Mr. de la Peña donated his fee to buy 240 copies of his books, which he gave to the students. “I want to give back what was taken away,” he told Samantha Neville, a reporter for the school newspaper, The Cactus Chronicle.
As for Ana, this may have been the greatest day of her life. Having finished all four of Mr. de la Peña’s novels, she is now reading “The Lucky One” by Nicholas Sparks, about a Marine’s search for a mysterious woman in a tattered photo he finds, who turns out to be strong but vulnerable.
“It’s not the same,” Ana said. “I don’t know anybody like that.”— Racial Lens Used to Cull Curriculum in Arizona - NYTimes.com (via gwendabond)
From Imagining Canadian Literature: The Selected Letters of Jack McClelland (via courts)