Hey guys, it’s been 5 days since surgery and I can’t say that I’m feeling great yet, but I’d like to extend a warm thank you to those who left me nice messages earlier in the week :) It’s been a pretty vile experience so far (there was a fun moment when I was only one day out of hospital, and I…
CHIVALRY REALLY IS DEAD
What do you get when you cross a raunchy teen comedy with post-apocalyptic sci-fi? Most likely the first thing to pop up on your Netflix queue will be A Boy and His Dog (1975), directed by L.Q. Jones. Vic (Don Johnson, of dwindling …
Dutchman threatens to burn The Book of Negroes
Growing up in 1960s Don Mills, Ont., African-Canadian author Lawrence Hill was taught to ball his fists and prepare to fight anybody who used the n-word.
Decades later, Mr. Hill is trying to persuade a Dutchman not to publicly burn his novel for using another n-word in its title.
Roy Groenberg of the Netherlands has announced he will burn copies of Mr. Hill’s 2007 novel, The Book of Negroes, in Amsterdam on Wednesday.
Mr. Hill received word of the burning last week in an email from Mr. Groenberg, head of the Foundation to Honour and Restore Victims of Slavery in Suriname.
“We, the descendants of the slaves in the former Dutch colony Suriname, want [to] let you know that we do not accept a book with the title The Book of Negroes. We have struggled for a long time to make the word ‘nigger’ disappear from the Dutch language and now you come out with this Book of Negroes! A real shame!” wrote Mr. Groenberg.
If Mr. Groenberg spent “five minutes” reading The Book of Negroes, he probably would not want to burn it anymore, Mr. Hill suggested.
“Book burning is something that Nazis did, it’s something that the people who led the Spanish Inquisition did, it’s a gesture designed to intimidate and silence — it’s hateful,” he said in an interview.
Photo: Author Lawrence Hill (Colleen De Neve/Postmedia News)
ATTN: The contest is now over! (you can still help me spread the word, but the book has been won by some lucky person!)
I need some help spreading the word about the Chester 5000 book!
If you’d like to help you could also win a copy of the book! Just reblog this post and leave a reply with your email address so I can contact you. On September 28th I’ll randomly choose a winner!
You can also read all of Chester 5000 XYV online (NSFW, 18+)
The only difference between the online version and the book is that the art in the book has been re-scanned at a higher resolution and re-cleaned. Some of the art has been redone for the sake of consistency and I can assure that it’s a very handsome volume.
Thanks, I love you! :D
Friday, May 27, 2011 - 6:30pm
Council Chambers, Scarborough Civic Centre - 150 Borough Drive
From May 24-29, Toronto ALPHA will host Dr. Ying-Ying Chang for her new book launch The Woman Who Could Not Forget, publishing the memoirs of her daughter Iris Chang.
The Woman Who Could Not Forget is a new memoir about Iris Chang written by her mother, Ying-Ying Chang. This is a book I’m already somewhat dreading reading but I know I have to. Iris Chang’s dazzling work touched and inspired so many of us in the Chinese American community and beyond. Her shocking death at age 36 still feels like a hole in the community. With this book, her mother Ying-Ying Chang (a biochemist and Harvard PhD) courageously takes hold of her daughter’s legacy, treading into probably some of the most painful terrain one can imagine: her daughter’s childhood and life, her obsessive and punishing work on The Rape of Nanking, and her eventual suicide.
Personally, I still have a hard time writing about the Rape of Nanking. Like Iris and Ying-ying Chang’s family, my maternal family comes from Nanking and lived there before the war. That’s where my mother’s father died when she was still a child — a grandfather I never met, a picture on a shrine where I bowed and lit incense every Chinese New Year while growing up. Like Iris, I grew up hearing horror stories about what happened during the war, which was also the story of how I ended up being born in North America. According to Ying-ying Chang, Iris took on the burden of that history with tireless passion. Iris was right around my age and I always felt that she was doing it for all of us, for our generation, the generation before, and generations to come. It’s going to be hard to read her mother’s words about the price she paid. But if Ying-ying Chang has the courage to write it down, the least I can do is read it.
This summer Team Teachers is planning on holding a Summer Book Club. Everyone is invited to participate. Depending on the interest, we may do more.
I have selected 4 books for us to choose from for our Summer Book Club. I believe all of them will be good reads, and whether you agree with…
Start Some Good: The Blog: Book Review: The Future of Nonprofits: Innovate and Thrive in the Digital Age
By Michael Beckett; Edited by Lauren Marra
Editor’s note: Earlier this month, StartSomeGood launched the Social Entrepreneurship Book Club with the hope of generating increasing interest and collaboration among members of the social enterprise community. As part of this effort,…
According to Goodreads, in 2010 I read:
- 89 books, containing…
- 20,637 pages, or about…
- 4-7 million words
This only includes books: novels, short stories, nonfiction, technical books, comics, ebooks. It excludes other hard-to-track writing: news websites, blogs, magazines, etc. (I can…