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Gabriel García Márquez: A LifeI have just discovered that a biography of Gabriel Garcia Marquez by Gerald Martin is going to be released in May 2009. The book is called Gabriel García Márquez: A Life. The book consists of 672 pages and it is the first biography of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I’ll certainly buy this book once it comes out because I’m interested to know how Marquez is portrayed by a point of view, other than himself.

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book cover from amazon

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Last night I attended Sherman Alexie’s lecture, called “The Partially True Story of a Part-Time Indian” at Cornell.

Although it’s called a ‘lecture’, it was hilarious, and Alexie looked more like an entertainer than an author/lecturer.

It was mainly based on his latest book for Young Adults, called The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. He talked about race, life on the reservation, and how he transferred to the white-school in the neighboring town. All of this is also included in his book.

The whole audience was laughing most of the time, and he also signed books after his lecture. Luckily, I got my book, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, signed!

note: During the Q&A session, it turned out that Rowdy, Junior’s friend in the book, is not real. Sherman’s actual friend is named ‘Randy’, and they are in touch with each other through texting and emailing. Randy was in no way similar to Rowdy. Sherman also pointed out how rude texting in class was, and how he gave his students who texted in class a hard time;I totally agree with that! I think that texting in class is disrespectful and ridiculous.

My book review of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

visit Sherman Alexie’s website

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Sherman lecturing

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My picture with Alexie, after I got my book signed

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book signing

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The Sudanese novelist Tayeb Saleh died in London. He is regarded as one the most important writers in the 20th century; his most notable work is his book, Season of Migration to the North.


image from bbc.co.uk

Read more http://news.bbc.co.uk/nol/ukfs_news/hi/newsid_7890000/newsid_7896700/7896724.stm

My review of Season of Migration to the North

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