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News Corp.'s HarperCollins Acquires Jenna Bush Book (Update3)

Books & Reading By Michael White (Bloomberg) -- News Corp.'s HarperCollins publishing business acquired rights to a book written by Jenna Bush, daughter of President George W. Bush. ``Ana's Story: A Journey of Hope'' is based on Jenna Bush's experiences working with Unicef in Central America, HarperCollins said today in a statement. The book will focus on a 17-year-old single mother who has the virus that causes AIDS. Bush, 25, was inspired to write the book while documenting stories of young people living in poverty, said Lisa Szarkowski, a spokeswoman for Unicef, also known as the United Nations Children's Fund. Bush traveled to Argentina, Paraguay and Panama to help prepare personal narratives and create photo diaries of children and adolescents for Unicef. The book ``was not something that was planned,'' Szarkowski said in an interview. ``It came as a result of Jenna immersing herself in her role as a Unicef staffer. She was completely inspired by the kids she was meeting, especially `Ana.'''
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The Book Swap at the Expat Center

Books & Reading It looks like I'm going to be spending more time at the Expat Center. I stopped by the other day and the book exchange is growing nicely thanks to the generous donations from the members of the community. This has become my official library, and I just wish I had the time to enjoy more recreational reading. In any case, if you have good used books laying around the house, this is the best way to make a donation back to the community and to find some new good stuff to read. Salud.
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"Six Minutes to Freedom" Author Presentation Video

Books & Reading Author Kurt Muse was on C-Span last Saturday in Florida, talking about his book "Six Minutes to Freedom," the story of his rescue from Panama's Modelo prison by US Delta Forces during the invasion of Panama in 1989. This video clip shows the entire program as it aired on C-Span. "Description: Kurt Muse talks about his rescue by the U.S. Army's Delta Force. He chronicles how he defied Panama's dictator, Manuel Noriega, by broadcasting on an underground radio station, encouraging civil resistance. Eventually, Kurt Muse was caught and arrested by Noriega’s forces. As the only American civilian imprisoned for months in Panama’s Modelo Prison, he describes the torture he witnessed and recounts his rescue by Delta Force. The Panama Canal Museum in Seminole, Florida hosted this event. Author Bio: Kurt Muse is a descendant of Revolutionary War veterans. Mr. Muse lived in the U.S. and Cuba before starting a printing and graphic arts business in Panama. John Gilstrap, coauthor of "Six Minutes to Freedom," is also the author of "Scott Free," " Even Steven," "At All Costs," and "Nathan's Run." Publisher: CITADEL PRESS 850 Third Avenue New York, NY 10022
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"Six Minutes to Freedom"

Books & ReadingTonight (Sunday) night at 10:00 PM ET, C-Span will be showing a talk by Kurt Muse about his book, Six Minutes to Freedom. The talk was taped at the Panama Canal Museum on August 1. Kurt talks about his rescue by the U.S. Army's Delta Force. He chronicles how he defied Panama's dictator, Manuel Noriega, by broadcasting on an underground radio station, encouraging civil resistance. Eventually, Kurt was caught and arrested by Noriega's forces. As the only American civilian imprisoned for months in Panama's Modelo Prison, he describes the torture he witnessed and recounts his rescue by Delta Force. Six Minutes to Freedom is being sold through the Panama Canal Museum store and website (panamacanalmuseum.org). Autographed copies are available on a first come, first served basis. If you are like those who attended the taping at the museum, you'll have to have the book once you hear the talk! Kathy Egolf
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New Book - "Enough" - Picks Up Where Cosby Left Off

Books & Reading "Bill Cosby was right, but he only told a portion of the story," Juan Williams, an author originally from Panama, writes. Referring to Cosby's assertion that the black community needs to assume personal responsibility for cultural failings rather than blame racism, he proudly touts his new book boldy entitled "Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America -- and What We Can Do About It." Picking up "...the baton to continue the race," Juan Williams takes aim at "dead-end movements," rap music, comedic shows a la Dave Chappelle, and "phony leaders" such as Reverend Jesse Jackson, Reverend Al Sharpton and former mayors Marion Barry of Washington, DC and Sharpe James of Newark, NJ. He blames the latter for "a stifling echo chamber" of stale ideas and for building self-serving machines on the back of black empowerment. But Williams' doesn't just blame and point fingers. He also delivers an important message to young blacks: Follow a few rules and "there's almost no chance of being poor," he says. The rules? Stay in school, Stay in the work force, Don't have a baby out of wedlock, Don't get married until your 20s. Williams believes that some venues won't touch "Enough" because it violates liberal taboos. "I can't get on the morning talk shows," Williams said. "They don't want someone who is shaking up the pot, especially when it comes to debate about race in America." Surely, time will tell.
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English Language Section of the Public Library

Books & Reading From Bob: Just a reminder that the National Library in Omar Park (San Francisco are of Panama City) has about 3,000+ books in English on their 1st floor level.... although these books are not computer cataloged in the library system, they are alphabetized by author on the shelves. A library card allows one to borrow books and it only costs a couple of bucks, a photo ID, a "carnet" size photo to laminate onto the card and a local address. There are comfortable A/C reading rooms as well if you prefer not to check out books. Also among the libraries regular collections there are many technical books in English as well, and these are computerized in the file cataloge. The English language section is easily accessed by going to the ground floor (one level down from the main entrance). There is an elevator available. Once on the ground floor, go to the help desk, and the librarian will allow you to browse the shelves at your convenience. The range of books range from older Lit. classic, Readers Digest Condensed books, fiction and non-fiction, regular hardbound and paperbacks. Many contemporary titles and authors as well... it may not be quite Barnes and Nobles or some other 200,000 volume readers paradise, but it beats a sharp stick in the eye! Pass it around , I'm sure the librarian would be tickled to see it used more! They are very proud of their renovation of the building ...so you might compliment them on same. (See: http://www.panama-guide.com/article.php?story=20060305172233945)
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Paris in Panama by Anton Rajer

Books & Reading By Art Mokray: Just a quick note here. For those that have had the opportunity to visit the National Theater in the Casco Viejo area of Panama City and had the chance to look up at the ceiling, you may have noticed the mural and probably didn't give it much thought. Few probably know the artist was Roberto Lewis and that through the years little, if any, care was given to its preservation. The theater has had coats of paint applied, new rug installed, air conditioning installed, and countless other things to make it better and possibly in the process making it worse. Back in the 80's, the then Panama Canal Commission contracted a restoration expert to redo the murals that are painted in the Rotunda of the Administration Building after an earlier attempt, by another expert, didn't turn out as good. This restoration expert turned out to be Anton Rajer, from the University of Wisconsin, and during the restoration work, fell in love with Panama.
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Local author writes of life on the Panama Canal

Books & Reading RAYMOND, Wash. — Anne Louise Grimm discusses her new book, “Intimate Reflections: Two Years at the Panama Canal,” at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 7, at the Raymond Timberland Library. A reception sponsored by Raymond’s Friends of the Library will follow. The Book Store will have copies of the book for sale at the presentation. In “Intimate Reflections,” Grimm tells the stories of the employees of the Panama Canal Company, their families and the building of the Panama Canal during a two-year period from 1967 to 1969. While her husband worked at the canal, Grimm worked as a photographer and as a regular columnist for the English-language daily newspaper the Star & Herald. She also participated in a variety of service organizations and community activities, as she does today in Pacific County. For more information, call the Raymond Timberland Library at (360) 942-2408. The library is located at 507 Duryea St. in Raymond.
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Flames of Panama

Books & ReadingEverybody who knows Panama knows Pedro Prestan, don't they? The rebel who burned down Colon? But do they know the REAL story? They don't, because I'm the first guy to put together all the pieces of fact and myth to make an entirely fresh, original and honest account of a fascinating period of Panama's history, using sources that have eluded other researchers. Coming out soon from Troubadour Press: here's the link http://www.troubador.co.uk/book_info.asp?bookid=306 Good reading! Andrew Parkin
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Which Do You Want First, the Good News, or the Bad News?

Books & ReadingThe good news is that more magazines are starting to hit the market printed in the English language. And many are adopting a "bilingual" format, in which the English and Spanish text appear basically side-by-side, wrapped around the art, photos, and graphics for the story. Magazine editors and publishers are aware of the importance of the the expanding English-speaking expatriate market, and are adjusting their business models to cater the them. That's the good news. The bad news is that the people who are putting out these publications are apparently using Panamanians who have leaned English as a second language to translate the articles originally written in Spanish to English. While you can understand most of the content, the little grammatical "bumps" in the road are a distraction to the reader. Hopefully, magazine editors will begin to hire native English speakers to at least proof-read the text of the articles, to bring them up to a higher level of quality. Whiel Im dat firs guy to no that anybodi can mak some tyopz and stuff, the content of some of these articles will just cause you to break out laughing. I'm not going to mention any names, honor among publishers and all that, and I prefer to look at the positive side of things. I've contacted a handful of editors, and left them shaking their heads. The quality will pick up over time, and there will be more printed material in English for us to read. Yeah!
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Book Exchange at the Expat Center

Books & ReadingThe book exchange at the expat center is now up and running. We have pretty good starting collection, and would like to invite everyone to help us get the book exchange started. I've already donated all of the books I own, and I suspect there are quite a few people out there who have boxes of books that have been read once and are in perfect shape. Please stop by the expat center and drop off any books you'd like to donate. We need a handful of generous donations to get the book swap started. The book swap is a free service, and a one-for-one swap. Also, please help us get the word out about the book swap. Thank you very much.
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Gloria Estefan Presents New Children's Book

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Cuban singer Gloria Estefan presented her new children's book yesterday at the National Library ‘The Magical and Mystical Adventures of a Bulldog Named Noelle" which was launched at the end of last year.  The five-times Grammy winning singer arrived in Panama accompanied by her husband, the musical producer Emilio Estefan, and her Emily daughter, as guests of the  Juan Ramon Poll Foundation.  The artist, who is making her debute as a children's book author with this release, said she is working on a series of three stories that she will publish next November.

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'99 Days to Panama' authors will visit

Books & Reading John and Harriet Halkyard never intended to write a book about their adventures driving a motor home from South Texas to Central America. The Halkyards wrote e-mails to friends about their journey. Everybody kept telling them they should write a book. The result is "99 Days to Panama," a widely applauded travel adventure and guide book encouraging others to explore fascinating places. The Halkyards will sign copies of their book at 2 p.m. Saturday at the West Side Barnes & Noble, 705 Sunland Park, and talk about their adventures on the road.
"We'll put on a whole travel show," Harriet Halkyard said in a recent phone interview from Indio, Calif.
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Panama Jack - Are the Chinese Taking Over the Canal?

Books & Reading Just as Chinese influence in Latin America reaches record levels, a new novel looks at the possibility of a Chinese take-over of the strategic Panama Canal. The late Admiral Thomas Moorer, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, charged in 1999 that China plotted to take over the Panama Canal and use the area to launch a nuclear attack on the United States. In the U.S. Senate, Trent Lott, the then-Republican Senate Majority Leader, expressed concern that the Chinese could deny U.S. ships passage. Bamrud, editor of Latin Business Chronicle and a former Panama Correspondent for Reuters and UPI, has used these events as the initial backdrop for Panama Jack, a novel with a plot that takes place in Panama, China, Peru, Monaco and Miami.
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The Bookstore

Books & ReadingAfter a lot of planning (and procrastination) it's time to move forward with "The Bookstore." At this point, I'm starting to collect books to build up the swap-library and create an initial inventory.
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