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March 26, 1993 | SARA CATANIA
Starting next fall, novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez will be sharing shelf space with William Shakespeare at schools in the Oxnard Union High School District. The district board this week approved a proposal to add 13 books written by women and minorities to its core reading list. The additions will supplement the district's original 29-book list, introduced in 1986 in response to state-stipulated curriculum standards, said Assistant Supt. Gary Davis.
January 22, 2006
YES, Thomas Gibbons, you should continue to write about blacks, and more people should try to think about and write about blacks, and blacks should write about us. The day when we are all writing about each other, intermingling and intermarrying and every American is a nice beige color, we will at last have solved one of our greatest problems. ALICE HICKOX SELZER Oxnard ONE can only admire you for your courage to risk controversy by daring to write about African American (or "black")
November 22, 1998
Lisa Demattia, mother: "The Tortilla Curtain" by T.C. Boyle (Viking Penguin). "I had no expectations for this book and had never read Boyle before my book club chose 'Tortilla Curtain.' It is an excellent book club book because it raises so many issues: about the haves and have-nots in this country, about people crossing the border." * Sue DiJulio, elementary school principal: "Emotional Intelligence" by Daniel Goleman (Bantam).
June 18, 1997
Mystery writer Walter Mosley, whose 1990 novel, "Devil in a Blue Dress," was made into a movie starring Denzel Washington, is a 1970 graduate of Hamilton High School. Often described as a literary descendant of Chester Himes, Richard Wright and Ralph Ellison, Mosley, 44, sets his detective stories in the gritty post-World War II neighborhoods of South Los Angeles, where he was raised.
November 18, 2012
Few authors manage to shuffle off this mortal coil just as their final, finished work hits bookstores. Heirs are understandably tempted to let those incomplete works come to light -- with varying degrees of success. Ernest Hemingway's "The Garden of Eden" Begun in 1946, it was published in 1986, 25 years after Hemingway's suicide. Two thirds of Hemingway's unwieldy manuscript was excised. E.L. Doctorow lamented, "this cannot have been the book Hemingway envisioned. " Generally awful, it is remembered mostly for its explicit threesome scenes.
November 11, 2000 | EVANNE SCHNEIDER
Ten years ago, studies showed that a gap existed along ethnic lines on the SAT. Today's headlines reveal that more African American and Latino students are taking college entrance exams than ever before, but their average SAT scores are dropping further below those of their Asian American and white counterparts. What have we been doing? Or not doing?
October 11, 2007 | Josh Getlin, Times Staff Writer
Novelist Denis Johnson's "Tree of Smoke," a story drawn from the Vietnam War, was nominated Wednesday for the 2007 National Book Award in fiction, along with two first-time novelists and two short story writers. Essayist Christopher Hitchens was nominated in the nonfiction category for "God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything," as was Edwidge Danticat's memoir of the Haitian diaspora, "Brother, I'm Dying," and Tim Weiner's "Legacy of Ashes," about the history of the CIA.
December 15, 1996 | STANLEY CROUCH, Stanley Crouch is author of "Notes of a Hanging Judge" and "The All-American Skin Game."
Editor's Note: To accompany the review of "The Norton Anthology of African American Literature," the Book Review asked a number of distinguished black Americans to name the works by African Americans that most moved or influenced them. * Books usually come to you from other people. At the right moment, you read about something or you're told to wrap your brain around a particular work.
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