News: December 2007 Archives

Alice Walker, the Dalai Lama and Oprah

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The Associated Press reported yesterday that Alice Walker, who won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for her novel The Color Purple, has chosen the library at Emory University in Atlanta to place her archive.

One of the reasons Walker, a native Georgian, chose Emory is that she visits the university every couple of years for readings and meetings with faculty members. She also said that Emory's relationship with the Dalai Lama, who joined the Emory faculty this year as a presidential distinguished professor, played a part in her decision.

"I can imagine in years to come that my papers and memorabilia, my journals and letters, will find themselves always in the company of people who care about many of the things I do: culture, community, spirituality, scholarship and the blessings of ancestors who want each of us to find joy and happiness in this life, by doing the very best we can to be worthy of it," Walker said in a statement...

Easy does it

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NEW YORK — Farewell, Easy Rawlins. Hello, Leonid McGill.

Mystery writer Walter Mosley has agreed to write three novels for Riverhead Books, two of which will feature Leonid McGill, a sleuth based in New York City. Mosley first used him in the short story ‘‘Karma.’’

‘‘I’ve long thought of Walter Mosley as one of the great American writers,’’ Riverhead executive editor Sean McDonald said in a statement Monday. ‘‘His work is consistently provocative and exciting, delivered with a style and power that is uniquely his own.’’

Mosley, 55, is best known for Devil in the Blue Dress, Black Betty and other novels in his Rawlins series. His last book featuring the Los Angeles private eye, Blonde Faith, was published this fall by Little, Brown and Company.

AP

Here's the Sun-Times' review of Blonde Faith...

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