Jesmyn Ward http://nwpr.org en 'Reaped' Is A Reminder That No One Is Promised Tomorrow http://nwpr.org/post/reaped-reminder-no-one-promised-tomorrow After winning a National Book Award for her novel <a href="http://www.npr.org/books/titles/142344062/salvage-the-bones">Salvage the Bones</a>, Jesmyn Ward has written a memoir that's framed by the deaths of five young men in her life. The cause of each death was different, but she sees them all as connected to being poor and black in the rural South:<p>Her younger brother, Joshua, was 19 when he was killed by a drunken driver who smashed into his car. That was in 2000. Tue, 24 Sep 2013 19:23:00 +0000 editor 34651 at http://nwpr.org 'Reaped' Is A Reminder That No One Is Promised Tomorrow In 'Reaped,' 5 Lives That Are Far More Than Just Statistics http://nwpr.org/post/reaped-5-lives-are-far-more-just-statistics On July 18, 1863, the Union Army's famed 54<sup>th</sup> Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry — a black military unit — made a desperate assault on Confederate forces at Fort Wagner near Charleston, S.C. In the end, they were unsuccessful and lost almost half of their forces. Escaped slave-turned-abolitionist Harriet Tubman bore elegiac eyewitness to the terrible day: "We saw the lightning and that was the guns," she said later. Tue, 17 Sep 2013 11:03:00 +0000 Richard Torres 34315 at http://nwpr.org In 'Reaped,' 5 Lives That Are Far More Than Just Statistics Book News: Man Booker Prize To Be Opened To Americans http://nwpr.org/post/book-news-man-booker-prize-be-opened-americans <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>Britain's most prestigious literary award will be opened to Americans next year. The Man Booker Prize is currently open to writers from the 54 countries in the <a href="http://thecommonwealth.org/member-countries">Commonwealth</a> and the Republic of Ireland. According to a report in <em>The Sunday Times</em>, "The organisers increasingly believe that excluding writers from America is anachronistic. Mon, 16 Sep 2013 12:11:00 +0000 Annalisa Quinn 34314 at http://nwpr.org Book News: Man Booker Prize To Be Opened To Americans New Memoir Recounts Black Lives 'Reaped' Too Young http://nwpr.org/post/new-memoir-recounts-black-lives-reaped-too-young The writer Jesmyn Ward lost her brother in a car accident, and she was never the same — but her grief would broaden and her losses compound. First one friend died, then another and another — all young black men, and all of them dead before the age of 30.<p>In her wrenching new memoir, <em>Men We Reaped</em>, Ward takes us to her hometown of DeLisle, on Mississippi's Gulf Coast. It's a place ravaged by poverty, drugs and routine violence. Sun, 15 Sep 2013 19:18:00 +0000 editor 34313 at http://nwpr.org New Memoir Recounts Black Lives 'Reaped' Too Young Book News: Lance Armstrong's Lies Are Protected, Judge Says http://nwpr.org/post/book-news-lance-armstrongs-lies-are-protected-judge-says <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>A federal judge has <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/federal-judge-rules-for-lance-armstrong-and-publishers-in-book-lawsuit/2013/09/10/cc3202d6-1a7e-11e3-80ac-96205cacb45a_story.html">ruled</a> that Lance Armstrong, the disgraced cyclist who admitted to doping earlier this year, is allowed to lie in his memoirs. Thu, 12 Sep 2013 11:32:00 +0000 editor 34082 at http://nwpr.org Book News: Lance Armstrong's Lies Are Protected, Judge Says