Lots of reviews here at the end of the year

I have been reading two books for a long time: BIKO by Donald Woods and I Write What I Like by Steve Biko. Since the latter is a collection of Biko's writings, articles, and speeches, it's not a book that one can sit down, plow through, and absorb. It needs to be...

Youtube Life and Death of Steve Biko

Since I will be reviewing Donald Woods' book, BIKO, very soon, it's appropriate that we look at this youtube video. It's a documentary made by CCTV News. I'm not sure of the date it was made, but Donald Woods is a primary speaker in the video. He escaped from South...

Steve Biko's Ghost

Steve Biko's Ghost

My friend (and fellow writing group member) Rachael Hanel pointed out to me that the U of Minnesota Press is publishing a book about Steve Biko in the spring: Biko's Ghost. It sounds pretty academic and analytical, but it sounds amazing. I can't wait to read it....

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

I almost forgot to review this book. I read it several months ago. I figured that I should read such a popular YA book and see what all the fuss is about. With all the buzz about the movie version coming out, I read it in the summer. Since it wasn't on the "required...

It's official.

It's official: I am seriously seeking new representation. After about 14 years of a terrific friendship, I have left my agent, and am looking for a new one. I have two books ready to market. One is completely done, and the other, I'm still tweaking but should have it...

Ways of Dying by Zakes Mda

Ways of Dying by Zakes Mda

I have another new favorite South African novel. This one blew me away. Zakes Mda's novel Ways of Dying is set in the early 1990s--if I had to guess, it would be 1990-1991: between the time Nelson Mandela was released from prison and when he was elected president...

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