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Biography of Fritz Galt

 

 Fritz Galt has lived much of his life abroad while writing about his experiences in the diplomatic community. He co-published The SUN, a worldwide newsletter for and about Foreign Service spouses, and co-founded Tales from a Small Planet, a webzine for people living abroad. Married to a career diplomat, Mr. Galt has worked abroad in American, Canadian, and Argentine embassies.

 

 In early childhood, he lived in Havana, Cuba, until Fidel Castro "nationalized" his family's belongings. Having a Swiss-born and –educated mother, Mr. Galt has spent many summers and winters in Switzerland.

 

Raised in Illinois, Mr. Galt attended the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Rhetoric and Composition, Psychology, and English and American Literature with a minor in Film and Cinematography.

 

Following graduate study in the MFA Creative Writing Program at San Francisco State University, Mr. Galt moved to Chicago and pursued a successful career in educational publishing.

 

Since marrying a career foreign service officer, Mr. Galt and his wife have been posted to Belgrade, Taipei, Mumbai, Beijing, Shanghai, Washington Brussels and Guangzhou where they raise their two children.

 

Since 1991, Mr. Galt has written humorous articles for The SUN, co-published The SUN, and started up Tales from a Small Planet, an online publication for people living abroad.

 

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Write Mr. Galt at
fgalt at yahoo.com

 

 

Interview with Fritz Galt

What books are you reading at present?
Skin Tight by Carl Hiaasen, Milosevic by Dusko Doder and Louise Branson, The Ruined City by Clay Putman, The Quick Red Fox by John D. MacDonald, India: A Million Mutinies Now by V.S. Naipaul, Rules of Command by C.A. Mobley, and Papillon by Henri Charriere

Where is your favorite place to read?
On a lounge chair while on vacation.

Who is your favorite novelist?
Ernest Hemingway

Who is your favorite character?
Philip Marlowe in novels by Raymond Chandler

What is your favorite childrenÕs book?
The Seahorse Cafˇ by Graem Base

What classic should you have read?
Moby Dick by Herman Melville

What school/college text did you enjoy the most?
The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow

What is the funniest book that you have read?
Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene

What book do you feel is overrated?
Bleak House by Charles Dickens

With which book character would you like to spend a day?
Levin in Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

What poem can you recite by heart?
Several sonnets by William Shakespeare

What book did you never want to end?
Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

What book changed your life?
The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

What book would you recommend as necessary reading?
Daisy Miller by Henry James

 

Additional Works by Fritz Galt

Movie Scripts

Prima Donna

Feature-length script of a high-school orchestraÕs trip to Paris. Certain students befriend a real "American in Paris" and intervene in helping him with his romantic quest for a woman he once knew. (1977)

Smiles

Feature-length script of grandchildren of a former clown helping him out of his old age funk. Told largely visually through the circus metaphor. (1978)

 

Musicals

 

Escape to Vienna

A teenage boy escapes the madness of the Bosnian War.

 

Short Movies

Downstream

As a leaf falls into an ever-widening river, life around it expands in many other dimensions. 16mm. Black and white. 8 minutes. 1978

The Outer Land

A young composer's journey out of his apartment into the night streets. He finds himself drawn into this new landscape by a beautiful tune. 16mm. Black and white. 15 minutes. 1979