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April 15, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Lloyd L. Brown, 89, a novelist and journalist who helped write Paul Robeson's autobiography "Here I Stand," died April 1 at his home in New York of causes associated with aging. A native of St. Paul, Minn., Brown went to Europe in the 1930s as a freelance journalist and served in the Army Air Force during World War II. Later he became managing editor of New Masses, a weekly journal that published works by literary figures such as Ralph Ellison, Langston Hughes and Richard Wright.
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).
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.
October 23, 2011 | Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
For Piri Thomas, being a dark-hued Latino in 1930s New York was far from the best of worlds. His siblings were fair-skinned, like his Puerto Rican mother, but he took after his black Cuban father, whose unsettled feelings about race scarred both of them. Thomas fell into gangs and drugs, shot a police officer during a robbery and ended up in prison for seven years. He emerged from incarceration a writer, whose journey of self-discovery brought him enduring recognition as the author of a coming-of-age classic, "Down These Mean Streets.
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 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?
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