HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the great Ishmael Reed!
“I try to do what has never been done before.” -Ishmael Reed
Shown above, a young Reed, who was born in 1938 and would grow up to become an acclaimed novelist, essayist, and poet. Learn more about Reed and his remarkable work, which includes Mumbo Jumbo and Flight to Canada, here: http://bit.ly/T5YivH.
Crime author Edward Bunker wrote what would become his first novel, No Beast So Fierce, in San Quentin State Prison. He was the the youngest inmate, at 17 years old.
Written in a hardboiled style, his novels draw extensively from his experience in the penal system and the criminal world.
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We’re delighted to feature this beautiful archival photograph of a young Lynne Sharon Schwartz, who would grow up to become a celebrated author of novels, poetry, story collections, translations, and other works. Tomorrow we’ll release eight of her titles, in ebook form, including Rough Strife, Schwartz’s first novel, which was published in 1980 and nominated for the National Book Foundation Award. Learn more at: http://bit.ly/XtOZIP.