Then Chris Abani pulled my attention to the South African writer, artist, and activist Bretyen Breytenbach through one of the poems he wrote. Click here to read. Until I read the poem, I had never heard of him. I "found" the book Return To Paradise in which Breytenbach writes about his imprisonment during aparthied in South Africa. I don't know if I can handle reading about such a nightmare, but I will check it out.
Also, I've been meaning to read something by Tamora Pierce, so I got Tortall and Other Tales because I enjoy fantasy and history. In addition I have to read the rest of the books on my to be read list. Wish me luck and time.