Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Manning Marable died, but his book lives

Manning Marable has suffered the writer's saddest fate: he died just before the publication of his new book, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention.

Insert joke about how some writers will do anything to publicize their work.

I never met him, but I exchanged email with him: email from Manning Marable about Malcolm X.

Since he's dead, I feel no guilt about getting his book from the library. It's been reserved.


  1. Do you feel guilty about getting books from the library when the author is still alive?

  2. Depends on how much I want to support the writer. Encouraging libraries to stock a book is support: if every public library carries your books, your publisher will be happy with your sales.