Julian Barnes' The Sense of an Ending Awarded Man Booker Prize
Piri Thomas, the author of Down These Mean Streets
, passed away in his El Cerrito, California home on Monday at the age of 83. Thomas, who grew up in Spanish Harlem during the 1930s and 40s, exposed the tough conditions of New York's ghetto to an unaware America and inspired generations of authors with his memoir, novels, and poetry. Written in 1967, Down These Mean Streets
has become a staple in college and high school classrooms across the country.
Mark Melvin, an inmate at the Kilby Correctional Facility near Montgomery, has filed a lawsuit against the Alabama Department of Corrections after they would not let him read Douglas A. Blackmon's Slavery by Another Name
. Last September, Melvin's copy was confiscated on the grounds that it was "too incendiary" and "too provocative and could potentially stir up racial hatred." Douglas Blackmon addresses the controversy in an interview on George Mason University's History News Network
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