In 2012, Black Dog & Leventhal (one of our favourite names for a book publisher) published My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favourite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop, a tribute to independent bookstores by 84 well-known writers. Edited by industry veteran Ronald Rice, illustrated by Leif Parsons and with a foreword by author Richard Russo, the book included essays by, among others, Fannie Flagg, John Grisham, Isabel Allende, Dave Eggers, Wendell Berry, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Lisa See and Erin Hildebrand. 
Authors from Haiti and its diaspora will showcase their work at a two day book fair scheduled for next month in Miami, Florida. “The Little Haiti Book Festival”, a free public event set for May 27 and 28 at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex, is also expected to feature activities for children, a writers’ workshop, film screenings, dance and music performances.
Poet Derek Walcott dies at 87.  CASTRIES, St. Lucia – St. Lucian-born Nobel Laureate Sir Derek Walcott died last month after a prolonged illness. He was 87. According to relatives who were by his bedside, the 1992 Nobel Prize for Literature winner died at his home on the morning of Mar. 17. Up to press time no details of his illness had been disclosed.
Newly released in paperback, Peggy Orenstein's Girls and Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape(HarperCollins, $15.99) is, quite frankly, terrifying. As the mother of two teen girls and fan of Orenstein's intelligent and thought-provoking work (Cinderella Ate My Daughter), this study of 21st-century sexual culture--culled from interviews with more than 70 high school and college-aged girls--was an auto-buy for me.
From Old Havana to Cardenas, to Santa Clara, to Baracoa and more, we see the magnificence of historic Cuba in brilliant images and vivid descriptions in a new publication — Old Cuba. Authored by Alicia E. Garcia, with photography by Julio A. Larramendi, Old Cuba takes us on a nostalgic journey of Cuba, once referred to as “the jewel of the Caribbean”.
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