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...

A year since Mandela died

A year since Mandela died

I guess Nelson Mandela has become one of the icons of my life. Wise without being perfect. I want to follow his example forever. He died on Dec. 5 of last year.  I can hardly believe Madiba has been gone a whole year. Here Bill Moyer shares an interview from 1991 with...

The Midwife's Apprentice

The Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman I read this Newbery winner, too, though it wasn't on my Sabbatical reading list. My bucket list for life includes reading every Newbery winner since 1922 when the award was founded, so this year has moved me well along that...

Ursula Le Guin and the state of publishing.

Ursula LeGuin rocks the National Book Awards. I cannot say anything better than she did, so I will let you watch and listen instead if reiterating it. My favorite statements (or at least  two of them): "Any human power can be challenged by Human beings." And "I don’t...

Searching for a new agent…

George kept saying that historical fiction is hard to sell. I was getting frustrated with him, but that's exactly what some of the agents I've queried have said, too. In light of sales running the book publishing world, listen to Ursula Le Guin!  I feel inspired to...

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