the spread and dissolution of culture, sometimes for the better, but often to the detriment of one group of people or the other.”

She said her book got a five-star rating from the Red City Review.

“I was humbled by the recognition,” she added. “My gratitude is unending and it is from the depth of my heart that I thank you all who have supported me on this endeavor.”

In 2014, she received a Humanities Award from the late Gov. Eloy S. Inos and the Northern Marianas Humanities Council for her efforts to preserve NMI history.

With Mike Campbell, Castro also wrote “My Life and Amelia Earhart's Saipan Legacy.”

In 1983, Castro interviewed local resident Matilde Arriola who said she met Amelia Earhart when the aviator was detained by the Japanese authorities on Saipan.

“There is strong evidence that Earhart was here on Saipan,” Castro said in an earlier interview.

 

 

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