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A Passing: ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Author Harper Lee Dies

Washington, D.C. Harper Lee, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book To Kill a Mockingbird, died Friday at age 89 in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama. Harper Lee being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, November 5, 2007. Photo: Wikipedia. A statement from Tonja Carter, Lee’s attorney, said Lee had “passed away early this morning in […]

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Steve Reedy: Following Shel Silverstein and Dr. Seuss

New York, N.Y.  Do you enjoy reading books that have the tone of something Shel Silverstein or Dr. Seuss would write? If so – Tales for Your Monkey’s Mind is something that should be on your radar. Described as a book that is for ALL ages, author Steve Reedy makes it his goal to make […]

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Poem: Appalling Silence by Neal Hall, M.D.

New York, N.Y.  Appalling Silence is the featured poem of Dr. Neal Hall’s third book of poetry titled Appalling Silence. The book represents new work composed during his poet/scholar-in-residency in Hyderabad, India  and, selections of poems from his first two books – Nigger For Life and Winter’s A’ Coming Still. Neal Hall, M.D., Poet. Appalling […]

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The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy’s Journey into Manhood

New York, N.Y.  In the spirit of Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes, and Piri Thomas’s Down These Mean Streets, this powerful memoir by writer and activist Kevin Powell vividly recounts the horrific poverty of his youth, his struggles to overcome a legacy of anger, violence, and self-hatred, […]

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Nigerian Novelist in Exile Reflects on Anti-Gay Law

Malmö, Sweden. One day in January 2014, award-winning Nigerian writer and rights activist Jude Dibia woke up gasping for air.  Nigeria had just passed a law criminalizing homosexuality.  This prompted Dibia to make the decision to leave his home country. Dibia now lives in Sweden, where he is a guest writer of the Malmö City […]

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Adopted Author Writes on ‘Finding Mom and My American Identity’

By Joel L. A. Peterson. Los Angeles, CA.  As we celebrate our nation’s birth on the 4th of July, I can’t help but reflect on how I came to my belief in what makes us truly American. It happened when I was eighteen in a foreign country, as the lone American in a sea of […]

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Poem: I Will Die with Hundreds of Papers Unread

I will die with hundreds of papers unread Books unsorted, travels undone, expectations unmet, places un-went, foods untasted, things unsaid I will die with thoughts unaired, hearts un-lightened, glories unlived, missions unfulfilled, loans unburdened lovers unrequited, relatives unvisited, experiences un-had.   I will die before my time, hidden or sought, found unfound, though time is […]

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First Indian Literary Festival at Columbia a Best Seller

New York, N.Y.  Under the direction of my good friend Aroon Shivdasani, the first literary festival of the Indian American Arts Council (IAAC) with Columbia University drew participants from Bombay to Brooklyn and Berkley – including glitterati such as literary giant Sir Salman Rushdie, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Mira Nair, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar of Disgraced fame, and […]

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