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Don't Mess with Tanya

Don't Mess with Tanya
 

When the 2010 Census numbers arrived earlier this year, it became official: ranks of non-white Boston city residents have swelled to near 50 percent. By all accounts, this statistic will only increase in the decades ahead. 

New communities of migrant and minority populations have cropped up, completely changing - and challenging - old established neighborhoods in the Hub. Dorchester native Ken Tangvik has been there to witness it all. He established the Hyde Square Task Force in Jamaica Plain to help the youth and the displaced in those neighborhoods gain a foothold in the city's evolving landscape. Now a professor at Roxbury Community College, Tangvik has written a new collection of short stories about the young, minority experience in Boston's "barrios," Don't Mess with Tanya.
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Thursday, July 5, 2012       Listen 897
*Originally aired 11/02/12
Walter Mosley on The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey


Walter MosleyLate last year, Walter Mosley joined us to talk about his latest novel, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey. Mosley’s protagonist, Ptolemy Grey, is an old, ailing recluse living in a dump of a cluttered apartment. His mind, on a downward spiral of dementia, is equally cluttered with a mashup of memories: the death of his wife, the lynching of a friend, his service in World War II. Then everything changes when he’s offered a Faustian bargain—a drug that will restore his brain in exchange for a shorter life. He takes the plunge, hoping mental clarity will help him solve a murder. Though Mosley may be best known for detective novels, his writing spans all genres: literary fiction, science fiction, crime and social commentary. In The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, Mosely uses threads from all of these styles to tell the story of mortality and morality. 

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