"Africa Doesn't Matter" by Giles Bolton analyzes the issues of the poorest continent in five areas - poverty, aid, trade, globalization, and change. He shows how the needs of African states exceed the budgets, leaving a gap for aid to fill; how the way Western aid is delivered renders it largely ineffective; and how trade rules and globalization have worked against African development.
Giles Bolton has worked in Africa and development for more than 10 years as an aid worker and diplomat, including postings in Kenya and Rwanda. He lives in London.
"Africa Doesn't Matter" by Giles Bolton. Arcade. $28.95. ISBN 978-1-55970-865-4.
In "Gunmetal Black" by Daniel Serrano, Eddie Santiago grew up on the mean streets of his Puerto Rican neighborhood in Chicago, where he witnessed his father's murder. Now in his 30s, after serving ten years in a state penitentiary, Eddie is coming home. With prison behind him, Eddie plans to seek refuge in Miami Beach. But new trouble begins when Eddie and his old friend gangster Little Tony are pulled over by two cops, who rob Eddie of his money belt, which contains his life savings. Convinced it was a set-up, Eddie is determined to recover what is rightfully his all the while trying to reform his childhood friend.
Daniel Serrano was born and raised by his mother in the tough streets of New York and Chicago. The eldest of three boys, Serrano witnessed gangs, crime, drugs, poverty, and even murder, as his family lived the urban Latino struggle. After drifting through menial jobs for years, he enrolled in the Weekend Program at Shimer College and studied the classic literature. Serrano went on to earn a law degree from St. John's University. As an attorney, he has spent the bulk of his career advising politicians and alleged criminals. He is currently at work on his next book. Serrano currently divides his time between New York City and Puerto Rico. "Gunmetal Black" by Daniel Serrano. Grand Central. To be released Sept. 15, 2008. $13.99. ISBN 978-0-446-19413-6.
Joni Kabana, author and photographer, will be sharing her book "Torina's World: A Child's Life in Madagascar" with local children at Talking Drum Bookstore, 446 NE Killingsworth St. The event will be held on June 24 from 11 am-noon and will focus not only on the book itself, but also allow for questions with Joni about her experiences in Madagascar. There is no cost for the event, and is open to all ages.
This event is presented in cooperation with North Portland Library, the Northwest Center for Children's Literature, and Arnica Publishing, Inc.
"Torina's World" describes the daily life of one child living in Madagascar. The children entertain themselves in life's natural gifts — singing, working in the fields, helping their parents, and playing with lizards. Divided into three sections: "We Live!", "We Grow!" and "We Feel!", Torina's World: A Child's Life in Madagascar offers a glimpse into daily life in a Malagasy village, and encourages children in Western cultures to examine and reflect on life in a developing country.
Ten years ago, author and photographer Joni Kabana spent a month in Madagascar. Her intention was to bring back images for her children showing how other children live. Torina, an 8-year-old Malagasy girl, acted as Joni's guide into this world. Back home, Joni's 9-year-old son, Benjamin, helped edit the images and added simple, yet profound text that will engage readers across the world.
Torina is now 18, as is Benjamin. She still lives in a small hut with her mother, father and six brothers. Her goal to further her education has been hindered by lack of financial resources, thus a portion of the proceeds from book sales will provide funding for her education as well as other educational activities in Madagascar. Visit www.torinasworld.com for more information.
The book is published in Portland by Arnica Publishing, founded in 2003 by Ross Hawkins and Dr. Diane Vines. Visit www.arnicacreative.com for more information.