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Zelda La Grange, Assistant to Nelson Mandela, to Pen Memoir

zeldaViking, an imprint at Penguin Random House, will publish a memoir written by Zelda la Grange; for many years, she served as an assistant to world leader Nelson Mandela.

Wendy Wolf, associate publisher and director of nonfiction at Viking, will edit the manuscript. The publisher has set a release date for Good Morning, Mr. Mandela on June 19, 2014. The author plans to donate a percentage of her royalties to the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Here’s more from the press release: “Zelda la Grange grew up in South Africa as a white Afrikaner who supported the rules of segregation. Yet, a few years after the end of apartheid, she became the trusted assistant to Nelson Mandela. Now, she shares his lasting and inspiring gifts with the world.” (Photo Credit: Anton la Grange)

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Jennifer Lawrence Stars in Comic Book

FAMEJenniferLawrenceKINDLEBluewater Productions has released a comic book biography profiling Hunger Games film star Jennifer Lawrence. Writer Michael Troy penned the story and artist Ben Eargle created the interior illustrations.

According to the press release, it also “features three unique covers each exclusively through Nook, Kindle or iTunes. Iordan Terziiski illustrated the Nook cover, Kindle by Jaume Font (pictured) and iTunes cover by Ben Eargle.”

Vanity Fair has posted excerpts from the book. In the past, the indie comic publisher has released biographical comics about Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins, comedian Betty White, Apple founder Steve Jobs, former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela, and politician Ron Paul.

Nelson Mandela Stars in Comic Book

MANDELATribBluewater Productions has released a comic book biography starring former South African President Nelson Mandela. Tribute: Nelson Mandela,a 32-page comic, features writing by Clay and Susan Griffith and illustrations by Pablo Martinena.

Publisher Darren G. Davis had this statement in the press release: “Not only is this a great way to understand the importance of his contribution to the world, but a great tool for kids to read about him in a different medium. Our biography comic books are now taught in schools and libraries for students and reluctant readers.”

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Maya Angelou Pens Tribute Poem to Honor Nelson Mandela

Acclaimed author Maya Angelou has written a tribute poem, entitled “His Day is Done,” to honor former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela.

We’ve embedded a video with a reading of the poem above–what do you think? AL.com reports that this piece was commissioned by the U.S. State Department.

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Remembering Nelson Mandela Through His Writing

mandelaNelson Mandela passed away today at the age of 95. The activist and world leader was the an inspired writer and the author of dozens of books.

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others,” he once said.

To commemorate his life in letters we have put together a literary mix tape with links to free samples of some of Mandela’s writing. You can follow this link to read some of Mandela’s speeches. Below we’ve included links to free excerpts of Mandela’s books. Read more

Morgan Freeman Reads ‘Invictus’ by William Ernest Henley

In honor of National Poetry Month, we dug up a video of Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman reading Invictus.

In 2009, Freeman played President Nelson Mandela in a film that shares its name with the poem. Freeman’s character made references to the piece several times throughout the movie.

Victorian poet William Ernest Henley wrote the short poem in 1875 while he was in a hospital bed.

Nobel Prize Winning Authors Who Didn’t Win for Lit

This year’s Nobel Prize in Literature went to Mario Vargas Llosa who beat the odds and captured the tax-free $2 million award. The Huffington Post rounded-up seven authors who have won the Nobel prize in categories other than literature.

The winners include Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama, Martin Luther King Jr., Elie Wiesel, James D. Watson, and Joseph Stiglitz. In 1993, Mandela shared the prize with Frederik Willem de Klerk for their work towards ending apartheid. Mandela has also published his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom. Last year, Obama was honored with the prize; he has written three books: Dreams of My Father, The Audacity of Hope, and the forthcoming picture book, Of Thee I Sing.

Chinese author Liu Xiaobo joined this inspirational group, winning this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. The judges honored the writer “for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.”