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Tag Archives: 1998

Read Walter Mosley’s Love Letter To The Louisana That Shaped Him

Novelist Walter Mosley, the creator of the private investigator Ezekiel “Easy” Rawlins, has just published a ruminating essay called “Patter and Patois.” He reflects on a lifetime of storytelling, and his Louisiana heritage of stories and storytellers. The 1,800-word piece is homage to his roots. “I’m not saying that you have to be a reader to save your soul in the modern world,” Mosley writes. "I’m saying it helps.” Most celebrated for his crime fiction, Mosley, 63, won an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in 1998 for “Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned.”  He grew up an only child in South Central Los Angeles, and has lived most of his life in New York City. When Bill Clinton mentioned in 1992 that Mosley was among his favorite writers, the Rawlins series enjoyed a... Read More →

Congressman John Lewis Publishes Graphic Novel Of Civil Rights Movement

“Some of you may be asking: ‘Hey, John Lewis, why are you trying to write a comic book?’” said the legendary civil rights leader, smiling at the incongruity of this development for an audience at Book Expo America, the annual publishing trade show in Manhattan. John Lewis was 17 when he met Rosa Parks; 18 when he joined forces with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Five years later, he was one of the “big six,” an architect of the historic Civil Rights March on Washington in August 1963.  Standing at the Lincoln memorial, Lewis spoke sixth and King spoke tenth, stamping the day with his immortal “I Have a Dream.”  Of all those who addressed the throng a half century ago, Lewis is the only one left. Now, at 73, he has become the first member of the U.S. Congress to... Read More →

Easy Rawlins Returns In Walter Mosley’s Latest Thriller

Anisfield-Wolf winner Walter Mosley gave his readers a true cliff hanger in his last Easy Rawlins book, 2007's Blonde Faith. The writer left L.A. Detective Rawlins clinging to a cliff. Many assumed the reluctant cop was dead. In the past six years, Mosley has focused on his Leonid McGill detective series, and hinted in interviews that Rawlins' injuries were indeed fatal. But Little Green brings Rawlins back from the brink. The new novel is set in the late 1960s, when the detective reunites with old friends and navigates a changing place for black men in American society. (Mosley won his Anisfield-Wolf award in 1998 for “Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned,” the story of an ex-con in Watts.) Intrigued? Here are some tidbits to hold you over until you can get your hands on a... Read More →

VIDEO: Walter Mosley On Sacrifices He’s Made In His Writing Career

"Writing is almost a place of dreams for me, and I don't have to give up anything to do it." ~Walter Mosley  In this video from BigThink, 1998 winner Walter Mosley shares a bit about his writing career and aspirations (did he always know he would be a bestselling author?) and his daily writing routine.  Read More →

Young Poet Recites Toi Derricotte’s Poetry

We thoroughly enjoy when younger audiences immerse themselves in the work of poets who have come before them. In this video, a young poet recites Toi Derricotte's "For Black Women Who Are Afraid," and praises her work as a co-founder of Cave Canem, the literary home for black poetry.  For Black Women Who Are Afraid A black woman comes up to me at break in the writingworkshop and reads me her poem, but she says she can't read it out loud because there's a woman in a car on her way to work and her hair is blowing in the breeze and, since her hair is blowing, the woman must be white, and she shouldn't write about a white woman whose hair is blowing, because maybe the black poets will think she wants to be that woman and be mad at her and say she hates herself, and maybe they won't let... Read More →

Toni Morrison Discusses “Home” (VIDEO) + Receives Presidential Medal Of Freedom

May has been an incredible month for Ms. Morrison. She released her latest novel, Home, to rave reviews and she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Tuesday, May 29. In the clip above, she discusses her novel and her intention to help us remember what the 50s were really like.  We were also treated to this incredible photo of President Obama and Ms. Morrison sharing a private moment after the awards ceremony. Wonder what they were talking about?  During the ceremony, President Obama remarked that this year's honorees were also his personal heroes, adding a special note about Toni Morrison. "I remember reading Song of Solomon when I was a kid," he said. "Not just trying to figure out how to write, but also how to be. And how to think."     Read More →

Friday Lit Review: Things You Might Have Missed When You Were Busy Living Life

Each Friday we'll be bringing you news about your favorite authors, literature and books in general. Check out the first installment and tell us what you think in the comments:  Isabel Wilkerson (2011 winner) was on PBS Newshour to discuss the groundbreaking of the Smithsonian's African-American History Museum. See her part at the 4:00 minute mark.    Our friends over at Book Riot have declared May 8 "Toni Morrison Day" based off the release date of Ms. Morrison's (1998 winner) newest book, Home. One of their writers will be re-reading her entire catalog and will be blogging about the experience.   Paule Marshall (2009 winner) will be doing a reading during the 2012 Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival, scheduled for May 7-13.    New York has tons of payphones but... Read More →

VIDEO: How To Write Like Walter Mosley

In this series of videos from BigThink.com, 1998 Anisfield-Wolf Award winner Walter Mosley gives answers to all types of questions: What big ideas have you had lately? What's the biggest misconception about a writer's life? And perhaps a question every writer and aspiring writer wants to know: What is your writing routine? Get the answers to all these and more below:   Read More →
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