Zack Caligiuri's This Is Where I Am (University of Minnesota Press, $17.95) comes from a gifted author and would've worked with competent editing and a publishing house acting with integrity. Regrettably, this valuable volume suffers a disjointed rendering and worse, sensationalized publicity peddling a bill of goods: hawking the book as a prison memoir — … [Read more...]
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North Minneapolis resident Cavis Adams is a full-time fire captain for the City of Minneapolis Fire and Rescue. He’s also a new author, having published the book Granddaddy last November. “I’ve always wanted to be a writer,” said Adams, who holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from the University of Minnesota, and freelances as an English/Spanish medical interpreter … [Read more...]
Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars performed live at the Amsterdam Bar & Hall, 6 W. 6th Street in St. Paul on February 10 to help raise funds so Books For Africa (BFA) can ship 22,000 school books to Sierra Leone in West Africa. Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars was formed in 1997 in the Kalia Refugee Camp in Guinea, which borders Sierra Leone, by refugees who had fled … [Read more...]
Coretta Scott King's My Life, My Love, My Legacy is a fascinating historical document, chronicling her personal journey through professional trials, tribulations and, thankfully, triumphs. Highly visible supporting Dr. King, she nonetheless recalls that in 1957, as her husband grew internationally famous, thanks to making the cover of Time, “I had many questions and I was … [Read more...]
Twin Cities authors have done well to provide children such fare as Anthony Peyton Porter's Jump at de Sun biography of Zora Neale Hurston, M. Ann Machen Pritchard‘s Phil the Pill and Friends, and Linda and Nneka Onyilofor’s My Brother Adam. These offerings, educational and entertaining, empower by encouraging, indeed nurturing a sense of self-worth. This is a powerful … [Read more...]