This article was originally posted at Houston Public Media on 12.29.16 An acclaimed American author has handpicked three booksellers to receive cash bonuses for their hard work. Brazos Bookstore’s Annalia Luna was totally surprised when she was told she’d be getting a $2,500 check from American author James Patterson. “I don’t know who nominated me,Continue reading “Houston’s Independent Bookstores Make National Spotlight”
“Winning this award has shown me that it is not necessary to be the face of a bookstore to be appreciated by the larger book community…”
“It seems to me that each of us in a lifetime has some real mourning to do.”
“I wanted to get all that darkness out of my system before I became a mother,” Youn says.
Anything can happen in twelve hours. Twelve hours: we close the doors on Sunday, September 18, and arrive the next morning to find the front door shattered. Inside, the usual signs of petty theft: the cash register broken, anything that had been locked now torn open like a wound.
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“I didn’t use to care but it bothers me more and more, somehow, to read book after book never finding a woman in it that isn’t a glaring stereotype—the whore or the mother.”
Scratching her head, she says, “Do you want to know how I wrote the book? That’s something that hasn’t been written up yet.”
In three simple lines, Lewis calls out slavery apologists and attacks the misconception that we live in a post-racial society by challenging our textbook understanding of race in America.