Literary Links from HeLa Cells to White House Walls

I knlacks.jpgow, I know, redirects are lame. However, while I am trying to finish up Maaza Mengiste’s amazing novel Beneath the Lion’s Gaze and tie up my BookBrowse review of Lisa Grunwald’s The Irresistible Henry House (March 16th release), I thought it might be nice  to provide you with a few recent links to help keep you afloat on the ever-flowing tide of literary news…

I am so curious about the new title The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Responsible for providing the HeLa cell line, Henrietta’s cells were taken from a biopsy back in the 1950’s and have played a key role in developing both cures and treatments for a variety of conditions that plague us to this day. Since I’m not entirely clear on the facts, try these links to author Rebecca Skloot, NPR, and Popular Science.

Mark Lawson will present Capturing America as part of the BBC’s online programming. This history of modern American literature will take a look at the story behind our positioning as a literary superpower of the 20th century. Such online features will include Roth, Vonnegut, Morrison, Updike, and more.

With the latest release of his work Point Omega, I caught Don DeLillo on NPR’s Morning Edition. If you are a DeLillo fan, I suggest checking out this thoughtful interview.

What does the NBA and Kirkus Reviews have in common? What the heck?

Take a look at what is apparently another great Michigan author publishing through a university press. Check out this piece about Ann Arbor native Donald Lystra and his book Season of Water and Ice on Mittenlit.

If you missed it in last Sunday’s Detroit Free Press, Julie Hinds’s article Halls of Power talks about former Detroiter Stacy Parker Aab and her new book Government Girl: Young and Female in the White House. A graduate of Troy High School, Aab went on to  “attend George Washington University” and eventually took on several political assignments providing the material for her new memoir. According to Hines, Ms. Aab  now lives in New York and blogs for the Huffington Post.

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-Post by Megan Shaffer

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