The One and Only Ivan

The One and Only Ivan

Katherine Applegate’s 2011 Newbery winner deserves its praise. When I started this book, my heart hurt and I said aloud, “Oh, no. Is this one of those books where the animals get so abused and neglected that I can hardly stand to keep turning the...

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...

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....
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...

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...
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...
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